Some really good points made on this theme re: President's Trophy.
I used to think that all that mattered was how the playoffs went, but now, not as much. We spend so much of our day to day lives following the ups and downs, and all arounds, of the regular season. 82 games - that's a lot! Each and every game that takes place represents another day of our lives, the players lives, and another battle on the ice leading to the inevitable outcome of winner or loser. With each victory, comes a sense of satisfaction for the day, life is just a little better when the day accompanies a win. So we have had the good fortune to appreciate that kind of satisfaction more that any other fans of other teams in the league. Is it all for naught because the entual outcome at the end of it all isn't the Stanley Cup? Not for me... at least not anymore. Even the early departure in the first round, can't undo all of the days that were lived with the experience of a regular season victory. As we get older, I think we realize more and more it really is about the now; being in the moment; we've had lots of moments over the year. Sure, it probably sets us up to have expectations which in turn stings a little more when the playoffs end early. But life goes on eh... It's amusing that as one piece of the over-all season ends, another piece emerges, and here we come to ponder along with other Canuck fan freaks, the 'other questions: Luongo? Missing pieces? and on and on, and then we do it all again next year..and again - the draft, rfas, fas, trades, contracts .. training camp.. what does HW have to say? So really, there is something Zen-like, in being able to appeciate each and every piecce of it as it unfolds day by day. STanley can't happen without the rest of it. So there's something to be said for embracing the process, and in all of this process, the President's Trophy is only going to one team, and its been ours two years running. Essentially this means we have had more high quality Zen over the year than other team's fans... that's `choice' for sure.