Buffalo Sabres Becoming Fun to Watch Again

Whether you like Ted Nolan or not, you have to admit he’s done a great job as the Buffalo Sabres interim head coach. He’s taken the Buffalo Sabres from being a nearly unwatchable, insufferable team and turned them into a hard working and fun to watch team once again.

The Sabres may still sit 30th and Ville Leino may still be goal-less but whatever Ted Nolan is selling the Sabres players in large part are buying. I think it’s fair to say that the Buffalo Sabres aren’t exactly the most skilled team in the NHL, as the level of skill on the current roster is lacking compared to that of a playoff bound team, but they have heart and work-ethic. Not having skill is one thing, but not working-hard is another and there is no excuse for the latter.

Nolan has managed to get the Sabres to work hard during games and in practice, something they weren’t during under Ron Rolston. He

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has changed the philosophy of this Sabres hockey team. The players no longer feel like their spot in the line-up is a given and the rookies have to work to earn ice with the Sabres.

He’s managed to unite the team through hard work and slowly rebuild the bridge with the fans, by providing them with an actual hockey team that is willing to compete on a nightly basis. Nolan’s message is simple, if you’re not willing to work hard you can enjoy the pressbox while another player fills your spot.

For the most part- they still have their off nights- the Buffalo Sabres hockey team no longer looks like a peewee team, they look like a team hungry to win against other NHL teams.

We’ll use last night’s dramatic game as a benchmark for the change Nolan has made. Down numerous players due to injury and illness, with reinforcements overseas for the Spengler Cup, the Sabres dressed just 16 players- 2 below the norm. Then half way through the second period Drew Stafford got himself ejected and the Sabres were down to just 15 skaters; Jhonas Enroth almost dressed as a forward for the third.

A team should not win an NHL game when they have just 15 skaters, let alone a team like the Sabres who were missing their leading scorer in Cody Hodgson. It was a rocky start to the game but Ryan Miller stood strong and Zemgus Girgensons alongside Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott, decided they weren’t going to just hand this game over.

The team made an effort all night long even when they wen’t down 1-0 on a controversial goal. They didn’t give up, they buzzed around Mike Smith all night generating chance after chance after chance.

Then came OT, the Sabres had gotten a point and most player’s gas tanks were hovering over empty. The Coyotes had that extra step and crisp passes, while the Sabres just couldn’t keep up. Still, inspired by a Jamie McBain break-away in OT where he used every last ounce of energy- you could literally see how hard he was working for the breakaway- the Buffalo Sabres found a way.

Using the old trick of placing the puck inside the goaltenders equipment the Sabres dragged out the W and #ButtGoal on December 23rd 2013, will go down in history.

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After the game did you see how genuinely excited each member of the Sabres was? From Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, to Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons, there wasn’t a play not smiling as the Sabres went to salute the crowd following their last game before Christmas.

The point is, the old Sabres team coached by Rolston wouldn’t have busted their butts to drag out an unlikely win with just 15 skaters. They would have lost, likely by a large margin, and then blamed it on the man power lost.

Ted Nolan has instilled a strong work-ethic amongst this team and as a result the Sabres are playing better hockey and are starting to really grow that team chemistry they were lacking. A team that works hard every night, no matter the opponent or circumstance is a team that will be respected and loved by the fans.

Thank you Ted Nolan, for changing the mood of the Buffalo Sabres. I for one truly enjoy watching this new Buffalo Sabres hockey team filled with work-ethic, passion and emotion.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Fun, Ted Nolan

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  • wolfdoctor

    Exciting game. I’m a little surprised that the ref didn’t disallow the goal claiming he “intended” to blow his whistle.

    Nolan is getting the most out of his players, that’s for sure. We still don’t have the talent to often compete with the top teams, but the Sabres should be regularly competitive with the bottom half of the league. The games are becoming very watchable.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I wass quite surprise about the goal as well… but nice to have the Sabres on the positive of a controversial goal for once.

      • JHizzle75

        It was an even-up call for the Yotes goal. Thought it was a high stick, but then again my opinion is slightly biased…lol

      • Jes

        I knew Smith backed the puck in lol. It was funny Sabres all knew it was in.

  • Jes

    Don’t like the guy but he’s doing a good job.

    Why couldn’t this happen two seasons from now? We’re definitely not a playoff team, and I don’t want to be a team just fighting to get a playoff spot and just end up with the 9th place in the conference.

