Posted by Scott Michalak on December 3, 2011 at 7:10 am
Note: in honor of today’s 32nd anniversary of Mike’s 1980 #MiracleOnIce triumph over the Soviets, we’re making this post sticky today.
Happy birthday, Mike Ramsey.
While the Sabres continue to offer up dispirited efforts on home ice, we’re turning our attention to the past today. Ramsey was one of those guys who “wore his heart on his sleeve” for Buffalo, and never took a shift for granted.
Especially this one:
If I’m not mistaken, that hit earned Mike a spot on Letterman – but I don’t have the video for that.
After winning gold with the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team, Ramsey came to Buffalo to spend a whole lot of time protecting his netminder. He was elected to the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2001, after being elected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. From the GBSHOF:
If one accepts the popular notion that a strong defense lies at the core of a championship team, then the Sabres’ commitment to winning in the 1980s was unquestionably signaled by the selection of Mike Ramsey as the first pick in the 1979 entry draft.
On defense, Ramsey was a shot-blocker without peer, and as a result, played through many nagging injuries. However, he was also familiar with the offensive end of the rink. Mike is the second highest scoring defenseman in Sabres’ history (73 goals, 256 assists, 329 points).
He played 911 games in a Sabres’ jersey. Along the way, he was feted by teammates as Most Valuable Player (1982-83 & 1986-87) and by selection as the Punch Imlach Award recipient (for dedication to hockey in 1987-88) and Tim Horton Award (unsung hero, in 1981-82 and 1985-86). Mike’s NHL career concluded with stops at Pittsburgh and Detroit, enabling Ramsey to become only the 99th player to appear in over 1,000 NHL games.
1Posted by John Monahan on December 2, 2011 at 9:49 am
Well it wouldn’t be a week without some Ryan Miller trade speculation. Earlier this week there was some smoke, even if there might not be a fire, with some nuggets going around the Web that Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks is being held as trade bait.
That was tied to Miller supposedly saying he’d be willing to be traded. Then some Ducks scouts were at the most recent Sabres game versus the Islanders. Rumors swirled connecting him with his LA-based actress wife Noureen DeWulf and that he might be looking to pull a Gretzky and head to Cali. (Hey, at least then his attitude would match his city! I’m just sayin’. And you can get away with saying anything if you add “I’m just saying” after it.)
Here's the happy couple. She starred in the hit movie, "The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It", but I'm sure you knew that.
Well, first of all, Phil at Black & Blue & Gold says there’s nothing to get excited about with the Ducks scouts. Apparently, it’s pretty routine for scouts to check out other teams and it was mostly likely coincidence.
“I am proud of being a Sabre for all we have accomplished, and I am excited about the new chapter Terry and Kim Pegula have inspired. I am working hard to get healthy and build my game back to where I want it so I can start to contribute to an effort to build a championship team.”
At least Miller is texting the right things, even if he doesn’t say similar things in post-game interviews.
Miller’s $6,250,000 salary and cap hit would be a huge problem in moving him, even if the Sabres wanted to. The offseason market for goalies wasn’t even that great so perhaps the demand just isn’t there.
On top of that, Bruce Boudreau got hired by the Ducks as their new coach. This might kill the rumored strategy that the Ducks had before hiring him of shopping guys around. Or it might strengthen those rumors. This makes my head hurt and is why it’s probably fruitless to speculate on this sort of thing.
But hey, we’re fans, that’s what we do, right? And I’m just playing devil’s advocate here, but the Sabres have a young guy in Enroth who’s been very solid with Miller out. Jhonas Enroth and Drew McIntyre could do just as well as Miller has this year. Miller could now be labeled “injury-prone” or at least have ongoing concussion symptoms. He didn’t even look at top form most of this year. If we can move him now we can get close to full value for him. That and he’s kind of a jerk in interviews and doesn’t fit the attitude of the city.
Now, I really don’t feel that way, at least mostly. A tiny sliver of me believes that we would be ok without Miller. For the most part though I think we need him and it would be absolutely ludicrous to trade him at this point.
Good thing it looks like there’s nothing at all to these trade rumors. Right?
2Posted by Scott Michalak on December 2, 2011 at 9:06 am
Tonight features the iconic matchup of Mike Babcock’s “The System” versus Lindy Ruff’s “The System.” May the best philosopher win.
To go along with this head to head chess match, we at BSN are proud to rebuff it with a even more snarky than usual version of Sabres Twitter BINGO. I’ll warn you ahead of time – this one is not going to be very winnable. And it’s kiiiiinda wordy.
Frankly, you can just put your dabbers back in the drawer for this one. Heck, it ain’t like we ever actually give out prizes to the winner anyway.
Prepare yourself for a heavy dose of old Tim Connolly, Darcy Regier, and Jochen Hecht jokes.