And that's a wrap!.
After 7 long and satisfying years, we at the Sens Underground say our final farewells tonight. 7 years of covering the Ottawa Senators from a fan's point of view. Its always been a show "by the fans, for the fans" and for one final time tonight, we take our places behind the mics and represent you, the Sens fan.
So, we start it all off by breaking down the final game of the season for Ottawa:
Sens 1 - NYR 2
And what a game it was. No one can say that this Sens team didn't leave it all on the ice. They gave it everything they had but in the end, they came up one shot short. One shot. Of course we all felt the initial disappointment, but we think that all Sens fans can agree this season was an overwhelming success. We take you through that final game, a game that may end up being the last ever by the Golden Gawd in a Sens uniform. If it was, what a fitting end it would be, with him being the best player on the team and scoring a classic Alfie goal.
Of course, with the end of the season comes all the expected questions, such as where do they go from here? Who will be back? Who moves on? Will Alfie be back? How will they fare next season? But as always, the most contested issue is Jason Spezza. The one constant over the years that we have done this show is how Jason can divide the Ottawa fan base. Some love him, some are frustrated by him. This year is no exception. We take a last look at this topic and discuss whether Spezza can ever be the leader we keep hoping he'll be.
The Stache and Murray had their finall pressers and we bump around a few of their parting comments, including who the Sens may target in the off season. And, to give the whole thing a nice "full circle" feel, we have one final discussion with Sportnet's Ian Mendes. Ian was our first guest, all those years ago, so we figured it only right he'd be our last and as always, he brings a little sanity to our rage-fuelled ravings. A huge thanks to him for all his contributions to our show over the years.
Once we have cleaned up all the hockey talk, its time to start closing up shop. We work our way through a pile of very touching e-mails from the Groundhogs that touch us deeply, as well as some great voice mails. We then take a look back at some of our favourite moments and experiences that we were able to enjoy as a result of our time Underground. We re-visit one of our original segments, discuss a very unique idea unfolding that could see the Underground community live-on and then tie up the last loose end; we tip our hats to you, the Sens fans and the Groundhogs, our faithful and beloved listeners and friends.
There are no words that would sufficiently express how grateful we are to all of you. All we can tell you, from the bottom of our podcasting hearts, is thank you. You have become part of our lives over the last 7 years and you have shared your lives with us. If we have helped enrich your experience following this great hockey franchise, then it was all worthwhile. We all consider this adventure we've taken together to be a truly rewarding one that has brought us memories to last a life time. We can only hope we've touched your lives a fraction of how much you've touched ours.
The future for the Ottawa Senators is bright and as we ride off into the virtual sunset, we want you to know that with every great goal we all cheer, with every huge save that has us yelling "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!", with every terrible call that gets us enraged and with every Sens win we celebrate, we will be thinking of you and remembering what we shared.
Long live the Sens!
oh...and LEAFS SUCK!!!!