1.I am suffering from the most absurd hockey lust EVER right now. Since getting my season tickets I’ve experienced a flush of hockey enthusiasm that is absolutely prePOSterous considering that it’s mid-July. At the end of the regular season I really didn’t care if I ever saw the Sabres again, and I can’t claim it’s the Sabres I miss now, but MAN I want to go to the arena and see a game from my little perch. I’m really, really looking forward to the schedule coming out this week. It’s going to be a long, hockey-less summer.
2. I realize that we’ve still got two months to go before the season starts, but at this point last July we already had Rivet, and Crunchy’s extension was on the very near horizon. Free agency has been a real drag so far this year. I’m ready for Darcy to work this trading magic that I’ve always heard so much about. Despite my eager-beaverness about the new season, right now we have no reason to believe that next season will be any different than the last two, except for the fact that it appears increasingly likely that we’ll be icing an “all toddler” defense this fall.
3. It’s my understanding that with young defensemen you have to make allowances for a certain amount of mistake making. If we had FOUR relatively new guys (Butler, Sekera, Weber, and Myers), does that mean we need to expect to see four times the number of acceptable “new guy” mistakes? (Somewhere in Michigan Ryan Miller just broke out in a cold sweat at the thought.)
It’s seems to me that if they choose to go with such a young defense, the Sabres might be opting to shift their main organizational goal for the year from “making the playoffs” to “developing the kids”. It’s not necessarily bad, just interesting to note.
4. John Vogl wrote a little post on Sabres Edge about the idea of the Sabres “rebuilding” and it seems to have sparked quite a bit of commentary (82 comments, and counting). It’s a topic I find interesting myself.
It’s pretty obvious that the Sabres are rebuilding (at least the defense) this season. Personally, I find the word “rebuilding” to be fairly comforting as it implies a time frame (A rebuild has to end sometime, no? Eventually they’ll be “built” and ready to win….right?) and a tacit acknowledgment that the management knows that it screwed up somewhere along the way and that they are now attempting to fix the mistake.
I realize that “rebuild” is just a word, and probably a hollow one at that, but….I like it. It makes me feel better. It helps me to believe that the Sabres are growing instead of treading water. A rebuild makes the idea of having so many inexperienced blueliners much more palatable. A rebuild is very appealing when compared to the Sabres official plan which seems to amount to, “Let’s hope Timmy and Crunchy stay healthy!”
In order to really sell the idea of a rebuild to me, the Sabres would have make at least one big change to the offense. One of Darcy’s carefully drafted, groomed, and signed-to-long-term-contract guys would have to go. I doubt Darcy has the stomach to trade a Pommers or a Roy-Z, but if he did, I think I would be a lot more patient in regards to the growth of the team.
5. I’ve been a little perplexed by Staffy’s contract situation recently. I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t file for arbitration until Schnookie pointed out that because Stafford didn’t file, he’s still eligible to receive an offer sheet.
That little zombie bastard is totally shopping for an offer sheet right now, isn’t he?!
Staffy: Mooooorrre braaaains.
6. Have I mentioned I want hockey to start right now?