Five years, no playoff series wins. Five years, a grand total of six playoff wins.
You can sugar coat it all you want, that's not success.
You can talk about how good Gibson was, how bad the refs were or what would have happened if Matt Finn were healthy. Bottom line is, the Storm wasnt' good enough to beat the Kitchener Rangers. The Rangers did what it takes to win.
They might have got outplayed much of the time, they might not look like a team that could beat London or Plymouth, but they scored big goals when they had to, they leaned on their power play when chances were few and they got the big saves.
Yes, this team will return a core of solid players and has assets to trade for other ones. But they also lost arguably their top three players in Sparks, Richard and Pedan and have several holes to fill if they want to be a contender next season.
It is not a slam dunk they will be. It never is.
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After six exhibition games, 68 regular season games, five playoff games, roughly 60 practices, several hundred blog posts, about 1,000 tweets, it's time for the off season.
The OHL draft is next weekend and we'll be live blogging from that. There is also the annual Saluting The Storm special edition the Guelph Mercury puts out, expected in late April.
These blog posts will become somewhat more sporadic over the next couple of months, but there will still be posts here and there as things happen, just not as frequent.
Thanks for all the participation and thoughts over the season. Even if I don't agree with you, it's good to hear from your.
Go Blue Jays.