Apr 3, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Leafs 6-5 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

My Theory: Why the Buffalo Sabres Will Win It All In 2012-2013


 

See, I have this theory. One season removed after the Buffalo Sabres played to a 39-32-11 record and a 9th place finish in the East to miss the playoffs by three points, in what was arguably the most hype, built up around the team in there 41 years of existence, the team will win the Stanley Cup.

Many will say, “that is one of the boldest predictions I’ve ever heard, your an idiot”. Call me an idiot, moron, nimrod, ningcompoop, I don’t care because you have another thing coming. I’m not just saying this to start fights, arguments, and feuds with fans, I have evidence to back it up.

First, the Buffalo Sabres have always thrived as an underdog. Countless examples arise that date further back than my birth in 1992. Moments that have been burned in my memory include the 2005-2006 season following the lockout. The Sabres had been so bad for several years preceeding that season that nobody had any business giving them any sort of expectations. What did they do? Came one game away from a Stanley Cup Final appearance. That same year, in the final game of the seven game conference finals series against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Sabres were missing four regulars from there defense corps, yet still managed to carry a lead going into the third period, where they were halted by the infamous Brian Campbell “delay of game” penalty. Should I even bother to mention the last two years, where they have carried identical 20-8-6 (2012), 29-11-6 (2011) records when they were all but counted out of the eastern conference playoff races. Going into this season the Sabres will be all but an afterthought to the rest of the league, but they will soon find out this team is a lot more dangerous than the squad who missed the playoffs last year, and this is the type of mentality that the Sabres feed off of.

Second, people don’t want to hear it but the Sabres had the worst injury bug I have ever seen before last year. For long periods they were without Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff, Robyn Regehr, Mike Weber, Tyler Ennis, Patrick Kaleta, Jochen Hecht, Ryan Miller, among others and usually all at the same time. I am a strong believer in karma, and if this season is any indicator of the karma that is coming the Sabres way, it should be nothing short of a Stanley Cup. The Sabres have the type of roster (star forwards- Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, potential superstars- Cody Hodgson, Mikhail Grigorenko, Tyler Ennis, grit- Patrick Kaleta, Steve Ott, John Scott, Adam Pardy, star defensemen- Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff, followed by one of the top goalies in the league in Ryan Miller), that if healthy most of the year will and should contend for a Stanley Cup Championship.

Lastly, not every theory can be explained through statistics, evidence, and Math. There is an aura around the Buffalo Sabres that that I have never before felt. Whether its just my thirst for a championship, being backed by the most dedicated owner in the league, all of the years of disappointment and heartbreak as a Buffalo fan, whether its the Bills or the Sabres. The Sabres are underdogs this year, and whether you like it or not, the Sabres are my pick for this year’s Stanley Cup. This video below illustrates my point best.

 


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  • Lisa

    I’ve been saying 2013 will be our year for the past 5 years. It’s great to know I’m not the only one to think that.

    • Jordan

      You are most definitely not alone Lisa!

  • Rick Fox

    Logically, statistically and with the current state of the Sabres roster you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than the Sabres winning the cup this year. A few key roster moves could increase those chances.

    • Jordan

      I respectfully disagree, I think a lot of people underestimate the talent of this team. Don’t be taken aback if they surprise you.

      • Bob

        I agree. They have a lot of talent. However, they have a coach who doesn’t know how to use it properly. And a GM who stands behind him no matter how bad his team performs

  • John

    The Sabres had the best record in the NHL when Myers, Miller, and Reghir all played. Keep this team healthy and they will be a force to be reckoned with. MAybe add 1 more good center (Doan?) and id say were a shoe in to go deep on a playoff run.

  • Rick Fox

    Isn’t Doan a RW? They have to many LW’s and Defenseman and are too thin at center and RW. The team to me is unbalanced.

    • Bob

      And you are correct. To bad the GM and coach can’t see that

    • Jacob Breunig

      Technically not. Yes we are very heavy with LW and D depth, but we have Pommer, Stafford, Kaleta at RW, Gerbe and Ott can play either side. At Center we have 3 with NHL experience: Hodgson, Ennis, McCormick, and have added a lot of depth with Girgensons and Grigorenko(both of whom could impress in training camp).

  • Rick Fox

    Sorry I keep thinking they will trade Stafford.

  • bullwinkle88

    Jordan, not to be picky or anything, but where did you learn grammar? Your English is not up to snuff to be writing publicly. Are you still in high school?

    Whatever. I suggest you take a few courses in writing. I am not a writer, but even I know that ‘you’re’ should be used instead of ‘your’. In addition, the run-on sentences, and the lack of appropriate commas is glaringly obvious to me.

    Someone with something to say needs to present it properly, not as a stream of consciousness flow.