Nov 15, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) congratulates goalie Ryan Miller (30) after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Leafs 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres – San Jose Sharks: Three Stars


Buffalo Sabres fans, I’m not going to lie to you: by the time the puck dropped to

Feb 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Brian Flynn (65) celebrates his goal during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats San Jose 4 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

begin tonight’s Sabres-Sharks game, I was about as interested in the game as an elderly person is interested in a skateboard.

Sure, I still gave the game some glances, and obviously I am proud of the guys for fighting through the emotions of the evening to extend their winning streak to three by beating San Jose 4-2, but I spent the overwhelming majority of my evening paying close attention to my Twitter timeline, responding to Tweets and Facebook comments, and generally trying to make sense of the trade that had been made prior to the game.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel, and what I think (because feeling and thinking are two different beasts, after all), about the trade that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues, and because of that doing this three stars post really became an after-thought.  Even so, I decided to sleep on the news and wait until tomorrow to get my reactions committed to the site, so let’s see ‘em: my three stars of what was a very emotional, eventful, and surreal kind of night!

Third Stars: Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers

The Sabres won what had to be a very difficult game to play in, and these four guys found a way to channel their emotions in a positive manner.  Scoring goals in the NHL is tough; scoring on a night when your team captain and starting goaltender are traded, even more so.  Congrats to these players for helping send Millsy and Otter out on a high note.

Second Star: The Buffalo Sabres organization

We were all impressed with the video tribute the Sabres unveiled when Lindy Ruff came back to town with the Dallas Stars, and rightfully so.  But having video tributes for both Miller and Ott being ready tonight, in order to show Millsy and Otter how much the team appreciates them BEFORE they were sent packing?  That’s as classy as it comes, folks.  Being traded is rarely easy, but at least Ryan Miller and Steve Ott know TODAY how the organization and fans truly feel about them.

First Stars: Steve Ott and Ryan Miller

Yeah, yeah – an obvious call.  I’m not trying to be sentimental, but let’s face it: watching these two speak to the media during the first intermission was the highlight of the evening.  Both Miller and Ott were consummate professionals during their time in front of the mic, and I will spend the rest of the season pulling for the St. Louis Blues with the hopes that the Blues will be able to lead these guys to the promised land.

There you have it – the real stars of the evening!  I’ll try to share my thoughts on the trade tomorrow, and believe me when I say that there’s almost certainly more Buffalo Sabres drama to unfold in the next few days to come.  Thanks for the read!

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  • wolfdoctor

    Enroth played pretty well, too.

    • chas territo

      Yeah and he did that very rare thing for him, he won while playing good. Are we in trouble now with the goalies we now have? Just a thought.

      • wolfdoctor

        I can live with our goalies until Ullmark is ready to play for the Sabres.

        • chas territo

          Wolf, It doesn’t matter if we can live with it. It means we HAVE to live with it. Do you think this was a good trade? Me, I’m not sure if it was a good trade.

          • wolfdoctor

            I think Regier could have gotten more.

          • chas territo

            DR was a good trader true. Not sure Murray did that well. The goalie they got must have some bad issues we don’t know about I would think. The other player’s, who the hell are they? I don’t follow the Blues so I know nothing about them. Are they worth this trade?

          • wolfdoctor

            From what I’ve read the players received were inconsistent. Murray sort of admitted yesterday that these players may still get traded before the deadline. It’s hard to tell what his rebuilding plan really is.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Sounds like all he and the club were REALLY interested in were the picks. The Sabres are going to get work done in the next two drafts. I have my reservations about relying solely on the draft, as I have pointed out before . . . but in all reality, there were not enough teams willing to give up much for a 34 year-old goalie, so this might have been the best offer the Sabres sniffed.

          • chas territo

            Different dress, same bufugly whoowa! (Italian accent)

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Halak has been injured a lot in his career. I believe he leads the league in shutouts this year, so he’s got skills, but he never became as dominant as the Blues would have liked. He is also set to become a UFA this summer – just like Miller.

          • davidmuscalo

            Yeah, he leads the league in shutouts, but look at the defense he has in front of him. I Buffalo, he be out there all alone.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            No doubt he will not be posting numbers as nice as his were in St. Louis. No worries – he will be gone after this season, anyway.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Yes, Enroth would have earned a star if this was a regular post!

  • [email protected]

    So many folks have said “Darcy would have gotten more”…..we called for his head for so long, and the first trade we pull off, people start complaining Darcy would have done better?!? Madness.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Thank you – the voice of reason! Good point.

  • davidmuscalo

    The Sharks have never won in Buffalo; so what’s new.

    Additionally, with this last stupid trade, Buffalo remains the a dumping ground for garbage!