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A very similar blog post… February 28, 2010

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I’m guessing, even though I haven’t read my fellow Sabres bloggers’ posts about tonight, that we’re all saying pretty much the same thing:

  1. Ryan Miller (aka Crunchy) is awesome and we still love him.
  2. We’re proud of Team USA.
  3. Noowwww let’s play some hockkkkeeeeeyyyyyy! H/T Jay Moran

So I won’t say those things.

Instead, here are my thoughts:

  1. Slovakia, though I didn’t pick them to place as high as they did, was both a surprise to me and not a surprise at all to me. When the Slovakian roster was announced, I said to myself, “Huh. There are a lot of good players from Slovakia, apparently.” And there were…
  2. I cannot BELIEVE the Russians rolled over and played dead like they did against Canada. They looked like they just didn’t care.
  3. This will be the last Olympics for Drury, Rafalski, Orpik, and Gleason, but you’ve got to think many of the other members of Team USA 2010 have a great shot at making the team next time around… and will have four more years of experience. That fact makes me want to rub my hands together in the villian in a cartoon. The future looks bright…
  4. Ryan Miller mentioned that Team USA and USA Hockey probably gained some respect around the world. Did they ever! And since USA Hockey just announced a multi-million initiative to upgrade their developmental program, the sky’s the limit.
  5. Don’t be late tuning in to the Sabres game on Wednesday night. Something tells me there’s going to be some sort of ceremony for the medal winners/Olympians and that Ryan Miller is going to bring down the house. Of course, if you ARE late, that will be ok since they will be cheering for Miller well into the 9-o’clock hour…
  6. The Sabres play the Penguins on Tuesday. Revenge for Miller if he plays – you can take that to the bank.
  7. I love the Olympics but I’m glad they’re over. I actually watched movies on ABC Family last night rather than watching more Olympics – how sad is that?
  8. According to Paul Hamilton’s interview last week on WGR, Paul Gaustad was on this team until the last vote, when they replaced him with Ryan Callahan. Do you think Gaustad would’ve been the better choice? I’m torn. I like Ryan Callahan, despite the fact he plays for the freeging Rangers. Could Gaustad have done better? We’ll never know, but feel free to argue one way or the other in the comments.
  9. And lastly, RIGHT before Crosby scored my hubby said, “Wow, if Crosby scored Canada would go nuts.” Seriously, the puck went in as he finished talking. Feel free to blame him entirely for the loss.

Now back to our regularly-scheduled programming! GREAT hockey! Go Sabres!

Darcy Regier: Charge your cell phone, please! February 27, 2010

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Memo

Date: February 27, 2010

To: Darcy Regier

From: Sabres Fans

RE: Trade deadline 2010

You are hereby advised to keep your cell phone on your person and charged. Buy a new battery or two if you have to.

You should keep an open mind about making trades, and you might have to trade a couple of current roster players or some promising prospects. By all appearances Sabres fans will not be placated by getting rid of Clarke MacArthur and picking up Paul Mara.

Be further advised that you might be crucified if you do not “go for it” this year. Your franchise goaltender is playing the best hockey of his career and you have a legitimate shot at a long run in the playoffs, but only if you address the holes in your lineup.

If you have any questions about implementing the “go for it” philosophy, please contact Ray Shero at (412) IWONCUP.

Thank you for your time and attention.

I don’t care what the IOC says, it’s Miller Time! February 26, 2010

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So let’s be honest: how many of you people thought this US/Finland game was going to be a blowout? And by the end of the first period, no less? Naw, me neither.

The USA is playing for the gold, y’all!

Miika Kiprusoff clearly had no interest in playing a game today, and his teammates weren’t much better. On one hand it’s disappointing because it really wasn’t a great game today, but on the other hand it was fun to watch Ryan Miller get another shutout (yawn) and the guys open up a little bit offensively.

The US has been the best team defensively, and though we all know Miller has been a stud back there, it’s not all him. The forwards are an interesting mix too. In watching this team I have discovered a lot of players to like in the Western Conference, which is always a bonus. Sorry though, boys, Ryan Kesler has won the “Make Amanda Love You” derby. By a landslide. Erik Johnson and Bobby Ryan have tied for a distant second. Better luck next time, fellas.

Brian Burke looks like a freegin’ genius right about now, huh?

I was happy to see Tim Thomas get some playing time. I’ve always liked Tim Thomas – I mean, you’ve gotta love a guy who seems thrilled to be there, whether it’s the All-Star Game or the Olympics.

I mentioned when the Olympics started I was going to take a bit of a break to try to finish revisions on my novel. Well, I’ve finished them (yay!) and I’m planning to start blogging daily again. I have some thoughts – just a few, don’t worry – and I will share them with you, my blog-reading public. There are at least a half dozen of you…

So stay tuned! Oh, and to help build my blog traffic up again: Ryan Malone has tattoos.

The buzz is wearing off! I need my hockey! February 22, 2010

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At least I can watch the US women’s team most likely kick another opponent all over the ice. Yes, there is that… But the US men don’t play again until Wednesday! Whatever shall I do with myself until then?

On another, far more hilarious note, it appears EITHER Canada or Russia, but NOT BOTH, will make it into medal contention. (H/T to Puck Daddy)

HEE-LARE-E-OUS

USA Hockey’s developmental program is looking more and more solid, eh, Hockey Canada?

