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#1 tom webster

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM

First I want to apologize for starting a new thread for my own "cleansing of the soul." Feel free to close it at any time.

For the record,

I hate that Darcy is still here.
I have no problem with Rolston as coach.
The Pegula era has been a "huge" disappointment that I take personally because he made it personal.
I don't believe the Sabres truly intend to make us "suffer" for the foreseable future. I think it is a business strategy designed to "promise less, deliver more."

All that being said, I can't go through the next few months continuously recounting the past 16 years.
So going forward, it is going to be the optimistic Tom Webster. I am going to pretend that DR actually started the rebuild when he traded Paul Gaustad and I am going to look forward to the development of Grig, Girgs, Lars, Armia et al.

So here it goes;

I'm looking forward to next year. Tyler Myers will return to potential Norris finalist, Pysyk and McNabb will challenge for rookie of the year, Marcus Foligno will overcome his sophomore slump, Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals and Darcy will acquire the number 4 pick who will take the league by storm. With some solid goaltending (Bernier?), this team could challenge for a playoff spot and start the ride to Cup contender.

Please be gentle.

#2 LaFontaineToMogilny

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:09 PM

If you can't look forward with rose colored glasses, sports (and Buffalo sports in particular) are not for you. I salute your spirit of optimism.

I am always looking forward to a new season of Sabres hockey, I admit that my expectations are lower than they were a couple years back, but I am still excited to see how we draft, what Grigorenko will do, if we can hold on to Vanek, is Armia the real deal, Zemgus the Locomotive and many other little things that keeps a Sabres heart beating.

I would also like to point out that if Andrew Peters gets his way and we get 15 goals from Patrick Kaleta next year, that will be a great thing for the Sabres :ph34r:

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:15 PM

Go on with your bad self, T-Web.

I will never, ever begrudge hope's springing eternal. What the heck's the point otherwise?

Always remember: "This is water."


Edited by That Aud Smell, 08 May 2013 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:17 PM

And let's hope Vanek can stay healthy for 82 games. I would love to see him at his best for an entire season.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:19 PM

Looks like we ARE bringing in a new hockey guy!

http://sabres.nhl.co...ge.htm?id=36592

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

So this is Hockey.




Good honest post TW. I see what you did there. Positives and hope always welcome by me.

It is what it is and I can choose how I want to handle it. Family, golf and libations for me for the summer and back at it come fall be what it may.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

I'm with Tom on this.

The past season was an enormous dissappointment on many, many levels, but it's in the history books now.  Let's move on and focus on the better pieces of this still-excellent franchise for our rebuild.  I look forward to many things upcoming this offseason, including what should be at least an interesting, if not reinvigorating, draft.

Edited by IKnowPhysics, 08 May 2013 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:40 PM

I'm neither happy with the team nor optimistic, but I appreciate the thread nonetheless. One thing that caught my eye is moving Cody to wing. Just wondering if you could expand on this idea because to my eye he's a pure center.

Edited by TrueBluePhD, 08 May 2013 - 02:40 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:49 PM

The glass isn't half-full or half-empty. The glass is simply twice as large as it needs to be.

#10 Ghost of Dwight Drane

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:00 PM

The sad thing is.....people are already using coping mechanisms for next year.....and we still have 90% of the first round of this year's playoffs up for grabs!

I can't blame anyone for wanting to keep a positive outlook for the sake of having entertainment to look forward to. Hey....I'm gonna hit that superfecta at the track, and I think that stripper REALLY digs me! I just hate having to mind-f myself when I know it is possible to have a structure I truly believe in. It's been so long with the Sabres that I almost get more entertainment out of them as a comedy of errors than I do actually loving the game of hockey and Buffalo. I remember living in Miami and driving 30 minutes to watch the Sabres/Sens double OT playoff game because it was the only bar around that would let me put it on the big screen....and then trying to navigate home after the win. I had hope back then. I had hope when I would scalp standing room tickets at the Aud for playoff games against the Bruins when I was a kid. I had hope when I walked into my Labor Management class in my Sabres jersey, and handed the instructor my project early...as I needed to get down to the clincher against Ottawa. He asked me, "so you think a hockey game is more importatnt than my class?" I answered, "There's only one Game 7....there are 30 of your classes". I had hope then....and I will gladly take the B- in exchange for having that moment in person.

