On the Power PlayFebruary 5, 2008
Last night, on Time Warner Sports Channel, I found a little show called Power Play. Its a one-on-one half hour with a different Sabre each week. This week’s first
victim guest was none other than Drew Stafford.
The host of the show – Jeremy White (aka Whitey of WGR) – was really relaxed and did a pretty good job of putting Stafford at ease. The show really does a good job of focusing on the player; their thoughts about the current status of the team, their hobbies off the ice and what makes them tick.
Stafford did share a little bit about the inner workings of the team. He mentioned that he’s a quiet guy in the room, that he’s not speaking up a lot yet just because he’s so young and he thinks no one would listen to him. He’s only 22 years old, and as much as we think he could be the next Chris Drury, he’s not there yet. Let’s not put too much pressure on the kid, before he burns out trying to do too much.
Stafford also gushed about his time at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, saying the coach was a big influence in his hockey career. He kind of brushed off the notion that it was special that he played with Sid, making a comment that he played with a lot of great guys who are now in the NHL.
In addition, Staffy’s also going to be putting out a CD this offseason. Please let it be Krooshul Tawnt type music and not “Fabian” type music. I don’t think Buffalo could handle Fabian.
There’s also an innovative segment called “The Gauntlet” The easiest way to describe it is a live action MySpace survey combined with a high school yearbook “Most Likely To” list. Staffy had to tell which of his teammates would best answer the question Some of the questions were kind of out there, but some of the answers were just as ridiculous.
– Who would be most likely to lock himself out of the house / hotel room? Danny Paille
– Who would be most likely to eat something off the floor? Danny Paille
Sounds like Danny Paille needs some adult supervision. And also, Staffy kept calling him Pie-sy. Does a name like Paille, or even Pie, really need to have a -sie at the end of it?
– Who would be most likely to have a snake as a pet? Toni Lydman
– Who talks the most about fashion? Ryan Miller (kind of surprised Roy-Z didn’t end up here. Then again, I can totally see Miller watching Project Runway.)
– Who would be the most likely to pilot a plane if something happened to the pilot? Staffy, but he would try to be the hero and probably end up killing them all.
– What player would you most want to take a run against? Chris Neil, because he needs to be dealt with, and Jordan Parise, because they’re friends.
– Which player is most likely to have the rink lights turned off on him? Mike(y) Ryan or Gaustad. (I’m not surprised to hear Goose’s name here, since his work ethic was discussed during his ankle rehab last year, but Mike Ryan was a little bit of a surprise.)
– What player is most likely to give up hockey and go find himself? Staffy originally said Pratt here, but changed his answer to Afinogenov, if only because the visual of Afinogenov in the woods was too much for him.
– What player is most likely to have a roller skating party? Soupy. (You know, this kind of puts those rumors I’ve heard about some 4th wall things into a lot better perspective.)
– What player is most likely to end up on YouTube? Soupy and Miller. Said with a rather sheepish “you’ve got to be careful these days.” Just his body language and the way he said it really makes me think that the team got a lecture about life in the age of YouTube.
– Most embarassing moment: being afraid of the Zamboni at age 3. Ma and Pa Stafford got it on tape. He was skating around, saw the Zamboni coming and ran away and hid. I think the Staffy mythology just added another chapter, huh?
If the rest of the players have as much fun with this show as Staffy did, Power Play could be a really entertaining half-hour of TV each week.
WGR asked Lindy this morning about the Captaincy selections, specifically about why Roy-Z and Goose were not bestowed with a letter.
“With Derek, I feel he’s been a difference maker since he came back, and both (Roy and Gaustad) were in very serious considerations,” Ruff said. “A lot of it was based with the way Brian has played. Jochen has had probably the most consistent month out of any of our players. On the way assistant captain route, we went through all those guys, and the one guy who really stepped up in a tough time for us was Adam Mair, but Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad would’ve been excellent choices.”
Ruff admitted that experience played a role in the decision.
And there you have it. If I remember correctly, Yo-You, Mairsy and Soupy all have the most games in a Sabres uniform. I believe that all three were around during seasons where the team struggled to make the playoffs, if they did at all. They’ve got the experience in crunch time situations. Nothing against Goose and Roy-Z, but they’ve really only come of age in the happy-fun conference finals time.
That said, these guys are still deserving of a letter at some point.