I think the West is tougher. If you look at the standings in the East, teams that would make the playoffs there wouldn't even stand a chance in the West. I think we have it tougher because of the travel as well. It does play havoc on the body, there's no mistake about it. Eastern Conference teams when they play each other, it's mostly a hop, skip and jump to wherever the game is, but out in the West, it isn't that easy.
I'd be willing to bet that if we were in the East (oh please make it so), we'd be a very dominant team...more than we already are.
There is a huge difference between Pasha and that other little douchebag. You'll not see Pasha being a media hog, and he puts team first. During the interview after the game the other night, he said, "We won the game, that's more important." You sure as hell won't hear that other media hog say something like that. While every sports writer in humanity is kissing up to Crosby's little ass, Pasha goes out and quietly does his job, night after night. And we who really know the way it is appreciate him for it.
As much as I love Pasha, and God knows I do, he doesn't stand a snowball's chance of winning the Hart. Why? That douchebag in Pittsburgh who has everyone and his brother kissing his ass and treating him like he's the second coming. The fact that he isn't means nothing.
I'm more than sure that Pasha will take home another Selke trophy, which I'm sure won't break his heart (nor mine), but the chances of him walking off with the Hart are about as good as mine for being 5'7", blonde, gorgeous and loved. Not likely.
That goal even made Keith Olbermann's "Oddball" last night. This has been a humiliating season in some ways for him. First he loses a fight to Pasha, who is not the most prolific fighter in the League (far from it), and then he scores in his own net. Too funny.
He never had a boatload of points, but you can't fault the guy who has four Stanley Cups as part of his resume. Here's hoping the next part of the journey will be as positive and exciting as the last one was. Thanks for the memories, and all the times at training camp that you were a complete gentleman. You'll be missed.