As we approach the first full week of lockout 2012, players are finding respite with other leagues to play the game they love to play, and get paid to do it. Don’t let the leauge and team owners fool you, they will still make money off the sale of merchandise despite efforts by some fans to lockout the NHL by boycotting their merchandise.
So the players and the owners will still get some respite from the financial windfall that is a hockey lockout – but where is the relief from the daily strife of life. Sure, we could follow the AHL, or any other minor league team that is within a decent distant from our home NHL arenas. In fact, Melissa spells out how you can follow junior hockey leagues in the absence of the National Hockey League.
It looks like were in this for the long haul, so were going to start replaying highlights of some of the best moments in Buffalo Sabres history. Our first trip down memory lane changes the color of our uniforms, as we slip back into the snorting goat head era and the 2006 playoffs.
The Buffalo Sabres, with Chris Drury and Danny Briere at the helm, finished fourth overall with 110 points. Coach Lindy Ruff won the Jack Adams trophy as the best coach in the league. Dispatching the hated Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, the Buffalo Sabres would face off against divisional opponent Ottawa Senators. While this series ended in Buffalo victory, the next round against the Carolina Hurricanes ended in defeat, as the Hurricanes went on to defeat the Edmonton Oilers and win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
While we have seen our offensive outbursts, run and gun is not normally in the playbook of longtime bench boss Lindy Ruff, but in the first game of the series, the Buffalo Sabres were able to come back five times in this game to take a 1-0 series lead over division rival Ottawa Senators. Enjoy the replay and keep hoping that the NHL and NHLPA resolve their issues and bring hockey back to those that crave it the most, the fans.