Who Says Seeing’s Important?October 26, 2007
The Buffalo News is reporting that Goose might not play tonight against Florida, as he still cannot get his contact in his injured eye. He needs to have contacts in to play (sounds like he’s like me, blind as a bat without help). He sheepishly added that a visor has already been added to his helmet, and would have stopped the stick in the eye, had he been wearing one previously. The tone of the article is written to have almost an “I told you so” vibe about it, like MamaGoose or PapaGoose had gotten to him and ripped him a new one, in that way that only parents can do.
It will be interesting tonight to see how the boys come out of the gate against the Panthers. Numerous media outlets are reporting that a 30 minute closed door team meeting was held after the loss against the Hurricanes Wednesday night. The News is also reporting that the team had a 75 minute video review session and a 50 minute practice yesterday. I hope asses were kicked and names taken during the team meeting and video review session. Lately, it seems like for every one step forward, there have been two steps back (and in this case, opposites do not attract).
Here’s my two cents for some of the players:
Max – not always the best idea to skate through three defenders with the puck. Pass it, shoot it, dump it, chase it. Sometimes the dipsey-doodle might not be the best move.
Vanek – relax. Don’t think about the damn contract and the pressure that SabreNation is putting on you. It will come in due time. Though next time you get on a breakaway, shoot the puck. You’ve got a cannon for a shot. Use it.
Toni, Tony, Tone – buy Crunchy a beer. You’ve had two goals go in off of you in the past two games. You owe Crunchy.
Stafford – Stomp someone. You’re a big guy. Use your size to your advantage.
Lindy – Please tell me that during this hard and long practice you made like Herb Brooks during the Herbies scene in Miracle (AGAIN! – tweet!). Sometimes tough love is what’s needed. Yes, this is a young team, but that logic will only get you so far.
The whole team: hit someone! You’ve been ridiculously outhit the past few games. You’re not going to break if you hit someone. Outside of maybe Roy, you’re a big group of guys. Don’t allow other teams to take liberties with your goalie. If they hit Miller, hit back. There’s ways to do it and not get called for a penalty.