BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 05: Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before playing the Ottawa Senators on April 5, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. It is his first game wearing the A for alternate captain. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website