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Stop Winning Anders Lindback

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Anders Lindback is a super guy. Really, he is. Folks from Nashville to Tampa Bay to New York City vouch for him. All it takes is one conversation with the goaltender for anyone to be convinced.

It’s a shame, then, that he’s on his way to becoming one of the most reviled Sabres ever.

The second-best stretch of Lindback’s career has Buffalo hockey fans cursing him in the name of Connor McDavid. The goalie stole three points this week that never should have been in Buffalo’s bank. If he keeps it up for the final 12 games, 30th place might become a thing of the past.

At any other time in Sabres history, Lindback would be a triumphant feel-good story. Instead, he’ll enter the crease Friday against New Jersey or Saturday in Nashville with Blue and Gold backers begging for him to fail.

What everyone will see is a guy playing like his life depends on it. That’s not far from the truth.

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gowings's avatar

Can we have this type of attitude with Howard?

Posted by gowings from MTL on 03/20/15 at 09:45 AM ET

Bradley97's avatar

Remember how Pittsburgh beat Anaheim for the 1st overall draft pick that was Sidney Crosby coming out of the lost season? Does anyone think that was by accident? Does anyone not think the reason the NHL redesigned how the 1st over selection is awarded was not only to discourage tanking but also to cover up ensuring Arizona gets the superstar the franchise needs to solidify its fan base around to keep the team in Glendale? Because Arizona is likely getting that pick even they don’t finish dead last.

Posted by Bradley97 on 03/20/15 at 01:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If they really want to participate in some kind of post-season affair, maybe there should be a relegation round of a sorts:  bottom four teams play for the #1 pick, best of three series.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 03/20/15 at 02:08 PM ET

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I’m starting to think a better solution would be to award team #17 the number one overall pick. At least then they have to fight for it. I guess you could still have a team trying to get the pick instead of the playoffs but that’s much more unlikely.

Or, just give all the teams missing the playoffs the same odds at the first #16 picks.

Posted by evileye on 03/20/15 at 03:25 PM ET

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