Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of a Chicago Blackhawks statue outside before game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
We are less than a month before the start of the 2014-2015 season. Chicago Blackhawks players, fans and people that do what I do, are chomping at the bit for the Hawks to hit the ice and avenge last years Western Conference Finals.
During that time between playoff exit and regular season puck drop, a lot of words are spoken and written about the team (both good and bad). While those words may have impact now, when the season starts they mean absolutely nothing.
All this talk surrounding the team gearing up for another quality season of hockey will quickly become background noise, overcome by the play on the ice.
What the players have said all throughout the off-season won’t matter anymore. Rumors of a trade have slowly vanished.
The transition has begun. It’s time for the actual play to matter again. This team has revenge on their minds, along with championship aspirations.
They don’t like hearing that they failed, that they weren’t good enough to win last year. Every player in that locker room knew how close they were to being in the Stanley Cup Finals, how close they were to back to back Cups. They knew how close they were to history.
Each new season brings about new story-lines, but this year’s has a similar tone to it. This year is about redemption.
The signing of Brad Richards, the extensions of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, it all is in the rear-view mirror. Now is time to shift focus back towards the road ahead.
Hockey fans are some of the most passionate fans out there. That includes the fans of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Madhouse on Madison gets pumped up for every regular season game.
They are ready for the talk to stop, we are ready for the talk to stop and most importantly the players are ready for the talk to stop.
The time for talking in over and as they say, the time for action has begun.