Archive for July, 2011:

Drew MacIntyre: What you Need to Know about Our New Goaltender

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While everyone was focused on the Ehrhoff and Leino sigings and the Regehr trade, the Sabres quietly added a very good netminder to the organization.

It went a bit under-reported, and most fans in Buffalo were left scratching their heads over not only over what MacIntyre brings to the crease, but why the organization brought him in. Some even jumped to the conclusion that it was a move that signaled an impending trade of Jhonas Enroth.

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Our new Man Behind the Fiberglass/Kevlar Mask

MacIntyre will be in Rochester for the 2011-12 season (barring any injuries at HSBC), but just how good is this guy? To get more info on him, we headed straight over to The “The Goalie Guild,” an information and scouting destination for all things netminder related. Justin Goldman, member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association and contributor to NHL.com, is one of the best minds to pick when it comes to what to expect from a anyone wearing a goaltender’s mask.

Goldman gave us a full profile on MacIntyre, and you’re going to like what he had to say. Take it away, Justin:

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BSN Summer Awards: The BizNasty

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I hope your summer is going as jazzy as mine.

Now that the UFA frenzy is officially behind us, we have all the time in the world to propose Sabres line combinations (well, Lindy will change those up 18 times a game, so that’s pointless), head over to Capgeek.com’s Cap Calculator to see which players we would put to the axe (but that’s already getting out of hand), check out the Sabres section of HF Boards to see what the hottest topic is (to insult each other’s mothers over), discuss the Bills…

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Ouch.

 

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Oh, geez.

 

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Oh, oh, snap.

 

…OK, forget the Bills for now.

So what to do? The choice is clear! It’s time to celebrate a triumphant return to BSN’s “Summer Awards.”

I know you’re sweatin’, so let’s jump right in the fun pool. Today’s award is called “The BizNasty,” named for everyone’s favorite NHL Twitterer, Paul Bisonnette. If you like pictures of PT Cruisers, emphatic and random homeless person updates, and the occasional insight into “chicks,” then follow him at @BizNasty2point0. He’s quite the sensation, and so was the Twitter for Sabres fans last season.

Sabres Game Chat was a revelation for a lot of folks last season, and there were some Twit-related events that really took this fan base to a higher level. I am not sure exactly what that level is, but it is somewhere between “stronger union” and “angry mob” (depending on whether the Sabres win or lose, but more on that later).

The award goes to the Twitter event that entertained us the most. The winner receives a free Groupon for some hair salon or whatever, so please, take your vote seriously – we don’t give away free coupons for nothing.

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Let us make you beautiful.

Without further ado, here are our candidates:

1. Sabres’ “Fan Tunes” backfires, fans tortured via very non-elaborate Twitter hoax: we’ll tell the brunt of this story in pictures:

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Ways To Curb Your Sabres/Hockey Addiction In The Offseason

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Well the NFL lockout is over and things will be taking off at a feverish pace. Trades, free agency, training camps – and that’s all scheduled to start this week. That’s all well and good you say, but where’s my hockey fix? (Ok, you didn’t say it, but you were thinking it. At least one of you was.)

Obviously there’s all the great content that graces the virtual pages here at BSN. Then there’s all the fine Sabres sites listed in our sidebar – check out the banners as well as the blogroll below them. Many of you are probably familiar with this, but I find that using an RSS reader lets me get at news more quickly plus I don’t have to navigate to a bunch of different sites just to see if there’s new stuff posted. Google Reader works great but you can also get apps specific to the OS you’re using (there are even apps for Droid and iOS). Just plug your favorite hockey sites in and scroll away.

If that’s not enough to whet your hockey whistle, check out this guide to a hockey-free summer over at Houses of the Hockey.   Some items include:

  • Spend the next two months playing NHL 11 for several hours a day. Watch your respect for the game’s advanced artificial intelligence grow as it rejects ridiculous trades like two early draft picks for Semyon Varlamov.
  • Drink beer. A lot.
  • Drive that one Flyers’ fan you know crazy by continuously asking who he’ll miss more, Jeff Carter or Mike Richards.

You could also think up a new plan for restructuring the NHL thanks to the Thrashers becoming the Winnipeg Jets. Next year they’ll be in the Western Conference of course, and that means more than a couple teams will get shuffled around. Will Columbus, Nashville and/or Detroit move to the Eastern Conference? Will there even be an Eastern Conference?  For example, over at Undrafted, they propose a Hipster/Redneck/Elitist Snobs breakdown of 3 large divisions. Funny names aside, it really does make sense. And at Bleacher Report the possibility of an  all-Canadian division is proposed . But you can pull an all-nighter consuming a pot of coffee and construct your own realignment in your hockey war room, complete with pushpins representing all the teams on a peg board connected with string. (What? Don’t tell me I’m the only one with such a war room.)

