Archive for the ‘Steve Bernier’ Category


Lazy Holiday My Ass

July 4, 2008

So Darcy proved that he’s not just sitting back on his porch eating creamsicles and watching fireworks on this Independence Day. In two separate trades, he sent Bernier to Vancouver for two draft picks and acquired Craig Rivet from San Jose for two draft picks.

Thank you for playing with the Sabres, Big Bear. Here’s your t-shirt. Although, I’m glad I read this quote from Big Bear after I heard about the trade:

When I got the call I was shocked,” Bernier said during a telephone conference call while still on the golf course. “Right now the only thing I am thinking about is getting in shape and having a chance to improve myself with the Vancouver Canucks.

He’s thinking about “getting in shape?” Goose is being a lean, mean, ab-workout machine, and Big Bear is just thinking about getting in shape? Oy.

About the only thing I know of Rivet was his tendency to acquire penalty minutes while a member of the Mother Puckers fantasy team last year.

– Is anyone else finding the ongoing sniping between Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe completely hilarious? Lowe finally fired back and called Burke a moron and an attention hog. I’m so glad we have a nice, calm GM like Darcy. Who I’m sure would like to tell Kevin Lowe where to stick it, but is too much of gentleman to do so.


Out of the Mouths of Babes

March 25, 2008

The Buffalo News reports that Steve Bernier’s teammates are giving him the quick rundown of the Buffalo / Ottawa series, since this is his first Ottawa game. Brawls and playoff knockouts aside, one of his teammates summed it up best:

“We hate those [expletive] guys.”

Ha! I want to know who made this comment. Any guesses?


Welcome to Buffalo, Big Bear!

February 28, 2008

Q: What kind of bear is best?

A: Big Bear!

(Apologies to The Office. Another correct answer would have been black bear.)

What a way for Bernier to start his Sabres career. He had two goals and an assist, and was one linesman away from getting a Gordie Howe hat trick. He had his fist cocked and was ready to whomp on the Nashville player at the end of the game until the linesman got in the way.

I saw his postgame interview on the [Product Placed] Shootout, and I think this kid is going to fit in well in Buffalo. He loves that the fans count up all the goals with the 1, 2, 3…we want 4 chant. Andrew Peters also had a lot to say about “Bernie.” I think we’ll be sticking with the Big Bear nickname here at SOTC, although the “Weekend at Bernie’s” schtick could be too good to pass up in the future.

Random fact about Bernier: he was drafted in the same year as Vanek and ahead of the Devils Parise.

– What a great physical game played by both teams. Peters and Mair both fought (though Mair kind of got his ass kicked), and Goose wanted to go after that snot nosed punk Scott Nichol, but was thwarted by the ref. The ref should’ve just let him go at it. I did like seeing the replay from last season of Marty whomping away on Nichol after he sucker punched Spacek. Still funny almost two years later.

I also loved the scrap at the end of the game where Tim Connolly came flying into the fray to stick up for Derek Roy. Tim Connolly of all people! Someone should also tell Roy that we read lips, since he was letting f-bombs drop left and right at the end of that one.

– I like that the fans didn’t boo JP Dumont. His leaving had nothing to do with slag faced whorishness, and I’m glad the fans realize that.

– I’m glad he’s not hurt, but the clip of Miller falling over in slow motion after taking a puck to the mask is hysterical. After repeated viewings, you almost wanted to yell “Tiiiiiiimmmberrrr” as you knew he was going down. His nose looked a little puffy during the postgame interview, but nothing too atrocious. I did find it amusing that he had no idea that the puck went into the net after he went down. Back in the locker room, he had to see the replay to know what happened.

Another unique statistic from last night is that all four goalies were scored upon in the second period. How many times does that happen?

