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SEASON PREVIEW: The 1st 10 Games Might be Kinda Huuu-jah

Free Fuccillo plug in the title?

I’m going to Hell.

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He’s going to yell at us all season long.

Also, healthy changes something. I won’t tell you what. Don’t want to spoil it.

I wonder what other hockey commercials we’ll see during game one that we will then see 3 times a game, every game, until the end of the season. That’s one of the best/most underrated parts of game one – all the fresh ads haven’t driven you to drink (more) during hockey games yet. Beer times three is good for me. Amirite?

Sorry for all the above. Moving onto actual analysis now.

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Whatever. We’re all going to Hecht.

Or something like that.

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Zen power (see below).

Hey, so the Sabres decided to solve their inexperienced center/crappy top PK unit probs with bringing back the same guy who possibly hallucinated himself and his Sabres all the way to the Stanley Cup last season.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Repeat.

This is a good signing. Right?

That’s the hope.

This is a bad signing?

Wrong.

It’s a terrible signing?

Wrong.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Obscenities and mediocrity! Fire people and tweet the Pegula daughters that we want Malkin! Nothing else! Malkin(s)!

Breathe, dammit!

 I’m not going to play the Euro card. I’m not going to play the Euro card. I’m not going to play the Euro card.

You people have no Zen power. Hecht instantly IMPROVES the Sabres. Who did you want? A 38 year old Arnnott, for 48 games, who’d have to spend time learning Lindy Ruff’s “system” and possibly costing us a game in the process? An 18-27 year old (depending on which birther you talk to) Grigorenko centering a third line* with a pair of scrubs designed for puck control schemes only? This team and its youngsters need solid veteran competition.

Heck, Hecht is the perfect guy for the 3rd and 4th line. Like it, or not: he’s consummately consistent, defensively sound, knows “the system,” and really, really, really is passionate about playing this season. (For certain: it is his last.)

So why not embrace him?

I’m not going to play the Euro card. I’m not going to play the Euro card. I’m not going to play the Euro card.

Not enough palms for my face.

Also, Euro card: played.

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Hecht is a damn fine defensive forward, who possesses the offensive talent to produce goals from the 3rd and 4th line, or even when short-handed. Captain Pommers said he looks great, when he played alongside him in the DEL lockout penitentiary. Pommers is our captain. He’s earned it. He’s as consistent on the ice as… well, Hecht. More talented for sure, but this team must have consistent players like these for a short 48 game playoff push.

All I can say is “Welcome back” to our once again longest tenured Sabre. The only beef I have with him is that my wife thinks his eyes are “deep pools of mystery.” Thankfully, she also thinks his face is all “weirded up like a mosquito.”

Euro-hate.

Fan-lust.

Fan-ire.

No, fan HATE. Is this really a thing?

As in the title:

We’re all going to Hecht.

Let’s hope there’s a shiny Cup at the end of the journey. And please, Hockey Gods: protect his head. I do fear for him in this way.

#ProtectTheLid

Go Sabres.

*Yea sorry. Grigs and Girgs are not guaranteed roster spots in a 48 game season. Welcome to the playoffs, already.

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Grading the Lockout: Pegula earns a Passing Grade

With that hideous lockout thing finally over, it’s time to deal with our conflicting emotions: do we return to the FNC? Do we re-up with NHL Center Ice? Do we buy tickets? Do we boycott the first game?

Folks, it’s time to move on.

The Internet fan petitions didn’t stop this thing. Our laments on Twitter went unheard. That YouTube video from the father son duo (wherein the father had terminal cancer) did nothing to get the NHL or NHLPA moving. I said this at the beginning of the lockout: “Even if a (fan) petition was signed by terminal cancer patients, all it could possibly garner from the NHL is something like a quick ‘Thanks for your passion’ statement.”

And yes, we learned that Derek Roy’s Ferrari is loud when he starts it. Evander Kane has a cellphone (and iPad) made of wads of hundred dollar bills.

Don’t stop enjoying hockey now. Go to the games. Don’t boycott anything. Have fun. Dream of a Cup.

But none of this is news. None of it is surprising. The NHL is all fun and games between CBAs, but when it comes to the lockouts, we are reminded that it is also an grossly obese animal that requires an incredible diet of cash to stay happy. Again, not news, but it is what it is.

This just part of the process and price we pay to see the best in the hockey loving world skating in Buffalo, NY.

It’s time to move on, and enjoy the game again.

As for Pegula – yes, he voted (as all the owners did) to go ahead with Gary Bettman’s lockout. However, he also:

  • Kept everyone on staff
  • Erected the French Connection Statue
  • Held the innovative “Sabres University”
  • Is helping to rebuild Buffalo
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This guy gets an A+ in my book.

 

This lockout will continue to sting for a while, but those emotions will pass. They always do. Bettman called us “The best fans in the world” for our tendency to return to the game. Hey, he’s an idiot. Whatever. The fact is, we never left the game. Hockey has continued all over the city during the lockout.

Don’t stop enjoying hockey now. Go to the games. Don’t boycott anything. Have fun. Dream of a Cup.

And if you see Pegula, shake his hand. He’s done a lot in the Queen City already, and without a doubt, he’s got more for us on the way.

Go Sabres.

 

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#NHL #Lockout Tweet of the Day: Sabres Prospect Knows his Boobs

So what if the lockout is over.

This is priceless.

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5 Big Reasons You should Tune in to Every #Sabres Game this Season

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Well, I’m back.

Blogging about… the NHL. I feel so dirty. Whatever. It’s time to put the lockout behind us and talk puck. Here’s a good starting point: 5 big reasons why you should tune in to every Sabres game this season.

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