    • Dano

      Whats wrong with it happening now? I *LIKE* seeing the team thats on the ice and the tickets I buy are actually starting to be worth their value.

      • Jes

        Ok Dano for one thing get off that whole buying tickets aren’t worth it or worth it crap. Hell your buying them, you knew they were going to be a shitty team this year so really get off of it. Don’t renew your season tickets next year, go catch a movie or something.

        “Whats wrong with it happening now?”

        What’s exactly do you think is happening now? That we are becoming a playoff team? Lol. No man we are going to be a bottom 10 team if this keeps up and honestly I’d rather be a bottom 3 team if both mean no playoffs. Depends what kind of team you want. A team destined to win or a team throwing a couple pieces together quickly and making its run at years of mediocrity. Plain and simple.

        Anyways Happy Holidays To Everyone On This Site!!! Especially The Staff!!!

        • Dano

          “Ok Dano for one thing get off that whole buying tickets aren’t worth it or worth it crap. Hell your buying them, you knew they were going to be a shitty team this year so really get off of it. Don’t renew your season tickets next year, go catch a movie or something.”

          Ive been at those games routing them on for decades. I have gone out of the way to even ‘ run into ‘ some of the players. Hell, I was at ‘ Rayzors ‘ Restaurant here off the 219 to see if I could convince him ( and maybe some others ) into a game of pond hockey.

          You can cheer on a website! Great! Your going to turn on the tube! WONDERFUL!

          YOU are going to complain about those of US ( fans ) whom actually put our asses in the seats? Better yet, have you ever even seen them play? Live? If so, how long ago was it? Have you ever been to HSBC ( Now FnC )? Is it a dream of yours ( like the draft? ) Your going to TRY and tell others what they need to do?

          Guess what! The team thinks different from your view! They arent playing for last place. They have some self respect and dont want to finish in the bottom for a draft pick! The points they are putting up proves such.

          “What’s exactly do you think is happening now? That we are becoming a playoff team?”

          Never said anything of the such.

          What I DO see is they are a team starting to regain their self respect. They are looking for ways to gain momentum and improve where they are at.

          ” Lol. No man we are going to be a bottom 10 team if this keeps up and honestly I’d rather be a bottom 3 team if both mean no playoffs.”

          Unlike your position you have stated. I took an oath once and I live by it to this day. Unlike your philosophy, I would rather die on my feet then serve on my knees as second best. I wont trade off ‘ now ‘ for ‘ later ‘. The Sabres arent playing for last place or bottom 3. They are putting in 100% effort. They are showing integrity in who(m) they are.

          ” Depends what kind of team you want. A team destined to win or a team throwing a couple pieces together quickly and making its run at years of mediocrity. Plain and simple.”

          Plain and simple, you cannot predict anything. NONE of us are a seer and know what the future holds. NONE of us are correct in our views of what will make this team a contender ( again ). I’ve lobbied to use ALL options, not just ‘ dreaming about the draft ‘.

          A team destined to win? Tell that to Edmonton! How many #1 and #2 overall picks for how many years? Buffalo is looking to sail right past them in the next 2 weeks ( if they keep their present pace ). Only 4 points away! Then all those #1 and #2 draft picks equate to.. last place.. for year number 5 or 6 or 7 or whatever it is for them?

          The Sabres are getting better, every game. Nolan is their coach. Hes building a name for himself and he just MIGHT be the guy of the future HERE in Buffalo. The FANS in this area absolutely love the guy and WANT him to stay on long term. We ( In Buffalo ) couldnt care what some ‘ fan ‘ from far, far away might believe.

          You can believe as you do. People can dream they have all the answers or they are the solution.

          I’ll wait for the pond to freeze. Till then, I’ll go see a team thats improving and climbing out of the gutter. ;)

          As you tell others they need to ‘ get off of ‘ whatever it is, Maybe YOU should adhere to your own words. We do pay for the team that you believe you have all the answers for.

          • Jes

            So fans that live in Buffalo are bigger fans then the ones scattered around the world? LOL, funny stuff. No honestly I’m huge fan of the Sabres and have been for many years. They are the reason i started watching the damn sport back in the 90′s. So don’t say shit like that.

