Time to blow some shit up.
I’ll dress up like a banana if it helps to move Drew Stafford. It won’t. But I’m willing. Chances are, we’re all willing. IDEA: let’s all wear banana costumes to the next game.
Also, for the record: I’ll pay for Stafford’s bus ride out of town. Despite his goal in front of the net yesterday, he is all pond hockey here. He wants to be moved. He is playing like this, so that he will be moved. Or, he is playing like that because he wants to lose his career. Hmm.
Instead of the normal “let’s trade this guy for that guy” HFBoards/Twitter/WGR analysis, I’m going to do a simplified deadline day trade version. Welcome, everyone, to “Who would Scotty Trade?” (Spoiler alert: STAFFORD. Oh wait. Nevermind.)
“Trade him for a bag of pucks,” you say? The Sabres don’t need a bag of pucks. But hey, they could toss them into the crowd or something. Make the deal! Goodtimes.
It’s multiple choice.
A. Should we boo?
B. Should we hope for trades?
C. Should we demand that Regier is fired, and do we have the patience for a true rebuild?
D. Should we hope that we can string together a 5 game win streak to get close enough to the playoffs to then hopefully have a sniff at Lord Stanley?
E. All of the above.
If you answered D, you’ve failed this semester of Sabres hockey. Please return to Sabres University and try to pass again next term.
The answer is E:
We should boo… and hope (a little more on that later). This team is not terrible. It is talented – yet refuses to play to its abilities. This is not our long lost “Hardest Working Team in Hockey,” this is a nightmare. Unleash the boos and don’t hold back: at least someone in the building will be putting in 100%.
We’re all in this together.
Ron Rolston is the new interim coach, and his Sabres are currently basking in the glow of their sweep of the Sunshine State.
Rolston, as it was announced by Darcy Regier, is here as an interim coach. He’s on a tryout. He’s been tweaking a few things. Tinkering. Trying to get The Most Inconsistently Working Team in Hockey working again. He’s a very knowledgeable man, and I wish him the best of luck. But this is a try-out for him.
Nothing is guaranteed for Rolston, and the same should be said for the rest of the Sabres.
Andrej Sekera gives the puck away, half of Buffalo wants Darcy Regier to trade him for a “bag of pucks.”
Tyler Myers gives the puck away, twice, pretty much all of Buffalo wants to have his babies.
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Get it? It’s a (find the “suckera”) thinker. Anyway, stop being the mean cop, Buffalo. Also, I love Google Images.
We’ll post about this one more time, and then put the issue to rest here at BSN. Folks, Sekera is a stud.
I know I’m supposed to be mad at the NHL, but quite frankly I’m just glad that hockey’s back.
With all of the online petitions and ire directed at the NHL, the general consensus seemed to be that we had to demand some sort of retribution from the NHL and the various owners. But how can we be mad at an owner the likes of Terry Pegula?
The Pegula clan didn’t want this lockout but they did the best they could with it. They offered a 50% off sale in the Sabres store and Kim Pegula even handed out hot chocolate to fans in line. The Sabres even started a new way to win over Sabres fans at birth by giving newborns a Sabres “We Live Hockey” blanket and a “Future First-Round Pick” certificate.
(My original source is this 3 Smartest Things in Buffalo post at Trending Buffalo by BSN’s Scott. It’s a great read!)
Some have said the Sabres haven’t done enough to “apologize” to fans for the lockout. That other teams have done way more, like Nashville offering 2 for 1 tickets or Toronto extending their 50% off sale into the season.
Whatever. Each team is their own business, or franchise and can handle it how they see fit.
The NHL is a business, as are nearly ALL entertainment outlets that we enjoy. They provide entertainment for a fee. It’s an illusion to think that the NHL exists simply to provide us joy.
We want to believe that sports is pure, that it’s all about the athletes’ heart, the love of the game, that they fight for our city or region. Which, y’know is true to a certain extent, but it is all predicated on the fact that the engine running it needs capitol to sustain itself.
That doesn’t mean a major sports league needs to be entirely heartless, but stuff like lockouts and strikes are bound to happen.
I get that people are pissed that hockey seems to have had more than it’s fair share of work stoppages, but… ah well. I just can’t get too worked up about it. The Sabres didn’t want it to happen so I guess my feelings were to just sit back and do something else until the players got back on the ice.
And now that they’re back, it’s amazing and has made me realize exactly how much I love the sport of hockey. Maybe it’s a little “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. In any case it’s awesome, and I’ve dropped any ill will I’ve had towards the NHL. Hell, maybe a 48-game season is better anyway, but that’s a subject for another post.
Welcome back Sabres, and go get ‘em!