So you wanted Brad Richards?
Then the Sabres might just bring him to you: on a platter. Ain’t no Brad on the face of this earth that wants to go up against the defense that the Sabres just put together. Just ask Mike Weber.
He’s always been a fan of Robyn Regehr. In fact, Weber has modeled his game after Regehr, the newest and arguably the best defenseman on the roster right now (though he has yet to play a game for the Blue and Gold).
Regehr is going to make us cringe. Regehr is going to make us yell things such as, “REGEHR SEZ NO!” when some complacent forward tries crossing the blue line on his side of the ice (bad idea).
Hey fans – there’s a sign/banner idea for the 300’s – “Regehr sez NO!”
Something tells me that the Sabres defense will be very eager, and very expedient, at expelling NHL forwards from the defensive zone in the coming years. If a certain Danny Briere wants to angle his brakes on Ryan Miller after a save, maybe giving Ryan the old “snow job,” or just getting close enough to sniff a whiff of his pads, it’s pretty certain that Briere might find himself knocked a few strides back.
With extreme prejudice.
Yea, Myers, Weber and the boys are going to have a heckuva time this season. We are all very much acquainted with the hulking Myers (see aforementioned GIF). We’re getting to know what Regehr brings to the ice: 180 hits in 79 games, along with 142 blocked shots – he would have lead the Sabres in each category last season. Mike Weber piled up 158 hits and 99 blocked shots – but he did that in only 58 games.
All we can say is no goodness, nor gracious, will come upon those that dare enter our half of the ice this coming season. You better believe that opposing teams are already taking notice: no one wants their stars on the ice when these guys are on patrol.
And I say to those teams: good luck. You’re all staring down the three-barreled cannon that is Regehr-Myers-Weber (in no particular Lindy Ruff pairing order).
Folks, these guys hit hard, and these guys hit smart. Regehr’s 180 hits were accompanied by a miserly 58 penalty minutes. Weber’s 158? 69 PIM’s.
For years, Mike Weber has been following Regehr’s footsteps/bodychecks on the ice. Now, Terry Pegula and Darcy Regier have brought the two together. Could they be the best one-two punch in the NHL? I’m sorry, it should be one-two-three, right? Don’t forget Tyler (Myers). He had 107 hits with just 40 PIM’s last season.
Hits and PIM stats aside, only the blueline will let us know in 2011-12. They’ll let us know, and they’ll let the NHL know – things are about to get very loud in the B-lo. I say, bring it on. Screw Brad Richards – we score plenty enough. It’s about time we put enough snarl into this league to make teams regret a frown at a face-off.
Oh, and by the way, Sabres scary-mean prospect Brayden McNabb models his game after Regehr as well. Danny Briere, you’re on notice:
Hell’s a comin’.
And reinforcements are on the way.
See Also: “Stanley Cup 101: Sabres Cup Dreams Hinge On Bolstering Defense”