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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Understand, the beef here isn’t about Adam, Kennedy, Niedermayer or Gerbe in particular. It’s about management’s approach in general. The Sabres are hoping to make the playoffs, but there’s a big difference between hoping to reach the postseason and doing what’s required to get there.
Almost every move General Manager Darcy Regier has made since the lockout has been based on attrition, not competition, and money, not winning. The Sabres too often this year looked like they were going through the motions, much like Regier did last summer. Their awakening going into the all-star break could be too late.
more, including other notes from around the league…
With the Buffalo Sabres facing the
slightly underrated New York Islanders three times in the next five games, fans and media here are making various conjectures about what it would realistically take for the Sabres to make the postseason.
What’s the formula for this tenth place team, currently eight points out of eighth place, to climb the charts and grab a playoff spot?
For those of us blogging twitterphiles feeling unarmed sans the required journalism degree to venture into such a realm of analytical complexity, let’s leave this Mensa-level exercise for the professionals.
“It’s a long, long way until the playoffs—Buffalo still has 39 games on the regular-season schedule—but the Sabres won’t get there without beating the teams ahead of them.”
- Buffalo News sports reporter John Vogl, January 14, 2011.
“…the Sabres need to beat the teams below them if they want to improve their 10th-place spot. The schedule gives them an opportunity to extend their 5-1-1 streak.”
- Vogl, later that same day.
That’s pure gold, so on second thought, let’s take a slap shot at this and review some prevailing theories on what parts of their remaining schedule are most crucial for the Sabres to ace in their drive to make the playoffs.
You’ll have to forgive us in Buffalo for playing the “must win” card before every game for the next 3 ½ months, but that’s what happens when your team is practically staring into the face of a double-digit point deficit behind a playoff spot before Christmas.
Two weeks ago, the Sabres got a much needed home win against a San Jose Sharks team that had just scored an impressive win in Philadelphia the night before and was nearing the end of a grueling Eastern road trip.
A similar situation presents itself tonight, and the stakes are high again. The Anaheim Ducks won 3-0 in Boston last night, and 24 hours later the Sabres desperately need to prevent them from playing a successful encore. This game will be Anaheim’s fifth road gig in seven nights.
Aside from its own play, part of Buffalo’s problem in its playoff chase is the behavior of teams they have targeted ahead of them. If Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers aren’t for real then they all have a funny way of showing it. Those teams just refuse to come back to earth and Buffalo has lost ground to all of them, with a mediocre 5-4-1 record in its last 10 games.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, we’re living in an increasingly egocentric world. It’s 2010 and all of us, in our tweeting, blog meta tagging and facebook friending glory, are legends in our own minds. We’re so important and relevant that we were even voted collectively as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
So, when someone dares to challenge our elite celebrity status or question our worthiness as it were, well at that point it’s “Go” time. That’s precisely what happened in Buffalo yesterday. An e-mob of Sabres fans shouted a loud “Do You Know Who I Am!” to a mainstream newspaper guy who by technology standards still parties like its 1999.
After some unsubstantiated hearsay about Derek Roy supposedly striking Tim Connolly in the face at Ryan Miller’s charity event gained some legs courtesy of a tweet from former Sabre and current ESPN reporter Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo News reporter John Vogl apparently was frustrated by his due diligence obligation on the matter.
It’s not preferable for those who report the news to become the news, but that’s exactly what happened following Tuesday’s Sabres practice, when Vogl unloaded some epic anti-twitter blasts for the ages in his blog.