It’s official, Nathan Paetsch will be a Sabre for 3 more years at a reasonable one million per. He’s a nice 4th dman and I said (blogged) repeatedly that he should have been in the line up during last year’s playoffs.
To me, this signals one thing. Dimitri Kalinin is done as a Sabre. And thank GOD for that!
We’ve heard for WAY too long that this guy has the potential to be a number 1 d-man (see WGR’s Paul Hamilton (Sabres Beat Reporter) for this ongoing silly prognostication). If there was one thing Kalinin was consistently good at it was being inconsistent. Six seasons of “pull your hair out” play is enough for us Sabre-Faithful.
He had his chance in Buffalo. He had LOTS of chances. And on the most important stage of his career during last year’s playoff run, he was a total no-show. A meltdown the likes of which we haven’t seen since Chernobyl. Lindy allowed him only 2 minutes of ice time.
Ship him out. Send him packing. Give him a one way ticket. He’s cheap, he’s still pretty young and some crazy GM’s might think he still has “phenomenal” long-term potential… he’s got to be worth something in a trade. The game is played on a six inch rink between his ears and he ain't got a zamboni for it.
I have an official statement for the Sabres. I can no longer sit by and allow years to be taken off my life from the stress laid upon me by the feeling I get when Kalinin has the puck in our own end. I just can’t take it anymore. Give his giveaways to another team!