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#1 evilempire

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

There really isn't anything to discuss here as he should be captain but id like to hear other peoples opinion's.  Especially those who disagree. ( if there's anyone)  and why.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:01 PM

Put an "A" on him ... because he's an a**hole, but he's our a**hole!!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:03 PM

A scarlet letter?  Why you puritan you.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:07 PM

View Postevilempire, on 03 March 2013 - 10:59 PM, said:

There really isn't anything to discuss here as he should be captain but id like to hear other peoples opinion's.  Especially those who disagree. ( if there's anyone)  and why.

Wanted him to wear an A at the outset of the season.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 03 March 2013 - 11:07 PM.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:12 PM

He doesn't need it. That's why we love our Otter.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:18 PM

I say the Sabres start with a contract extension in the offseason and work from there.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:28 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 03 March 2013 - 11:12 PM, said:

He doesn't need it. That's why we love our Otter.

Wimp ;)

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 March 2013 - 11:07 PM, said:

Wanted him to wear an A at the outset of the season.

I posted in some thread that I normally don't like the idea of new guys getting letters right away.

That said, he IS the captain of this team and I would make it official.  I don't think RR will though, at least not this season.  We shall see.

On the other hand though, chz makes a very good point in that he doesn't need a letter to be the leader of this team.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:17 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 03 March 2013 - 11:12 PM, said:

He doesn't need it. That's why we love our Otter.

There's something about a ginger dude with those piercing blue eyes......makes him look crazier than he is.

I'm telling you now....the New Corps consists of Ott, Regehr, Weber, Gerbe, Kaleta.

I'm kinda sorta buying into this sh!t......and it scares me!!!!!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:20 AM

B's on his shoulders.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:25 AM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 04 March 2013 - 12:20 AM, said:

B's on his shoulders.
...and that's enough. No player needs a letter sewn on his sweater to be a leader. Leaders lead, guys with letters on their sweaters take face offs before games and talk to the officials a lot.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:40 AM

well who in the world would you replace? you cant tell me that this team could do without the spark that drew stafford provides

hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhaahahahaaaaaaa

wait lemme try again

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:58 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 04 March 2013 - 12:17 AM, said:

There's something about a ginger dude with those piercing blue eyes......makes him look crazier than he is.

I'm telling you now....the New Corps consists of Ott, Regehr, Weber, Gerbe, Kaleta.

I'm kinda sorta buying into this sh!t......and it scares me!!!!!

Little bromance ?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:18 AM

Why do you want Ott to be a mailman?    ;)

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Where do I sign the petition?


That said, I think there's no real urgency to make changes of that sort mid-season.  Too many other changes need to be made that make a real difference on the ice (such as straightening out the power play, which after last night's game is clearly the highest priority).

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

View PostHeimdall, on 04 March 2013 - 02:58 AM, said:

Little bromance ?

I'm getting scared because Rolston has obviously taken the leash off the dogs. Rolston represents Sabres status quo to an extent and any success under him may lead to Darcy still being here and making decisions.

I am actually rooting for these guys like I haven't in years. It's freedom. Just watching the little things going on out there tells me that. They need to still remold and need much more talented help in here. But just seeing Ott go on his roll and be a pest....Gerbe getting playing time with the right people and lighting it up....Weber and Regehr getting #1 PK pairing.....the guys going down for blocked shots more and the hitters taking that extra .2 seconds to try and rub in some board burns......the turnaround in attitude has happened quicker than I expected.

I hope Kaleta didn't take things too far to stop the party. Still trying to figure Rolston out myself.....but so far he seems to have some common sense to go with book smarts.

Ott is the captain here in attitude though. He is probably too much of a pest and freeballer on the ice to want to give him the actual "C". He would be deserving, but he's just nuts enough that you want to channel that energy instead of him worrying about the other diplomatic things that come with the "C".

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:26 PM

I know one thing, a Captain of an NHL team can never show this completely inexcusable lack of effort on any play:



If I'm RR, I'm having a long chat with #29 about setting the proper example for the team. Totally unacceptable for my "leader"

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 04 March 2013 - 12:26 PM, said:

I know one thing, a Captain of an NHL team can never show this completely inexcusable lack of effort on any play:

The only thing that I can hope is that he was just totally gassed from being out there QB'ing the PP for 1:21 when it happened.  I mean, the Sabres do skate 200ft a lot, so it's possible. :unsure:

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:02 PM

Nothing is more telling of a team and their collective lack of accountability then when they throw a 'C' at the new guy.  Craig Rivet anyone?  While Ott is clearly the perfect type of guy for the job... seeing that happen right now would be more disheartening than anything else that has happened this season.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 04 March 2013 - 12:26 PM, said:

I know one thing, a Captain of an NHL team can never show this completely inexcusable lack of effort on any play:



If I'm RR, I'm having a long chat with #29 about setting the proper example for the team. Totally unacceptable for my "leader"

He should have that *C* on his chest removed for that play alone.  And if Pominville wanted to do the right thing he would give it up.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

View PostSabres Fan In NS, on 04 March 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

He should have that *C* on his chest removed for that play alone.  And if Pominville wanted to do the right thing he would give it up.