We all know it’s entirely possible the US will eventually be overwhelmed in this tournament, but for now, I’ll say this: I’m kinda glad the Sabres have 9 players representing the US on their roster. I counted Jason Pominville since he plays for Team USA and did not count Tyler Myers, because though he was born in the US he plays for Team Canada.

A couple of days off should do the guys some good, though you have to wonder – will the teams with the older players who haven’t gotten this much time off wear down? We’ll see…

USA vs Canada 2/21/10 Postmortem February 21, 2010

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It’s a great day for hockey!

I was able to watch some of the Russia/Czech Republic game, and I came away with many thoughts, but one impression stayed more than any other: Evgeni Malkin – WHAT A PLAYER. I really wanted the Czechs to win, but alas, in the end Russia just overpowered them. I wasn’t surprised to see Max Afinogenov give away the puck, which created a scoring chance and eventually a goal. Nice job, Max. Glad to see you haven’t changed your game too much in the time you’ve been away from the Sabres./sarcasm

If I’m feeling crazy I might stay up to watch Sweden and Finland play. I love Teemu Selanne, plus I’d get to see the Swedebots (H/T to Katebits, I believe) and Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman. I’m guessing there’s been some side betting between Hank and Toni regarding the outcome of this game.

On to the show. NOTE – I’m not going to do Like/Didn’t like, but instead just give my thoughts. I’m starting this blog at the start of the third period because frankly, I forgot I was going to blog about this game once it started and I got sucked into the action.

  • I have a good feeling about this game for the US. I’m not just saying that because the US is in the lead 3-2 going into the third, either. It just feels like destiny. Hopefully it is.
  • The US comes right out and scores on Brodeur. Hee.
  • Sidney Crosby is having a rough game. He was on his butt when two of the US goals were scored. At least he seemed to be trying to play defense, unlike his linemates Mike Richards and Rick Nash.
  • And about that Nash-Crosby-Richards line. I don’t like it. I can’t even say why, exactly, though it doesn’t seem to be the best choice for chemistry to put the captain of the Flyers and the captain of the Penguins on one line. I don’t care if they’re from the same country or not, it just doesn’t seem smart.
  • The US is not backing down from physical confrontation. I like it.
  • I love watching the Olympics for so many reasons, but as far as hockey goes, besides seeing AWESOME games like this, I get to know some players that I wouldn’t normally see. I am now in love with Ryan Kesler, Shea Weber, and Duncan Keith. Jamie Langenbrunner is growing on me too. Better cut him off. *rim shot*
  • I know he’s American, I know he’s a local boy, but I just don’t like Pat Kane.
  • So Brian Rafalski seems like a pretty smart roster choice, huh?
  • I don’t like Chris Pronger. That is all.
  • That collision between Staal, Perry, and Pronger at the end of the second was kinda funny. I mean, I’m happy no one was really hurt, but it looked like a sketch from the Three Stooges.
  • I am really impressed w/ the young defensemen from both teams. The future of the NHL is bright.
  • I like the choice of Ryan Malone for Team USA. I like Ryan Malone. As many of you know, the Penguins are my second-favorite team, so I’ve seen a lot of Malone. Yes, I know he plays for Tampa Bay now, but Ryan Malone is a player I can get behind. He may not be the most talented guy, but he’ll go out there and kill himself for his team.
  • Ryan Miller hasn’t had to make too many outstanding saves yet, but he’s been very good.
  • Canada needs to stop taking penalties. I would think it would be a matter of time before Team USA scores on the power play.
  • I’m pretty happy Brian Rafalski plays in the Western Conference. Yep, he can just go ahead and stay there.
  • Aaaannndddd Drury shows why he was put on the team. A shot block followed shortly by a goal. Nice.
  • I’d like to see a little more out of Parise. We all know the kid has mad skillz – how ’bout lettin’ ’em loose, boy?
  • How cool is it that Ryan Suter is playing in these Olympics? Am I correct that it was his father Bob who played on the Miracle On Ice team?
  • Speaking of the Miracle team, I know Mark Johnson, Jim Craig, and Mike Eruzione are all at the Olympics (and probably Bob Suter if Ryan is his son). I’m thinking they’ve given a pep talk or two to Team USA. FYI: Mark Johnson is the head coach of Team USA women’s team, which is kicking butt in their tournament.
  • Is it just me or does Brodeur look pretty shaky? I bet we’ll see Luongo or Fleury in Canada’s next game.
  • Love Ryan Callahan. I’ve been a fan of his every time the Sabres play the Rangers.
  • I wonder if Brooks Orpik drove to the Olympics in his “Free Candy” van?
  • Conspiracy theorists would say these late power play opportunities for Canada are not a coincidence.
  • Jamie Langenbrunner has something like five kids. He just does NOT look old enough for that. He must’ve been a precocious kid.
  • Hubs mentioned how much better the NHL would be if the talent level was higher, like it is in this tournament. We were saying if the NHL contracted by about four-six teams, and you know who you are *coughFloridaTampaBayAtlantaPhoenixetccough*, the NHL would be a treat to watch night in and night out.
  • Aaaannnddd the Canadians make it a game by scoring a goal with three minutes left in the third. Go USA – hold on, boys!
  • “Tremendously tremendous”, Eddie? Really?
  • WHAT AN EFFORT, Ryan Kesler. WOW. I salute you, sir.
  • STUNNED=Canada.

I am soooo psyched for the rest of this tournament. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!!

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