Right now, it’s that magical time of the school year when it’s not close enough to finals to start studying but the teachers have, for the most part, given up on teaching. As a consequence I have had very little to do as far as constructive activities, giving me much more time to ponder things of lesser significance.
Like how the Flyers are revolting, the Sharks are proving that at the end of the day they don’t want to let me down, the Canadiens (I can’t believe I’m saying this) are kind of cute once you get past the fact that they’re the Canadians and that Scott Gomez plays for them, and how this whole hissy fit between the IIHF and Hockey Canada is hilarious when you think about it. Did Crosby experience a disappointing end to his season? Yes. Should he still have considered going to Germany since, you know, he scored the gold medal clinching goal back at the Olympics and it’s positive exposure? Yes. Is everyone involved being immature and suffering from feeling of overinflated self-importance? Absolutely. But it’s funny.
Just as funny as watching Philadelphia lose. Which goalie are they on now?
While the Chris Pronger trade (I couldn’t believe everything Philly had been asking from Washington in exchange for Pronger. GMGM, not trading half your team plus Varly for him was a fabulous choice on your part) during the draft was definitely big, the Scott Gomez trade that just happened is, in my opinion, the biggest one yet. I’m kind of surprised that the Habs took on Gomez, especially if they’re interested in the Sedins and want to trade for Vinny, but whatever. The Rangers were able to dump that awful contract and now maybe they’ll have room for Heatley..? Either way, this’ll probably open the flood gates.
Darcy Regier is scheduled to appear on Sabres Lunch Express tomorrow. Um, I’m sorry, what? Free agency will have just started. I don’t care if Darcy has absolutely no intention of signing anyone tomorrow. He should at least be near a phone in case someone else calls. Darcy’s really pissing me off lately. I’m never a fan of signing free agents to huge, lifetime contracts just because it’s Free Agency Day, but I wish Darcy would at least DO SOMETHING. Obviously, the team we have isn’t cutting it and changes need to be made. Darcy Regier, you’re on my list.
USA Hockey announced the roster for the developmental camp in August. Ryan Miller was the only Sabre named to it. I’m happy for him and I’m excited to see him compete with TimTom for the starting job, but I’m a little sad that Goosie or Stafford didn’t make it. Oh well. I’ve been having these terribly anti-American feelings lately that the Russians are going to be amazing this winter. I apologize for being such a bad American. I’ll try to be more optimistic about Team USA from this point on.
If Miller’s out long-term, I seriously worry about the playoffs. I need Little Ryan to hold me close and promise me it will be all right.
Scott Gomez is dead to me.
I’ll be honest with you, Dear Readers. About halfway through the second period last night, I slipped into that mindset I usually enter when I’ve realized that the Sabres are going to lose. I usually continue to watch the game, but I might start texting a few more people, or get a magazine to flip through. I enter that mindset when I see the Sabres have decided to not show up. Last night, the only Sabre who showed up was Ryan Miller. I was especially disappointed last night, because I realized my open confidence in the team had done nothing and I would have to go back to tough love. When Roy scored, the sensible part of my brain told myself that the goal only meant that the Sabres wouldn’t get shut out. There was a part of me, however, that refused to believe that. A tiny part of me was thinking that maybe, just maybe, the Sabres could pull off a win.
Heh. I was right!
It wasn’t pretty near the end. It went into overtime, and it became clear that it would go into a shootout, and then I freaked out because the Rangers are beasts in the shootout. Al was the only one to score for the Sabres and Miller stopped the first two, but when Chris Drury came out I knew it was over. Ryan was right when he said in his post-game interview that Drury has “a flair for the dramatic.” I even vowed to throw our Rock Band drum set at the TV if Drury scored. If Ryan hadn’t stopped him, my brother would have murdered me.
Now, last night and again in Bucky’s column today they were talking about how poetic it is that the guy who decided to stay in Buffalo managed to stop they guy who decided to leave. It certainly was poetic justice in that regard, but it was also poetic for another reason for me. Dear Readers, if Chris Drury was still a Sabre, I can almost guarantee he would have been named Frostee’s Sabres Boyfriend. It’s a good thing Ryan stopped him, because otherwise things would have gotten awkward.
- No offense to Steve Valiquette or anything, but it kind of looked like he was having some trouble controlling the puck. He kept dropping his stick and just flopping on it. I really would have liked it if the Sabres actually got shots on goal in the first period, because I have a feeling that if they tested him they might have actually scored a few goals.
- I wasn’t all that impressed by Tim Connolly last night. I know it was his first game back, but a lot of people I had heard yesterday seemed to think Timmy would just take the ice and win the game for the team. Maybe it was because we were all too busy making Tim Connolly jokes to notice his good plays. I’m just surprised he didn’t fall apart when he ran into the net.
- Thomas Vanek must have heard me complaining a few days ago that he needs to start assisting on goals too, because he seems to have been getting quite a few assists lately. Nice job, Thomas.
- I have an inexplicable love for Scott Gomez. I don’t know why, and I don’t know how. It’s just there.
- I really liked Derek Roy’s goal. He just tucked it in between the legs.
- I don’t want to talk about the Capitals game. (Although I’m definitely up for talking about how adorably dejected they all looked when they showed the bench at the end. Alex had his helmet pushed back – why do they do that? It looks so stupid! – and Nick Backstrom and Semin were sitting a few inches down on the bench with their backs against each other. They looked positively heart-broken.) I have a theory about why they lost. I think it’s because Alex shaved. Everyone keeps telling me that he had shaved before the Philly game on Tuesday, but since I was busy trying to convince my grandmother on the phone that I’m not a groupie, I didn’t notice. I get that it was time for his monthly shave and all, but still. That scruff was lucky. He shaved away the luck.
- Apparently Stamkos was a healthy scratch? Heh. That’s kind of funny.
- Ales Kotalik is really good in shootouts. He’s really, really good. I like him in shootouts.
- It was really, really nice to see Ryan win that game tonight. He was a BEAST.
- Detroit tonight. Will Ryan be starting again? He’s been on fire lately, but what if he starts getting tired? It has been a very long time since Lalime started. Wasn’t it back in Washington?