This isn’t the type of season players, coaches, front office management and Sabres Fans from across the country had in mind for the Franchise’s 40th Anniversary.
The loss to Boston last season in the playoffs was more than irritating. But Regier’s so-called attempt to change the make-up of the team during the off-season was infuriating. You mean to tell me adding leadership “talent” to the checking line is more of a necessity than a top six scorer? And Lindy Ruff still needs to show the fans why he should be the head coach next year.
But before we all have an aneurysm, let us take our minds off of this debacle of a season and reminisce over one of the great moments and memories that the Sabres have brought us over 40 years!
In fact, I like to think of this character as the greatest Sabres to never where the blue and gold due to “legal” reasons. He is the kind of player I feel this team lacks in offensive production….a leader, if you insist.
Buffalo General Manager Punch Imlach used the 183rd overall pick during the 1974 NHL Draft and selected elite center Taro Tsujimoto of the Japanese Hockey League’s Tokyo Katanas.
Every GM and league official thought that Buffalo found a real gem overseas….or ROFL-ed. But just before the start of mini-camp, Imlach revealed the draft pick of the century was but a mere elaborate hoax.
Imlach felt as if drafting players over the telephone was slower than AOL 2.0. Fed up with the process, Punchy asked one of his staff members to find the translation of Sabre in Japanese and in the process found a commonly used name in the Buffalo Phone Book. Put it together and you end up with Taro Tsujimoto.
Least to say neither commissioner Clarence Campbell and league officials found this humorous. The NHL later changed the pick as an invalid pick. I know Taro Tsujimoto in years past was listed in the media guides. But because I am cheap and have not purchased a media guide since Hasek was goalie, I have no idea if this holds true to this day.
I emulate the fact that a GM would have the guts to openly mock a current commissioner. In fact, I think both the Sabres and Bills (especially the Bills) should draft imaginary athletes. No more of these Dmitri Kalinin’s or Artem Kryukov’s. Below is a list of few suggestions Darcy Regier our future general manager’s should pull out of the hat at random in draft’s to come.
- Seymour Teems Nourth
- Tubby Bettman
- NoPhans-en Phoenix
- Charles Wang (current owner of the Islanders)
- John Lil’ Hotlanta
Every name Bart Simspon has prank called to Moe also should be considered!