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I Suppose I Should Write Something…

June 3, 2009

– I really expected more from the Penguins in Games 1 & 2. With how quickly they dispatched the Hurricanes, I thought that they would be able to handle the Detroit juggernaut. Yeah, I was wrong. There were breakdowns all over the ice and Fleury had more than a couple shiny object moments leading to Detroit goals.

I did like Geno being all spunky and taking on Zetterberg at the end of Game 2. Where the heck did Geno get the spunk from (that’s what she said)? He looked so adorkable pulling away from Zetterberg clutching both of their jerseys in his hand. It was almost a “what…how did these get here?” expression on his face. Then again, that might have just been Geno’s usual expression.

I did have to laugh at the non-call on the too many men on the ice penalty during last night’s game. I thought Doc and Edzo were going to have synchronized aneurysms over the fact that the Red Wings and the refs never noticed that there were six Penguins (and Fleury) on the ice for 25-30 seconds.

If the Penguins that showed up for last night’s game show up for the remainder of the Finals, we just may have an interesting series ahead of us.

When I compare Pittsburgh’s parties outside Mellon Arena to the Sabres Parties in the Plaza, I think the Sabres win by a landslide. The Sabres pack them in and really celebrate. While there was a considerable crowd outside Mellon, it looked nothing like what was outside the HSBC.

– Finally, Patrick Lalime shows himself to the world and proves that he’s not dead, he’s just resting. Turns out that he was having a sports hernia repaired followed by an arthroscopic repair of his hip. Poor little French Canadian button. Based on Lalime’s age, you do have to wonder if Darcy is considering whether to buyout Lalime’s contract and go after a free agent goalie or will he keep Lalime around and have Enroth as the safety valve?

– Speaking of Enroth, he was taken in the KHL Entry draft. While it’s unlikey that he would leave Portland to go play in Russia, you have to wonder what promises are being made to him behind the scenes to keep him in the Sabres organization. If Lalime hangs around another year, is Enroth being told that in two years he’ll be brought up to Buffalo to back up Miller? Which then begs the question: would he settle for being a backup goalie for four years, since that would be the length of Miller’s current deal? And what’s to say that the Sabres wouldn’t re-sign Miller for a year after that? Eh, this is why I am not in hockey management.

– Continuing on the goalie discussion, there’s some fascinating rumors coming out of Philly. Puck Daddy cites that Ray Emery could be the answer to the Flyers goalie problems, while CNNSi had a rumor that the Flyers were interested in making a deal for Roberto Luongo. And that doesn’t even take into account the fact that the Flyers need a backup goalie, as both Marty and Nittymaki are UFA’s this year.

– Meanwhile, Danica Patrick is doing some pretty nice backtracking on her comments to Dan Patrick (no relation) that she would take PEDs if they would help her win the Indy 500 and she wouldn’t get caught. Princess, I’m not sure what PEDs would do for you in the racecar, but you have to be pretty bleeping stupid if you think that a comment like that wouldn’t draw attention in perhaps one of the most read magazines in the world. While her league hasn’t made any formal statements on the situation, I have to wonder whether Princess Permapout is going to be coming under more scrutiny in the world of “random” pee tests.

– I’m getting a very nice giggle out of the fact that my search terms this week included: “Daniel Paille injured at Sears Portrait studio.” All I have to say is that whoever was assigned to babysit young Paille was not doing their job very well if this is true. Heh.

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Interesting.

April 15, 2009

– Reading the comments on Sabres Edge can sometimes be a crap shoot. For every nineteen crappy comments, whines and rants, you sometimes trip across a rare good one. In the comments for today’s post , Mike Harrington posits that we’ll see Tellqvist approached as a UFA to back up Miller next season, as Lalime’s injury is pretty severe. While nothing has been confirmed by the team (and probably won’t until we’re close to the draft and/or UFA day), wouldn’t that be something if it were the case? Lalime was hired to be the perfectly cromulent backup for Miller, and Tellqvist was brought on to be the cromulent backup for Lalime when Miller got hurt. How odd that Tellqvist may now be the everyday backup for Miller.