I wish I could have hope now. Not only are we saddled with an albatross of a decision maker for the hockey department, but the frustrating thing is that we seemingly have "one of us" as an owner without financial limitations and a team president who told us that transparency and communication with the fans was of utmost importance when they first arrived. There was so much to hope for. A successful businessman and passionate hockey family with local roots taking over the team, and a friendly president who had big ideas, could think outside the box, and who didn't take himself too seriously. I have to admit....I was giddy with the prospects of this thing.

Now however, the all too familiar rug of capitalistic self-preservation is being pulled from under me, and the shell game of hockey owner or real estate developer rears it's ugly head again. I didn't think it would go this route....at least not so fast. It would be so easy for me to regain hope. If for just a moment, Mr. Black and Mr. Pegula could sit down and honestly evaluate what is the more tragic outcome......to relieve 1 person from this franchise who has collected an estimated $20 million in salary over the years from this franchise, no matter how much you may like him or feel comfortable with him?.....or........the hundreds?...thousands?....hundreds of thousands? of Sabres fans who no longer have hope and are quickly losing any faith and goodwill they may have had in ownership because of the decision to keep 1 person...over the passion and psyche of the majority of the fanbase?

There's a warehouse worker who splits season tickets with his 6 buddies who would love to actually go to the arena believing in this team instead of going out of obligation. There is a family in Fort Erie who is debating if it is really worth it to sit on a bridge for 2 hours in traffic on a weekend in order to see this team. There is a whole generation of kids playing street hockey....and for the next few years, they won't be fighting over who is Pat LaFontaine....who is Danny Gare....who is Chris Drury...or who is Gil Perreault.........they will be using the same coping techniques as those on this board....."I guess I can be Leino.....you wanna be Porter?"

I can't begrudge anyone for truly having hope. I just wish I could again as well.........

Edited by Ghost of Dwight Drane, 08 May 2013 - 03:02 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:06 PM

I've been on board with T-Web since February.  I was optimistic before it was cool.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

View PostThat Aud Smell, on 08 May 2013 - 01:15 PM, said:

Go on with your bad self, T-Web.

I will never, ever begrudge hope's springing eternal. What the heck's the point otherwise?

Always remember: "This is water."



post.

of.

the.

decade.

#13 That Aud Smell

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:44 PM

View PostMeathead, on 08 May 2013 - 03:18 PM, said:

post.

of.

the.

decade.

that's too kind, by an order of magnitude.

i don't really know anything about the guy who's giving the speech -- but i like the thing as a short film.

EDIT: geez -- the speaker is the guy who wrote "infinite jest" (david foster wallace) -- the same guy who was afflicted with such a debilitating depression that he hung himself. whatever -- the sentiments are still beautiful.

Edited by That Aud Smell, 08 May 2013 - 03:47 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

View Posttom webster, on 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

First I want to apologize for starting a new thread for my own "cleansing of the soul." Feel free to close it at any time.

For the record,

I hate that Darcy is still here.
I have no problem with Rolston as coach.
The Pegula era has been a "huge" disappointment that I take personally because he made it personal.
I don't believe the Sabres truly intend to make us "suffer" for the foreseable future. I think it is a business strategy designed to "promise less, deliver more."

All that being said, I can't go through the next few months continuously recounting the past 16 years.
So going forward, it is going to be the optimistic Tom Webster. I am going to pretend that DR actually started the rebuild when he traded Paul Gaustad and I am going to look forward to the development of Grig, Girgs, Lars, Armia et al.