            Lol I’m not telling you what to do Dano… You may think I am but sometimes you take a turn for the worst and start flappin your gums as you see fit starting an argument that you just take over the top like this one.

            Guess what? The team thinks different then you too.

            How many fuckin times do I have to say the Edmonton Oilers didn’t address there needs. They went forward after forward after forward after forward. They didn’t address there needs at the position instead just took the top rated player. Any idiot can see that, well almost any I guess. If they had drafted like the Pens and Blackhawks, Oilers would have probably won a Cup.

            So a last placed teams are serving on its knees as oposed to there feet? Hmmm. There making millions of dollars so i doubt they’d be serving on there knees anytime soon. Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago and LA all served on there knees (as you say) and they got something going for the better unlike the teams that are taking the UFA and trade routes (NY Rangers, Toronto, and to a lesser extent Ottawa.)

            You really think i care about your opinion either Dano? Just because you live in the city of Buffalo and have season tickets doesn’t mean you know shit about the team or hockey for that matter. For you the Sabres may be “entertainment” for me they are a way of life. I bleed blue and gold. You and the others that think like you, saying shit like “Oh we don’t care what a fan of the team from far, far away thinks or says,” can really just go #!%$ themselves.

            What are you actually paying for Dano that I should be so thankful for? LOL!!! Aren’t you the people that ditched the team back in the Rigas days? And almost had my favorite team relocated at one time. Only person I’m thankful is big Tommy G for stepping in and keeping them in Buffalo. Ya I know all about those days to Dano.

            I pay towards the team too. I buy Merchandise and donate to the charities they have every year. And I’m not just talking a tshirt here and there. I’m talking spending money on at least 3 jerseys a year. Tshirts, hoodies and fan apparel for my daughter. So don’t get all high and mighty Dano about your precious season seats. If i were living in Toronto I’d have season tickets, but I do not so there you go doesn’t make me any lesser of a fan then any of the people living in Buffalo.

            Good that the people down in Buffalo love Nolan. Hats off to them. Remember that was the case with Ruff as well. I don’t want to elaborate on what happened for that time period. But I would like to state Nolan is growing on me.

            Sometimes you go to far with this whole season ticket thing. Your acting like your the Don Jon of all fans man it’s pretty comical. But it’s kind of cute in it’s comical ways to. But keep atter Dano. You and your loved ones have a Very Mery Christmas!

          • Dano

            “So fans that live in Buffalo are bigger fans then the ones scattered around the world? LOL, funny stuff.”

            I would happen to say ‘ Yes ‘ to that. I see them at the games with face paint. I see them all over the city. I see them AT the games and not trying to be some internet ‘ know it all ‘ on SabresNoise. I see them with their flags on their cars and vinals on their windows. I saw them with their hearts ripped out and ‘ no goal! ‘ bumper stickers on most of the road signs in the area after that game.

            “No honestly I’m huge fan of the Sabres and have been for many years. They are the reason i started watching the damn sport back in the 90′s. So don’t say shit like that.”

            I did and will ‘ say shit like that ‘. Unlike you, I fought for and earned the freedoms I love, one of which is speech. Who do you think you are to tell me what I can or cannot say?

            Now for the rich part of what your saying..

            “Lol I’m not telling you what to do Dano… ”

            Really? What did I quote above where your telling me what I should or shouldnt say? Hypocrit at all?

            “You may think I am but sometimes you take a turn for the worst and start flappin your gums as you see fit starting an argument that you just take over the top like this one.”

            Followed by..

            “How many fuckin times do I have to say.. ”

            And thats your problem Jes. You come off as a pompus individual. I know you ‘ dont get it ‘. Your incapable.

            You wind up being a flamer with those long posts with the rude comments ( Yes, I saved a copy of them. ).. Its your base core and you just cannot mature away from it.

            You say season ticket holders arent needed to be retained or they can ‘ go away ‘. You post all your opinions on how YOU know how to rebuild this winning team.. Which team of yours has been to the cup?

            “So a last placed teams are serving on its knees as oposed to there feet? Hmmm.”

            Again, the conversation was too mature for you. I stated your theory ( or work ethic you display ) was questionable. I mean, after all, your the one whom likes to flame people with obscenities and have a history of doing such. Then you state some of us season ticket holders need to ‘ get off of.. ‘. I’m not impressed .

            If your comprehension is so lacking that you cant ‘ make out ‘ what was stated, it shows a true failure on your part.