If this is true, I’d be sad to see Lalime go. He was always a good interview and really seemed to have a good bond with Miller. I don’t know how Miller and Tellqvist get along, but the few interviews I’ve seen of Tellqvist show he has a keen analysis of what’s going on in the room.

– Continuing with the goalie theme, Miller did a brief interview for the league at the NHL Store today. Check it out here. The league also includes a text summary here. (I’m not a pharmacist, but someone should tell him that four Tylenol and two Aleve before a game probably isn’t healthy.)

– We were letting our inner twelve year olds out to play at the office today because of this article. Who knew politics could be so inadvertently funny?

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Sabres v. Flyers – 3.20.09

March 20, 2009

Or, The One Where the Wheels Officially Came Off The Wagon.

I had to watch tonight’s game on a bit of a DVR delay, as I had to go and make like a grownup and socialize at an industry event. Midway through cocktails, the score was still 0-0. By the time I got to my car, it was 2-1, Sabres. When I got home, it was 2-2. Fine. Since I’m a complete spoiler whore, I kept peeking in the picture in picture to check the live score while watching the recording of the game. As the live game pulled away from the Sabres, I couldn’t stop watching the DVR’d version. It’s like I had to know how the team went from winning to losing so pathetically. I even thought that it might be me that’s bad luck, and even debated whether or not to watch tomorrow night’s Rangers game. (I decided I will, mostly because I’m a glutton for punishment.)

– Tonight is the first game I really want to blame Lalime for the loss. At times, he looked shaky, but other times he looked confident. The team doesn’t need a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Spastic Goalie playing in net for the Sabres. While Miller is skating and taking shots again, I doubt he’ll be back any time soon to try and help the team out.

– What the hell was up with Pommers knocking the 5th Flyers goal into the net. There’s “helping your goaltender by crashing the crease when he’s out of position” and then there’s “not helping the goaltender by hitting the puck into the net while the goalie is out of position.” Guess which one Pommers demonstrated.

– Pommers was asked during the post-game press conference why the Sabres can’t keep leads. He almost looked like a deer in headlights while answering the question. I really think they’re overthinking this. Don’t think about the lead, which means a win, which means help in the playoff chase, etc. Just think about the next second on the ice and the next shift. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself by trying to make it fancy dancy. Not to be cliche, but just play the damn system! It’s THE SYSTEM for a reason. It works. To paraphrase Nike, just do it already. Don’t make me and the assorted wheaty bitches come down to HSBC Arena and slap some sense into you.

– Roby brought out a good point, that it’s alright for the fans to lose hope and go to their bad place (per Goose), but if the players lose hope, then you might as well not even take the ice for the game. It sounds like the players still believe, but they’re losing the big room that is Sabre Fandom.

– At least Chris Butler got his first NHL goal. He probably would have liked it better had the goal come during a game that the Sabres actually won.

– The Sabres put 43 shots on Marty and he stopped all but four of them. Marty was especially spectacular at the end of the second period, point blank stopping Roy, I believe. 43 shots and if they can’t beat Marty, who has had his moments of mediocrity this season, then there’s no way that they can beat other, better NHL goalies (Prawn, Tim Tom and the other Marty B. come to mind).

– The power play went 0-7 tonight. When the other team gift wraps  you scoring chances, you better convert on them.

– I fully support the fans booing the Sabres at the end of the game. Giving up a boatload of odd man rushes, lots of shots but few conversions, and some defensive breakdowns do not a successful, winning game make.

– What exactly happened to send Carcillo off for a 10-minute misconduct in the second? I kind of missed that while getting a beverage.

– I’m now fully ready to book my ticket on the good ship World Championships. It sucks that the Sabres are most likely not going to be playing hockey in the spring, but at least some of them can go put on their country’s sweater and extend their season a bit.