Amen.  I cannot forgive or forget the image of him coasting on that play....total give up.  I hate to use this word, but he QUIT on that play.

100% counterintuitive to any kind of leadership and I don't give a damn how many goals he scores.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 04 March 2013 - 01:28 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:57 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 04 March 2013 - 01:26 PM, said:

Amen.  I cannot forgive or forget the image of him coasting on that play....total give up.  I hate to use this word, but he QUIT on that play.

100% counterintuitive to any kind of leadership and I don't give a damn how many goals he scores.

I dunno.  I noticed it when it happened, watched the replay then.. couple times today.  I think it looked worse than it really was. Yes, he coasted, but at that point he was already toast on the play and he knew it.  It was a breakaway and nothing he could do.  To keep up appearances, he could have kept chasing with a hard skate and no one would be talking about it like this today.  But he knew he was beat and it was up to Miller.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

View Postjohnyvegas, on 04 March 2013 - 01:57 PM, said:

I dunno.  I noticed it when it happened, watched the replay then.. couple times today.  I think it looked worse than it really was. Yes, he coasted, but at that point he was already toast on the play and he knew it.  It was a breakaway and nothing he could do.  To keep up appearances, he could have kept chasing with a hard skate and no one would be talking about it like this today.  But he knew he was beat and it was up to Miller.

I disagree, he could've at least dove to try and poke check the puck away, or hook him and take the penalty. Trust me, its always better to take the penalty on a breakaway. The goalie has a better chance of stopping the penalty shot.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 04 March 2013 - 12:17 AM, said:

There's something about a ginger dude with those piercing blue eyes......makes him look crazier than he is.

I'm telling you now....the New Corps consists of Ott, Regehr, Weber, Gerbe, Kaleta.

I'm kinda sorta buying into this sh!t......and it scares me!!!!!

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 04 March 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

I'm getting scared because Rolston has obviously taken the leash off the dogs. Rolston represents Sabres status quo to an extent and any success under him may lead to Darcy still being here and making decisions.

I am actually rooting for these guys like I haven't in years. It's freedom. Just watching the little things going on out there tells me that. They need to still remold and need much more talented help in here. But just seeing Ott go on his roll and be a pest....Gerbe getting playing time with the right people and lighting it up....Weber and Regehr getting #1 PK pairing.....the guys going down for blocked shots more and the hitters taking that extra .2 seconds to try and rub in some board burns......the turnaround in attitude has happened quicker than I expected.

I hope Kaleta didn't take things too far to stop the party. Still trying to figure Rolston out myself.....but so far he seems to have some common sense to go with book smarts.

Ott is the captain here in attitude though. He is probably too much of a pest and freeballer on the ice to want to give him the actual "C". He would be deserving, but he's just nuts enough that you want to channel that energy instead of him worrying about the other diplomatic things that come with the "C".

Good stuff.  I'd add Ennis to the new core group -- I think he plays with much more of an edge than most give him credit for (and much more than Stafford, Pommer, Vanek, etc.).  In any case though RR has definitely given bigger roles to guys like Weber and Gerbe, with good results so far.  And it does seem like there is more of an overall edge to the team's play.

View Postcarpandean, on 04 March 2013 - 12:42 PM, said:

The only thing that I can hope is that he was just totally gassed from being out there QB'ing the PP for 1:21 when it happened.  I mean, the Sabres do skate 200ft a lot, so it's possible. :unsure:

I've criticized Pommer plenty of times, but I think you're right on this.

I'd still take the C from him and give it to Ott, Regehr or Gerbe in a heartbeat though (although maybe best to do so in the offseason or perhaps following a trade of Pommer at the deadline).

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

View Postcarpandean, on 04 March 2013 - 12:42 PM, said:

The only thing that I can hope is that he was just totally gassed from being out there QB'ing the PP for 1:21 when it happened.  I mean, the Sabres do skate 200ft a lot, so it's possible. :unsure:

It may explain it, but doesn't excuse it.  Even if it was hopeless, he should have continued to skate, to move his legs.  You never know.