I am not from Canada; I’m from Pittsburgh. Contrary to what you may have been lead to believe this season, they do have hockey there. But looking forward to next season (and especially if Mario retires), I’ll probably have to start smoking something to continue cheering the hapless Pens.
Even a few years ago, I thought the Sens were a great team, but I never thought they’d go far in the playoffs because they always seemed to lack that veteran experience (i.e., Kirk Muller, Claude Lemieux). This year, however, I’ll think they’ll go pretty deep. I’m a big fan of Marty Havlat, so it’ll definitely be nice to watch him play.
I root for the 'Nucks because I’ve always been a Naslund fan (he was a former Pen, you know). I wouldn’t consider myself a bandwagon 'Nuck fan, but if I am, I’m definitely sitting towards the front I’ve liked them for years (even before Naslund joined them).
And what’s with all the bitterness against European players? Are you Don Cherry or something?