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Hardly The Greatest Show On Earth

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Greeting the local hockey heroes with "Sabre Dance" when they take the ice doesn't really fit the bill anymore.

We need some calliope music like you hear in the old big tops. Because right now, this team is just one giant circus....

The players can't be happy. The GM can't be happy. The coach isn't happy. The cardboard cutouts want to go home and not be locked in this building to watch this anymore....

Here's what's going through my mind after Saturday's snoozer against Philadelphia:

The coach: This has been an off-the-wall few days for Ralph Krueger. Coaches talk to the media so much, often twice a day, that it's impossible to not screw up once in a while. Krueger does his best to pacify reporters with player updates but has become much tighter with his info this year on lineup choices.

But he wasn't nearly transparent enough on the scratches of Jeff Skinner, sticking to his "principles" buzzword when he simply should have come out and said something like "Jeff doesn't have any goals and isn't doing things properly defensively and away from the puck to stay in the lineup. We're going to work with him and sharpen his game in those areas." Going nebulous about a veteran who has played 700+ games wasn't a good look.

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