10 Reasons To Be Thankful For The 2013-14 Sabres
It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I thought today would be a good time to remind everyone that there’s still a chance.
Here’s the deal: if the Sabres go a herculean 32-16-9, they have a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs. And oh hey – if they go 57-0-0. they even have a shot at the President’s Trophy. Dream big in that food coma, people.
These stats, of course, come from SportsClubStats.com – a site that we all used to enjoy hopping on in the days before the Sabres became possibly the worst team ever to lace up the skates that didn’t include a skating monkey.
Also, it’s nice to see our effort to get the most lottery balls possible visualized:
Flatlining by November: BOOM SABRES HOCKEY.
Here’s a list of 3 things we can actually be grateful for.
1. Regier and Rolston are gone. No brainer here. Not sure why I am still typing about it. Let’s move on.
2. Zemgus Girgensons is a legitimate hockey beast. He is going to be a huge part of that Stanley Cup contending team we will eventually have. Enjoy watching his rookie campaign, and buy a jersey – this one’s not going anywhere.
3. The Ryan Miller Trade will be an enormous relief when it eventually does happen. Sabres fans might prefer him still in blue and gold if he suits up for the Olympics – but I think we all agree that it’s time that management sets him free. He’s earned it. Get him to a NHL contender. We will miss him, but at least we won’t be watching him get tortured by his teammates anymore. Everyone wins.
4. Embrace The Tank or, instead, you can still argue over every and any Sabres related minutia that you can think of. Considering the graph pictured above, I think it’s time we all stopped whining about how bad this team is and just enjoyed hockey for hockey’s sake. Have a beer, give a cheer. If you really can’t enjoy hockey in this way, I’ll buy your tickets for 10 bucks a seat. I know some underprivileged families who would really love a chance at attending a game this time of the year.
5. Ted and Pat look to be the real deal. Besides making us feel pretty damn good inside our hockey hearts, it looks like they’ve got the product on the right track. While LaFontaine continues to track down the best GM available on the planet, Nolan is slowly, patiently steering the Sabres back towards being a responsible, confident kind of hockey team that was all but completely destroyed by the previous regime.
6. New Sabres are always fun. Matt Moulson was quite an unnecessary largesse from the Islanders in the Vanek trade, and has been a joy to watch (when Rolston wasn’t benching him). Also, we’ve got plenty of draft picks that will bring us more stud rookies, or possibly even actual NHL ready players at the trade deadline. I have no idea what the names will be, but I’m excited about new names and bolder blood coming to the FNC soon.
7. Terry Pegula gets it now (see item #1). Oh, and he also is building that Harbor Center thing. No NHL owner is perfect, and neither is ours, but he’s come to his hockey senses. And he still has pockets full of cash.
8. The Third Jersey may be hideous, but because of that, you don’t have to drop 200 bucks on it which amounts to more Xmas spending money. (Or extra money for your X-Box1/PS4 fund.)
9. Tyler Myers has regained his old, aggressive game, and be it because of Nolan – or Jim Corsi – I can be confident to say that we will all be extraordinarily grateful if he returns to Calder form. The young rearguard is finally heading in the right direction again (towards the net – boy oh boy, how I had missed those rushes).
10. Honesty is back at the FNC. The Sabres aren’t strutting around trying to sell us “multiple Stanley Cups” anymore. The team is in an admitted full rebuild mode. Darcy accidentally termed it “suffering” once, but I disagree. I think it’s much more psychologically healthy for the fans – and the players – to know exactly what we are all here for. We’re going to lose a lot of games for a while, but it’s OK. We’re rebuilding, and that’s OK too.
Maybe next year we’ll be talking playoffs again. Until then, like I said in #4, have a beer and give a cheer.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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