Norsemen Crash Out in Opening Round

A season where the franchise pushed in most of its chips disastrously ends in the opening round with another series loss to the not Golden Grizzlies
by Matt MacInnis | May 30, 2024, 7:36 PM ET

A season where the franchise pushed in most of its chips disastrously ends in the opening round with another series loss to the Grizzlies that are definitely not Golden.

The Norsemen pushed themselves to the financial brink this past off-season, carrying an expensive roster and then spent liberally in free agency to bolster their blueline and secure the services of Erik Johnson and Luke Schenn.

The plan mostly worked in the regular season, earning the team fifth place in the overall league standings, albeit just fourth place in the Canadian Conference due to the massive chasm of overall talent between the conferences. But it unraveled quickly as the team was promptly disposed of in five games by the Acadia Grizzly Bears for the second straight year.

“We got boot-stomped by a team that was better prepared and better managed than us,” acknowledged GM MacInnis. “We couldn’t do a thing to stop their top guys from boat-racing us, and that’s why we’re in this position once again.”

The Norsemen entered the playoffs down Vladislav Gavrikov, and then lost mid-season acquisition Mikael Granlund early in the series. Disastrous performances by Nicholas Paul and Scott Laughton, combined with underwhelming play by a number of the team’s normally reliable defenders ultimately sunk the Norsemen this post-season.

 

 

 

 

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