Tampa is contractually still in a good place. The core of the team will be back; of course, that’s pretty much the same core that’s fallen short in the past few springs. This year was supposed to be different. It was, but different in a way that wouldn’t have been plausible in a nightmare.

And Columbus? I don’t doubt I’m going to hear from grumpy fans asking why so much text is being devoted to the series losers and so little to the winners. But there’ll be more chances to write about the Blue Jackets this spring. Because they won a playoff series and are moving on.