May 14 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) high fives the bench after scoring during the third period in game one in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Just How Much Do The Rangers Mean To Me?

This lockout has certainly given me some perspective on how much of Rangers fan I really am.

I find with the lockout going on I have much more free time on my hands. It’s kind of sad in a way. The playoffs last year really took a toll on me and while it was really fun while it lasted, I was kind of happy to see my life return to normal.

Now though I have so much more free time. I no longer plan my routines around the Rangers schedule, because well, there isn’t one. I’d literally plan everything around the Rangers be it work, meals, meeting up with friends. Everything revolved around them. Not anymore obviously. Unless something was avoidable I was watching the Rangers game. If it was unavoidable I’d DVR the game and watch as soon as I could.

Believe me I miss the days of coming home grabbing a bite to eat and watching the blueshirts. I really miss those days.

But honestly, I think I’m a happier person now than I have been in the last couple years. Really the only thing that depresses me now a days is there’s no hockey to watch. It’s the other things in life that have made me happy though.

Friends and family are really important and I always knew this. Without the Rangers controlling my life I think I’ve been a lot more social which is pretty pathetic when you think about it, but it’s true. I’m going out a lot more and spending time with the people that are important.

I know hockey is something that not all of america loves, but for us that love it we follow it religiously. I know I’m not the only who is deathly in love with hockey out there. I realize that there are people like me out there who’s love for hockey seemingly controls their life. For those of you out there who share the same feelings as me I would just like to say I hope you’ve realized what’s really important this lockout. I can’t believe it took me two lockouts to realize this. Granted I was at a different stage of my life during the 04′-05′ lockout, but still.

When hockey does come back I’m going to have a completely different perspective on the game. I’ll still watch every Rangers game, but I can almost guarantee it won’t be the same. I still love hockey, but my priorities are in check now.

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