So here it goes;

I'm looking forward to next year. Tyler Myers will return to potential Norris finalist, Pysyk and McNabb will challenge for rookie of the year, Marcus Foligno will overcome his sophomore slump, Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals and Darcy will acquire the number 4 pick who will take the league by storm. With some solid goaltending (Bernier?), this team could challenge for a playoff spot and start the ride to Cup contender.

Please be gentle.
...and this is the very moment when the bullet enters Winston Smith's brain...

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:08 PM

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

Unfortunately many of the greatest moments for a fan in Buffalo sports history have been before the games are played or the pick ihas been taken.   ...however there is always the chance it can change... That is why they play the games ... and that is why we watch.
There is no need to apologize we all hope your right.

The glass is not half full or half empty.  It is being misused.  Dump out the water and fill it with beer.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

View Posttom webster, on 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

First I want to apologize for starting a new thread for my own "cleansing of the soul." Feel free to close it at any time.

For the record,

I hate that Darcy is still here.
I have no problem with Rolston as coach.
The Pegula era has been a "huge" disappointment that I take personally because he made it personal.
I don't believe the Sabres truly intend to make us "suffer" for the foreseable future. I think it is a business strategy designed to "promise less, deliver more."

All that being said, I can't go through the next few months continuously recounting the past 16 years.
So going forward, it is going to be the optimistic Tom Webster. I am going to pretend that DR actually started the rebuild when he traded Paul Gaustad and I am going to look forward to the development of Grig, Girgs, Lars, Armia et al.

So here it goes;

I'm looking forward to next year. Tyler Myers will return to potential Norris finalist, Pysyk and McNabb will challenge for rookie of the year, Marcus Foligno will overcome his sophomore slump, Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals and Darcy will acquire the number 4 pick who will take the league by storm. With some solid goaltending (Bernier?), this team could challenge for a playoff spot and start the ride to Cup contender.

Please be gentle.

TW, love the attempt, I wish I could come around, I used to be an optomist in regard to the Sabres, am returning to one with the Bills maybe because I haven't paid as much attention lately an ignorance is Bliss, but it is going to take one of those young high centers the Sabres have drafted in the late rounds breaking through and making the big leagues before I actually can turn around my skepticism.  Still valiant effort.

My latest optimism is my oldest child's left arm and determination at pitching,  The kid has a nasty breaking ball that I didn't teach him and his fast ball is starting to hurt, gonna need to get a catch glove or live with a broken hand, he is eight. :)

Edited by North Buffalo, 08 May 2013 - 05:32 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:29 PM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 08 May 2013 - 05:28 PM, said:

TW, love the attempt, I wish I could come around, I used to be an optomist in regard to the Sabres, am returning to one with the Bills maybe because I haven't paid as much attention lately an ignorance is Bliss, but it is going to take one of those young high centers the Sabres have drafted in the late rounds breaking through and making the big leagues before I actually can turn around my skepticism.  Still valiant effort.

My latest optimism is my oldest child's left arm and determination at pitching,  The kid has a nasty breaking ball that I didn't teach him and his fast ball is starting to hurt, gonna need to get a catch glove or live with a broken hand, he is eight. :)
come back when his slap shot will shatter ankles and he has a saucer pass that would make an athiest praise jesus!!!!!


sorry i just can't make myself talk baseball lol

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:49 PM

I am not particularly optimistic that we will be good next year.
But I always have hope.

Edited by dudacek, 08 May 2013 - 08:50 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:09 PM

View Posttom webster, on 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

First I want to apologize for starting a new thread for my own "cleansing of the soul." Feel free to close it at any time.

For the record,

I hate that Darcy is still here.
I have no problem with Rolston as coach.
The Pegula era has been a "huge" disappointment that I take personally because he made it personal.
I don't believe the Sabres truly intend to make us "suffer" for the foreseable future. I think it is a business strategy designed to "promise less, deliver more."

All that being said, I can't go through the next few months continuously recounting the past 16 years.
So going forward, it is going to be the optimistic Tom Webster. I am going to pretend that DR actually started the rebuild when he traded Paul Gaustad and I am going to look forward to the development of Grig, Girgs, Lars, Armia et al.

