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It certainly was a lousy PR move, much worse than the Tim Kennedy pseudocrisis a few years ago that nearly triggered an earthquake in South Buffalo. But, contrary to the beliefs of angry Sabres fans, it wasn't a vote of confidence for other underperformers on the team.
It's likely no coincidence that yesterday was the exact day Mikhail Grigorenko was sent back to juniors. It had little to do with wanting to keep Jochen Hecht, Jordan Leopold and John Scott when a roster move had to be made. I believe strongly that this decision was made about a week ago, for the simple reason (other than the young Russian's poor play) that March 16th represented a deadline.
I'm pretty confident that the Sabres would be happy to get, say, a 5th or 6th-round draft choice for Jochen Hecht on or before April 3rd. Hey, John Scott was dealt for a 5th-rounder last season at the trade deadline, so who knows?
To all of you Sabres fans who think such a return would be worthless, and can't understand why Buffalo would demote Brian Flynn or Marcus Foligno instead of waiving Hecht, I have 10 reasons for you:
The trade rumors involving the Sabres are slowly starting to heat up.
Pierre LeBrun is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks are desperately searching for a center, and have recently been in touch with the Sabres.
Things get heated on Sabres Observer Radio as Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins is furious over comments made by Sabres executive Ken Sawyer that were reported in the Buffalo News. The debate is whether or not Sawyer's reference to Darcy Regier as a "hockey genius" is an indicator of the GM's future in being the man in charge of revamping Buffalo's roster.
You can draw your own conclusions from facts, especially when the NHL trade deadline is approaching.
Well, here's an indisputable truth for you: the Sabres and Kings have been checking each other out a lot lately.
Some quick Sabres trivia: Which two Buffalo forwards lead the team in average ice time since Ron Rolston replaced Lindy Ruff as head coach?
If you don’t have Steve Ott as one of your answers, you lose.
As a matter of fact, Ott and captain Jason Pominville are the only 2 forwards on the team under Rolston to average more than 20 minutes per game.
Some will tell you this is due to the fact that Ott plays on both special teams units.
I’ll tell you it’s because this talent-deficient Sabres team doesn’t have too many other options.
Mark Easson of Sports City asked me to contribute to his feature on NHL rookies.
Suffice it to say the Sabres don't have any Calder candidates this year.
Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth raised a few eyebrows last night when he told the media, following a Buffalo 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey in which cramps caused him to leave the game after Patrick Elias' game-tying goal with just over a minute left in regulation, that he probably shouldn't drink coffee on game days.
While this admission irritated some Buffalo media and fans, coffee isn't exactly a newfound discovery among NHL players.
From Paul Hamilton of WGR-550,
"A lot of people are calling me scumbags, a dirty hockey player, but I play hard, I play on the edge. It doesn’t define me as a person, it defines one play that could be controversial either way, so that’s the way it is."
Brendan Shanahan has to make a decision on the nasty Patrick Kaleta hit from behind on Brad Richards which took place during the Rangers 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres last night. The Buffalo forward has a 3:00 p.m. hearing by phone.
If you're looking for some irrational defense of the hit from a big fan of the team, you won't get it here. There's no excuse for what Kaleta did, and any talk of whether or not Richards did some acting after he landed on the ice is ridiculous and irrelevant.
About The Sabres Observer
Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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