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Sabres Hire Craig Kanalley, Chris Ryndak, Remain Cup-less (NSFW)

06/17/13

I’m not going to spend much time recapping this.  The Sabres lured  Craig Kanalley from the Huffington Post to do social media stuff and Chris Ryndak of The Goose’s Roost to do editorial stuff and if you want to learn more you should use what I assume is a passable talent for navigating the internet.  Without knowing a huge amount about either guy, I do like both moves.  I think hiring Ryndak shows that the team is starting to have a better finger on the pulse of what Sabres fans enjoy consuming locally, and the Kanalley moves shows that the organization is willing to try to woo premiere national talent.  Certainly that Kanalley has spent time living outside of Buffalo and that there are so many expatriate Sabres fans bodes well because we deserve a voice too.

But hockey and hockey organizations are all about winning Stanley Cups and it’s hard to envision how these moves get us closer to that goal, right?  Right.  One of my favorite things about sports is how a team with a history of failure gets bagged on for literally every move they make.  I bet if you go to the Sabres Facebook page you’ll find a comment lamenting the shittiness of the team or Darcy Regier, or something on every single post, whether it’s related to the actual hockey part of the organization or not.  Because having players bring puppies to orphans or visit sick children or stand against bullying doesn’t bring us any trophies so fuck it all.

The great thing about sports (or the shitty thing if you’re an idiot) is that there are all these aspects of an organization that have nothing to do with the actual sport, other than the fact that the players participate or the team sanctions them or whatever.  (That’s why a lot of us like certain players, there is an appeal to them that goes beyond the sport they play or how they play it.)  Obviously the largest factors in whether or not a team is successful lie within the front office and the actual team, but it’s foolish to say that none of the other stuff is a part of the ultimate goal.  And even if you actually believe it isn’t, wouldn’t you want your team to be good at everything anyway?  In all its obnoxiousness, isn’t what the @LAKings are doing kind of fun?  Aren’t the Canucks and the Bruins marching in their cities’ respective Pride Parades fantastic gesutres?  (If not, I’ll save you some time.)

At the very least it looks like the Sabres care about this stuff a little more than they did before, and I think that’s a small reason to get excited, even if the team is a work in progress.

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