I believe this weekend, perhaps even today, will be the last of Maxim Afinogenov in a Buffalo Sabres sweater. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a Sabres fan of the utmost degree. My first game, albeit only six years ago or so, January 12, Sabres v. Islanders and Satan had put in his first goal in a long time ending a what came to be the norm - a slump. I have watched and listened to the "experts", moreso just the local WGR 550 personalities in Buffalo simply because they are the top-rated sports show in the nation. But on my own accord, have come to the realization that although you because "attached" to the players, there has to be a time where a fan lets go and hopes that the powers that be make decisions for the betterment of the team. I have seen Barnes, Biron (miss you Marty) Brown, McKee, Drury, Briere, Dumont, Pyatt, Fitzpatrick, Campbell and a slew of other players leave Buffalo- players that were there since I became a fan. However, on the flip side- I have seen players like Vanek, Pominville, Roy, Stafford and a bunch more develop into the Sabres we see today, which if you ask me are very promising. Max will most likely be dealt in a package and shipped off to a new NHL city, Atlanta, Columbus, L.A., or some place that can use a veteran forward with Max's upside, such as speed, quickness, abilitly to make Defensemen move back and his sheer ability to make things exciting. I will be sad to see him go as he has been here since I have been a fan, however, hopefully what is gotten in return will be grand enough to allow Max's Buffalo fans to contiue to cheer for him from afar.
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