            Let me put this in ‘ little kiddie terms ‘ so you can understand it, ok?

            The Team, Sabres, arent giving up. They might have ‘ pride ‘ or ‘ self respect ‘ ( are those terms foreign to you? ). They wont quit just to have a higher weighting in the draft lottery. You would rather then a worse team they what they are capable of so their ‘ chances ‘ would be better.

            “You really think i care about your opinion either Dano? Just because you live in the city of Buffalo and have season tickets doesn’t mean you know shit about the team or hockey for that matter.”

            I thought you stated I lived in my mothers basement? Yes, I remember your words and have ALWAYS used them to gauge your opinion and to have insight to the individual you are.

            What living near Buffalo means is I’ll enjoy watching them play at home, 40ish games a season while you are somewhere far away, dreaming about the draft and dreaming about actually seeing the team you claim to be a fan of play.

            “For you the Sabres may be “entertainment” for me they are a way of life. I bleed blue and gold. You and the others that think like you, saying shit like “Oh we don’t care what a fan of the team from far, far away thinks or says,” can really just go #!%$ themselves.”

            FLAME ON! C’mon Jes! Its the best thing about you. Your immature and always looking for an arguement. Maybe you should ‘ Get off on ‘ going away and letting the adults to the forums here. ;)

            *IF* the Sabres were a ‘ way of life ‘, you would be at the games, no excuses. People follow the Greatful Dead, theres people I know from Buffalo whom attend the ‘ away ‘ games. I guess they can go ” #!%$ themselves.” too.

            “I pay towards the team too. I buy Merchandise and donate to the charities they have every year. And I’m not just talking a tshirt here and there. I’m talking spending money on at least 3 jerseys a year. Tshirts, hoodies and fan apparel for my daughter. So don’t get all high and mighty Dano about your precious season seats. If i were living in Toronto I’d have season tickets, but I do not so there you go doesn’t make me any lesser of a fan then any of the people living in Buffalo.”

            Now your just screaming for relevance. Poor Jes.

            “Sometimes you go to far with this whole season ticket thing. Your acting like your the Don Jon of all fans man it’s pretty comical.”

            The only thing comical is your lacking in comprehension, understanding and ability to rationalize whats presented to you. Its actually not comical, but sad.

            ” But it’s kind of cute in it’s comical ways to. But keep atter Dano. You and your loved ones have a Very Mery Christmas!”

            We did have a great celebration! Hope you and your family enjoyed yours!

          • Jes

            “Now your just screaming for relevance. Poor Jes.”

            How isn’t this relevant? I’m telling you that I’d have season tickets as well if I were to be living near the team as well. Wow man you shoudl really look relevant up. I’ve spent $1000′s on team merchandise, how is that not relevant? Lol do you even know the definition of relevance? Lol Poor Dano.

            “I would happen to say ‘ Yes ‘ to that. I see them at the games with face paint. I see them all over the city. I see them AT the games and not trying to be some internet ‘ know it all ‘ on SabresNoise. I see them with their flags on their cars and vinals on their windows. I saw them with their hearts ripped out and ‘ no goal! ‘ bumper stickers on most of the road signs in the area after that game.”

            I’ve got a front license plate cover, I’ve got car flag. I got a big flag hangin in my window every year to show my support for my team. And for you to say that I’m just an internet wannabe is just pure moronic, which pretty much falls in line with what type of person you seem to be on here.

            “I did and will ‘ say shit like that ‘. Unlike you, I fought for and earned the freedoms I love, one of which is speech. Who do you think you are to tell me what I can or cannot say?”

            What you think your the only one who fought for there freedoms. Just because I’m much younger then you doesn’t make you better then me. Just because you served in a war doesn’t make you better then me. Just because you live in Buffalo doesn’t make you a better fan then me.

            If you were to say that to any hockey player and a true fan of any team that if a guy living in BC is cheering for a team in Buffalo is any less of a fan then the people living in that city they’d laugh in your face and give you a resounding no.

            “You say season ticket holders arent needed to be retained or they can ‘ go away ‘. You post all your opinions on how YOU know how to rebuild this winning team.. Which team of yours has been to the cup?”

