Morning, Buffalo Sabres, NHL fans, or confused digital nomads looking for your way out of the World Wide Web matrix!
What you have before you is a thing of beauty: a collection of online articles designed to help you kick-start your Sunday in such a way as to help you erase any memories of last night’s practical game that the NHL played on you. To think the league actually classified last night’s meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks as an “NHL game.” Hee hee, Gary Bettman! You’re hilarious!
Hey . . . wait a minute. That game honestly counted in the standings? I thought it was just a scrimmage! Come on!
Gosh, if that’s the case, these links are not going to do you much good. Well, you might as well read them anywhere, since you made it all the way here. Do with these as you will!
I’ll start off the action by sending you here, just like I always do, to get last night’s game scores and recaps. [TSN]
While you’re at TSN, check out this version of Hey, Ref! in which Kerry Fraser explains the difference between two (on the surface) similar incidents of hick-sticking.
Some fans are wondering why the Sabres chose to place Patrick Kaleta on waivers. Reading this post from The New York Times might give you some answers.
So the league wants to crack down on guys like Kaleta and John Scott, eh? Well what about Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery, who engaged Capitals’ goalie Braden Holtby in a fight Holtby wanted no part of? Watch the fight here, and read why Emery got away with it here. [Sports Illustrated, Puck Daddy] Sorry, old timers, but this is why casual fans think hockey is stupid.
Sticking with that fight, here is why the NHL’s 3rd-man rule needs to be re-examined. [Bleacher Report]
Finally, if you have not already heard or read what Darcy Regier had to say about Kaleta, here it is. [WGR 550]
Be good, Sabres fans!