– I noticed after the 6th Flyers goal that there’s a large Gatorade, scuse me “G”, jug on their bench labeled “ice bags.” Do all teams keep ice bags on their bench in G containers or is that a Philly tradition?

– I’m not going to wade into the Ovie: To Celebrate or Not To Celebrate discussion, but seriously, Don Cherry’s head is going to explode during Coach’s Corner. The potential to top the discussion from a couple of weeks ago is huge.

– I got a kick out of reading what Pat Kaleta put in his auction basket for the Aces and Blades event.

– And on a light note, check out the rapping flight attendant. Skip ahead to the 1:00 mark for the real fun to start.

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You’ve GOT To Be Kidding Me

February 25, 2009

– So Randy Carlyle thinks that Goose should be suspended for his hit on Getzlaf last night. Apparently, Goose left his feet, leading his shoulder to connect with Getzi’s nose and break it. Someone needs to point out to the Carlyle that what’s good for the Goose is also good for the Pronger, as Pronger’s done some much, much worse things and only gotten off with a slap on the wrist.

– Any hilarity derived from that is tempered by the news coming out of practice today that Lalime has La Flu and is questionnable for the game against the Hurricanes. If he can’t go, then Enroth gets his first start and Lalime is relegated to La Backup. Is this when the wheels officially start coming off the playoff wagon?

– And just to make you laugh, a column on the Sporting News site mentioned a deal in the Edmonton papers that would have Max, Goose and a pick going to the Oilers for Cogliano, Penner and a top four defenseman. The Edmonton newspaper rightly shot this deal down. Number one, I don’t think Darcy would piss on Kevin Lowe if Lowe was on fire. Number 2, Sabre Nation would riot if Gaustad was traded. (I really think he’s one of the untouchables on the roster.) Number 3, Buffalo makes out like a bandit in this deal. Kevin Lowe cannot possibly be that stupid. And there’s also the idea that if the rumor involves Buffalo and hits the media, there’s probably little to no truth to it.

– I’m not even going to touch the Timmy to Columbus and/or Vancouver rumors that are out there. I think Vancouver used up their “take a chance on a veteran” card with Sundin. And would Columbus really want to send one of their best defensemen to Buffalo for a center who’s held together with duct tape, spit and the grace of god?

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Sabres v. Rangers – 2.21.09

February 21, 2009

Thoughts before, during and after tonight’s Rangers game.

– I didn’t see the Sabres Notebook on Friday morning due to the fact that I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off at the office. However, Mike Harrington mentioned the Notebook in his live blog of tonight’s game. And I have to say, the headline is a bit of an epic FAIL for the Buffalo News. I know the News has put up a clunker or two of a story or headline in the past, but this is a new low. (Sorry, Mike.)

On a lighter note, can anyone else see Marty tromping through the woods to pay a social call on Lindy (or borrow a cup of sugar)?

– I really liked the interview that Craig Rivet did for the Sabres Show. To me, that’s what a proper player interview should be. Roby allowed Rivet to expand upon his answers, and wasn’t in any hurry to get to the next question, unlike some interviews that Maria Genero has done. There was an easy rapport between the two gentlemen, as they both were drawing on the same experience of being professional hockey players.I liked that Rivet said that he’s not afraid to call a player out on the carpet if he thinks that they aren’t playing to their full potential, and that some other guys in the room have stepped up into that role as well. I’d really like to know who the players are that Rivet said hadn’t experienced a public call out before. I have my suspicions as to the guilty parties.

– I’m liking the Paille / Goose combination tonight. They were hitting anyone in a Rangers sweater that moved during their final shift in the first period. That’s the kind of spunk we need to see out of them night after night.

