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from TBM at NBC Sports,
Before you go shoveling more dirt on them, there’s something important to remember about the Buffalo Sabres: they’re not dead yet. Far from it.
This includes your antlered correspondent, who all but wrote them off after game three, using the Sabres troubles as an excuse to dredge up Buffalo’s tortured sports history
What can I say? It was too good to pass up.
from KK member SteveNJ...
As a kool-aid drinking New Jersey Devils fan, you take a great deal of pride in a lot of things. Three Stanley Cup Championships, four Finals appearances, a youthful offense that should come of age in the next couple of years, and oh yeah, that Brodeur fella. He’s pretty good.
One thing that we are not proud of is the situation in our arena. The Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey is insufficient. There is construction all around (The budding “Xanadu” project which is supposed to bring malls, a ballpark, and an indoor snowboarding complex) that makes it near impossible to park. Add that to the third highest ticket prices in the NHL, and it’s been tough going for us the past few years. Don’t say it’s lack of fan support, or fan apathy, because not a decade ago, this team drew 17,000 fans a game. We simply need a new, more convenient home.
Fortunately, owner (as Doc Emrick once said “He was a season ticket holder for a long time, and he liked the team so much, he decided to buy it”) Jeff Vanderbeek has given us one. Please, enjoy this video of the soon-to-come Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey:
Just a reminder for the HD folks, the high def broadcast of the game from Versuis will be on Mojo.
from the Denver Post,
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere sounds like a man who has decided to bring back high-priced, disappointing goalie Jose Theodore for another season.
“My message to people is, ‘Don’t think that buying him out is going to be a big financial advantage for us.’ It won’t be,” Giguere said Wednesday. “If you buy him out, two-thirds of his salary counts toward the (salary) cap, and we’d still have to sign a replacement for him.”
That said, Giguere said a decision whether to bring back Theodore for the last year of a contract that will pay him $6 million has yet to be finalized.
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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Drury issued a challenge to his teammates going into Game Four. He said they had two choices: The Buffalo Sabres could curl and cry their way home or they could come back fighting like dogs. He was speaking in his usual hushed tones, but you better believe it came across loud and clear to his teammates.
Stop moaning and quit feeling sorry for yourselves. Show a little resiliency and maybe, just maybe, they could get things turned around before it was too late. Maybe they could strike fear into the Ottawa Senators. Maybe they could do what seemed impossible and win four straight. Maybe there was a little hope after all. “It was the whole locker room, not
just me,” Drury said. “Everybody understood what we were up against. It relaxed us. At some point, I don’t know when it was, but some weight was lifted off our shoulders. It was as loose as we had been in a while.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Losing Pronger for a game is one thing. Having everybody else not show up, again, would be something else again.
Yesterday was all about Pronger. But today has to be all about the Ducks who so spectacularly no-showed in losing 5-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3.
Ducks GM Brian Burke was screaming injustice, of course. Burke enjoys nothing more in life than to be outraged. And he talks such a good game, he can almost pull you in with him. But the last thing Carlyle needs here is for the Ducks to go on the ice tonight using not having Pronger as an excuse.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Suddenly it’s not the playoffs for Teemu Selanne.
Nobody is clipping him in the face. Nobody is nailing him with a puck during warm-ups. Nobody is driving him to the dentist.
Nothing’s going in.
“When I’ve gotten into position, I haven’t gotten the puck onto the net,” Selanne said. “It’s playoff hockey. I’ve been through things like this before. All that needs to happen is for one of those shots to go in.
“I could either be smiling or crying about this. I’d rather be smiling.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
This doesn’t make it a series.
But one more win by the Buffalo Sabres in this Eastern Conference final and, my oh my, the ghosts of blown playoff opportunities past will mischievously start whispering in the ears of the Ottawa Senators.
Suddenly, there will be a Patrick Lalime sighting. Or Jeff Friesen will be seen taking a tour on Parliament Hill.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“We missed out on the party,” said Senators coach Bryan Murray. “It’s disappointing when you lose, especially at home.”...
“We knew there was going to be a bump in the road at some point or another,” said Senators centre Jason Spezza. “We’ve just got to stick with the plan.
“We’ve shown that anytime we play our game and get pucks in deep, we’re the better hockey team. We had a lot of chances late in the second and the third. We just weren’t able to get anything by (Sabres goalie Ryan Miller). That was just a good teaching game to show what we have to do to win.”
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