Crosby has had a million cheap shots, and maybe 1 time his teammates have gone after the guy that did it
Probably true, but that is Pittsburgh for you--a franchise I would rather not emulate among winning franchises.
The Boston pack dog mentality is much more sound. You hit one of our guys, our entire team jumps on you without hesitation. Love that approach and Boston has always had it, despite the names changing over the years. I wish I knew how they pull that off.
I think this current situation is overblown by Herrington however. It is not analogous to the Lucic incident. And for the record, I agree that did create the beginning of the end of the old Rochester Core.
Actually you are......."should have been run through the boards by Nolan or someone else"
And what is wrong with that? This is hockey, not international peace negotiations.
The consistent absence of grit, toughness, competitiveness, and physicality from almost all regular season NHL games these days is a giant turnoff and the product suffers as a result.
Fighting doesn't win hockey games
The issue is most definitely not about "fighting" vs "not fighting" as an abstract concept in a vacuum.
It is about "unified team that supports one another" vs "bunch of individuals collecting pay checks and managing their solo careers."
I'm sure you see the difference.
The Sabres have no spine and don’t stand up for each other
O’Reilly and Eichel hate each other.
Housley is a purse packer and a snowflake stroker.
Lehner is the worst goalie in the NHL
The Pegulas meddle too much
The NHL hates Buffalo and rigged the lottery
Whatever floats your boat.
For me, it’s “we don’t have enough good players”
More or less agree with you, but this year it has definitely been about more than just not enough players.
The entire group has been disinterested most of the season and many key players played well below their potential for most of the season.
Eichel has come on strong and Reinhart has a good groove going right now too, but it wasn't like that all season.
This team has looked totally fractured or like a group that hates their HC or something like that all season long.
Even when they find a way to put it together now, it doesn't usually stay that way for long; good periods are followed by bad periods; good games followed by a couple bad ones.
The makeup of this team is flawed and it transcends talent level, though that needs improving as well.
I just don't think what he calls for is the NHL in 2018. I'm all for violence and bloodshed, I just don't think the league is comprised of players who facilitate it.
I think the type of teamwork and support Harrington talks about is available in the NHL these days.
Though there is no argument about the fact that the traditional tough guy no longer exists in the league. He has been replaced by a much better hockey player and worse fighter, for the most part.
There are very few guys in the league now who can't, at least a little, support a hockey-oriented slot in the lineup.
This change has been going on for a very long time and it gets worse all the time. The absence of enforcers has created a casual approach to most games that is devoid of competitiveness and the product suffers as a result.
I think it's fair to say that Harrington is often right when criticizing the on-ice results -- but literally anyone with eyes could do that.
I also think he adds essentially zero value in terms of hockey analysis or knowledge of NHL dynamics or behind-the-scenes machinations at the Sabres.
This weird rift that has existed between TBN and Pegula, almost from the very beginning, has resulted in the News reporters being shut out of the Bills and Sabres, or at least so it seems, and TBN's readers are the ones who suffer the most from it.
There is very little juicy insider-knowledge sports reporting going on in WNY. Though to a certain extent that is b/c it is WNY and not a big city. In that sense, it's not going to change substantially even if things improve between the paper and Pegula.
He barely touched him!
I have no problems w/ Harrington btw.
Yeah, I agree with this take. I don't think anyone needs to "go there" with this Eichel incident, and comparing it to the Lucic/Miller incident is simply misguided.
I think that is just Harrington whipping a little click bait, b/c that sort of thing generates clicks, and reasoned, tempered, moderation does not.
Except stick contact on his skate, then finishing his check.
Mike is almost always right. People just don't like to hear the truth from an outsider. Inside the family, of course, we can bash them 10x worse than Mike does.
Bills fans love to bash Bills sports writers; Sabres fans love to bash Sabres sports writers. I'm not sure what that is all about.
Edited by Kruppstahl, 13 February 2018 - 05:27 AM.