1. I’ve been quite frustrated watching the Sabres games without Vanek. Obviously, he’s a good player to have around, and a large part of my discontent has been because of Vanek’s absence, but something about the way Lindy’s been reconstructing the lines has left me feeling, like, “Um….do we have any good forwards? Why do all these lines make me sad?” Normally, I’m not much of a line watcher. I don’t pay super close attention to who is playing with who, but without Vanek things have felt WAY off, not just on the first line, but on ALL the lines.
You know how over the course of the game you begin to anticipate, and wait for the first line to come out? Well, it turns out, hockey is less fun without a legitimate first line. Over the past two weeks it’s felt like the Sabres NEVER rolled out a line that made me sit up straight and go, “WOOOOOOO! Here we go!”
Connolly, Roy and Stafford seem like the most obvious combination of currently potent players, and they were on the ice together for two goals last night, so I really hope Lindy keeps them together. We need at least one, functional, scoring line. The idea of spreading out the guys who are playing well in the hopes of “sparking” some of the slumping guys is just NOT going to work.
Of course, it’s really not fair to judge Lindy’s lines when two of his supposedly reliable forwards are in such deep, deep ruts. Which leads me to my next point…
2. Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville need to be quarantined- for their own protection and for the protection of their teammates. I’m not here to point fingers. I don’t know who infected who, but Pommer and Yo-Yo are CLEARLY and UTTERLY diseased.
Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children?
We have young, impressionable players on our roster right now. Do we want Chris Butler, or Nathan Gerbe catching that suck? Paille and MacArthur have already displayed symptoms, but they might still be salvageable. What if (GOD FORBID) after he’s finally pulled it together, Drew Stafford catches the suck? We canNOT afford the risk. Drastic measures must be taken. Hecht and Pominville must be separated from the general Sabres populace until we understand more about this horrific and debilitating sucking disease.
3. For whatever reason, I’m more sympathetic to Pominville than I am to Hecht. Say what you want about Pommerdoodle, but he’s got 47 points so he hasn’t been totally worthless even when his defensive play is highly questionable. I said in Heather’s comment thread today that my sense is that Pominville is slumping, but that Hecht is sliding into a pit of despair from which he might never return. Don’t get me wrong, they have both been completely terrible, but Yo-Yo’s particular brand of ass-tastic seems disturbingly terminal.
4. Reading over this post I’m realizing how negative it sounds, and I just thought I should say that I enjoyed the game last night. It was zippy, and if it weren’t for that meddling Mike Richards, we very well might have snatched those two points. For the most part I thought the Sabres looked like a reasonably respectable NHL team. (Except for Yo-Yo and Pommerdoodle who looked like Timbits.) (And not the hockey-playing Timbits.) (Last night Pominville and Hecht looked like donut holes.) (Donut holes who really suck at hockey.)
5. After writing a Sabres blog for a year and half, I am proud to report that I have FINALLY learned how to spell H-E-C-H-T. It’s such a short name, but for some reason I could NEVER remember how to spell “Hecht”. Thanks to his currently vomitous play, and the need to write his name repeatedly, I’ve finally learned how to spell “Hecht” once and for all. I promise you, I will NEVER learn how to spell “Paetchsetahscetahsecth”.