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The Walking Wounded November 26, 2011

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.

Wow. A season that had begun with all sorts of high hopes is very quickly turning into one of the most farcical seasons in Sabres’ history. And with the Bills suffering their own set of calamitous injuries, there appears to be  a very large and very dark cloud hanging over Buffalo sports. Summon all the priests and the witches, the padres and the wizards, an exorcism seems to be in order.

As it is, the team didn’t seem to be gelling together, and apart from a few bright spots, overall the team didn’t look mentally tough and cohesive enough to make a deep run come playoffs time. Then the mishaps began, and right now it’s all going very wrong for the Sabres.

First Jochen Hecht began the season on IR with recurring concussion symptoms, and he only just made it back to the lineup this week. Then towards the end of October Tyler Ennis injured his ankle. Prior to that he had been nowhere near the 60-pt form that he was expected to grow into this season. He remains day-to-day.

November then turned into the veritable month of horrors for the team – on the ice they are 6-5-1 with two games yet to play. In the infirmary though is where the Sabres have been hit hardest. An apparently-malicious body check sent goalie Ryan Miller out with a concussion. He’s still nowhere near returning. Cody McCormick and Mike Weber went out soon after with unnamed upper body injuries, no word on when either will be back.

It got worse – Tyler Myers had surgery to repair a broken wrist and will probably be back in 2012. After that, Brad Boyes and Patrick Kaleta were put on the shelf with lower body injuries. And then on the day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday) Robyn Regehr, one of the handful of Sabres who had been having a halfway decent season, suffered an upper body injury and there is no timetable on his return.

I’m sure I voice the feelings of Sabres’ fans all over when I beg the injury gods for clemency – enough! Has Buffalo not suffered enough in the past already without having to suffer these indignities that are befalling our teams?!

Hark back to the post-lockout years when the current core of the Sabres came up from Rochester and played their way into the team. All the kids called up from the Amerks need this experience, and they will make mistakes while here – but they will learn, and get better. With eight of the next nine games at home, it’s a good time for the fans to rally together behind the team and show the players that we are fully behind them. If ever the Sabres needed our support, it is now.



1. Richard - November 27, 2011

We were at the Phoenix game, and I thought they should have had a better effort. They managed to get up for Boston. At least they showed some character there. But next came the Columbus fiasco. No intensity at all. Then with 9 rooks they demolish Washington. Seems we never know what team will show up game to game. We’re going to the Isles game and I’m hoping the “A” team shows up. There’s no excuse for losing to the Isles, even with injuries. Between the inconsistent lackluster play and the injuries it has been very frustrating. But I’m hopeful that they will get their act together and come on in the next few weeks. And from what I’ve seen from the Amerks, the future could be promising.

calvin - November 28, 2011

The team is still seeking an identity for itself – one characteristic of teams that make it deep into the playoffs is that they have an identity, a modus operandi, and they stick to it. The nine rookies on the team are bringing their own style of play which is good, because the old guard needs to know they are being challenged for playing time.

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