I was all set to do an advanced statistical analysis on this, but it’s probably not necessary. To most reasonable minds, if you took the Sabres roster and eliminated anyone that wouldn’t play for a contender, you’d probably get something like this:
XXXXX – XXXXX – XXXXX
XXXXX – XXXXX – Matt Moulson
Marcus Foligno – Zemgus Girgensons – Steve Ott
Brian Flynn – XXXXX – XXXXX
Christian Ehrhoff – XXXXX
Mark Pysyk – XXXXX
XXXXX – XXXXX
Now that we’re at the rough halfway point of the season, let’s see how I’m doing on my earlier predictions (Current ranking in these things):
Wee! Back in the saddle after a visit from my mom and an illness. I know you missed me. A lot has changed, the Sabres have a new GM…well…pretty much just that. Anyway.
- Jhonas Enroth – Probably the only player that deserves a star.
- Jamie McBain – Goals and stuff.
- Mark Pysyk - Picking up right where he left off with solid, unnoticeable play.
The Robert Wade Niedermayer Memorial Black Holes:
- Zenon Konopka - Sucks, but he was on the ice for the goal against and was a corsi dumpster fire.
- Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis, and Mike Weber – So too were Ennis, Moulson, and Weber, players we can expect better of.
2013-2014 Leaderboard (+3, +2, +1, +2 for Stars and USH, minus the same for Black Holes and USG)
- Ryan Miller +32
- Zemgus Girgensons +17
- Jhonas Enroth +15
- Marcus Foligno +14
- Christian Ehrhoff +10
- Brian Flynn +10
- Mark Pysyk +8
- Nikita Zadorov +3
- Mikhail Grigorenko +3
- Matt Ellis +3
- Jamie McBain +2
- Rasmus Ristolainen +1
- Corey Tropp +1
- Luke Adam +1
- Matt D’Agostini +1
- Matt Moulson
- Alex Sulzer -2
- Johan Larsson -2
- Patrick Kaleta -2
- Cody McCormick -3
- Zenon Konopka -3
- John Scott -4
- Kevin Porter -4
- Steve Ott -9
- Ville Leino -11
- Cody Hodgson -14
- Tyler Myers -14
- Mike Weber -19
- Tyler Ennis -20
- Henrik Tallinder -19
- Drew Stafford -32
The Buffalo Sabres have ended their fans’ suffering with the claiming of Zenon Konopka early Friday afternoon. ”We’re excited to have his offensive prowess on the team,”said Sabres not-GM Pat Lafontaine. Konopka has piled up 103 goals and 166 assists in 350 games split between the Penguins, Grizzlies, Mighty Ducks, Pirates, Crunch, and Admirals making him the Sabres biggest offensive talent since a wiley Doug Bodger was dangling herbs and dishing sick feeds from 1989 to 1996.
I’m not sure what I should be most amused by:
- The Sabres surrendered 50 shots while tallying 17
- They won
- Alexander Ovechkin had 12 shots on goal
- He had no points
- Troy Brouwer’s ridiculous shot, only topped by…
- Steve Ott’s ridiculous game-deciding shootout goal
We’ll fill in G on the Scantron for ‘all of the above,’ I guess.
From now on scoring by putting the puck in the goalie’s pants is a Mark Pysyk Hattrick. Just the way he drew it up, I’m sure. Butt wait, there’s more!
This game has to have the bizarrest collection of things in any game ever. The Sabres dress 16 skaters because Flu. Drew Stafford gets ejected for sort of elbowing Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the face. (Which I’m fine with the penalty and if you want to punish recklessness which I’ve been advocating for this whole time, great, but given how little contact there actually was, a game misconduct seemed a bit much.) Then this happened:
Which probably clears up a lot of confusion if you didn’t actually watch the game. That’s what you get for (kind of) tucking in the jersey Mr. Cheating Goaltender!