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:
Some of these things may actually have to do with the outcome of the game, but most won’t. Why? Because hockey is fun, and I refuse all #suffering.
So, here we go:
1. A Message From The Hockey Gods
So, technically, Darcy Regier traded Paul Gaustad for Zemgus Girgensons.
This another way to define “trading up” (as in the like-named new reality show): in order to get something that you want, you trade something that you have for something of greater value, then swap what you got for something else of greater value, and continue until you’ve got what you want. Start with a rusty old Radio Flyer wagon and eventually wind up with a used Harley Davidson.
In this case, Regier sent Gaustad (and a 4th round pick in 2013) to Nashville for the Predators’ first round pick (which turned out to be the 21st overall selection, after Nashville’s season ended). Next, Regier traded that pick (along with the 42nd overall pick) to Calgary for the 14th pick, and turned that into Zemgus Girgensons.
After all of this, the Sabres still have a 2nd round pick. While trading away the 42nd pick, they still have the 44th, due to some more wheeling and dealing. The Flames’ initial 2nd rounder went to Buffalo when Regier “traded up” on June 25, 2011, when he sent Chris Butler and Paul Byron to Calgary in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and what is now the 44th pick in the draft.
As it all stands today, Regier took a “Goose” and traded up for a “Latvian Locomotive.”
Oh yea, he also had the good fortune to nab Mikhail Grigorenko with the 12th pick.
Not a bad day. Who said Darcy can’t swing a trade or draft well?
Click on the above links for full profiles of these two studs. If profiles are too much for you, then let’s talk NHL comparables. From said profiles, Girgensons’ NHL comparables are Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews. Grigorenko compares to a “Joe Thornton/Alex Kovalev/Evgeny Malkin mix.”
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