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Daily Poll: Are the Leafs the Best Buffalo Sabres Rival Today?

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of fun with the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans. Between Rich and I, we probably have

wanted posters up around the city of Toronto. But what those posts really represented when you dig to the root, is the intense rivalry between the Leafs and Sabres. But enough fooling around and poking the bear when it’s down, we want to know what you guys- the readers think of the Sabres rivalry with the Leafs?

Do you think there is even a rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres? Have you been up to Toronto for a game? And most importantly, are the Leafs the best rivals of the Sabres? Now we’re talking about the best Sabres rivalry in all of team history, we’re talking about their best rivals today!

The Leafs and Sabres square off multiple times a season (around 6) and no matter how poorly either team is playing, the match seems to bring out the best in both teams. Perfect example is the overtime win the Sabres recorded this Friday. The Sabres sit 30th and are on pace to become the worst team in NHL history while the Toronto Maple Leafs are right in the middle of the playoff battle in the East. Still the Sabres brought their A-Game and ended up winning the game.

Then the Leafs fan’s kindly wasted their beer by throwing it at the Buffalo Sabres, classy eh? You know two teams have some kind of a rivalry when their netminders drop the mitts in preseason and Steve Ott refers to the opposition’s captain as a “princess.” Not to mention the two teams are separated by just a 2 hour drive on the QEW.

The next some-what rivalry the Sabres have is with the Boston Bruins ever since the Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller, which is frankly getting old. Other than the hit that pretty much ruined the Buffalo Sabres, there isn’t much to the rivalry. Still most fans circle those games on their calendars “just in case.”

This leads us back to our poll for today; Are the Leafs the Buffalo Sabres biggest rivalry in today’s NHL? Remember we’re just talking about today, not the 1989 Buffalo Sabres. If you don’t feel the Leafs are the Sabres biggest rivalry, who is? Make sure you sound-off in the comments so we can get the debate going and determine who is the Buffalo Sabres biggest rivalry today.

Are the Leafs the Sabres Biggest Rival?

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  • Dano

    One good thing about NOT wearing a jersey and being on the ice : You dont get the Bettman Package for rolling a Toronto fan ;)

    If they could just stop throwing their trash ( old clothes ) all over the mall parking lots..

    The rivalry is quite real. With the 2 cities being as close as they are, Im surprised this hasnt happened ( the rivalry ) in *recent* years.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Uh-Oh Dano we’ll have to make sure to watch the crowd action when you’re at the game lol. For me it’s a huge rivalry and I love seeing it grow.

      • Dano

        Im the old guy with the Boughner/Playfair/Korab Jersey on. Yes, I have a thing for hard-line defensemen, they are very rare these days. All jersies were given to me by players in person ;) . Someone drunk and stupid spilling beer on them isnt appreciated, thus its worth the major.

        Yes, I have the foil on! :D

        If theres ever to be another bench clearing brawl, it would be between Buffalo and Toronto. Both Coaches like a team with Truculence. Neither coach wants ‘ emasculated male ‘ type players. Neither could really give a rats ass about what the medias response would be. Both teams have quite a few guys whom can shed the mitts. Theres already been a few incidents between the 2 teams this year and the season isnt even half over.

        Its only going to take one small incident and the powderkeg will ignite.

        If only Kaleta was still around.. the explosion would probably have already happened. ;)

        • JHizzle75

          I agree. I remember telling my Leafs buddies after the Kessel incident that Toronto would be wise not to play Kessel in their first reg. season game against Buffalo because Kaleta would take Kessel down ! I would have loved to have seen that. At least Leafs nation couldn’t complain about the size difference. Lol.
          Could you imagine what the last 3 games between these teams would have been like if Kaleta fought, hit or took a cheap shot at Kessel ?!?!
          As far as the rivalry goes, I think from Sabres perspective the Leafs are their biggest rival, but I think if you asked Leafs fans the majority would say Montreal.
          Where I live ( Lloydminster, Alberta-yes, hometown of Clarke MacArthur and Scott Hartnell) the
          Leafs-Habs rivalry is very much the only thing that matters. But, they both cheer for Buffalo when playing the other team. Lol

  • Vic Soga

    Hard to compete with Leaf fans as they follow their leader, Rob Ford. Was Rob Ford at First Niagara on Friday as most Leaf fans were in a drunken stupor? Also things go better with Coke. Even Tim Horton’s coffee was sold full of booze.
    After Buffalo having such a miserable season, now I know how Leaf fans feel!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      hahah that’s a good point- they’re just following Rob Ford.

  • Jes

    I don’t put it up there as a huge rivalry like the Bruins IMO, but it is up there. Just because we honestly have no home games, it gets embarrassing. But the cities distance from each other automatically makes it a rivalry.

  • Gordon Sands

    “The Sabres sit 30th and are on pace to become the worst team in NHL history” Uh, FYI the worst team in NHL history was the 1974-75 Caps with a record of 8-67-5. Now I am no math wizard but the Sabres are well on pace to have a better record than that with 6 wins in 28 games.