As another frustrating season nears its unfortunate end, it is understandable for people to be upset and angry and demand better of the team. I expect that. I expect that from the fans, the players, the management and the organization. No team should ever expect less than a winning season. No team should ever aim for less than a Stanley Cup. Most importantly, no team should ever be content with losing.
That said, nothing infuriates me more than the when the season ends and people become irrational and completely lose all perspective. "It's been a decade and nothing, time to throw in the towel." REALLY?! A decade? That's all they get. Glad I don't live in Vancouver. Or Buffalo. And what about those poor bastards in St. Louis & L.A.? Hell, even The Great One couldn't bring a Cup to either of their cities.
There are, in fact, twelve other current teams that have NEVER won a Stanley Cup. Twelve! Eleven of them have been around longer than the Wild. The four teams listed above...they've had over FOUR decades with nothing to show for it. Let us also not forget the other nine teams that haven't won since before the Wild first took to the ice. Four of those nine, including Boston & Toronto, have not won in my lifetime (I was born in July 1983). In all, there are 21 teams BESIDES the Wild that have not won in more than a decade. We're not the only ones guys. There are 30 teams in this league and it's not an easy task to be the last one standing come June.
Yes, let's demand better from the team, but let's also remember that building a championship team takes time. A little history lesson...of the 17 current franchises to have won a Cup, 8 took longer than a decade to get their first. One of them was Toronto and they didn't have as much competition back in the 1920's and 1930's.
Having patience is not easy and yes, getting to the playoffs needs to be the goal since it is the all important first step to actually winning a Stanley Cup. Along the way though, let's try to keep a little perspective. Remember that we're not the only ones trying to get there and to do so is a long and difficult road. Yes, missing the playoffs is always painful, but is it really that much less painful than making it there, only to choke on the Tootsie Rolls you bought to toss at your victory parade?