The hockey season ended moments ago for the home team, well short of the goal written on the whiteboard last fall. But that's sports. Twenty eight other teams have had or will have their own version of tonight. When rookie camp opens in July, new faces will want their shot at it this rodeo on ice. Come fall, the faces will change, the strategy will be refined and a roll of the dice will give a different outcome.

But that whiteboard. That whiteboard is still going to say the same thing. Because that's sports.