I saw this article on a message board regarding Miller’s contract situation and had to laugh at this quote from Crunchy:

“The earliest you can do it is July, and I like to celebrate my birthday in July and just have fun, so I don’t think it’s going to happen then,”

Oh, boy. The guy is entitled to an off-season and a chance to wind down, but this is going over like a lead fart on the message boards. They seem to think that Miller is going to jump ship at the end of his deal. I don’t think that’s going to happen, since the fans will burn this town down if it does. But wouldn’t a bright, shiny new contract worth a lot of money be a great birthday gift for Crunchy?


Crunchy Goodness

February 27, 2008

– Perry’s Ice Cream in Buffalo has a tradition of making ice cream flavors that are a nod to local sports teams and events. This year is no exception. According to Business First, Perry’s is going to debut a new flavor called “Breakaway Berrier,” inspired by some of Ryan Miller’s favorite things. It will be a dark chocolate ice cream with swirls of raspberry and fudge chunks. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Steadfast Foundation.

While I do love Perry’s Piece of Cake and Birthday Cake flavors, I’m a little nervous how this flavor is going to turn out. I was really disappointed in their Sabres flavor last year. I’m also really amused by the name, since Breakaway Berrier sounds like some sort of contraceptive device.

And this may have to change my impression of Mr. Vanilla Crunchy. He likes chocolate! And berries! Together!

– The news last night had footage of Bernier arriving at the BNIA. I’m impressed that fans were already going up to him and asking for pictures. This woman had him pose with her little girl, who was in a stroller. He’s looking all adorable, and this poor girl is near tears and hiding her face behind her hands. He did take it really well, however. After hearing a bit of his interview, I’m this close to adding him to my list of people that I would listen to read the phone book, since the way he says “Pominville” is completely adorable to my Buffalo accented ears. (My “read the phone book list” also contains Elliot Sadler and the cast of The West Wing, in case you were wondering.)

– The Buffalo News has some great comments from the team regarding the Soupy departure. There’s also some comments about the upcoming contract renewals. We all know Miller’s the most important potential UFA coming up. He’s the present and future of the franchise. But there’s also Goose, Paille and C-Mac hitting RFA this year. The following comment came from Goose after practice yesterday:

“I’m not focused on my situation at all,” Gaustad said. “My focus is totally on [tonight’s] game. It’s sad to see guys go but you have to move on. Life is all about changes and so is hockey. We just have to stick together as a team.

Amen. I’m sure Goose is aware his contract is up, but he’s not letting it affect him. I also like that he’s pushing for the team to stick together as a group. Only the 23 guys – and Lindy – in that room can play the game and right the ship that is the Sabres season.

– If Soupy left, and Jochen’s broken temporarily, then Adam Mair is the default captain. Who gets to wear the A’s in the short term? Or will Lindy just say f-it, and not do anything until March? I vote for Assistant Captain Goose, but then again, I don’t get a vote.

– And to the reader who found SOTC by searching for “Toni Honk Games,” please let me know if you found what you were looking for. I hust have this weird image of Toni and Goose playing Scrabble, with Goose honking indignantly that Toni’s using Finnish words to help him win.


Shark Soup

February 26, 2008

After many long years, a SARS scare and god only knows how many fourth wall issues, Brian Campbell’s career as a Sabre has come to an end.

I don’t wish any ill will on you Soupy. I do wish you luck in San Jose. You’re at least reunited with Greer and Brown, two guys that are fantastic hockey players and even better people. I’m still a little pissed that you invoked Zednik’s name as one of your reasons for wanting a bigger deal. You may be looking out for #1, but it comes across as cocky and arrogant.

Now onto Bernier. I admit to being a little scared when Cork from OC called him a FaFu (that’s PG forum speak for Fat Fuck). But after looking at the stats, he’s roughly the same weight as Goose and height as Kotalik. Not bad at all. And he’s got the awesome nickname of Big Bear. Please put him on a line with Goose. I want to see a Goose and a Bear play hockey together.

Hopefully, all this drama will be put behind both the team and the fans, and we all can concentrate on the playoff push.

Updated with a SHUT UP BUCKY!

I realize a blog is a commentary, but stop throwing the damn team under the bus! Its getting old!