So here it goes;

I'm looking forward to next year. Tyler Myers will return to potential Norris finalist, Pysyk and McNabb will challenge for rookie of the year, Marcus Foligno will overcome his sophomore slump, Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals and Darcy will acquire the number 4 pick who will take the league by storm. With some solid goaltending (Bernier?), this team could challenge for a playoff spot and start the ride to Cup contender.

Please be gentle.
Unfortunately, these aren't reasons for optimism.  These are wishes.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:13 PM

I broke my glass when it was apparent Regier would remain as GM.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:09 PM

View Posttom webster, on 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals

Are you serious?  If so, please explain....

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:50 PM

There is no such thing as optimisim in BFLO. It's the only thing keeping it together.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:06 AM

View Posttom webster, on 08 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

First I want to apologize for starting a new thread for my own "cleansing of the soul." Feel free to close it at any time.

For the record,

I hate that Darcy is still here.
I have no problem with Rolston as coach.
The Pegula era has been a "huge" disappointment that I take personally because he made it personal.
I don't believe the Sabres truly intend to make us "suffer" for the foreseable future. I think it is a business strategy designed to "promise less, deliver more."

All that being said, I can't go through the next few months continuously recounting the past 16 years.
So going forward, it is going to be the optimistic Tom Webster. I am going to pretend that DR actually started the rebuild when he traded Paul Gaustad and I am going to look forward to the development of Grig, Girgs, Lars, Armia et al.

So here it goes;

I'm looking forward to next year. Tyler Myers will return to potential Norris finalist, Pysyk and McNabb will challenge for rookie of the year, Marcus Foligno will overcome his sophomore slump, Cody will move to right wing and score 40 goals and Darcy will acquire the number 4 pick who will take the league by storm. With some solid goaltending (Bernier?), this team could challenge for a playoff spot and start the ride to Cup contender.

Please be gentle.

Good man.

I'm optimistic too.  What the heck.  Rolston is going to coax them into the playoffs next year.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:42 AM

View PostTheMadKat, on 08 May 2013 - 10:09 PM, said:

Are you serious?  If so, please explain....

Did you read the rest of the post. Pretty sure you can answer that on your own...

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:53 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 09 May 2013 - 12:06 AM, said:



Good man.

I'm optimistic too.  What the heck.  Rolston is going to coax them into the playoffs next year.

Anyone can be a Cinderella team.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:37 AM

View PostJJFIVEOH, on 08 May 2013 - 11:50 PM, said:

There is no such thing as optimisim in BFLO. It's the only thing keeping it together.
Boy, there's a glass half empty for ya. Isn't it optimism that fills The Ralph 8 (sorry, 7 :wallbash:) times a year and The F'NC 42 times? Isn't it optimism that buys GameCenter and The Sunday Ticket year after year to watch one team that never makes the playoffs and another that misses them more than it makes them?

Sorry, but our attitude is a direct result of the performances our teams, not some character flaw that you seem to think we all have. I think optimism is the only thing holding us together. Every year, at the start of a season I think, "This is the one. This is the year we'll be good."

One of these years I'll be right.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:03 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 08 May 2013 - 03:00 PM, said:

The sad thing is.....people are already using coping mechanisms for next year.....and we still have 90% of the first round of this year's playoffs up for grabs!

I can't blame anyone for wanting to keep a positive outlook for the sake of having entertainment to look forward to. Hey....I'm gonna hit that superfecta at the track, and I think that stripper REALLY digs me! I just hate having to mind-f myself when I know it is possible to have a structure I truly believe in. It's been so long with the Sabres that I almost get more entertainment out of them as a comedy of errors than I do actually loving the game of hockey and Buffalo. I remember living in Miami and driving 30 minutes to watch the Sabres/Sens double OT playoff game because it was the only bar around that would let me put it on the big screen....and then trying to navigate home after the win. I had hope back then. I had hope when I would scalp standing room tickets at the Aud for playoff games against the Bruins when I was a kid. I had hope when I walked into my Labor Management class in my Sabres jersey, and handed the instructor my project early...as I needed to get down to the clincher against Ottawa. He asked me, "so you think a hockey game is more importatnt than my class?" I answered, "There's only one Game 7....there are 30 of your classes". I had hope then....and I will gladly take the B- in exchange for having that moment in person.

