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#1 Corp000085

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

Well this one should be about the most interesting regular season game since February 24, 2007.  

LETS GO BUFFALO!!!!



Edit:  yeah, I broke rules by starting this one 3 hours early...  Sorry!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

View PostCorp000085, on 20 February 2013 - 09:34 PM, said:

Well this one should be about the most interesting regular season game since February 24, 2007.  

LETS GO BUFFALO!!!!

Why does this stuff always happen around my birthday?

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

Are we allowed to start a GDT before game day? What are the legal ramifications?

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

View PostCorp000085, on 20 February 2013 - 09:34 PM, said:

Well this one should be about the most interesting regular season game since February 24, 2007.  

LETS GO BUFFALO!!!!



Edit:  yeah, I broke rules by starting this one 3 hours early...  Sorry!

View PostRobviously, on 20 February 2013 - 09:39 PM, said:

Are we allowed to start a GDT before game day? What are the legal ramifications?
The first rule of post Lindy Sabres is there are no rules


I have absolutely no idea how this team will play.  I'd like to see them play their hearts out though.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 20 February 2013 - 09:40 PM, said:

The first rule of post Lindy Sabres is there are no rules


I have absolutely no idea how this team will play.  I'd like to see them play their hearts out though.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

The rules haven't worked so far this season.  Good luck boys.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

The last GDT of the Lindy era was unpinned extraordinarily early. It's fitting for the first post-Lindy GDT to be posted extraordinarily early.

Long Live Lindy! Right the ship, Rolston!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:21 PM

Just another coach with a last name that starts with R. STATUS QUO.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

Zippity doo daah, Let's go Buffalo!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:41 PM

Team going to come out flying.  The talent is going to shine through now.  Gonna win 8 out of 10 and be right in the thick of the playoff race.  Completly psyched now.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:45 PM

The eve of Pegula Day, we get a new coach for the first time in 16 years. I'd be lying if i said i wasn't excited.

But, based on talent on the ice, I am not expecting a victory despite the the much more improved effort.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

Looking forward to more change. Looking forward to this game as its the first in a new era. The post Ruff era. New beginnings but I have no illusions that this team will be any different because of a simple coaching change. I expect them to come out and play hard to try to impress the new coach but the passengers will revert to their evil ways within a few games and thats when they can be counted and hopefully jettisoned. Excited nonetheless. As always GO SABRES !

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

Win one for Rolston or win one for Lindy?  Meaningless. Just meaningless.

As far as an early thread. Work ethic.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:00 PM

View PostVanek-Man, on 20 February 2013 - 10:45 PM, said:

The eve of Pegula Day, we get a new coach for the first time in 16 years. I'd be lying if i said i wasn't excited.

But, based on talent on the ice, I am not expecting a victory despite the the much more improved effort.
Why would you not expect a victory?

Two years ago: Derek Roy goes down with an injury.  Team gets better.

One year ago: Paul Gaustad is traded for a draft pick.  Team gets better.

This year: Lindy Ruff is fired.  ......Team gets better?

You take something away from the Sabres and they get better.  And they're much more talented than they've shown so far.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:25 PM

View PostRobviously, on 20 February 2013 - 11:00 PM, said:

Why would you not expect a victory?

Two years ago: Derek Roy goes down with an injury.  Team gets better.

One year ago: Paul Gaustad is traded for a draft pick.  Team gets better.

This year: Lindy Ruff is fired.  ......Team gets better?

You take something away from the Sabres and they get better.  And they're much more talented than they've shown so far.

In the short term, they will def be better. You always have that surge when a coach gets fired.

Are they better then what they have shown? Absolutely. Are they a good team? Far from it. They are not build right at all. And for a young up and coming coach, who has had his own struggles in his short AHL career, can he have enough time to put it together? Idk. Still missing secondary scoring. Still have only one center who has any idea of how to play defense and it's Hecht, the PP will still struggle, the defense will still be too soft and the offense still will lack speed.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

I do expect a victory.  It's the Leaves.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

This is so extremely relevant that Rolston should start wearing an eyepatch:



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:55 PM

Hoping I can get out of work and then home from my kid's practice in time to catch some of the game.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:14 AM

I won't get to watch it.  Entertaining out-of-towners.  Dammit.  The next game I'll see will be the Tampa game.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

My expectations are not super high for the rest of the season, but I think we'll see the team rejuvenated some, it seemed that the team lost hope in itself and in Lindy. Hopefully this will be the thing that shakes them up and gets them playing to their potential and while that may not be great, it 's certainly better than what they have shown.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:39 AM

I don't see how changing the coach changes anything on this team.  Especially replacing him with a system guy.  I firmly believe these guys were trying to win games.  I firmly believe these guys will try to win future games.  I firmly believe that they just aren't talented enough.

I hope Rolston's first action is to strip Pominville of his C and give it to Ott.  The team has been beyond poor during his Captaincy and I think his demotion is overdue.

I hope Rolston's second action is to sit Miller tonight.  He needs to send a message to everyone involved that they are all culpable and need to share responsibility for their collective efforts and records.

I hope Rolston's third action is to send Stafford to the pressbox for a night and bring Grigs out of the Brig.  And if McCormick's spot lets Grig out of the Brig, I think he needs to send Stafford there anyway.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

I have a bad feeling about this one and it's not a 3-2 loss kind of bad. I think this team falls completely apart and the rest of some MAJOR changes takes place after this season is over....

