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Sabres New Year’s Resolutions December 31, 2010

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In the spirit of being the ever-helpful fan that I am, I thought I’d give the boys some ideas about New Year’s resolutions. Here’s hoping they keep these suggestions and learn them, know them, live them.

Luke Adam: Continue to grow as a hockey player, both physically and skill-wise, and displace one of the barnacles hanging off the Sabres’ ship [see Connolly, Tim].

Tim Connolly: Start scouting for a team who’s looking for an oft-injured, highly-talented center who left his potential back in his high school rink (ED note: harsh, I know, and argue with me if you think you can win. Addt’l ED note: you can’t win.)

Tyler Ennis: Watch old tapes of Maxim Afinogenov. Watch new tapes of Maxim Afinogenov WHO IS IN THE KHL BECAUSE HE STICKHANDLED TOO MUCH.

Paul Gaustad: Remember that there’s more to hockey than being good at faceoffs.

Nathan Gerbe: Keep a picture of a hockey net on the fridge so it can be easily recognized during games.

Mike Grier: Learn how to score on a breakaway.

Jochen Hecht: Become the Angry German we would much rather see than this mopey dude.

Pat Kaleta: Get some new body parts and see a migraine specialist.

Cody McCormick: Send a late Christmas card to Adam Mair.

Rob Niedermayer: Invest in some “Just for Men” so the guys will making comments about the gray hair.

Jason Pominville: Populate his town, maybe make it necessary to open up a Planned Parenthood clinic there.

Derek Roy: Learn how to dance on one leg so trips to SoHo are still a possibility.

Drew Stafford: Figure out which personality is the real Drew Stafford – the kick-ass, take no names winger or the totally-invisible, furry-loving one. Kill the totally-invisible, furry-loving one.

Thomas Vanek: Do some research on Valium.

Chris Butler: Write a dissertation on how last season’s horrible play could be attributed to being paired with Craig Rivet. Try to figure out angle for explaining away this year’s horrible play.

Jordan Leopold: Look up what “egregious turnover” means and then stop committing them.

Steve Montador: Buy an “I’m awesome and I want a contract extension” t-shirt to wear around the rink.

Shaone Morrisonn: Figure out how to stay healthy for more than one game at a stretch. And call Mike Green to taunt him about his Vespa.

Tyler Myers: Use zinc lozenges before heading to Calgary next time.

Craig Rivet: Pick out a nice retirement home.

Andrej Sekera: Buy a baseball bat to keep away all the women flocking in his direction since the Buffalo Spree’s “Most Eligible Bachelor” list came out.

Mike Weber: Learn how to fight.

Ryan Miller: Start threatening teammates with show tunes in the locker room if they don’t kick their games up a notch or three.

Patrick Lalime: Bask in the reflected glory from Ryan Miller’s warm words at the NHL Awards last year.

Best reasons why the Sabres won’t suck forever December 29, 2010

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I know we’re all very down on the team right now, and with good reason. But I’d like to offer some hope to you, the downtrodden fans.

Hence, here are some reasons the Sabres won’t suck forever (in no particular order):

  • Tyler Ennis – even though I see shades of Maxim Afinogenov in him, at least his “give a damn” isn’t broken.
  • New owner Terry Pegula – not only does he have the money to field a competitive team, he understands hockey and appears to have a competitive spirit.
  • Tim Connolly/Jochen Hecht/Mike Grier/Craig Rivet/Rob Niedermayer/Patrick Lalime – all are set to become UFA’s at the end of the season.
  • The new kids on the block: Luke Adam, TJ Brennan, Marcus Foligno, Zack Kassian, Drew Schiestel – they’re looking good and getting more experience with every game.
  • Ryan Miller – is not an unrestricted free agent until after the 2013-2014 season.
  • Possibility of a new GM – Pegula hasn’t said whether or not he’ll keep the current management team around, but I have a feeling at least some of the front office will be cleaned out.
  • Draft placement – if the team continues to struggle they’ll get some good early draft picks.

Do we all feel better now?

Well, I can’t complain about that… December 28, 2010

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When guys like Hecht, Adam, and Weber (twice!) score, there’s not too much I will complain about. Sure, Tyler Ennis should’ve watched his stick on that first Edmonton goal, but overall the team played well. Some interesting statistics:

  • Mike Weber had his first three-point game as a Sabre and was a plus 4.
  • If not for Cody McCormick, who did NOT have a good night on faceoffs, every Sabres center would’ve been at 56% or better on faceoff wins.
  • Steve Montador continued his plus/minus charge, collecting a plus 3 in this game.
  • Mike Weber, in addition to his two goals, had five more shots blocked. He also led the team in hits.
  • Craig Rivet and Andrej Sekera both had three giveaways, to “win” at that category.
  • Jordan Leopold played almost 26 minutes – nearly half the game. Sekera was close behind him. Their ice time amount was padded by time spent killing penalties.

Going .500 on a West Coast roadtrip is okay with me. Sure, I’d rather they started racking up points and moved up in the standings, but it’s a bit much to ask of this team. Now on to play the Bruins. Haven’t we already played them fifteen times already? Oh, it just FEELS like we have… right.

Five reasons the Sabres are screwed December 27, 2010

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Normally I am a pretty positive fan, but I thought the loss of Derek Roy and being eight points out of a playoff spot with a West Coast roadtrip ahead of them would be a good time to panic.

Therefore, here are five reasons I think the Sabres are screwed:

  • With Derek Roy out, no center other than Paul Gaustad, who plays somewhat limited minutes, is in the Top 90 in faceoff win percentage.
  • Ryan Miller will need to rest soon, and Patrick Lalime’s stats are 0-4-0 with a GAA of 3.03 and a save percentage of .890. The Sabres currently sit in 21st place in goals scored with an average of 2.54 per game. If Lalime gives up three each time he plays wins don’t look likely.
  • The team takes the 9th-most penalty-in-minutes per game and their penalty kill ranks 19th in the league.
  • When they have a power play they only score 16.8#% of the time, for a ranking of 17th in the league. They’ve also allowed six short-handed goals, the second-most in the league.
  • On the road, the Sabres sit 26th in goals-for. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils have scored less on the road than the Sabres.

If the team shows me something tonight I’ll do a post with “Five reason the Sabres may not be screwed”, but until then, they’re screwed. Sorry, folks, but it doesn’t look good.

Merry Christmas, Derek Roy December 25, 2010

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Well, even if you don’t like Derek Roy you’ve got to feel bad for the guy. If he’s lucky he’ll be ok by next summer. He was having a point-a-game season, one of the best he’s played in his entire career. This is definitely a setback for him.

The Sabres say they’ll look for a replacement internally. They can find a warm body, but they can’t find another Derek Roy – there isn’t anyone on the current roster or in Portland who can take up his slack. The only way to “replace” him is actually to replace him. If the Sabres stand pat, especially with Tim Connolly injured yet again and Paul Gaustad having a horrific season, they really are in trouble.

Now that I’ve depressed you all, have a happy holiday!

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