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Sabres Fans Sound Off About Wanting 30th

Yesterday, I asked a question on Twitter to gauge where Sabres fans are at emotionally as they watch their team play out the stretch with a possibility of lining up a guarantee to get either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the draft.



If you want to know just how big this has become for a lot of fans in Buffalo, the responses will give you an idea. Some of them even surprised me.








There were 40 responses total. See them here. It's a small sample size, but I can tell you with confidence these comments reflect the views of a large number of Buffalonians.

The Sabres trail the Coyotes by three points and have nine games to play. Arizona and Buffalo will face each other twice between now and the end of the season.


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Son of Flying Pig's avatar

Justice shall ride with the 80%

Posted by Son of Flying Pig on 03/24/15 at 10:09 AM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

We perfected this on Long Island - it’s called “Draft Party Fever”....Especially in the John Tavares draft year.  It often starts in January - when you cannot give away those tickets for the Calgary Game on a Tue night with it being 10 degrees outside….and only gets worse.  Many of us hoped the team would lose - as getting a franchise player like JT ( and assuming McEichel or EichDavid) is SO IMPORTANT to the future of the team, and no one cares if you finish 28th or 21st.  Ted Nolan does not like to lose- and some of the young players have something to prove.  I would be careful.  Arizona is closing in.  Edmonton is always a threat too.

Finishing 30th guarantees you no worse than picking 2nd.  It would be wise for Buffalo to keep losing.  It’s a GREAT hockey market that so needs a superstar to come in and rally around.  TANK TANK TANK…..

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 03/24/15 at 10:21 AM ET

NIVO's avatar

no matter how much I would ever want my team to get a 1-3 draft pick, I would NEVER want or ask them to tank. Just plain ugly if you ask me.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/24/15 at 10:41 AM ET


I think everyone should look at EDM and see that tanking purposefully for draft picks maybe isn’t the best strategy (OK, maybe it isn’t on purpose…. but you’d figure luck alone would make them not the worst team at some point).  At some point you need to instill a culture of winning and that’s hard to do when your team has become so used to losing.

Posted by neffernin on 03/24/15 at 10:57 AM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

We’ve heard the Edmonton reference a number of times, and it’s a tired argument.  You’re cherry picking one of the few times that drafting 1st or 2nd overall hasn’t worked.  And a losing culture really isn’t much more than not having enough elite players on your team.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 03/24/15 at 11:10 AM ET

Son of Flying Pig's avatar

You can still get elite players on your team without requiring the top overall pick.  To tank is to disgrace yourself - what the Sabres are doing is a black eye upon the NHL these days.

Posted by Son of Flying Pig on 03/24/15 at 11:23 AM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

You singled out Buffalo and conveniently left out Arizona and Toronto—and many other teams over the years who’ve done the same thing.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 03/24/15 at 11:50 AM ET

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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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