With the Buffalo Sabres failing to win consecutive games since the Carter Administration, and with only three – count them…THREE – players with 10 goals or more in January, fans are getting anxious. The leadership vacuum and complete failure for this team to put the puck in the net has Sabres Nation calling for someone to get traded. Anyone to get traded. Whether it’s #DoSomethingDarcy or trade proposals from armchair GM’s that like to make a racket, Sabres fans have been praying for some type of excitement.
Tonight it finally came! …as the Montreal Canadiens traded their superstar captain to the Calgary Flames. Then I swore.
See, Mike Cammalleri committed the atrocious crime of referring to his team as playing with a “loser mentality.” His 12th place team that is somehow doing worse than the Sabres who haven’t won consecutive games since November. I didn’t think that was possible. Maybe their blockbuster trade for Tomas Kaberle didn’t quite pan out.
The mmmmmoment Cammalleri uttered those words, the hockey world waited for the Habs Nation to rally for him to be traded away. He’s got 9 goals? Impatient. He makes $6 million? Entitled. Wait, wait…he said this crappy team has a “loser mentality?” OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
So, Calgary picked up the phone and made themselves an offer.
Rene Bourque. An under-performing winger who has never fully blossomed, despite having a lot of potential. He elbowed his way out of Calgary, and the Flames are shaking things up by bringing in a clutch playoff performer. Very risky, since they are about as close to a playoff spot as I am to Alberta.
What we can look forward to now is further clamboring to Darcy Regier for a trade. Trade anybody. The most exciting ten minutes of hockey was the trading of two guys having an awful year on two of the worst teams in the league. The Sabres, meanwhile, continue to stand pat. Continue to be stagnant. Are they finally going to start selling, maybe shipping some of the poisonous assets out of town?
Maybe we’ll get lucky and Derek Roy will refer to the Sabres as having a “losing mentality.”
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