Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m quite aware that Daniel Paille really hasn’t been working out, and I’m sure the Sabres will be just fine without him, but I am a little confused about how he fell so far from grace. I’ll be honest, I was surprised that he started the season so far in the dog house that he wound up in the press box. To me, Paille and MacArthur have been somewhat interchangeable for the last few seasons (not necessarily their style, but certainly their worth), and yet somehow over the course of five games, Clarke MacArthur has established himself as This Year’s Breakout Sabres Darling, and Paille has been traded for a third round draft pick.
I consider myself to be a fairly observant Sabres fan but somehow I got all turned around in this situation. If you had told me a month ago that I had the choice to keep either Paille or MacArthur, I’d have picked Paille.
It goes to show what I know!