We're at the point in our hockey withdrawal where an exhibition game between Atlanta and Phoenix would excite us.
Then we look at the Penguins schedule and realize that there are going to be much, much better games played this season.
The last time we saw the Pittsburgh Penguins on the ice they were holding the greatest trophy in sports above their heads.
The Summer of Wooooo that followed was one of the greatest celebrations of our collective lives.
But that summer is coming to an end and it's almost time to drop the puck once again.
The Penguins are holding an open prospect camp on Sunday.
Training camp won't be far behind.
Then comes the preseason and finally the regular season.
It's definitely going to be an exciting year.
We've put together a list of the 12 regular season games that we're looking forward to the most.
Your list will probably be different.
Post it in Cblog.
Friday Oct 2nd, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
In the final home opener in Mellon Arena history, the Pittsburgh Penguins will send their third Stanley Cup Championship banner into the rafters.
The last time the Rangers were in Mellon Arena, Mr. Kennedy faced off against Mr. Sloppy Seconds:
Thursday Oct 8th, 2009 -- 7:00 PM
It's the first Penguins/Flyers match-up of the year.
The new look Flyers, complete with Chris Pronger and Ray Emery, will no doubt be targeting Sidney Crosby.
Since the moment Pronger became a Flyer their fans have been talking about how he is going to take Bing out.
The Wachovia Center's organist will be in fine form and "Crosby Sucks" chants will rain down from the crowd.
The last time the Pens were in Philadelphia they managed to silence those fans.
Friday October 30th, 2009 -- 7:00 PM
Columbus is becoming another "home away from home" for the Penguins.
The last time these two played, it was a pretty exciting game.
Thursday November 5th, 2009 -- 10:30 PM
Rob Scuderi's only game against the Penguins.
We still owe Scuds for saving game six.
We also still hate Pierre McGuire for telling us to "watch four in black" put his hand on the puck when Scuds was smart enough to avoid doing exactly that.
Monday November 16th, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
Ryan Whitney's first game back in Mellon Arena since being traded last season.
The Penguins also play the Ducks on November 3rd in Anaheim, but we're going with the home game because we want to see how Ryan will be welcomed back.
Saturday December 5th, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
The game in Chicago last season was a great one.
The Blackhawks are a young, fast, dynamic team.
Jonathan Toews is a great player to watch.
So is Patrick Kane, unless you owe him some change.
Rumor has it they've signed some Marian guy, but we have no idea who that is.
Apparently he played in the Final last season, but we didn't see him.
Tuesday December 15th, 2009 -- 7:00 PM
The Flyers first game of the season in Mellon Arena.
You're bound to run into a few Flyers fans there.
Thursday January 21st, 2010 -- 7:30 PM
Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals play their first game of the year against the Pens.
We're still waiting for a Malkin/Ovechkin fight.
Sunday January 31st, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
A rematch of the Stanley Cup Final.
We're expecting to see Sidney Crosby shake hands with every member of the Red Wings organization.
Without Hossa, who will the fans boo?
Our choice is Draper.
Our choice is Draper.
Sunday February 7th, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
The Penguins first visit to the bells, whistles and monster trucks of the Verizon Center.
Maybe the Capitals will show up this time.
Monday March 22nd, 2010 -- 3:00 PM
The last time the Penguins were in Joe Louis Arena, they walked out with some lovely souvenirs.
Thursday April 8th, 2010 -- 7:30 PM
The last regular season game in Mellon Arena history.
As small, outdated and shabby as it is, it will be sad to see the Igloo go.
It's the only home the Penguins have ever known and many great memories were made there.
Drop the puck.