(This post is a part of a series entitled “Kate’s Favorite Sabre Competition” in which I am choosing my 2007/08 favorite Sabre by process of elimination. Each and every Sabre is a hero, but in the end, there can be only one favorite.)
I was going over the roster this morning trying to make the next round of cuts, when it occurred to me for the zillionth time since starting this blog, I don’t know what I’m talking about. Nearly all of my hockey knowledge has been gained since the end of the Sabres 2006/07 season. To put this in perspective: Shortly after the Senators eliminated the Sabres, I was looking at pictures from locker clean-out day, and I kept looking at Adam Mair and thinking he was Thomas Vanek. Can you imagine?! A few days ago, I wrote Thomas Vanek an impassioned letter, but two months ago, I wouldn’t have recognized him on the street. So, what this means is that most of my fiercely held beliefs and preferences have been formed in the absence of actual hockey.
Obviously, once the season starts I will be in a better position to form reasonable opinions about these guys. I am starting to look at this not so much a process of choosing a new favorite, but as a record of my thoughts going into the 2007/08 season. I reserve the right to completely abandon my “new favorite” whenever I choose.
In spite of this project’s obvious faults, I’m enjoying myself, so join me as I continue to nonsensically slash my way through the Sabres line-up.
The following men are being cut because they left little impression during the playoffs or the off-season. Now, for all I know, these guys are hockey geniuses, but because they were unable to draw my attention away from Chris Drury, even a little, they are disqualified from being Kate’s Favorite Sabre. I’m a mean, mean bitch.
Nathan Paetsch #38
Nathan Paetsch, I salute you for having an appealingly round face and a pleasant expression. Nice work avoiding arbitration! I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming season. For future reference, if you want to impress me, try cooking a delicious dinner or offering to carry my viola to the car after rehearsal. Little gestures go along way.
Daniel Paille #20
Daniel Paille’s approach to hair care tells me one of 3 things:
a. He is one of those serious types who is too focused on “real” things to bother straightening his hair on team picture day.
b. He is light hearted and fun, and his hair reflects his carefree approach to life.
c. He is twelve-years old and he wears his hair in a currently popular style that perplexes this old-lady-author.
I suspect the answer is “c”, which leaves me with nothing to work with except the very firm knowledge that Daniel Paille is young. Too young.
Jochen Hecht #55
Okay, I know this one is wrong. Yo-Yo here is the first guy I feel bad about cutting. He’s cute, he’s sassy, and he has been playing in the shadow of Briere. The trouble with Jochen is that I don’t have a feel for his personality. What are you bringing to my Sabres table, Jochen? Are you shy? Hilarious? Sarcastic? Yes, yes, they tell me you are a solid all-around player, but really….what are you all about? What is your deal, Jochen Hecht? You’ve got everything it takes to be a Favorite Sabre; I’m just not convinced you really want it.
So, there you have it! Round two is complete. My choices are definitely narrowing, and I’m a bit concerned about the choices I see ahead. I predict tears (on my part). I predict fisticuffs (on Goose and Staffy’s parts). Time is running out boys. It’s now or never. State your case.