I wish I could have hope now. Not only are we saddled with an albatross of a decision maker for the hockey department, but the frustrating thing is that we seemingly have "one of us" as an owner without financial limitations and a team president who told us that transparency and communication with the fans was of utmost importance when they first arrived. There was so much to hope for. A successful businessman and passionate hockey family with local roots taking over the team, and a friendly president who had big ideas, could think outside the box, and who didn't take himself too seriously. I have to admit....I was giddy with the prospects of this thing.

Now however, the all too familiar rug of capitalistic self-preservation is being pulled from under me, and the shell game of hockey owner or real estate developer rears it's ugly head again. I didn't think it would go this route....at least not so fast. It would be so easy for me to regain hope. If for just a moment, Mr. Black and Mr. Pegula could sit down and honestly evaluate what is the more tragic outcome......to relieve 1 person from this franchise who has collected an estimated $20 million in salary over the years from this franchise, no matter how much you may like him or feel comfortable with him?.....or........the hundreds?...thousands?....hundreds of thousands? of Sabres fans who no longer have hope and are quickly losing any faith and goodwill they may have had in ownership because of the decision to keep 1 person...over the passion and psyche of the majority of the fanbase?

There's a warehouse worker who splits season tickets with his 6 buddies who would love to actually go to the arena believing in this team instead of going out of obligation. There is a family in Fort Erie who is debating if it is really worth it to sit on a bridge for 2 hours in traffic on a weekend in order to see this team. There is a whole generation of kids playing street hockey....and for the next few years, they won't be fighting over who is Pat LaFontaine....who is Danny Gare....who is Chris Drury...or who is Gil Perreault.........they will be using the same coping techniques as those on this board....."I guess I can be Leino.....you wanna be Porter?"

I can't begrudge anyone for truly having hope. I just wish I could again as well.........

Most eloquently put...and my feelings exactly.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:24 AM

If anyone else needs Kool-Aid, this comes straight from Ripley's "It could happen":
  • Rolston's attention to detail and teaching skills pay off with the kids; own zone fire sales drop significantly
  • Miller decides he's a Sabre, signs an extension and adopts a new Zen persona in public; his calmness gives the youngsters the confidence they need
  • Vanek plays for a new contract and has his most consistent season yet, staying in and around the top 10 in scoring all season
  • Hodgson takes another step, tightening his defensive game and becoming a key cog in an improving power play
  • Foligno refocuses, becoming an every-game beast in the dirty areas; his line with an embarrassed Stafford and a more mature Ennis becomes the real second line we all hoped it would be.
  • Larsson is a revelation, bulling his way onto the roster, adding a mix of tenacity, smarts and skill to the Hodgson/Vanek combo
  • Grigorenko doesn't turn into a star, but he does become an NHL player, sliding in between Ott and Leino for a regular shift and making a contribution on the power play
  • Leino plays the whole season and plays well, adding puck possession and between 40 and 50 points.
  • Tropp, Kaleta, Porter and Scott play with enough fire and smarts to keep the top nine honest and opponents taking penalties in frustration
  • The new power play coach figures out a way to make Ehrhoff look like he did on the PP for Vancouver
  • Mike Weber joins Ott as team leader and tone setter, playing Regehr's role better than Regehr did
  • Pysyk and McNabb are way better than Leopold and Brennan
  • Tyler Myers gets his groove back
  • Dudacek buys a winning lottery ticket
  • He doesn't care; he's too busy watching, as RJ makes call after spine-tingling playoff call on the run to the cup.
Summer is always the best time to be a Sabres fan.

