Many time this season I've heard many Sabre interviews on our local television and radio stations and many times I hear this phrase " you gotta buy into the system".
Are you kidding me?
Any player that uses that phrase while playing on ANY team during an interview is embarrassing themselves, the team and the fan base.
It's a phrase that shows a lack of character and that's what this team lacks, character and killer instinct. They're lazy 75% of the time looking around waiting for the next guy to make a play.
The Sabres easily could be in atleast a wild card playoff hunt if they had character, pride and intestinal fortitude. Too many times the Sabres have blow leads in hockey games the should've won.
How many times this season have we seen 2 - 0 leads blown away? We loose because we lack killer instinct. When it's 2 - 0 the thinking should be lets make it 4 - 0 not hey we made it look good for 15 minutes, isn't that enough?
Not for me, the blue collar working man who has to save up to attend a game.
I can't sit here and say fire the coach, fire the general manager. Tim Murry has done a marginal job at best and that's because I think he pays too much in trades he makes. A great example is the Evander Kane and Robin Lehner trades.
Everyone around the league knew of the maturity and professionalism problems Kane had at the time. It's a reputation he lived up to until recently. Is it just media influence? Because according to the media Kane's value was low, did G.M.T.M. have to pay such a high price for Kane? I don't mind sendind Lemieux over as he was a wasted 2nd round pick that didn't wanto to be here, I also didn't mind Drew Stafford as he wore out his welcome with me long ago, I also didn't mind giving up Joel Armenia. But what I did mind was giving up the 1st rd pick. G.M.T.M. throws around those picks like nothing. Another trade I minded was a 1st for Lehner. I don't care if there were other teams interested, you keep that #1 pick, cheesy goalies are a dime a dozen.
Is it the coach? to a degree it is, he's the one who has to teach these guy his system, he's the one that has to motivate them to play his system. Again that phrase " you just have to buy into the system". Dan Bylsmas system got him to a 300 win milestone almost quicker than any other coach thats been in the league. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the coaches system is what brought him success in the N.H.L. ?
I think it's a good thing.
Does any N.H.L player think a lot about when they played the game for nothing, can they remember that feeling that they wanted to do thier best to earn more ice time or is that forgotten once you sign on the dotted line?
So the gm got us good talent, the coach knows the N.H.L. game and has a successful track record. Gee I wonder what else it could be, maybe the players? hmmmmmm they are the ones responsible for their play, they ultimately are the catalyst for win or losses.
Buffalo Sabres I'm tired of hearing lame excuses, I don't want to hear good excuses, I don't want to hear anymore b.s. spew from your pie holes. Especially ROBIN LEHNER! Really Robin? you're not Patrick Roy at the Montreal Forum.
Robin if you're going to have a hissy fit in front of the world, make sure you already have your name engraved multiple times on Lord Stanley's Cup. PUT UP OR SHUT THE FRANK UP, MAN UP AND STUDY HASEKISM
It's plain and simple, you got pulled because you sucked! Watching you play is like watching Ryan Miller 2.0.
G.M.T.M got rooked on that trade.
I want vision, I want to see each man looking in the mirror and asking themselves have I really given it my all? Do I lay it all out on the ice? And! I want to see proof that they have grit, character, intestinal fortitude, I want to see that 1 hand rise when you look like your all but done, I want to see blood thirsty killer instinct, I want to see proof on the ice that your more action than talk, because, quite frankly Sabres, you give more lip service than a hooker with 30 years experience.
So to any Sabres reading this, if you don't want to buy into the system get the frank outta here you sniviling, character lacking cry baby. I work too hard for my money to settle for this crap.