The holidays are nearly upon us, which means it is time for this goddess to finally start posting this season. Just like the media, we’re getting a bit Eastern Conference heavy here, so I think it’s time to give some love to the West.
As an Avs fan, I’ve noticed the topic of the week has been this strange little dance that Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene do at the end of every victorious game. For me, the origin of the dance is less significant than what this symbolizes to the team.
While I don’t really know Stas, I saw him frequently during his college days at the University of Denver. His Facebook page and reputation was one that might lead people to think he was one wild and crazy guy, he has always been publically a surprisingly subdued individual both on and off the ice. So, to see him so animated is indicative of the climate of the team and believe they have in themselves.
No, there is no Joe Sakic to carry the team and no Patrick Roy to save the day. Gone are the days of other top names being perennial underachievers. The Avs are getting it done with a group of guys who on paper look to be a minor league team with a couple of stars in the making and some average vets – and both they and the fans are having a blast in the process.
I’ve been saying for years that I’d rather see overachieving guys that work hard and play tough than a bunch of superstars not living up to their potential. Guess what? They’ve finally gotten there. Just ask Paul Stastny.
Photo: Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny from The Associated Press.