Or you can craft angry emails to the NHL about why we should go back to the old Adams/Norris/Patrick/Smythe divisions. Because it’s tradition, dammit.

I’m not going to to pretend that every Sabres fan reading this hasn’t updated their NHL ’11 rosters and taken the Sabres to a Cup win already, so after that you can start delving into what NHL 12 has to offer.

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Slug logo aside, it'd be nice to see Ryan Miller on the cover. We can only hope his play in 2011/2012 will warrant the cover of NHL 13!

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10 Questions with Sabres Prospect Dan Catenacci

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“With the 77th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Daniel Catenacci.”

Steal.

We’ve talked about his stats and achievements already here on Buffalo Sabres Nation, but we thought it would be great to know more about one of Hockey Heaven’s newest and most promising draft picks. Well, Daniel was quick to agree to an interview with us, a small but down to earth kind of gesture that makes me think he’ll be a great fit in the City of Good Neighbors.

 

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He's fast. Still photography just doesn't do him any justice.

 

Without further ado (Daniel’s responses are in bold):

1. Being drafted by the NHL is obviously a pretty huge moment – but what about on the ice? What is your favorite on-ice memory (and is there a Youtube video of it)?

My favorite moment on the ice has to be when I won the gold medal for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. That was my first real taste of international play and to be a part of a great group and win a medal for your country is something I’ll never forget.

2. Being from the Richmond/Newmarket ON, area, you must be pleased that you were drafted by a team near your hometown. Did you grow up as a Leafs fan? (And more importantly, did you grow up as a Sabres fan?)

I grew up a Leafs fan because I’m from Toronto but the past couple years I have been a Pittsburgh fan because of Sidney Crosby. He is my favorite player and he’s the kind of guy I’d shape my game and attitude after. Now that I am a part of the Sabres organization, Buffalo is definitely my new favorite team.

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Gerbe’s Birthday: “24″ Reminders Why He is so Important to the Sabres

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You gotta’ get that damn puck.

It doesn’t matter how fast on your skates you are. It doesn’t matter if you can stickhandle like you’ve got the puck on a string. It don’t mean a thing if you can wire a shot through an invisible hole through the armpit of a goaltender who has all the holes covered. None of this matters, if you don’t have that damn puck.

In a skate race, or in a fight a long the boards – when that pill squirts free, the guy with that extra “oomph” to get ahead by that desperate half-inch will always come up with possession. Nathan Gerbe, all 5 foot 4 of him, is very, very good at reaching that extra half-inch first.

Today the “Honey Badger” turns 24, so let’s celebrate his tenacity with a little reminder of what he gives us on the ice every game.

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"I'm not afraid!" is one of Gerbe's purportedly most charming quotes from the 2010-11 season, in response to a challenge to the bench from Lindy Ruff.

Gerbe’s ability to get that puck isn’t a hockey thing – it’s an heart thing. The stuff of a real, do-or-die-hard athlete. It’s something that carries across all sports. In football, once that ball is tossed into the corner of the endzone above a receiver and a cornerback, well, it doesn’t matter when you were drafted or how big your name is on fantasy boards – you gotta’ go up and get that damn ball – or smack it down. That’s the only part of the play that matters. In soccer, you can race down the sidelines leaving the midfielders flying out of their shoes trying to catch up, but if the defender pokes that ball away, the whole game is heading back in the other direction.

You gotta’ go get it, and you gotta’ hang onto it like your life depends on it (something that comes quite natural to honey badgers).

“Mellivora Puck Capensis:” entomology speak. Translates to “Honey, I devour; Pucks; Belonging to.” The puck is honey to this wild thing on the ice, and it belongs to him.

Hit the 5:10 portion on the video:

This is Gerbe at his best. He’s not the most sweetly talented forward on the team, but his sheer will and determination changes the course of a play, and the course of games.

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"Wanna race to the corner, Shaone? C'mon! Let's race to the corner!"

 

Nathan, happy birthday. I hope Rip Simonick made sure your cake was slathered up in honey. That’s the way you see the puck – as something to feed your crazed appetite on.

Eat up, and come back to us rabid.

There will be a feast for you all season long in the corners.

Go Sabres.

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