            My Buffalo Sabres have been to the finals against the Stars. In my time as a fan that is… . I’m just wanting to take a page out of past Stanley Cup Winners book and looking at how they built there teams. I’m not saying its going to work but it’s a better chance then going out there and getting into bidding wars for average UFA’s. We all know how that turned out for us.

            “I thought you stated I lived in my mothers basement? Yes, I remember your words and have ALWAYS used them to gauge your opinion and to have insight to the individual you are.”

            ??? Lol ok. Does your mother reside in Buffalo?

            “What living near Buffalo means is I’ll enjoy watching them play at home, 40ish games a season while you are somewhere far away, dreaming about the draft and dreaming about actually seeing the team you claim to be a fan of play.”

            So I’m claiming to be a Sabres fan? I’ll say it here I’m a bigger Sabres fan then you’ll ever be. Season tickets doesn’t make you any bigger of a fan then me so lets just get that out of the way Don Jon. You claim to be this big fan go to these charity events and have season tickets but that’s all internet talk to so are you a internet wannabe? All the Sabres seem to be to you is entertainment value. Probably like to see Sabretooth shooting t-shirts at you or come from top of the rafters to the ice then the actual game. Lol.

            “FLAME ON! C’mon Jes! Its the best thing about you. Your immature and always looking for an arguement. Maybe you should ‘ Get off on ‘ going away and letting the adults to the forums here. ;)”

            How is that flaming on? Lol my god man your so irritating yet so hilarious in the most dumbest ways possible. It;s my opinion of you so called fans. You types of fans really should learn to STFU.

            Seriously never once met a fan as moronic and self invloved as you before. Thank god most of the Sabres fan base that I have had the pleasure of meeting don’t share your views. If they did we’d be one of the lowest ranks in terms of intelligence out there. So I’d like to thank the Buffalo Sabres Nation for not being as moronic and self involved as this character.

            You keep talking all this oh grow up let us adults do this and that yet have you read your posts? Lol man take magnifying glass and look it over and if you don’t think you sound stupid after that take it to your third grade english teacher and smack her over the head because your a terrible reader. I say one thing and you go off your rocker and claim that no one is a fan of the Sabres if they live anywhere but in Buffalo. Lol absolutely hilarious man.

            “We did have a great celebration! Hope you and your family enjoyed yours!!”

            It was good until you stated that I’m a lesser fan or an internet wannabe because I don’t live in Buffalo. Maybe it’s time I move to Buffalo to prove you wrong lol.

          • Dano

            Let people judge you for your own content :

            “How isn’t this relevant? I’m telling you that I’d have season tickets as well if I were to be living near the team as well. ”

            Stated after putting down ticket holders.

            “I’ve got a front license plate cover, I’ve got car flag. I got a big flag hangin in my window every year to show my support for my team. And for you to say that I’m just an internet wannabe is just pure moronic, which pretty much falls in line with what type of person you seem to be on here.”

            “What you think your the only one who fought for there freedoms. Just because I’m much younger then you doesn’t make you better then me. Just because you served in a war doesn’t make you better then me. Just because you live in Buffalo doesn’t make you a better fan then me.”

            No, but it shows quite a bit of difference in the content of our charectors. While you look to flame, beat your chest and demand how relevant you are.. Its almost good entertainment.

            “My Buffalo Sabres have been.. ”

            Your Buffalo Sabres? Your ‘ Jes Pegula ‘ now? ROFLMAO!

            “Seriously never once met a fan as moronic and self invloved as you before. Thank god most of the Sabres fan base that I have had the pleasure of meeting don’t share your views. If they did we’d be one of the lowest ranks in terms of intelligence out there. So I’d like to thank the Buffalo Sabres Nation for not being as moronic and self involved as this character.”

            “You keep talking all this oh grow up let us adults do this and that yet have you read your posts? Lol man take magnifying glass and look it over and if you don’t think you sound stupid after that take it to your third grade english teacher and smack her over the head because your a terrible reader. I say one thing and you go off your rocker and claim that no one is a fan of the Sabres if they live anywhere but in Buffalo. Lol absolutely hilarious man.”

            You say these things after Tim already sent you a warning.

            “It was good until you stated that I’m a lesser fan or an internet wannabe because I don’t live in Buffalo. Maybe it’s time I move to Buffalo to prove you wrong lol.”

            Remember your last flame fest when you called me a punk and offered me a beating? I’d GLADLY invite you to the pond. Make no mistake about it.