Edited by dudacek, 09 May 2013 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

I like the optimism in this thread.  I can only read the Darcy bashings for so long (even though I agree with it all).

I'm going to throw out Armia as a guy that gets me looking forward to next season.  He was a first round pick (16th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry draft.  He's therefore had two full seasons of learning the pro game in the Finish Elite League which is suppose to be a high end league.  He's got decent looking numbers and good size.  Plus, I think he gets much less exposure because he plays across the pond so I'm not sure too many of us really know what his game looks like.  I can't wait to see what he can do next season.

There is a new core that started to form of the previous few years and will continue over the next couple of drafts.  Armia will be a a big piece of this new core imo.

Edited by Derrico, 09 May 2013 - 08:54 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:51 AM

View Postdudacek, on 09 May 2013 - 08:24 AM, said:

If anyone else needs Kool-Aid, this comes straight from Ripley's "It could happen":
  • Rolston's attention to detail and teaching skills pay off with the kids; own zone fire sales drop significantly
  • Miller decides he's a Sabre, signs an extension and adopts a new Zen persona in public; his calmness gives the youngsters the confidence they need
  • Vanek plays for a new contract and has his most consistent season yet, staying in and around the top 10 in scoring all season
  • Hodgson takes another step, tightening his defensive game and becoming a key cog in an improving power play
  • Foligno refocuses, becoming an every-game beast in the dirty areas; his line with an embarrassed Stafford and a more mature Ennis becomes the real second line we all hoped it would be.
  • Larsson is a revelation, bulling his way onto the roster, adding a mix of tenacity, smarts and skill to the Hodgson/Vanek combo
  • Grigorenko doesn't turn into a star, but he does become an NHL player, sliding in between Ott and Leino for a regular shift and making a contribution on the power play
  • Leino plays the whole season and plays well, adding puck possession and between 40 and 50 points.
  • Tropp, Kaleta, Porter and Scott play with enough fire and smarts to keep the top nine honest and opponents taking penalties in frustration
  • The new power play coach figures out a way to make Ehrhoff look like he did on the PP for Vancouver
  • Mike Weber joins Ott as team leader and tone setter, playing Regehr's role better than Regehr did
  • Pysyk and McNabb are way better than Leopold and Brennan
  • Tyler Myers gets his groove back
  • Dudacek buys a winning lottery ticket
  • He doesn't care; he's too busy watching, as RJ makes call after spine-tingling playoff call on the run to the cup.
Summer is always the best time to be a Sabres fan.

Good stuff....all possible....if they hit on 60% you may see the playoffs.....

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:04 AM

I am just excited because my 5 year old boy is now hooked on watching the NHL games right now and it just came out of nowhere (well I might have had something do with it.) You have to pry him away from the playoff hockey for bed time and I couldn't be happier. Just taking him to the Sabres games next year in this new phase is good enough for me! Let's get a team that really IS tough to play against night in and night out (as Rolston said) and I think gradually, the atmosphere will start to change in that building.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

View PostAndrew Amerk, on 09 May 2013 - 01:53 AM, said:

Anyone can be a Cinderella team.

Oh, but we don't want that. I mean, we could be "just" a playoff team, but we have the eyes on a bigger prize: dominant, elite roster that can roar through multiple runs to the Cup. We clean franchises that want to make the playoffs off the bottom of our shoes. How gauche.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:55 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 08 May 2013 - 03:00 PM, said:

The sad thing is.....people are already using coping mechanisms for next year.....and we still have 90% of the first round of this year's playoffs up for grabs!

I can't blame anyone for wanting to keep a positive outlook for the sake of having entertainment to look forward to. Hey....I'm gonna hit that superfecta at the track, and I think that stripper REALLY digs me! I just hate having to mind-f myself when I know it is possible to have a structure I truly believe in. It's been so long with the Sabres that I almost get more entertainment out of them as a comedy of errors than I do actually loving the game of hockey and Buffalo. I remember living in Miami and driving 30 minutes to watch the Sabres/Sens double OT playoff game because it was the only bar around that would let me put it on the big screen....and then trying to navigate home after the win. I had hope back then. I had hope when I would scalp standing room tickets at the Aud for playoff games against the Bruins when I was a kid. I had hope when I walked into my Labor Management class in my Sabres jersey, and handed the instructor my project early...as I needed to get down to the clincher against Ottawa. He asked me, "so you think a hockey game is more importatnt than my class?" I answered, "There's only one Game 7....there are 30 of your classes". I had hope then....and I will gladly take the B- in exchange for having that moment in person.