–  So that stupid slag faced whore Scott Gomez tangled with Miller, causing Miller to awkwardly fall and have to leave the game. I did, however, think that it was incredibly telling that Miller crawled back toward the crease, trying to keep up with the play, rather than flopping around behind the net like a dying trout. That tells me that the team and the game is more important to Miller than his own personal status.

I’m surprised that the team let Ryan speak to the media after the game. Usually injured players are squirreled away, never to be seen by the postgame media horde. Also, color me surprised that the team didn’t try to disguise the injury under the traditional lower-body injury classification. I wonder if the team figured that the shitstorm they would get from the media and the crazy internet people (this blogger included) outweighed the benefits of keeping the injury secret.

Miller reported he has a high ankle sprain, but a low one for that type of injury. (A low, high ankle sprain. Isn’t that some sort of oxymoron?) He looked shaken during the interview, but I don’t think it was so much that he was hurt, but more a reaction to the intensity of the media’s questions about the injury and Gomez’s intent. On a shallow side note, I did like the tweed overcoat that Miller was wearing. A peacoat in that fabric would be nice. Then again, I need another peacoat like I need a hole in the head.

If Miller is out for an extended period of time, this wouldn’t be the first time this season that an elite goalie has been injured. Both the Devils and Canucks lost their franchise goalies earlier this year.  Both teams have done reasonably well while Lui and Brodeur were relegated to the press box. The Devils are currently holding onto the number 3 spot in the Eastern Conference, and the Canucks maintained their playoff positioning. The Sabres need to follow these examples and unite behind the backup goalie if they hope to keep a spot in the top 8 in the conference. I may be overly optimistic, but if Scott Fucking Clemmensen of all people can lead a team to the Top 3 of the conference, then the Sabres should be just fine behind Patty Lalime.

– Why was Mr.Held-Together-With-Spit-Bubblegum-And-The-Grace-of-God Connolly the only one to go after Gomez? Why Timmy and not Goose or Mairsy or Kaleta? The fragile shall lead them I guess.

I was also really intrigued by Lalime’s thoughts on opponents running Miller these past couple of games. Lalime has one of the best seats in the house, and if he’s noticing it, you can’t help but wonder why the other 20-something guys on the bench haven’t noticed it and done something about it. Lalime made the point that you would think something would be done about it, since they’re all in this together. If one team notices that liberties can be taken with the goalies, you bet your ass that other teams are going to notice.

– After seeing Miller leave the game, I really want to know now who the team’s emergency goaltender would be. C’mon, you know someone has to be able to strap on the pads and go.

– On the positive side, Jochen Hecht proved tonight that he wasn’t dead, just resting these last couple of games. It’s about darn time he showed up on the scoresheet.

– Stay tuned for a post later this week detailing my experience at the Paul Gaustad signing at Dave and Adam’s. If you behave yourselves, I may even share a picture.

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Semi-Live: Sabres v. Isles

November 22, 2008

PreGame

– Tonight’s broadcast starts with a recap of the Isles injury problems. Their issues all start and end with DiPietro. Pretty Ricky is out with a knee injury, which is on the heels of the first knee injury, which is on the heels of the hip injury. And there may or may not be a head injury in there somewhere. So, in other words, Pretty Ricky is the Isles version of Timmy. Nice to look at, but being held together with spit, duct tape and bubble gum.

– Roberto Luongo left the Canucks game today with a groin / leg injury. Why is this important? Luongo has been singlehandedly carrying the goalie portion of The Little Honkers fantasy team (thanks a lot, Marty Turco). Hopefully, Lui’s injury isn’t too major. (Update: The Canucks coach says it’s likely Lui won’t be playing hockey for awhile, but the severity of his injury won’t be known until he has an MRI in the morning. Crap. Crap. Crap.)

First Period

– The game has started and the fine folks at Blime Blarner haven’t yet pushed the button on the HD channel. I’m not a happy camper, as the SD picture is fuzzier than heck.

– The Isles head to the power play as Rivet heads to the box for two minutes to feel shame.

