After listening to the WGR post game show for an hour last night, I surprisingly heard the same thing over and over... the attack on Darcy Regier for signing Robyn Regehr, Cristian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino. What? Are these people high? Do they actually think that the root of all evil comes down to these three off-season acquisitions?
First off, don't even try to argue that you're missing Chris Butler and Paul Byron right now. If you seriously would rather have them still lingering around instead of getting a high-quality blue liner like Regehr, then my only advice to you is that you should probably consider laying off the pipe for a few days. Oh yeah, the Sabres got a 2nd round pick out of the deal too.
Next, you need to realize that Ehrhoff is one of the premiere defensemen in the NHL, but don't think that this guy is just going to come in and set the world ablaze right away. Why? Don't you understand that the numbers he put up over the last two years may have resulted from him being on an elite team like Vancouver? He's used to quarterbacking a system that allowed him to play an extremely free-skating, offensive game, and with a lineup filled with superstar firepower that could make up a goal or two in the outside chance that he cost them one. So until Buffalo adopts a new style of play (and some more talent), don't expect him to be putting up 50 points again anytime soon. By the way, Ehrhoff only eclipsed 40 points once as a six-year member of the San Jose Sharks.
Finally, Ville Leino. I don't have an argument for this one. I really don't know where to start. I remember talking with my brother for at least two months before the start of free agency about how much it would kick ass if Buffalo could just get Leino. Knowing he wasn't the key piece to the puzzle, just figuring he would make a significant impact. After 6 points in 24 games, I'm turning into a doubter. This guy makes $54,878.05 per game. Which means if he keeps up with this current pace, he will make a total of $3.1 million in the games where he's not a factor on the score sheet. Sorry, but all we can do on this one is cross our fingers.
I was shocked to only hear Ruff's name mentioned once or twice throughout the entire broadcast. I don't want to sound like a broken record but it's all I can focus on anymore. He is the problem, plain and simple. The team is still taking shifts (or periods) off, and is still refusing to play up to the physical level that is crucial when it comes to winning more often than not.
And I'm really starting to get sick of the post game interviews. Every game it's the same thing: [pouty face] "I think we got some good opportunities"; "I think we moved the puck pretty well"; "We missed some good opportunities." You know what? I think you should be relieved of your duties.
Unfortunately, the host of this transmission later revealed that he refused to believe Ruff is in any danger of losing his job. Considering he does this for a living and gets paid to follow the Sabres' every move, he probably has a pretty good idea of how things will go down in the end. But on the off-chance he's wrong, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Ruff will be laid to rest no later than Monday, December 12th.
Once again, fingers crossed.