Distraught fans during Game 7 (photo courtesy Jeff Vinnick/ Getty Images)

Summertime Blues

The sun is out, the sky is blue, and we’ve officially crossed over into the dog days of summer. For Canucks fans, however, those dog days started long ago; mid-June, to be exact.

Though it’s been almost two months since that oh-so forgettable loss at Rogers Arena, the pain lingers on. Thoughts of what could have been, of a season unlike any other tainted in that final moment, still twist like a rusty knife in the gut. My wallet and head may be feeling much better after that long playoff run, but I still get nauseous every time I see a Boston Bruin celebrating with the Stanly Cup. It’s a feeling that isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, but as fans all we can do is pick ourselves up and utter once again that timeless phrase “maybe this is the year”.

The optimism of a new season is harder to muster up when your team came but one victory away from the prize, but muster we shall. The Canucks have retained the core of their Western Conference Champion squad, something the Blackhawks were unable to do the year after their run. Mike Gillis, newly crowned GM of the Year, has rolled the dice on some aging veterans and interesting prospects, which should make for an intriguing training camp come September. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the young Canuck talent in preparation for the start of the new year.

Last season may not have had its happy ending, but let’s not forget how much fun we all had. This upcoming campaign should be exciting, as the West is wilder than ever and there are some great home games on tap down at The Rog. We’ve got a whole lot to look forward to, and I’m glad to be on board with The Canuck Way to talk about it.

Who knows? Maybe this IS the year.

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