update: it'd be funny if it were someone else (like, say, the Flyers...)...hey! another Sabres forward down: Daniel Paille broke his finger last night against said Flyers and is out for roughly three weeks. Latest rumour has 61-year old Dave Aquino being called up for Thursday's game vs. Ottawa for salary cap purposes. He has offered to play on a game-to-game basis for a large Bocce's and a box of stale marshmallow peeps.
“Here we go again!”
A phrase uttered by many a
When the team lost that game in the third period to a relentless and deep Carolina Hurricanes club the feeling was that better things were ahead for the
Well, perhaps the odds have finally caught up to
Max’s injury is only the latest in a bad week that saw defenceman Jaroslav Spacek break his hand (out three weeks), tough winger Paul Gaustad take a skate over his ankle and sever a tendon (out for entire season), and center Jiri Novotny suffer a high ankle sprain (three weeks). On top of that, Ales Kotalik injured his knee Saturday night against the Boston Bruins and will be out for at least four weeks.
Buffalo Head Coach Lindy Ruff has seen this before, of course, and has publicly stated that he expects no drop-off in terms of the Sabres’ play, despite the injuries. His confidence may seem brazen until one realizes how deep the Buffalo organization is and has been over the past few years – last year when Daniel Briere and J.P. Dumont spent months on the sidelines, the Sabres called up Derek Roy and Jason Pominville from their farm team in Rochester (AHL), both now serving as Sabres regulars. Stepping into the lineup this week are names that - if recent history has told us anything - will likely be Buffalo regulars for the next few years: winger Drew Stafford, their top prospect, is one who already had a nice taste of the big leagues earlier this season, playing in 19 games.
In the end, even in their injured state
And finally, if you're one to believe in omens, Saturday night I witnessed something I'm not sure I've ever seen, and surely Buffalo sports fans are not used to. Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas seemingly made an impossible save on Daniel Briere with less than a minute left in the second period, and the teams went into the locker room with the score 3-2 in favour of