          • ateee

            I’ve lived in NYC for 3+ years. I’m from Buffalo and grew up playing hockey / watching the Sabres. I couldn’t give less of a shit if someone doesn’t think I’ve paid my dues as a fan because I no longer live in Buffalo. It’s hysterically narrow-minded and juvenile. But if it somehow validates your life as a fan in the face of watching your favorite sports team based on a completely unrelated military experience, go for it. Thanks for your service, but how that relates to hockey is totally ridiculous. I’ll take the “wannabe” title all day because it means absolutely nothing to me.

          • Dano

            My words were directed at an individual.

          • Jes

            “You wind up being a flamer with those long posts with the rude comments ( Yes, I saved a copy of them. ).. Its your base core and you just cannot mature away from it.”

            Have you read your posts? There longer then mine and come off like a grade A douche.

            Me – “So fans that live in Buffalo are bigger fans then the ones scattered around the world? LOL, funny stuff.”

            You – “I would happen to say ‘ Yes ‘ to that…”

            Your words weren’t actually directed at an individual. Just look at the question I asked you and look at your answer. It’s all there guy.

          • Jes

            I know ateee, guy just doesn’t get it. There are real fans of teams across the whole world doesn’t mean there any lesser of a fan then anyone else. As you said him fighting in a war was so unrelated that it was ridiculously funny but whatever the more and more you post here you’ll get know him more and more. Everybody over on Die By The Blade is laughing at the guys comments lol.

            Have a Merry Xmas man!!!!

          • Jes

            Being an old grump doesn’t make you any wiser then the next guy. Just makes you much greyer. Some may be wiser but you definitely do not fall into that category hint, hint ;).

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you as well Jes!
          What the Sabres do at the deadline and with the UFA’s will determine just what direction they’re going in.

          • Jes

            Yup I hope they get there money’s worth for Miller. Doesn’t seem much of a market for goalies right now. Moulson and Ott will be getting calls for left and right. If the new GM or Lafontaine can play it right we can there value will be sky high. If Gaustad can get a 1st rounder, then what can Moulson and Ott get lol?

            I’m hoping Lafontaine isn’t GM. I wouldn’t mind him letting Devine go and Lafontaine stepping in as assistant GM while learning from a sharper mind. Other then playing the game he has no real experience for this type of position. Could end up being a Nieuwendyke or on a better side Yzerman.

          • JHizzle75

            So if there’s no market for goalies why don’t we try and keep him?
            You stated on an earlier thread that the rebuild should take 2-3 years. Why not re-sign Miller to a 4 or 5 year contract, then? I realize he wants to be close to his wife, but things are looking really optimistic in Sabre land right now, so why not try! I don’t think it would hurt Jonas to be a back-up for a few more years, and Hacket hasn’t proven anything. I’m not saying he isn’t a future #1 goalie, I’m sure he (Hacket) has a lot of potential, but if you want to rebuild as you say a great goalie will cover a lot of rookie mistakes.
            So why not try to re-sign Miller?

          • Jes

            Well in all honesty Miller’s already gone. He is 33 now, he will want a chance at a cup and contract to take him into retirement. A chance at the cup and a chance at mediocrity are two very different things. The Sabres IMO will be mediocre for at least 3 years before they show signs of playoffs so it honestly shows no sense to resign him for him or us. He shows up ready to play Vezina style hockey only when Olympics roll around. That has been my perception anyway. But it’ll be an interesting trade deadline to say the least.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I don’t think the Sabres will be anywhere near the playoffs this season. They have to win an awful lot just to escape the bottom 5

      • Jes

        That’s true Caitlin. But remember the run Washington went on last year? They were ranked what 14th in our division then ripped it up in the 2nd half and got into the playoffs.

  • JHizzle75

    Couldn’t agree more, Caitlin. It sure looks like they enjoy playing for Nolan. When they tied the game the crowd cheered louder than I’ve heard them cheer in a long time ( obviously I wasn’t there, just judging from watching on TV). The OT goal was kind of anti-climatic though, took a while for everyone to realize what had happened…and then they had to wait to see if it was a “good goal”. Great game overall, as most have been recently.

    • Dano

      ” When they tied the game the crowd cheered louder than I’ve heard them cheer in a long time ( obviously I wasn’t there, just judging from watching on TV). ”

      As someone whom was right there.. it was VERY loud. I would submit that your opinion is *probably* quite truthful from my perspective and witness. The fans were absolutely crazy!

