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The Time Is Now For The Buffalo Sabres


Suffering, suffering -blah, blah, blah!  When are fans going to stop their whining and complaining about what the

Buffalo Sabres did or did not do, have or do not have?  The time has come to put aside all this nonsense and move on. Here is my hand….

Sure the Sabres will not have an abundance of talent, heck, what they will have is prospects, AHL’ers and  a few veterans thrown in. But that doesn’t mean you have the right to call them – last in the NHL – pushovers. And it doesn’t mean the games won’t be entertaining, because that is what’s going to matter most during these times of rebuild.

Personally, I feel they will not be cellar dwellers. The Sabres, believe it or not have too much talent for last place in my eye. A good portion of that talent will depend on if we can keep our prize stud – Ryan Miller - in goal. I’m not too keen on Jhonas Enroth carrying this team, not yet.

I’ve also heard a ton of chatter about trading or even giving away Thomas Vanek.  I would like to keep him if we could. A scorer like him is hard to find, let alone trying to entice one to come to Buffalo.

Never forget that it’s in a players blood to compete and compete as best they can. Hockey players are a proud bunch of men like no other sport.  They love to play the game and they love to play the game for their fans, despite what you may have heard or read.

What I am going to do and I hope you will too, is break away from the pack of wild dogs and get behind what we do have and stop wishing and whining about we don’t have.  Can you?

Now I leave you with one last question I think we all need to ask ourselves. Are we as fans of the Buffalo Sabres going stand behind our players this season win or lose, despite what you think about management?  The connection is, players for fans and fans for players. Let’s do this.

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  • Doug Lansing

    I am behind the Sabre’s and believe that if we are truly in a rebuilding phase, let the stars of the future play. It’s better to find out next season if Enroth is the goaltender of the future, rather than watch Miller play his 50 odd games and then watch him get traded at the trade deadline. Trade Miller now for what ever we can get before the season starts, and let the kids play. Hopefully We let our young defense play also. Watching these kids develop as a team will get us to the promised land soon than later. I don’t think it will be a few years of pain, I believe it will be entertaning watching these kids grow into a quality NHL team. A Sabre fan forever!!!

  • Yannick Cloutier

    Fan from Montreal here…

    With all the defensive problems we had last year, i don’t think that next season can be worse than the last. Even if the lineup is filled with prospects. I have big expectations regarding Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers and i think it will be a surprising year… and yes, i’m aiming the playoffs..

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    Surprise! Nice work, Kevin! I find myself fighting to remain positive – yesterday’s post was an example of how I am trying to see the silver lining in the clouds – so this post is perfectly timed! There’s a lot of negative chatter on the Internet about the Sabres. Some of it is fair, but lately a lot of it is just “Woe is us” stuff. Great post.

    • Kevin

      Thanks Rich. Just felt it was time for positives for a change.

  • 40plusyearsfrustration

    Okay Kevin, I will partly follow your challenge.
    Yes, I will support the players on the ice. I will cheer for them, because I DO know they didn’t get us into this boon-doggle to begin with.
    Yet, I will not spend a red cent for tickets, merchandise or anything that puts money in the teams pockets as long as the said GM is still there.
    I used to go to about 10 games a year (what I could afford), but will spend that money elsewhere until I feel the Sabres “Truely care about” the fans.
    I will NEVER give said GM any benefit of any doubt. He has been here 16 years and we are now into his ?2-3? rebuild. And its always the same excuse year after year; “We have to let the youth grow and mature”.
    I am so sick of hearing that.
    Yes I am ANGRY! I love hockey and hate that the team I love can get away with this garbage. And previous ownership doesn’t excuse a poor performance by said GM. About all he did right was make previous ownership money off the fooled fan base.

    • Kevin

      You missed the whole point of the article.It’s about the players, not management. Who cares about them *&%$#@. I understand your frustration at Regier and his ongoing soap opera, we all understand your pain, but it’s up to you whether you can put that aside and still love the sport and the the players who are stuck playing for us.

      • 40plusyearsfrustration

        As stated, I will cheer for these players. I realize they had nothing to do with the mess.
        But I seem to be in the minority, in that “I Will Not Spend A Dime On This Team”, until said GM is gone.
        I can read the newspaper, listen to the radio, watch games shown for free on TV.
        But I will make a stand, even if others won’t and who enable the situation to continue. I saw the article that fans are buying tickets. Good for them. I hope they enjoy the games.
        Hopefully I never lose my love and passion for hockey, but said ownership and management make it difficult.
        I am not looking to argue about supporting the players, I just appear to be one of the few who is willing to take a stand and say enough to management, through my wallet.

        • Kevin

          Very well put. Somehow I don’t believe you will lose your passion. Just the fact that your taking a stand means that your passionate.

          • 40plusyearsfrustration

            Thank you Kevin.
            Hope for the best soon with this team. Good luck.

        • qwicwted

          40+ – Its your perrogative whether you want to spend your money on the Sabres or not. Thing is, even though you don’t spend a dime, someone else will. Not everyone has the luxury to have a “NHL Team” in their area – some are even willing to spend their money on a minor ECHL team that only won 28 games. You see, when you support a team it is more than just one individual albeit a GM or Coach or Owner – it’s about a team that invests in the community. The Sabre players are very involved in the community – the owner is very involved in the community. When you support a team – you hang with them thru thick and thin, good and bad. I have been a fan for over 40 years – been through the ups and downs and heartache – I’m also a Bills fan – same thing – I guess that’s what true Buffalo Fans do – they support their teams no matter what.
          To me, Kevin was just saying – get over it and move on – its about the concept of team – a team that represents your city and its community.

  • davidmuscalo

    This is one of the dumbest post ever: Of course we are going to support our team and out players. We wouldn’t be Sabres fans if we didn’t support the team, but that doesn’t mean we have to like losing game after game after game.

    I too believe that the team will be exciting next season and it should be fun to see how the new players fit in or don’t fit in, but that is not the same as looking forward to winning season. Regier has already said there will be a lot of pain – I suspect it will be excruciating pain at times.

    On the positive side, however, when you predispose yourself to being disappointed and the opposite occurs the elation with winning is much greater. I am certain there will be games in which the Sabres will look like an elite team, unfortunately, those games are likely to far and few between. I think Rollston is the right coach for a team with so many young players.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Man, I don’t disagree with you (necessarily) – but you don’t have to insult the writer. It’s his opinion that too many fans are dwelling on the negative; it’s not dumb, it’s accurate.

      • Kevin

        David, I never said put on a pair of rose colored glasses. If the team needs a kick in the butt, it doesn’t mean you stopped loving them. Gee, kinda like kids LOL

      • davidmuscalo

        Dumb may have been a poor choice of words. Now that I think of it, irrelevant might be a better word because the post simply states the obvious in his final statement. If we are fans of the Sabres, of course we will support the team and the players. If we didn’t support the players and team, we wouldn’t be fans!

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Irrelevant I can live with! Although, I do know of some fans who are actually switching teams due to their disappointment.

          • Jes

            Those fans aren’t actual fans. They are bandwagoners. If your a true fan you stick with your team through thick and thin. So if this rebuilding process gets rid of some of these non loyal fans then I’m all for it.