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In the absence of........

Posted 11:06 PM ET | Comments 16
Jack Eichel.

After the Sabres lost Jack Eichel I posted that we would see what the team’s made of, mostly 3rd and 4th liners, boy am I eating crow and happily! Sorta.

While as we know, wins hurt our draft standings, it’s refreshing to see continuity, control and patience. The Buffalo Sabres have been playing their most consistent hockey in about a year, thats usually when the Sabres usually go on a 2nd half tear to nowhere.

But this time its without #1 center Jack Eichel.

The Sabres have been playing a smarter brand of hockey combined with patience and its paying off.

In tonight’s game against Ottawa Rob Ray said during the broadcast, about half way into the 1st period “that everybody has elevated their game, and Scott Wilson (3g last 4 gm’s) has taken advantage of it the most”.

I agree with the first part of that statement. However, scoring is coming from everywhere on the roster. It looks like everyone’s playing the system much better. Better clear outs from the defensive zone, better passes everywhere. Some are tape to tape and some are behind the back passes. Sam Reinharts playing like the guy we expected lately and ROR’S been grabbing the bull by the horns being the leader we need him to be. Leading by example.

The goaltending’s solid, Lehner played a good game.
Robin Lehners 1st period save when the Sabres were down a man was awesome! Ottawa was on the power play and as the play was unfolding two Sabres decided to let the newley aquired sniper Matt Duchene just skate with the puck right across the Buffalo net where Lehner made a brilliant save. Another good save was an Ottawa break away in period number 2 by Ottawa forward Mark Borowiecki.

The physical plays also been good. My favorite sequence was with the Johan Larson line in the 2nd period. Johan lambasted Ryan Dzingel twice on the same shift, the second hit deposited R.D. into the Sens bench for an early line change.

Even though we lost in o.t. Buffalo played a good game.

Now it was too long ago where I was reading an article about Bruin trades. This article mentioned the Joe Thornton trade and how it looked bad on paper but eventually led to a Stanley Cup victory. Addition by subtraction was what was written.
The author mentioned that maybe the Sabres can set themselves up for now, and the future like the Bruins did with Jumbo Joe by trading Jack Eichel.

At first thought I wanted to rebut but then thought, “what can we get for Jack?”, 3 firsts, a decent player and a prospect?

I’ll wait and see how long this lasts.
If the Sabres rack up points in Jacks absence and play solid throughout do we entertain that thought?

Some other thoughts in the absence of Jack.

Can our “Golden Child” be the problem?
Does he have an attitude when things don’t go Jacks way?
Is he not well liked in the locker room?

Are there too many emotionally high me me me attitudes?

“Two bad ankles can turn a great player into a crying fan”.
February 16, 2018 9:13 PM ET | Delete
Its not ridiculous. Ever work in an environment where the company golden boy was pretty effective at the facets of the job that attract praise but was an unbareable douchebag to be around? Trust me, I have, and his days off everybody was happier and more productive.Now, I'm not saying Jack is that guy, but sometimes certain personalities don't excel without solid leadership around them. Kane, ROR, etc...may not be those leaders.Speaking from my teams experience, some say Taylor Hall wasn't ready to be a leader when he was thrust into it early on.I bet you any money Eichel would be better off learning how to lead behind Kopitar, Brown and Doughty in LA, or behind Character, Krecji and Bergeron in Boston...I mean, who wouldn't?McDavid has been fortunate to share shifts with solid leaders like Hall, Lucic, and Maroon, and I'm sure it helped him out.Buffalo needs to get rid of the Douchebags and add some effective veteran leaders soon, IMO....but don't trade Jack.
February 17, 2018 3:38 PM ET | Delete
CwC tsk tsk
February 17, 2018 6:21 PM ET | Delete
This guys needs his entire account deleted
February 17, 2018 9:51 PM ET | Delete
Dude unless you can do something in person don’t hide behind a screen.
February 17, 2018 9:55 PM ET | Delete
Oh no my god what have i done? Nooooooo deletion from the most insightful hockey blog that talks more about football. Jeez now life sux no more hockey buzz. GAAAAAWD PLEASE STRIKE ME DOWNNNNN NOWWWWWWWW! AZZHOLES
February 18, 2018 10:19 AM ET | Delete
just stop smoking crack
February 18, 2018 12:52 PM ET | Delete
Don't stop smoking crack. I want more rants about the Total Package Evander Kane, top 10 player in the NHL.
February 18, 2018 8:24 PM ET | Delete
He can score 60 between December-December, I've been told.
February 19, 2018 12:58 AM ET | Delete
That’s not fair it 61.
February 20, 2018 10:10 PM ET | Delete
This is Garf level. Just stupid stupid shit.
February 23, 2018 12:59 AM ET | Delete
Do tell Stephen hawking! Do you feel better ? Have you lifed self esteem?
February 24, 2018 2:16 PM ET | Delete
This blog is much like your posts. Pure shit.
February 25, 2018 6:04 PM ET | Delete
Nah....MLew65 is actually a comedy genius. Nobody is dumb enough to beleive what he has written. He’s just getting a laugh.
February 26, 2018 7:44 PM ET | Delete
A conditional 1st ( most likely 2nd) and some dust bunnies for the Total Package and top 10 NHLer Evander Kane? 😂
February 27, 2018 2:29 AM ET | Delete
Ghost I’m sorry your life has been shit. But don’t worry it’ll change.
February 27, 2018 2:34 AM ET | Delete
Larsson, This smells like the last 3 sabre management teams. Inept. It looks like there’s a secret layer of training between the AHL and NHL. It’s know as the Buffalo Sabres. Players, coaches and new GM’s come here before they have successful careers elsewhere.
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