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17 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

Twice... oh if only. 

 

Just imagine, with a better goalie we could have been shutout 1-0 three straight times!

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6 minutes ago, SDS said:

Lol. I know losing sucks, but are there no guard rails on the level of criticism people will go to?

Have you heard?  There are meetings even!

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14 minutes ago, Scottysabres said:

Well, this is interesting times as a Sabres fan.

The players, the coaching staff is all the fan base really hears from. The GM and owners have not addressed any of this. I find that very interesting.

Just asked my brother back in Buffalo about that.  They got to say something soon.  I'm guessing when the fans come back.

It should be pretty bleak by then.

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3 minutes ago, Weave said:

Have you heard?  There are meetings even!

I don’t care if they fire Ralph. He is another coach that extracted the same record from an ever changing group of players. I will never care about answers in press conferences. In any sport, at any time. It’s hard to wrap my mind around a team that can’t score 5v5 and is at the bottom of the standings and caring about a comment about an injury.

I would say good luck extracting $7 million to buy out the contract from owners who have put the team under financial scrutiny.

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3 hours ago, Pimlach said:

Look at the Bills.  They are not wet noodles.  Remember the late hit on Allen?   Fours guys jumped on, two of them were throwing punches.  Pegula owns the Bills. 
 

Even Ralph wants them to fight more.  Dahlin just said they need to fight harder.  I’m not even taking about gloves off fighting, I’m talking fight for the puck, take the body, be physical, back each other up.  
 

it’s the players.  They are lazy and weak.  The bad culture that everyone talks about comes from the players, not the team, the logo, the uniforms, or any of that.  The PLAYERS set the culture, with the coach.  The 70’s and 80’s Sabres were tough.  Nolan and Ruff had very  tough teams.  You need the right kind of players.  We don’t have them.  We rarely draft them. When we acquire them they lose their edge with players that won’t back them.  
 

Dahlin said after the game that they need to fight.  Why didn’t he fight.  Philly had a guy out there goading him.  Just drop’em and go.  

With all due respect Punch this isn’t the Bills. Clearly the Pegulas used a different formula with the Bills. Their track record with the Sabres is littered with bad decisions going back 10 years. I agree they need toughness and heart. To accomplish that they’ll have to move some out that don’t appear to have any. 

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4 minutes ago, bunomatic said:

With all due respect Punch this isn’t the Bills. Clearly the Pegulas used a different formula with the Bills. Their track record with the Sabres is littered with bad decisions going back 10 years. I agree they need toughness and heart. To accomplish that they’ll have to move some out that don’t appear to have any. 

You know the Pegula’s got lucky by finally hiring a good coach and a GM that has done a solid job. I’m still not sold on this team because if they would have gotten by the Chiefs they would be 0-5. 

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I don’t even have the energy or the will to exert enough of it if I did to have a take at this point, but doomscrolling Sabres Twitter is giving me nothing but gold this evening.  
 

Here’s another one: 

 

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Eichel completely took this game off.  Yeah, maybe he's still hurt, but then he shouldn't be playing.

His half-assed defense on Philly's first goal was embarrassing.

If your captain is going to mail it in like this, you have no chance at success. 

None!

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Kruppstahl said:

Eichel completely took this game off.  Yeah, maybe he's still hurt, but then he shouldn't be playing.

His half-assed defense on Philly's first goal was embarrassing.

If your captain is going to mail it in like this, you have no chance at success. 

None!

 

 

This is how angry fanbases set up the situation. If a guy plays injured, then he has no business being out there and it was a mistake. If the guy takes the game off he’s a ***** and a bad leader who doesn’t care about his teammates.
 

The end opinion is always the same.

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Losing back to back 3-0 games is disgusting.  The really sad thing is giving up only 3 goals per game means that both games were winnable despite starting your backup and 3rd string goalies.  

What is even sadder is that we as fans knew in both games once Philly scored the 1st goal that all was lost because the offense has no clue how to score. Hard to believe these are NHL players.

The Sabres actually feature 8 players who have scored 20 or more goals in a season including 2 40 goal scorers in Skinner and Staal, and 30 goal scorers Eichel and Hall.  How did nearly 3 lines of 20+ scorers all literally forget how to score in the same season at even strength?  

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36 minutes ago, SDS said:

This is how angry fanbases set up the situation. If a guy plays injured, then he has no business being out there and it was a mistake. If the guy takes the game off he’s a ***** and a bad leader who doesn’t care about his teammates.
 

The end opinion is always the same.

I agree, but, were fans, emotionally vested in the team, and that will bring out the inner child temper tantrum in most of us.

I do try to use humor to mask my own disappointment lately, although I have espoused changing both management and the players, a fresh slate.

