I have to admit it, I'm jealous. I've been following the Sabres since day one. When you consider that the ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup, the Sabres have been a huge disappointment. Lately the Sabres have trouble just making it into the playoffs. Then it turns out it's a Buffalo kid playing for another team that's named the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs leading Chicago to its second championship in four seasons.

Congratulations to Patrick Kane of South Buffalo, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as this year's MVP. He scored nine goals and 10 assists in 23 games to become just the fourth American-born player to win that award.

When you consider the talent and desire of both the Blackhawks and Bruins and compare that with the state of the Sabres, our local team has a long way to go to elevate themselves into that class.  And that's regardless of what the owner says.  Plus the general manager has already told the fans they can expect more pain before they start to see results.

So as I watched the Blackhawks take turns hoisting the Stanley Cup, I couldn't help but wonder how many more years Buffalo fans have to wait before the Sabres can seriously contend for the Cup.  I guess that's when "Hockey Heaven" kicks in.  Wake me up when that happens.

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