I suppose I should comment on the “SABRES = SOFT” issue, but you know what? I’ve been pondering this all day, and frankly, I don’t know what to think about the Sabres and their smoooshy, soft ways.
Part of me is all, “Yeah! The Sabres are SOFT! They avoid hits and they never defend Crunchy!” I mean, let’s face it, the Sabres are pretty cuddly as far as hockey teams go. The opposition spends WAY too much time pestering Miller in his crease.
But then another part of me is all, “Oh, please. Everyone just calm the eff down. Fighting and brawling is theater, designed to romanticize the game. Nothing more. Fans love retaliation, but that doesn’t make it a necessary part of winning, and it CERTAINLY couldn’t have prevented Miller’s injury.”
I’m glad the Sabres didn’t put themselves on a 5-on-3 penalty kill right after Miller was injured, and I’m glad that no one got themselves suspended last night. On the other hand, on a purely emotional level, it would have been awfully nice to see Gomez take a punch square to the face.
So basically, I don’t know how I feel about this issue. I do think the Sabres are “soft” but I’m not convinced it really matters.
I’m just still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Patrick Lalime is our new goaltender. Absorbing the situation is really all I can handle today as far as hockey goes. I’m not mad that the Sabres are soft. I’m mostly just bummed out.