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Too Many Games = Uninspired Play

from Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com,

There are too many regular season games in the NHL.

The evidence was Monday night at HSBC Arena when the Sabres and Predators trudged through the first two periods. Neither team had any legs because they were each playing their third game in four nights and for the Sabres, their fourth in six nights.

The result of the compact week is uninspired hockey and a poor product.  It’s not fair to the owners, coaches, players or fans.

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Does Colorado Have Interest In Afinogenov

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.

The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.

more Avs talk…

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Bring In The Youngsters

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

People act as if the Sabres are a sleeping giant, waiting to rediscover the magic of two years ago. How long must we wait? Going back to the start of last season, the Sabres are 49-54, including overtime and shootout losses….

The Sabres won’t admit it, but they’re in transition. The hope is in Portland, and the sooner they bring up the kids, the better. What do they have to lose, except more games? Let the kids learn in the NHL, like all those other promising young players around the league.

It’s a joke that Afinogenov is on this team. He’s been here since 1999, and he’s still making the same mistakes.

Afinogenov should have been gone long ago. He and Tim Connolly are symptomatic of the Sabres’ tendency to hang on to soft, finesse players who hold a franchise back. They need to move on and prepare for life with the young players. They’re the future.

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Sabres Fighting Mediocrity

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

With one-quarter of the season done, the Sabres are exactly where people expected. They entered Monday night in ninth place, four points out of fifth and three points ahead of 13th.

It’s how they got there that has folks in Sabreland wringing their hands or letting the profanities fly.

The Sabres are simply not good right now. No team on a five-game losing streak can be. They’ve won just once in the last eight games (1-6-1), sliding to 9-8-3 overall.

“We’re in tough right now,” coach Lindy Ruff said.

The slump has rained on the Stanley Cup parade some fanatics were planning after the opening eight games. The Sabres started 6-0-2, and it appeared they had regained their form after a season out of the playoffs.

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Sabres Should Fix Their Problems Now

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

I’m not talking about blowing up the ship so much as throwing a few broken chairs overboard. The Sabres aren’t desperate for an overhaul. They merely need to rid themselves of persistent problems that either A) can’t be fixed; B) no longer work in their long-term plans or C) need a change in scenery.

Afinogenov is all of the above. Ruff started pushing Afinogenov toward the door by benching him Friday, a year too late, and it’s time for General Manager Darcy Regier to close the door behind him….

Connolly should be gone, too. He has played less than 30 percent of the games since signing a three-year, $8.7 million contract. Enough is enough. Maybe another team would claim him off waivers once he’s healthy, saving the Sabres a few bucks.

Could the Sabres build a package for struggling Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the condition he signs a long-term deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent?

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Morning Line

“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good.  We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row.  More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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Ruff Says Enough Of The Poor Games

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres spent most of October at or near the top of the NHL in goals-against average. They entered Thursday’s play just 16th at 2.83.

“The time is now,” Ruff said after Thursday’s practice in HSBC Arena. “This is not just a couple little mishaps. This is a stretch of poor games that has been poor in a lot of areas.

“. . . Every team will have a segment of season where your goaltending will be tough, your special teams won’t get the job done, offensively you can’t seem to score. In an 82- game season, you deal with all these highs and lows and there’s never a team that doesn’t go through them. Maybe this is our little segment but now is the time to come out of it.”

The Sabres started November with back-to-back shutouts. Since then, they’ve been pillaged for 29 goals in just six games.

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No Postgame Road Show, Go To The Web Instead

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Larry Quinn said over the summer the postgame show was getting dumped on the road because it was just three guys talking (Roby, Ray and Sylvester). What’s so wrong with that? He said the ratings on the road were lousy. I believe him but the team stunk last year and many road games are on Saturdays, an admittedly tough ratings night….

The Sabres are clearly going in another direction, pushing you to their Web site. You’ll usually see some locker room and Ruff video there. It seems they’re more interested in the glitz of the Sabres Show, their nicely packaged weekly magazine, than their actual game telecasts.

Seriously, do they really think we care more about a show featuring Maria Genero’s inane talks with players at local restaurants or her probing “interviews” with the likes of Tom Golisano?

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Connolly Has Another Injury

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff saw Tim Connolly get leveled, and he immediately was concerned. Not just because the Buffalo Sabres center has a history of concussions, but because the hit was hard enough to hurt anyone. It certainly hurt Connolly….

“Tim’s just got a bruised chest, so he’s going to be day-to-day,” Ruff said. “Don’t feel it’s bad, but don’t really have a handle on how much time it’s going to take.”

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