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Mentality Difference Between Season End In 2022 And 2024

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The phrase of the year for the 2023-24 Golden Knights was “missed opportunity.” The players, coaches, front office, fans, pretty much everyone feels the same way, this team had a great chance to win it all again and just weren’t able to get it done.

The question now becomes, how will the way this season ended impact the way they approach next season?

In a Q&A with Gary Lawless on GoldenKnights.com, the head coach of the team had an interesting perspective on it.

I definitely will feel hungry. I don’t know if we were humbled to the extent that the team was and I was in 2022 because I don’t look at this year as some abject failure. We didn’t win and that’s what you want to do, but I think there were reasons for that. It wasn’t like we were 100% there and just fell on our faces. We just had some obstacles that we weren’t able to overcome. I feel like we can overcome them next year. Hungry, for sure, and I would say highly motivated as opposed to humbled. –Bruce Cassidy on GoldenKnights.com

There’s no doubt the way this season ended is much different than the way 2021-22 ended. That year, the Golden Knights stumbled down the stretch losing key games (all in shootout) to Chicago, San Jose, and Dallas. By Game 82, they’d already been eliminated and were left with a feeling the organization had never experienced before. Simply put, they were pissed.

This year, when they shook hands with the Dallas Stars after Game 7, there was more sadness, or maybe disappointment, than anger.

No two seasons are the same, but the sense of a missed opportunity is one the Golden Knights have been through on numerous occasions. They certainly felt that way when the referees made up a call in Game 7 against San Jose. There were the letdowns in 2020 and 2021 when VGK believed they had the better team in each of those conference finals. And then there was 2018, when the fairytale ended a few pages too early.

It’s different though because not many are sitting there thinking, that team wasn’t good enough and never would have been. Sure, there are questions about the methods that led to the lack of chemistry, but the team on paper was certainly good enough to win it all.

So, how will that impact next season?

It’s clearly not going to feel like last season returning to defend the Stanley Cup, and it’s not going to feel like the year before when there was something to prove. It should land somewhere in between. A team with an immense amount of confidence yet a fire to not let another year of a shrinking Cup window close again.

What does that look like on the ice? Who knows. Really wish we didn’t have to wait four months to find out.

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46 Comments

  1. jeffrey m sutton

    i hope vgk wins again someday

  2. Emmanuel

    It all comes down to improving team defense. They dont have the scoring prowess or a pure sniper. Ive heard Jonathan Marchessault is available, he would be a nice addition……

  3. Ali

    Its a total rebuild…marchy too expensive and one of those minor league goalies has to go…Stephenson has to go, Martinez has to go…

    • knights fan in minny

      more fake bull shit from the asshole who is afraid to use his real name thats you alex you piece of shit loser

    • knights fan in minny

      a total rebuild the year after you win a cup this proves why you are the dumbest fuck head on this site

  4. knights fan in minny

    Happy Pride month! I used to be so angry and bitter hiding in the closet of my double wide, but it feels so good to be out !

    • ThG

      get lost fake KFIM

    • knights fan in minny

      fuck you alex you piece of shit nig nog loser

    • Sajid Ramidi Khanpour

      Leave knights fan in minny alone. He is my friend and he is not gay.

      • knights fan in minny

        hey yom kapur you’re not my friend dub ass

      • Rasheed

        I know…he’s just exploring his sexuality…as a morbidity obese divorced living alone lonely guy in a run down trailer, real women are out of the question for him

  5. ThG

    speaking of mentality, and back by popular demand

    DR DEMENTO !!!

  6. knights fan in minny

    stop tying jb

  7. SMH

    If the Knights start next season with 34 straight losses, can we just dismiss it away by saying the NHL is obviously “fixed”? I believe when we win, it is fair, but when we lose, it is fixed and somebody else’s fault. Who’s with me!?!

    • JB

      It’s always fixed with that guy. He never does anything wrong and never lies about what he has said. Just fake news. Yea right!

  8. JB

    So minny you are opposite of me huh? Ok, I’m an older straight white man. Does that mean you are a younger gay black man ? Just wondering! :0

    • knights fan in minny

      you are clueless do i sound like alex the piece of shit wise up man

      • JB

        Hey, you said opposite, not me. Besides I have never heard Alex say anything that would tell me what race he is? Just stop the labeling and racist comments and all is well. Can’t you do that?

        • knights fan in minny

          he plainly said he was black 2 years ago h came on here and started insulting vegas hockey fans for no reason he is clueless about the game of hockey and he comes on here to make trouble i stick up for Vegas hockey fans he is nothing but a antagonizing piece of shit maybe you should stick up for Vegas fans

          • JB

            I have always stuck for our team and fans, you know this, but I will not for racist talk and thoughts. Keep that discusting shit to yourself !

          • TS

            Who the fuck CARES?? Are you KIDDING me?? WHY the automatic ATTACS on others?? Is it the THQ Effect?? YES IT IS.

          • TS

            KFIM, just STOP. Your comments are offensive. Please don’t act like you- know- who. He is a vile human. DON’T BE THAT GUY.

  9. knights fan in minny

    go whimper in the corner you little toad

  10. Sajid Ramidi Khanpour

    knights fan in minny is my friend but I do not support racism in any form what so ever.

    • knights fan in minny

      i do not need you as a friend yom kupor so get it through your pea brain douche bag nice try dumb shit alex you dumb fuck loser

      • JB

        So much anger pal! Why? Fell bad for you.

        • knights fan in minny

          why fell bad what the hell is that are you mental

        • knights fan in minny

          no anger i don’t put up with assholes on here who like to antagonize vegas fans are you a man or mouse grow a pair

          • JB

            Stop with the racist shit, son. It’s ugly. No real Knights fan would want you as a fan friend with that type of crap. What have you got against black people? Huh?

  11. knights fan in minny

    just the one piece of shit on here who deserves to get called out grab your glass of warm milk and wimper in the corner your good at that

    • JB

      Do you see me whimpering ? Over the years I have seen you do the same things to others of color. Face it. You are what you are and it’s pathetic and ugly.

      • knights fan in minny

        one person dumbshit try to keep up the piece of shit loser alex insulted you also calling vegas fans the dumbest fan base in the world you say nothing or do nothing cause you’re a pussy

        • JB

          I think you are the biggest pussy on this site. You are nothing but a common white trash racist, hiding behind your keyboard. You are a coward, nothing more. Quit pretending you are anything else little man! Ha ha

          • knights fan in minny

            at least i stick up for vegas fans why you cry in the corner you pussy

          • knights fan in minny

            coward for what sticking up for vegas fans why you do nothing the only one you get on is the guy from edmonton

          • knights fan in minny

            who gives a fuck what you say mouse boy

  12. TS

    The posts here are impressive. Am I ever glad I stepped away from the nonstop HATE.

  13. Sajid Ramidi Khanpour

    TS, I am conflicted. I consider knights fan in minny a good friend but I do not stand for racism or hate.

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