Five stages of grieving

GUTS McTAVISH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

I know some of you fans are still going through a multitude of emotions and I just wanted let you know that it is perfectly normal. Here are the famous five steps to the grieving process, it really helped me understand what I was feeling. I hope it helps you.

- DENIAL

No way they just scored seven goals on the greatest goalie the franchise has ever had, no way that happened. The people on CBC and TSN that know hockey kept saying he's the best. He is the best, right? He apologized for melting down during the final stretch last season that saw the team miss the post season. And now he's apologized for melting down in the 'Hawks series so he's still the best ever. Right?

- ANGER

How are we supposed to compete when a seasoned pro like Willie freakin' Mitchell has multiple panic attacks during the most important three games of the series? I wish he would just burn those ridiculous 40-foot sticks and go with those little souvenir ones. How could he be bloody worse!? And one other thing: Trade Luongo!

- BARGAINING

Please stay, Daniel and Henrik. If you stay, we can maybe work out a deal where you guys can rotate Ollie's "A". Would you like that? If you guys go, they're just going to replace you with players that will jump ship the second they realize they're part of a rebuilding team (see Roberto Luongo).

- DEPRESSION

How am I supposed to just get on with my life? The Canucks were my life. We had so many plans for the future and now they're gone. I can't even muster up the strength to go to my car and take my flag down. I better go make lunch now. Who am I kidding? I'm not hungry.

- ACCEPTANCE

Well, I think its safe to say the window of opportunity has closed on us. Maybe it's time for the Cody Hodgson era to begin. I'd like to say goodbye to some old friends. Mats Sundin, you were the big free agent get this season and you chose us. Thank you for saving up your best game as a Canuck in the last one. And finally from the bottom of my heart: So long, No. 2. I think I'll miss you most of all.


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