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:35 AM

It will be interesting to see how the players react.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:50 AM

this is a must win....

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 20 February 2013 - 09:35 PM, said:

Why does this stuff always happen around my birthday?

Happy Birthday?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:06 AM

View Postkishoph, on 21 February 2013 - 06:18 AM, said:

My expectations are not super high for the rest of the season, but I think we'll see the team rejuvenated some, it seemed that the team lost hope in itself and in Lindy. Hopefully this will be the thing that shakes them up and gets them playing to their potential and while that may not be great, it 's certainly better than what they have shown.

Good summary.

I will watch and hope for the best but I am still prepared for worst until additional roster makeover is also completed.

View Postwjag, on 21 February 2013 - 06:39 AM, said:

I don't see how changing the coach changes anything on this team.  Especially replacing him with a system guy.  I firmly believe these guys were trying to win games.  I firmly believe these guys will try to win future games.  I firmly believe that they just aren't talented enough.

I hope Rolston's first action is to strip Pominville of his C and give it to Ott.  The team has been beyond poor during his Captaincy and I think his demotion is overdue.

I hope Rolston's second action is to sit Miller tonight.  He needs to send a message to everyone involved that they are all culpable and need to share responsibility for their collective efforts and records.

I hope Rolston's third action is to send Stafford to the pressbox for a night and bring Grigs out of the Brig.  And if McCormick's spot lets Grig out of the Brig, I think he needs to send Stafford there anyway.

QFT

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Well, no more excuses about the coaching system.  Let's get out there and get us a huge two points.  I'm very interested to see how we do under Rolston the rest of the way.  As much as Ruff has done for us I think Rolston is a good hire considering how young our new core is.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

View PostEleven, on 21 February 2013 - 12:14 AM, said:

I won't get to watch it.  Entertaining out-of-towners.  Dammit.  The next game I'll see will be the Tampa game.

Dude, you have a DVR no?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

our GM, Owner, and Coach don't all have girls names now.  Maybe that will be the difference lol


I think this team comes out strong tonight but I don't think they can sustain that pace. This is still a growing year in my book but I hope Rolston uses some of his players more wisely (Grigorenko) and allows them to play to their strengths (Myers)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:26 AM

Tim Horton died 39 years ago today.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 20 February 2013 - 11:32 PM, said:

This is so extremely relevant that Rolston should start wearing an eyepatch:



I know his name is Ron and he's driving a piece of crap team, so I get the reference. But you got me excited with Kurt wearing an eye patch, I thought you went Snake Plissken on this thread.  There's a reference in there too.  Somewhere.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:34 AM

View Postplenzmd1, on 21 February 2013 - 09:00 AM, said:

Dude, you have a DVR no?

Yes.  There are other factors that will prevent me from watching it before the Tampa game.  Although I might try to sneak in a period tonight.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:49 AM

View PostEleven, on 21 February 2013 - 09:34 AM, said:

Yes.  There are other factors that will prevent me from watching it before the Tampa game.  Although I might try to sneak in a period tonight.

That's goin with the flow. :bag:

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

If I miss a game, I miss a game.  No DVR.  I just catch the highlights online later.  No sense in watching the whole thing, especially if I know the outcome.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

View PostDoohickie, on 21 February 2013 - 10:00 AM, said:

If I miss a game, I miss a game.  No DVR.  I just catch the highlights online later.  No sense in watching the whole thing, especially if I know the outcome.

Agreed, I can't watch sports after the fact. And with the amount of time I'm online and whatnot, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't know the outcome.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

View PostEleven, on 21 February 2013 - 09:34 AM, said:



Yes.  There are other factors that will prevent me from watching it before the Tampa game.  Although I might try to sneak in a period tonight.

Argh, that sucks. I will watch twice for ya then!

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

it will be interesting to see how Rolston composes his lineup tonight.  McCormick is going back to Rochester. He has coached CoHo and Foligno before (On the same line correct?).  We have 7 defensemen and we have Grigorenko.  The lines could be anything and the def pairs as well. My gut says he won't mix it up to much until after this game.  Hopefully he does try some creative things for the first period just to see what happens.  Maybe try Foligno - Grigs - Ennis. Put Stafford on the 3rd line with hecht and gerbe, idk anything other than something predictable.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 21 February 2013 - 10:01 AM, said:



Agreed, I can't watch sports after the fact. And with the amount of time I'm online and whatnot, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't know the outcome.

Maybe cause I am in Richmond, do it all the time for Sabres and Bils games. At very least, with dinner, dishes , homework etc, we very rarely start watching weeknight games till 8 30.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

Won't be able to watch this game, but I think two very distinct outcomes are possible here, either we come out strong and play loose without thinking and we run over the Leafs <or> the team looks even more lost and confused and its a replay of the Jets game where they just get steamrolled.

I'm hoping Rolston is telling the team to play naturally and to forget thinking about where you need to be and just react.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

View Postplenzmd1, on 21 February 2013 - 10:13 AM, said:

Maybe cause I am in Richmond, do it all the time for Sabres and Bils games. At very least, with dinner, dishes , homework etc, we very rarely start watching weeknight games till 8 30.

Didn't know you were in Richmond.  I love that city.





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