The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 05/21/11 at 11:43 AM ET
So I guess this is it, folks. Just a few more hours until the end of the world, and more importantly the end of hockey season.
The rapture coming tonight means this hockey aficionado is being deprived of some special moments down the road that would’ve been great to witness.
It’s sad I won’t get to see Gary Bettman handing the Stanley Cup to Thomas Vanek. Although seeing that too often he thinks pass first, Vanek probably would’ve just handed it to Derek Roy anyway.
I’ll miss the chance to see the NHL once again without the instigator rule, which means I won’t have the opportunity to bet the over/under on how many days it will take before ineffective players like Matt Cooke and Jarkko Ruutu are playing in the AHL.
I’ll never have the feeling of my hair standing up from watching the crowd reaction at the MTS Centre as the reincarnation of the Winnipeg Jets takes the ice for the home opener.
But hey, it’s not all bad. At least I’ll never again have to hear Mike Milbury tell all of us how dumb it is to give up on young players too soon. And I sure won’t miss that sick feeling that I still have from hearing Doc Emrick refer to Lecavalier, St. Louis and Gagne as “The French Connection”.
I have a few more, but time is short. I’m making my first Sabres season ticket payment today and I think their office closes in an hour. Hug a puckhead that you love, my hockey brethren, and I’ll see you on the other side.
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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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