Sunday, March 6, 2011

This Season is Fucking Bizarre

This has got to be one of the weirdest Sabres seasons in recent memory, right?

To Recap:

We started off playing like we had never been coached before.  The level of organization of the Sabres on the ice was akin to a bunch of four year olds lacing up skates for the first time.  From Ryan Miller to Thomas Vanek, pretty much everything was a mess.  To make matters worse, players began dropping like flies.

What first spurred the turnaround?  I have no idea, but somehow it coincided with the team's cornerstone, Ryan Miller, getting injured, and Jhonas Enroth started to win games in retardedly exciting fashion.

From that point onward the Sabres decided they weren't a terrible team, merely a mediocre one.  Derek Roy continued to put up points at a torrid pace and Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek continued to be their streaky selves.

When the Sabres were in a heated competition for tenth place, the Florida Panthers effectively killed Derek Roy, far and away the team's best player for the first thirty-five games of the season.  Rather than wilt away with three centers that couldn't pot 40 points in the AHL playing against Robert Esche every night, the Sabres somehow got better.  The Sabres find themselves one point out of eighth place, two points out of seventh place, and two and three games in hand against those teams respectively.

And that's just what has been happening on the ice.  In late 2010, reports surfaced of quajillionaire/messiah Terry Pegula wanting to buy the Sabres.  So far it's been an odd case of seeming too good to be true...and then actually turning out better than imagined.  In the span of twenty-four hours Pegula seemed to erase the past several years of cheap ownership.  Boom, no financial restrictions.  Boom, playing closer to the cap.  Boom, who give a shit about money, T-Peggs has a giant vault of it he can swim in, let's just win some fucking hockey games and pile up banners and hardware, eh?

All of a sudden Thomas Vanek looks like a bona-fide leader, Drew Stafford is piling up hattricks, Cody McCormick is scoring more than Tim Connolly, Jordan Leopold is awesome, and Mike Weber does not take any of your shit.  The team is winning games in spite of their defense and goaltending most nights rather than because of them, and the newest hero is a guy who wasn't even on the roster a week ago.

When you put it all together this team has had about four identities this season...good lord we suck; eh, we'll suck when we feel like it; hey, maybe we don't suck; shit, we're actually pretty good...we think.  When does that even happen?  Hell, when does a team even have two identities.  Usually after three or four weeks everyone has identified the 6 good teams, the 6 shitty teams, the over achiever, the under achiever, and the wild card.  The Sabres have probably been all five at one point or another.

Fucking bizarre.

And don't even get me started about the Western Conference.

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