The 104th in our 118-part series.
The Infinite Promise of the Preseason
In the first week of preseason we’ve seen 3 of our Devils face serious injury. We’ve lost Colin White for a few games due to a severe laceration of his eyelid, Cam Janssen for who knows how long with a dumb separated shoulder injury (dude throws out his shoulder during one fight, gets angry he lost said fight, goes right back out to fight again and is now out for a prolonged period to have surgery; remind us again why we have this clown on our team?) and of course, we’ve lost Jamie Langenbrunner, the winger on what was our de facto top line from last season, for two months for a sports hernia. Usually, this should send us into a deep depression, knowing our season is lost. Fortunately there is a silver lining. This is all happening during the one time of year when we are buoyed by the infinite promise of a season not-yet started. Sure we’re looking an already-steep uphill climb to start the season, what with a 9-game road trip and a whole new system; adding the loss of one of our top forwards isn’t going to help the situation at all. But right now we can fall back on the idea that one of the young kids might, just might, step up in a big way. A few games into the season we’ll be pretty confident that none of them can and we should just write off all of 2007-2008 now, but until we get familiar with the kids, who’s to say Clarkson can’t save the day? Thus is the power of the Infinite Promise of a New Season. This is a fleeting sense of positivity, but we’ll relish it while we can.
We wrote this Reason before Kevin Weeks sustained what is surely a concussion in tonight’s preseason loss to the Rangers. We know for a fact that the Devils goaltending prospects are weak (sorry Jordy) so we might have already reached the statute of limitations on this reason to love hockey.