They say all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, that’s the truth.
What was an incredible end-of-season run for the Admirals that clinched the team a playoff spot on the last day of the AHL regular season has come to an abrupt halt. The Texas Stars won the best-of-five series series against the Admirals Friday night, eliminating Milwaukee from the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.
Let’s look at the bright side. We could be Peoria or Houston, and the end of the season would instead have been the end of hockey in the near future. Both teams have closed up shop and are moving to new cities to facilitate new parent clubs.
I read an interesting rumor online. According to the Russian website Jutarnji, current Admiral Joe Piskula and former Admiral Mark Dekanich are set to sign with the KHL club Medvescak Zagreb in the near future. As I said, this is just a rumor. First off, I can’t speak or read Russian. Let’s face it. Google translate only takes you so far in the world of foreign languages. Second of all, this article came out back on April 28th, at which time the Admirals were still in the playoffs. Not to say players can’t be thinking of the season beyond the current playoff run, I just am not completely sold on him signing with a KHL team at the moment.
Speaking of players who spent only part of the season with Milwaukee, I’m interested to see if we retain Zach Hamill, Mike Liambas or Brad Winchester. Zach Hamill was a loan from the San Antonio Rampage, so I’m not sure if him returning is even an option. Zack Stortini first came to the Admirals on loan from the Iowa Stars during the 2005-2006 season. After the completion of the season, he was off into the sunset and spent the next five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers organzation. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and get to see him come fall. I really like the physicality Mike Liambas brought to the lineup. I liked his speed and the fact that he wasn’t afraid of anything. He went toe to toe with Stars tough guy Luke Gazdic in game two and had his bell rung, but he didn’t back down from anything. I like that.
As for Brad Winchester, I really really liked what I saw from him. He’s a well-rounded player, and I liked that Evason paired him up on the PP with Austin Watson. That was a good formula and I’d like to see more of that.
A healthy crop of Admirals talent made their NHL debuts with the Predators this season. Daniel Bang, Taylor Beck, Victor Bartley, Kevin Henderson and Austin Watson all made their NHL debuts with injury-ridden Nashville during the 2012-2013 campaign.
Although I and my anxiety would appreciate the Admirals securing a playoff spot a little earlier that the 11th hour, it was a fun season, and playoff push, to watch. This is the second year in a row we had to wait till the last day of the regular season to get into the post-season, which I believe is a full-blown attempt to send me and section 204 into cardiac arrest. To win 15 of the last 20 games of the season is a feat in itself, but it sure would’ve been fun to see the momentum continue into the next round.
Vitamin D is said to be a mood booster, so pick yourself up off the closet room, wipe those tears, and get outside to enjoy this beautiful Milwaukee weather. Fret not, the Admirals will be back on the ice sooner than you think.