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Sticks and Stones (and Hits from Behind) May Break My Bones but Words (and Gestures) Won’t Hurt Me

I’m a little late to the party on this topic, though I’ve shared a thought or two on Twitter this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least offer some extended opinion on the recent suspensions handed out to James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders and Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Wisniewski, of course, was banned for a pair of games for making what the NHL dubbed an “inappropriate gesture” directed toward Rangers forward Sean Avery, while Hjalmarsson got the same sentence for a dangerous, blind side hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.

Pominville was concussed on the play and there is said to be no time table for his return to the Sabres lineup. Avery – go figure, be he the perpetrator or the “victim”, involved in yet another incident – suffered, perhaps, some shame and hurt feelings because of Wisniewski’s gesture. But he’s a big boy. He’s over it already, I’m sure.

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Take Your Shot Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Did anyone in the league office check the schedule? Hjalmarsson sits two games, so when does he get back? Saturday night in the United Center. Against the Sabres. So is the league giving Buffalo carte blanche to create mayhem in retaliation? Doubt it. Patrick Kaleta already threatened some after practice Tuesday. But if he does something, he’s not getting two games. Book it. Stinks of the warning system in baseball: You hit my guy, you get a warning, I hit yours and I get ejected and suspended.

The Sabres and Hawks won’t play for at least another year, perhaps longer. You make it a three-game ban and you basically cut way back on the mayhem potential Saturday.

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Big Hits, Big Misses, and Bad Coverage

Some Sabres musings compiled while looking at 29 different angles of the big hit last night, and wondering what they really put in those shoulder pads…

• With an extended absence from Jason Pominville likely, courtesy of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, the opportunity is there for Nathan Gerbe to cement his place in the starting lineup.  But with the way Portland Pirates (AHL) forward Luke Adam is playing, it might need to happen sooner for Gerbe rather than later.  There is already talk of Portland commandeering an AHL Rookie of the Year three-peat.  Gerbe and Tyler Ennis have won the award the past two seasons.

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Pominville Taken Off On A Stretcher

via Chris Kuc tweet,

Sabres’ Jason Pominville is down on the ice and a stretcher is out after a crunching (and illegal) hit by #Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson.

I just saw the replay and Pominville was slammed into the boards, almost from behind.  He hit his head against the glass with a big impact. Hjalmarsson got five and a game.

update 7:51pm, video added… You will see the hit at the start of the video, then a replay near the end.

added 8:17pm, Chicago broadcast point of view can be watched below…

update 8:58pm, Concussion for Pominville, he was treated and diagnosed at the arena.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/10/10

Today’s three cheers for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers, who burst onto the NHL scene last night with a hat trick in his first career game. Dallas’ Fabian Brunnstrom was the last player to manage three goals in his NHL debut and Stepan became the fourth player in league history to accomplish the feat. That it came against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, too, makes the performance that much more impressive. If Stepan’s contributions in the early-going are any indicator, New York will fare far better than some of us may have predicted.

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Ryan Miller’s Place In The 2010-11 Vezina Discussion

While it certainly can’t be said with a straight face that Ryan Miller doesn’t get enough respect, there are some pundits out there who have declared, almost as a foregone conclusion, that the 30-year old Sabres franchise netminder will still be solid but won’t be able to duplicate his Vezina-worthy magic of 2009-10. 

Whether because of changes in the Sabres defensive corps, having played too many games, or simply from the difficulty of maintaining such a high level of play in an ultra-competitive league where the difference in the talent level of goaltenders has shrunk significantly, discussions by many about Miller’s prospects for the upcoming season are accompanied by buzzwords and catch phrases like “dropoff” and “coming back down to earth”.

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  Tags: henrik+tallinder, jordan+leopold, martin+brodeur, ryan+miller, shaone+morrisonn, toni+lydman, vezina+trophy

The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Include Tyler Myers In The Norris Talk

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While a lot of NHL experts already are conceding the Norris Trophy to Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, it might be a good idea to add Buffalo’s Tyler Myers to the mix. Myers, the Calder Trophy winner last season, appears to be going into his second season a better player. On Thursday against the Canadiens, he logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time, assisted on two of the Sabres’ five goals and was a plus-2. Uh-huh, it’s only a preseason game, but it’s obvious he’s the real deal.

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Last Year It Was DIRECTV, This Year It Is DISH Network

BUFFALO, NY (October 1, 2010)—The Buffalo Sabres today announced that MSG Networks and DISH Network, who have been negotiating a new agreement since early this year, failed to come to an agreement by midnight last night to continue carrying Buffalo Sabres games.

“We’ve been informed by our broadcast partners at MSG they no longer have an agreement with DISH Network to televise Buffalo Sabres games,” said Michael Gilbert, director of public relations for the Buffalo Sabres. “This is a matter between MSG and DISH Network, and the Sabres have no involvement in the negotiations between the two parties. As a result, we encourage all of our fans who have DISH Network to switch carriers. As it currently stands, DISH Network subscribers will be unable to watch Buffalo Sabres games starting with the season opener on October 8.”

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Sabres Trim Roster By 14 Players

From the Sabres:

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have trimmed their training camp roster by 14 players. This leaves the Sabres with 35 players remaining in camp: 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Heading to Portland are: forwards Jacob Lagace, Maxime Legault, Dennis McCauley, Brian Roloff, Felix Schutz, Colin Stuart (pending waivers), Corey Tropp, Travis Turnbull and Derek Whitmore (pending waivers); defensemen Alex Biega, Tim Conboy (pending waivers) and Nick Crawford. In addition, two players were also returned to their junior teams: forward Marcus Foligno (Sudbury, OHL) and defenseman Brayden McNabb (Kootenay, WHL).

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  Tags: brayden+mcnabb, marcus+foligno

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