I wish I could have hope now. Not only are we saddled with an albatross of a decision maker for the hockey department, but the frustrating thing is that we seemingly have "one of us" as an owner without financial limitations and a team president who told us that transparency and communication with the fans was of utmost importance when they first arrived. There was so much to hope for. A successful businessman and passionate hockey family with local roots taking over the team, and a friendly president who had big ideas, could think outside the box, and who didn't take himself too seriously. I have to admit....I was giddy with the prospects of this thing.

Now however, the all too familiar rug of capitalistic self-preservation is being pulled from under me, and the shell game of hockey owner or real estate developer rears it's ugly head again. I didn't think it would go this route....at least not so fast. It would be so easy for me to regain hope. If for just a moment, Mr. Black and Mr. Pegula could sit down and honestly evaluate what is the more tragic outcome......to relieve 1 person from this franchise who has collected an estimated $20 million in salary over the years from this franchise, no matter how much you may like him or feel comfortable with him?.....or........the hundreds?...thousands?....hundreds of thousands? of Sabres fans who no longer have hope and are quickly losing any faith and goodwill they may have had in ownership because of the decision to keep 1 person...over the passion and psyche of the majority of the fanbase?

There's a warehouse worker who splits season tickets with his 6 buddies who would love to actually go to the arena believing in this team instead of going out of obligation. There is a family in Fort Erie who is debating if it is really worth it to sit on a bridge for 2 hours in traffic on a weekend in order to see this team. There is a whole generation of kids playing street hockey....and for the next few years, they won't be fighting over who is Pat LaFontaine....who is Danny Gare....who is Chris Drury...or who is Gil Perreault.........they will be using the same coping techniques as those on this board....."I guess I can be Leino.....you wanna be Porter?"

I can't begrudge anyone for truly having hope. I just wish I could again as well.........

Find the half empty bottles of whatever you were taking that gave you hope the bills could compete without a quarterback. Surely that cocktail can let you believe the Sabres can compete without a GM.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:59 PM

"Hockey Heaven" should be a place where you don't have to talk yourself into or tricking yourself into thinking this team is better than what it is.

Is this the "acceptance" phase.

Shock
Anger
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Acceptance!

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:02 AM

I'm not sure DeLuca is capable of posting in an optimism thread. :) :)

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:28 AM

View PostMattPie, on 10 May 2013 - 08:02 AM, said:

I'm not sure DeLuca is capable of posting in an optimism thread. :) :)

It's our fault for not specifying that the glass wasn't half full of piss.

Edited by d4rksabre, 10 May 2013 - 08:29 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 10 May 2013 - 08:28 AM, said:

It's our fault for not specifying that the glass wasn't half full of piss.

... and vinegar ...

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:34 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 10 May 2013 - 08:28 AM, said:

It's our fault for not specifying that the glass wasn't half full of piss.

Hey....if you have a stye on your eye and couldn't see the jellyfish you just stepped on....that glass will come in handy.....

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:14 PM

View PostMattPie, on 10 May 2013 - 08:02 AM, said:

I'm not sure DeLuca is capable of posting in an optimism thread. :) :)
You should have been around back after the first lockout, I was accused of being a Pollyanna

View Postd4rksabre, on 10 May 2013 - 08:28 AM, said:

It's our fault for not specifying that the glass wasn't half full of piss.
Is that the flavor of Kool-Aid that Pegula is putting in the fan's glasses these days.
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Edited by deluca67, 10 May 2013 - 05:14 PM.