"All right," Brett Pesce said as he packed his black Carolina Hurricanes bag, marked with the team's primary logo, wordmark and his No. 22. "Another year."
For too many seasons, end-of-season player availabilities were marred with frustration, disappointment and questions and answers of what went wrong and where and why and how.
This season was different.
As players milled about in street clothes, cleaning out their lockers, packing their bags for the summer, signing a picture here or a stick there like they're signing the yearbooks of their classmates at the end of the school year, there was an air of optimism, of change, of hope for the future.
This season was different, indeed, and it's only the beginning.
What follow are some highlights and noteworthy quotes from the Hurricanes' locker room, and each player's end-of-season interview is linked below.