Is it the analysis of the past 6 or seasons that drives that view I have? Sure, I can admit to that. 

Is there a less deconstructing way? Anything is possible. But some of these players will have to be jettisoned to make it happen, again, in my opinion.

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6 hours ago, SabresBillsFan said:

I’m in Vegas and to be honest with you I don’t think either of those coaches could fix this squad long term. Gallant was let go easily twice and Beaudreau is much worse. 

Jack is not a leader... great player but not a leader.  

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2 hours ago, bunomatic said:

With all due respect Punch this isn’t the Bills. Clearly the Pegulas used a different formula with the Bills. Their track record with the Sabres is littered with bad decisions going back 10 years. I agree they need toughness and heart. To accomplish that they’ll have to move some out that don’t appear to have any. 

I don’t think they have a formula at all.  They just got more help from the NFL than they are getting from the NHL.   The Pegula’s heard about McDermott years before they hired him - Brandon was they guy that led them to Rex Ryan instead.  The NFL provides all teams with information on coaches and front office people to provide opportunities and keep balance.  The NFL protects their brand and wants to succeed in every market they are in.  The NHL pales in comparison.  
 

Pegula got off to a bad start with the NHL.  His “reason for existence...” quote probably didn’t go over well either.  In the NFL circles Kim Pegula is becoming more influential and she brings diversity that the NFL welcomes.   At NHL meetings I seriously doubt Kim is treated as well. 
 

I just think they got lucky with the Bills and they haven’t found that yet in the NHL.  

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7 hours ago, bunomatic said:

With all due respect Punch this isn’t the Bills. Clearly the Pegulas used a different formula with the Bills. Their track record with the Sabres is littered with bad decisions going back 10 years. I agree they need toughness and heart. To accomplish that they’ll have to move some out that don’t appear to have any. 

No, they just got lucky taking a chance on McDermott, Also, even though Pegula hired Beane it was McDermott that brought him in . Remember, Pegula hired Rex Ryan.

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1 hour ago, MODO Hockey said:

Jack is a young man. Young men cannot be leaders unless guided to how to become such. 

 

Fair enough but some are too arrogant to know better and won't become one til they are humbled.  Jack is in the process of being humbled.

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8 hours ago, Scottysabres said:

I agree, but, were fans, emotionally vested in the team, and that will bring out the inner child temper tantrum in most of us.

I do try to use humor to mask my own disappointment lately, although I have espoused changing both management and the players, a fresh slate.

Is it the analysis of the past 6 or seasons that drives that view I have? Sure, I can admit to that. 

Is there a less deconstructing way? Anything is possible. But some of these players will have to be jettisoned to make it happen, again, in my opinion.

Can they petition to be included in the expansion draft with Seattle?  Vegas has maintained a very good team with what they started with in the expansion draft, trades and free agency.

This franchise needs to start over from scratch.  

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1 hour ago, gilbert11 said:

Can they petition to be included in the expansion draft with Seattle?  Vegas has maintained a very good team with what they started with in the expansion draft, trades and free agency.

This franchise needs to start over from scratch.  

Not with the current owner and GM. Can we bring back Punch?

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4 hours ago, nucci said:

No, they just got lucky taking a chance on McDermott, Also, even though Pegula hired Beane it was McDermott that brought him in . Remember, Pegula hired Rex Ryan.

Yeah they got lucky. I don’t follow Football. That much is probably obvious. I don’t post in the Bills thread.  So the Pegulas are probably not only bad at hockey ownership but also bad at football ownership. Get out of sports team ownership Terry. Ya smuck.

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11 hours ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

Losing back to back 3-0 games is disgusting.  The really sad thing is giving up only 3 goals per game means that both games were winnable despite starting your backup and 3rd string goalies.  

What is even sadder is that we as fans knew in both games once Philly scored the 1st goal that all was lost because the offense has no clue how to score. Hard to believe these are NHL players.

The Sabres actually feature 8 players who have scored 20 or more goals in a season including 2 40 goal scorers in Skinner and Staal, and 30 goal scorers Eichel and Hall.  How did nearly 3 lines of 20+ scorers all literally forget how to score in the same season at even strength?  

Ralph Kruger has to be the problem.  Nothing else makes sense. 

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58 minutes ago, Gatorman0519 said:

Ralph Kruger has to be the problem.  Nothing else makes sense. 

Agreed. If you can’t score 5 on 5 with a top 6 of guys mostly known for their goal scoring ( plus Skinner ) then its got to be systems. Or they’ve simply tuned you out in which case the coach generally goes. Its coaching. I’m not sure I’ve actually seen him coach during the games. He stands there much like Housley.

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