I probably shouldn't even write that title because my luck it would mean the Sabres win two games in a row since ... forever? I can't even remember. But anyhow, it's a good segue into some random thoughts before tonight's matchup against Les Habitants.
- OK boys, you're basically fully healthy. Let's see whatcha got.
- The fact that Buffalo hasn't fallen assbackward into at least a couple wins in row since I started this blog -- that is, in over two and a half months -- is almost shocking. This team is a train wreck.
- Terry Pegula & Co. have spent a lot of time talking about bringing Stanley Cups to Buffalo, so this is going to sound a bit perverse. But if I were him, my directive to the team for the remainder of the year would be very clear: Every win from here on out will be met with a $25,000 fine. Per person. It's time to play for the first pick next year. On the bright side, it should be an order that's pretty easy to follow.
- There's been a lot of comments by Sabres fans on blogs and chats about how Ville Leino is untradeable because of his salary ($4.5 mil/yr). But these same people say Ryan Miller should be traded. NEWSFLASH: Ryan Miller cannot be traded because there are currently about 30 goalies in the NHL who have better numbers and make about four million less per year. At least Leino would save a team almost two million a year more than Miller would.
- The biggest loss this season could be the retirement of Rick Jeanneret. If the Sabres give us this little to get excited about, what incentive will there be for RJ to stick around?
- I really like Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, but he scolded Tim Thomas during yesterday's chat for not visiting the White House with the rest of his teammates, saying he should "respect the office." Well, fuck that office. Should Thomas respect other criminals like police officers and congressmen too?
Oh, wait. You expected a radical libertarian to just ignore that one?
- Just announced that Luke Adam is a healthy scratch. How much more evidence is needed to illustrate that Lindy Ruff is the biggest reason there's no chemistry on this team? The one good decision he made was to start the year by putting Adam in between two veterans on the top line. So it stands to reason he just couldn't stick with that recipe for success. And you wonder why Adam's confidence is shot?
- Many people figured Drew Stafford would light it up this year after a career year last season. Count me among the people who thought he was, like many players, just turning it up in a contract year.
- Speaking of contracts, sometimes a GM only has one card to play these days if he really wants to land a free agent, such as front-loading contracts that make guys like Christian Ehrhoff the highest paid player on the team (for a particular year, at least). But it's a mistake to think this doesn't have an effect on players who've been there for years. If you're part of the pampered "core" and your GM throws a ton of money at players who haven't proven themselves to the team yet, you might let your pissiness interfere with your performance.
- I'm so tired of watching these guys skate up to players after sucker punches or cross-checks like they're going to retaliate, then do nothing about it. Typical Ruff in his playing days.