      • JHizzle75

        Thank you for confirming my analysis of the crowd noise. I read your recent response to Jes and I hope you’re not trying to say that if you’re not buying tickets, your opinion doesn’t matter. Believe me when I say that if I had the means and lived in Buffalo I would attend every game and cheer as loudly as I could!

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I would as well… hoping to have ST’s when I’m older one day

        • Dano

          Im not saying to Jes what your reflecting. But to say that those of us whom have supported the Sabres by purchasing tickets dont need to have to answer or ‘ you need to get off.. ‘.

          Im at the games. Im at the extra-ciricular activities the team does for charity. Hopefully Tim uses some of the media I sent him for an article.

          Im not just some ‘ internet wanna be ‘ whom has an opinion and tells others they need to get off ‘ of something.

          ” Believe me when I say that if I had the means and lived in Buffalo I would attend every game and cheer as loudly as I could! ”

          I believe there is much truth in your words! ;) . The main point being, you arent challenged in expressing your opinion. Your straight forward and ‘ offer ‘ it.

          Someone from a far away land is going to tell me what I need to ‘ get off of’? Sorry, I served my country and remember ALL that I learned. I own my land. I need say no more.

          • Jes

            So I’m an internet fan wannabe? Lol priceless…. Probably bigger fan then you Dano. If I lived in Buffalo or anywhere close to Buffalo I’d be at there fundraisers and everything to.
            Extra Extra read all about it everyone not from the city of a team they route for are internet wannabes!! According to Dano anyway. I bet there are more fans scattered around the world of the Buffalo Sabres then

          • Dano

            ” If I lived in Buffalo… ”

            Whatever Jes. All your whining and crying boils down to 2 things.

            -Your somewhere far away and wishing to flame everyone and force your opinion on them. You can do so dressed in all that apparel you and many other buy ( some as nothing more then a fashion statement ).
            - I and other fans will attend the games.

          • Jes

            Lol the only person I’m flaming on is you in recent memory and Mark for saying keep Flynn over Myers. Me whining and crying? Lol that’s all you’ve been doing ever since I came on here. I was warned about you on another site but oh well teaches me to tangle with a retarded monkey right? Lol.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      The players seem to genuinley like playing for Nolan, I hope he sticks around in Buffalo because he seems to get on well with most players

  • Dano

    I say this now, today.

    Imagine Nolan coaching Calgary or Edmonton? LalalaPatty needs to defecate or get off the pot. He should take the job and leave Nolan as coach.

    Many people dont want Nolan as coach. If someone can point to anyone outside of Lombardi that can get what they do out of their players, Im all ears.

    The Yotes arent a slouch team by any means. If they were in the East, they would be sitting in 5th place. Buffalo beat them without their ( supposed ) ‘ #1 Center ‘ and 4 others out with the flu.. and short-benched?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing either Nolan or LaFontaine stick around- They seem to be fine and they deserve a shot. I thought the Sabres wouldn’t stand a chance against the Yotes and Mike Smith but the proved me wrong- hard work outweighs skill

      • Dano

        Remember the ‘ miracle on ice ‘ with the US Olympic Team ( might be a bit before your time ). Last night was Santas gift or a blessing of some kind.

        On paper, and looking at the rosters, the Yotes take it all. Every statistic. They also had a full bench.

        The Sabers had nobody worthy of consideration for an ‘ all star ‘ team spot outside of Miller. Miller didnt put the puck in the net and cant win the game on his own.

        *IF* this group of ‘ nobodies ‘ can pull off a short-bench win against a playoff calibre team.. what does it mean? How is it possible? Nobody can say ‘ it didnt happen ‘ or ‘ it cant happen ‘.

        Is it not odd that the Sabres were a ‘ nobody ‘ team outside of Hasek.. and now theres the same with a different name on the goaltender?

        Maybe there IS something there afterall and it just needed to be found.

        I believe theres some evidence to something being there.

    • Jes

      Lafontaine as GM? Umm no

  • davidmuscalo

    Good blog.

    I was surprised and delighted when the Sabres hired Ted Nolan. Wherever he coached he has been successful. He is a true leader, evaluator of talent and master of manipulation. His teams have heart and intense desire to win.