– I’m really amused that someone found my blog via “drew stafford asshole” as a search term. I don’t think I’ve called Staffy that (yet).

– And Teppo now joins Rivet in the box after committing a hooking penalty. The brief five-on-three passes with no goals by the Isles.

– Praise Jeebus, the HD feed is now active. I guess HSBC Arena and Blime Blarner are in two different time zones.

– Lindy’s irate as Kaleta gets sent to the box for boarding Campoli as the two are striding towards the puck on an icing call. Lindy’s using some very creative vocabulary as he’s expressing his points to the ref. Sure, Kaleta may have bumped Campoli, but Campoli did some very nice acting as he flopped around on the ice like a dying trout. Lalime saves his teammates bacon by making two very quick saves at the start of this latest PK.

– No penalty is called as MacDonald trips Mancari on a rush to the net. Meanwhile, Paetsch and some Isles player drop gloves, tap each other a couple of times and move on with their play. It would’ve been nice to see what exactly started that one.

– James Patrick is spotted on the bench talking to the coaching staff in the press box. If you didn’t know he was wired for sound, you would think that his necktie was some super secret Maxwell Smart spy doodad, and JP was hatching a plan to overthrow Lindy.

– RJ and Harry Neale give Rob Ray some grief for being out on the empty ice before the game firing pucks on the net. Ray remarks that he just wanted to be ready in case Lindy needed to put him in the lineup after what’s happened the past couple of games. Zing! to Rayzor.

– As Peters and Fritz are sent to the box for yapping at each other, the Arena PA is playing the Jump On It song. If you’re of a certain age, you know it from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

How did Will Smith and Alfonso Ribiero get through this sketch without cracking up?

– I miss the Isles goal while moving laundry from the washer to the dryer. Some blogger I am, eh? I do catch the replays while the play is under review by the home office in Toronto, and in my lowly opinion, it should count…and it does.

– Holy mackerel, Peters is taking on Fritz. No big deal right? Well, Fritz is 6’8 and is kicking the snot out of Peters. Peters heads toward the locker room and exhorts the crowd to pump it up already.

– What in sam hill is the Arena Music Dude (AMD) on tonight? Britney’s Womanizer was playing during the goal review, and Ice, Ice, Baby was just heard during the last stoppage in play. Eclectic does not even begin to describe the music mix tonight.

– Mark Mancari, aka “The New Guy,” finally scores for the Sabres. This is the Sabres first goal since the middle of the first period of Wednesday night’s game against Boston. That’s entirely too long to remain scoreless if a team wants to remain competitive.

Second Period

– Ray chimes in with his recap of his intermission conversation with Brian McCutcheon. Nothing remotely earth shattering, it was all “the team didn’t retreat, blah blah blah positive cakes.”

– Gaustad and Streit are exchanging cookie recipes after Streit takes offense to Gaustad being too close to MacDonald. The Gaustad / Paille / Mancari line has been pretty effective tonight. They’ve been forechecking well and have been an annoying presence in front of the net. A quick look at the Yahoo stats show me that they’ve had 7 of the team’s 18 shots on goal so far. Not bad for your third line, eh?

– Now the AMD is playing the Jimmy Soul song “If You Want to Be Happy.” That’s the one that goes “if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife…” That’s not exactly your typical arena rock song. Is AMD now offering marriage advice to the Sabres and their fans?

– We’re treated to a brief look at Lindy and the coaching staff working out this morning with the Depew Saints, who won ice time with the staff at a charity auction. They showed the kids doing a drill that involved them sprinting to center ice and then belly flopping onto the ice. That drill looked like a lot of fun, if not a little painful.

– Sim scores a power play goal on Streit’s shot from the point, as Lydman had been called for hooking.

– Rob Ray reminds us that the Sabres too often try to get too fancy when playing at home. Exhibit A is Hecht’s drop back pass to Pommers that was intercepted by the Islanders. Just play hockey and forget about the bells and whistles already.

