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Vulgar Opinions: Sabres @ Flyers (3-10-13) Stars and Black Holes


Somone get the dynamite


  1. Brian Flynn – It’s the ghost of Staffords past!
  2. Jochen Hecht – Not understanding all the Hecht hate.  Given the reduced icetime, the reduced role, the awful linemates, Hecht has been having a solid year.  He’s costing us 1.25M, we have much, much bigger problems to be angry about.
  3. Marcus Foligno – I criticize him a lot, probably unfairly given his inexperience, so let’s give us some props.

Unsung Hero:

  • Andrej Sekera and Robyn Regehr – A mostly unnoticeable, solid night for the pair.

The Robert Wade Niedermayer Memorial Black Holes:

  1. Drew Stafford – Do something Drew.  Do something.
  2. Drew Stafford – Seriously, that was his second straight game without a shot on goal.  Icetime is an okay excuse for not scoring, it’s no excuse for not trying.
  3. Drew Stafford – Hodgson (4), Pominville (2), and Vanek (0) have 6 games combined without a shot on goal.  Stafford has four all by himself.  And while VHP have assists in four of those games, Stafford has an assist in one of his.  Top six players cannot be useless that often.  You either shoot or you make up for it by doing other things.  How much of the Sabres ills in the past 4-5 years can be heaped on Drew Stafford absolutely torpedoing the second line?

Unseen Goat:

  • Vanek, Hodgson, Pominville – I want better against a team that all three have typically played very well against.



Awarding +3, +2, +1, +1, and minus the same for the stars and black holes:

  1. Thomas Vanek (+28)
  2. Ryan Miller (+22)
  3. Jason Pominville (+13)
  4. Christian Ehrhoff (+10)
  5. Brian Flynn (+6)
  6. Steve Ott (+4)
  7. Ville Leino (0)
  8. Kevin Porter (0)
  9. Tyler Ennis (-1)
  10. Adam Pardy (-1)
  11. Cody McCormick (-1)
  12. T.J. Brennan (-1)
  13. Robyn Regehr (-2)
  14. John Scott (-3)
  15. Jhonas Enroth (-3)
  16. Andrej Sekera (-3)
  17. Mike Weber (-4)
  18. Mikhail Grigorenko (-5)
  19. Alexander Sulzer (-6)
  20. Jochen Hecht (-6)
  21. Jordan Leopold (-8)
  22. Nathan Gerbe (-9)
  23. Tyler Myers (-12)
  24. Cody Hodgson (-13)
  25. Patrick Kaleta (-14)
  26. Marcus Foligno (-20)
  27. Drew Stafford (-38)
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