Goalie Thoughts

The first time I paid continual intense attention to the Sabres was during their 07-08 06-07 playoff run.  Obviously I didn’t know much about hockey at the time, but even a total novice could see that by the time the Ottawa series rolled around the Sabres would have lost every game 50-2 without the incredible play of Ryan Miller.  I don’t very often give him credit for helping to make a hockey addict out of me, but I probably should.

Ryan Miller was amazing against the Hurricanes last night.  He was so amazing that I was reminded of those first few hockey games I watched two and a half years ago.  It’s a real treat to watch him when he’s like this, so much so that it could inspire someone to become a lifelong fan of the game.

I reeeeally hope Crunchy’s got the stamina to stay up and running for an entire season (during an Olympic year no less).  Darcy and Lindy, need to find a way to ensure that Ryan Miller gets enough rest.  If they don’t, they suck.  Crunchy deserves better.  He’s playing his ass off right now, but this won’t last forever.  He’s going to need a breather or two, and we don’t want him all deflated and worn down in March.  No, we do not.

This team is still a total mystery, but one thing we know for sure is that in the right circumstances, Ryan Miller is capable of carrying this organization on his back.

The Sabres need a better back-up.  STAT.

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8 Responses to “Goalie Thoughts”


  1. 1 Cecilia November 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Ryan totally saved our ass last night. Again. So.. he’s a total shoo-in for the Vezina, right?
    Not only do we need a better back up, but we need to do a better job at keeping the puck out of our end, and keeping the other team to the outside. Could you imagine, if we’d played Lalime, and given the Canes their first road win? How embarrassing.

  2. 2 Phil November 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I hate to be a nit-picker, Katebits, but you mean ’06/’07 :D

    And Cecilia, Vezina totally…Hart maybe!

  3. 4 Amy November 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    And he’s a good egg off the ice as well. What more can you ask for (besides a perfectly cromulent backup)?

  4. 5 Phil November 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I love the use of the word ‘cromulent’…thank you, Kent Brockman.

  5. 6 ToonTom December 1, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Package Paetsch and a minor leaguer to Islanders for Marty Biron, then dump Lalime. We’d have an awesome goalie tandem.

  6. 7 Miller December 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I love how everyone (or so it seems) is FINALLY taking a real notice to how good of a goalie Ry truly is. Granted, he is working his arse off this year, once in awhile it is nice to hear compliments of great he is doing as opposed to the usual “eh, he should of had that one” kind of talk. He deserves his time in the spotlight… keep it up, and the Olympics will come!! =)

  7. 8 Kitten December 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve been singing his praises since the play off run. I think he worked on a ton of stuff this summer, just his play in the shoot outs has improved by miles this season. He was always getting beat before. I still haven’t forgiven freakin Sidney Crosby for the Winter Classic.

    Agreed that Lindy needs to rest him. Year before last I was worried, he looked like he’d been rode hard and put away wet by the end of the season.


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