I spent all of Sunday lounging around in dark clothing, applying very heavy black eyeliner, listening to Morrissey, and cursing the day I ever heard of the sport “hockey”. This season has worn me down, and now I’m just a pathetic, angry emo hockey fan. (I’m actually not sure about the technical definition of “emo”. That’s how old I am. I think it means “mopey and obnoxious,” both of which, I ASSURE YOU, I am.)
Last season, my first as a fan, had a certain…enjoyable hysteria that I found amusing, even when the Sabres were floundering. This year is different. This year it’s just bland, middling, average, not very good, beige, boring, disappointing, and uninspired.
So there I was, feeling miserable, and trying to avoid calling Blobby, when I wandered over to Sabretooth’s House. Anne has a great post up now. Her point is that the Sabres are extremely lucky to have fallen apart now rather than later because it’s not too late for this season. It’s practically trade deadline day! This is the time of year when we should be dreaming of BIG CHANGE.
Now look. I defended Darcy during the co-captain debacle. I attributed almost all of last season to “growing pains” and fallout from “locker room instability”. I LOVED this team, I believed in this team, and I wanted nothing more than for “the core” to sign lifetime contracts in Buffalo. But…..I’m over it now.
I know the Sabres have been dealt a rough hand as far as injuries go, but I don’t think a good team would fold up at the first sign of adversity. The Sabres aren’t a terrible team, they’re just not that good. I’m not sure how much more evidence we need. This team has no oomph, no shaZAM, no juicy center. The entire organization just seems flaccid and impotent. (Yeah, I said it Timmy.)
So, what to do?
I spent the weekend writing in various comment threads that I think the team needs to be dismantled. I’ve backed off from that a bit. I don’t think the team needs to be sold off, but I do think the locker room needs a good shake-up. Now, I’m not suggesting we should cash in all our NHL-caliber dudes for a pile of picks and prospects, but I do think this team needs at least one bold roster change. Let’s freak these little jerks out a bit. Save for Miller, Gaustad (because I love him), Vanek, and Butler (because I have a good feeling about him), I don’t think there is any Sabre that should be considered untouchable.
What, for example, would Jason Pominville fetch?
Because of the way Darcy filled the holes left behind by Briere and Drury (he didn’t), Sabres fans have a tendency to assume that losing a guy means we will suddenly have a hole in the lineup. By that way of thinking, if we were to trade Pommer, we’d need one of the Pirates to step up and be our new doodle. Trouble is, relying on the kids from Portland is a waiting game, and the Sabres really don’t have the time to spare anymore. If there is one thing I know, it’s that this organization needs new (grown-up, MANLY) blood. What if – and this is going to blow your mind- Darcy traded Jason Pominville (or whoever), and got a proven commodity in exchange?
Briere and Drury didn’t come up through the system. They were the result of some shrewd trading.
All I ever hear about around here is how Darcy is some kind of mad genius when it comes to trades and finding the diamonds in the rough. Well, GET ON IT, DUDE! You found a way to get Craig Rivet in a Sabres uniform- let’s see what else you can do. But Darcy, let me warn you, if you trade Tim Connolly away and then try to tell me Nathan Gerbe will be his replacement, it’s over between us. O-VER.