– The Sabres head to the power play, as Gaustad is interfered with on the face off. After much passing (and a little bit of shooting), the power play continues to work with the futility theme that the team is pushing.

– Here is the second period gratutitous YouTube video. Thanks to the Ookies for pointing out that this thing even existed.

Could Staal be anymore wooden? [/chandler bing].

– The intermission report includes a brief look at the players meeting with NHLPA head Paul Kelly. The meeting with Kelly looked like it could have happened at my workplace. The attendees were eating lunch at a U-shaped set of tables, and there appeared to be a powerpoint presentation of some sort on a screen. The only differentiating factor is that the Sabres are all male and my workplace most definitely is not. The lunch even looked like it was catered by Panera, as they were all chowing down on sandwiches and chips.

Third Period

– Fucking A. Bill Guerin makes it 3-1 and the boo birds come out at HSBC Arena.

– These guys are playing like they’ve already checked out and are headed to Roy-Z’s little shindig at Level.

– The Sabres have outshot the Islanders 31-20 so far tonight.

– Make that 32-20, as Mancari shoots one point blank low on the short side of Macdonald.

– Ray reports from benchside that he is sensing a leadership vacuum on the players’ portion of the bench. That no one is really stepping up and saying “let’s turn this thing around.” There’s 6 minutes left in the game, and pending a miracle, I don’t feel good about it.

– Ray again reports that Lindy is running a short bench, mainly using the Top 2 lines, with the third line in for a breather now and again. I still think that the alleged third line of Paille / Gaustad / Mancari has been the best performing one tonight.

– The third period gratuitous YouTube video is brought to us by The West Wing

Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford are amazing when they freak out. I also appreciate the use of the phrase “schmuck ass.”

– Praise Jeebus. Roy-Z launches a bullet from the top of the left face off circle and squeaks it past the goalie. Huzzah!

– Rivet gets awarded the save of the game as he flops through the crease to save a puck from heading in the net while Lalime is down and badly out of position.

– Fucking Vanek gets a penalty as he’s fighting for the puck behind the net.

– The Islanders put the fork all the way into the Sabres by scoring an empty net goal with 4 seconds left.

– RJ says that the Sabres malaise continues. I think we need to look for a stronger word than malaise. How about pain? Agony? Soul killing? And if tonight’s fun and frolic wasn’t enough, we get to play Boston on Wednesday. Boston. Again. Oh, goody.

PostGame

– I normally wouldn’t write about the postgame stuff, but I want to see how the players and Lindy spin this game.

– Roby stresses that the only way the Islanders won the game was by outworking the Sabres. The Islanders played the perfect road game. They mucked. They grinded. They beat the Sabres – a higher paid, higher talented – team at their own game.

– Pommers is the team’s first sacrificial lamb to the media. He basically says they weren’t competing, and they weren’t winning those one-on-one battles. They’ve got a couple of days of practice before the next game, and they’ll work it out. No mentions of The System. Guess that’s still on holiday.

– Mancari reports that he, Gaustad and Paille agreed that if pucks were going towards the net, that they were going to go after them. Novel concept there, isn’t it? Why can’t the rest of the guys grasp this? Mancari also goes on to praise Gaustad and Paille as smart players. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I really, really like this line. Which of course means that Lindy is going to muck around with it and it will be broken up before long.

– I really like Lindy’s choice of suit tonight. He’s wearing a nice doubled breasted charcoal grey coat, black shirt and a purple and white swirled tie. All he’s missing is a nice pocket square. While his threads are nice, his words are not so much. He mentions that the penalties early on killed them, as it took key guys out of the mix.

Lindy also indirectly throws a couple of players under the bus, saying that there were some efforts early on that were subpar. While he didn’t name names to the press, I have a feeling some people are going to get a stern talking to or a nice ride in the press box.

– I fully expect a negative Bucky column tomorrow or Monday.