RICHMOND, Va. -- There was a time when the tongue-in-cheek assumption around here was that hockey season didn’t really start and that nobody paid attention to the Penguins until the Steelers season was over. I’m not sure that was ever truly the case (especially for readers of this site), but imagine the disappointment on these theoretical fans' faces as they excitedly checked the NHL standings for the first time on February 2, 2009, the day after the Steelers defeated Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII... only to find the Pens in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and very much on the playoff bubble.
Though he probably deserved better, the Valentine’s Day Massacre was the final straw for Michel Therrien in Pittsburgh. Thankfully for the Penguins (and those theoretical, fair-weather fans), his replacement knew just the right buttons to push to get his young team to live up to its potential.
A quick apology for the lack of a strip last week; I went in for hernia surgery the week before last, and in a surprise to absolutely no one but me, the procedure absolutely knocked me on my can! For some foolish reason, I was thinking I’d be up and around in just a couple days, but such was not the case, and I ended up needing more time off than I’d originally planned. So, again, mea culpa. I truly appreciate every single reader, and I hope you enjoy reading Cartoon Canon as much as I enjoy creating it.
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