I can see the reasoning behind all of the options, but in the grand scheme of things, making the playoffs is what you have to do. Beyond that, it's a bounce here or there that can kill you or save you. Anything can happen in the playoffs, but it takes a full season to make the playoffs.
It means even more now that our division is actually competitive. I consider making the playoffs to be a successful season. And then the real work starts. After that, everything else is gravy.
I'm not going to be happy with anything but a Cup, but I'm not going to get mad about not winning it every year either. Unless we win the Cup, I will be disappointed, but I will still consider this to be a highly successful team.
I think polls like that are terrible. It's one thing to sit here and discuss it amongst ourselves, but to have a public poll asking if someone else should be forced out is insensitive.
I realize he's a hockey player and he takes as much abuse as anyone in the rink, and then some, but the subject of outliving your usefulness is a touchy one. It is a call that should be decided between him, his team, his family, and the management, and then brought to the fans.
Let him go out publicly with the honour and dignity he has earned, not with faceless people slamming the door behind him from their keyboards.
I realize a lot of people who took part in that poll are too young to have faced the point in their life when they have to face up to the fact that they are no longer capable of carrying their weight, but trust me on this one, it is a huge blow to one's pride.
I could see preparing for the end of the world as we know it. (Ooh, too bad I played the song title game before reading this thread!)
I have enough food and litter for Drew for a very long time. I, on the other hand, could probably stand to lose a few pounds and could pee outside if necessary. Oh, wait... December in North Dakota. Never mind.
Que sera, sera. I'll worry about it if it happens.
I have never understood the people who "stock up for the end of the world". If the world will actually end, you might as well stock up on cheesecake and chocolate for December 20th. If the world will end, screw the diet.