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Make Your Reservations Now

March 26, 2008

…on the SS “Not Making the Playoffs.”

These brats were up by 2. And gave up five unanswered goals in the third period. Absolutely unacceptable.

Shame the players don’t have the same faith in themselves that the sign holder does.

Last night’s game is the proverbial nail in the coffin. The fork that’s checking for done-ness. Pending spectacular collapses by the rest of the league, the team isn’t making the playoffs.

You know, it will be nice to watch these last six games simply for the joy of hockey. Not because we’re scoreboard watching and need a slide rule, a graphing calculator and an abacus to figure out how these brats are going to make the playoffs. They’re done. I’m going to enjoy the last six games, and enjoy the playoffs. Its been awhile since I’ve watched the playoffs without having a horse in the race.

Maybe that’s what this team needed. The proverbial kick in the bits that missing the playoffs is going to bring. The core group of guys on this team (Vanek, Roy, Stafford, Miller, Goose, etc.) hasn’t had a losing season in their pro careers. They won in Rochester and they’ve won up here these past two years. Losing might be good for them. It builds character.

About the only good thing from last night’s game is that the only Sabres with a positive +/- rating were Weber and Sejkera. And these were the guys that we were worried about.

- Watching last night’s post game show and reading the paper this morning, I’m a little confused as to who is throwing who under the bus. Lindy threw the vets under the bus, Miller threw the non-goalie players under the bus, and Bucky’s throwing Miller under the bus. Just about the only person that’s not been thrown under the bus is Sabretooth. Or is he driving the bus?

- I’m calling it now. 5 for 25 is over and done. Bucky’s new chant is going to be 6 for 40. Mark my words. Bets are now being taken as to how many times this will be said between now and 7/1/09.

- Speaking of contracts, I was reading a message board post that said Schopp and the Bulldog were floating an idea of signing Pommers to a ten year deal for $40 million. Surprisingly enough, this makes sense. This would keep Pommers, Roy, Hecht and Vanek together for the next long while. These are the core guys that have stepped up this year. It might be worth it.

- And just to clear up any misconceptions from the last post, Dany Heatly was not drunk when he was involved in the car crash with Dan Snyder. Yes, he was driving recklessly, but his BAC was at the legal limit. And let’s leave it at that.

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5 comments

  1. You’re right, it is going to be a relaxing spring now. Lots of not stressful hockey. And I’ll have extra time to spend outside just as the weather is getting beautiful. If they’re going to miss the playoffs might as well make the best of it. :)


  2. :O

    The SS is sinking! Noooo! I so see Sabretooth driving the bus. hehe


  3. Sabretooth is doing donuts with the damn bus….running over everyone.

    It’s going to be weird not watching the Sabres in the playoffs this year. I guess now I’ll just have to focus on the Sharks, hope they can get their shit together and make it past the second round.


  4. It will be fun to watch the playoffs with no actual purpose except for just watching playoff hockey. And in regards to Miller, if he wants Kiprusoff and Lundqvist money, he needs to start carrying the team on his back more. If he gets beat on the puck slide next to his right skate move again, I am going to throw something at his head. He has been beaten on that move more times than I can count.

    He is obviously no Martin Brodeur in that he cannot play more than 20 straight games. We need a backup goalie that can pick up the load of games that Miller cannot play.


  5. Miller may have his bad days, but he’s played one hell of a game this season. I love these guys, but some nights, it seemed that Miller was the only one playing.



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