Sabres Rattling

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

Those of you in keeper leagues remember that in the late nineties and early in the new millennium a Colorado or Detroit player could not be had for any price. It seemed that the only way one could acquire one is by drafting one (perhaps earlier than they deserved) or if a player on your team was traded to the Red Wings or Avs. The reason? Not only did the two teams have eight or nine real solid offensive players, but it also seemed like every year one or the other was in the Stanley Cup final. Those players help both your regular season and your playoff pool.

These last two seasons, that team has become the Ottawa Senators. All the poolies seemed to feel that this team is close, and the price of a Daniel Alfredsson or a Dany Heatley (or Marian Hossa before him), or a Martin Havlat has been very high.

It is ironic that the very same Daniel Alfredsson was the player that Jason Pominville skated around to score the goal that eliminated the highly touted Senators and usher in a new team of ‘untouchables’.

One shorthanded goal has changed the way the trade talks will go this summer in keeper leagues. Already a young, deep, promising team with all the elements in place, the Buffalo Sabres are a proven elite team right here right now. Try trading for Daniel Briere this September, we’ll see how far you get.

From top to bottom, there is a plethora of players that are now far more in demand than they were even two weeks ago. In goal, Ryan Miller was a young elite goaltender. He is now a young, elite, proven goaltender with Stanley Cup semi-final (and possibly soon to be final) experience. That’s gold in hockey pools – Martin Brodeur, Mikka Kiprusoff, Patrick Roy territory. If you want to trade for Miller this summer, he will now be just as expensive as any one of the above three were in their day.

Defenseman Brian Campbell’s 44 points was good for 22nd amongst rearguards this year. This summer he will be treated like top 10 now.

Is Derek Roy-Chris Drury-Mike Grier Buffalo’s second line? Or is it Tomas Vanek-Ales Kotalik-Maxim Afinogenov? That is assuming Daniel Briere-Tim Connolly-J.P. Dumont are the first line. These aren’t even regular lines! Not when you factor in Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville! Suddenly, everything gets shifted around.

Most of the above guys have the ability to clear 70 points next year and contribute an additional 15 in the playoffs. Briere, if healthy, will take a run at 100. All of these guys will clung to like the Red Wings and Avs of yore.

It looks like the Sabres will maintain their lofty status for while, too. With the likes of Dan Paille, Drew Stafford, Marek Zagrapan, Jiri Novotny, Clarke MacArthur, and Chris Thorburn it’s almost an embarrassment of riches in their system.

All this from one shorthanded rush in overtime. Poolies suddenly are loosening their grip a little on their Senators, and tightening their grip on their Sabres.

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23 Responses to Sabres Rattling

  1. hockey_expert1 says:

    Although I’m glad the Sabres are finally getting the recognition they’ve so deserved this season, it seems they’re now going to get too much of it. I suppose that’s to be expected though, on account of them knocking the legendary Senators out of the playoffs.

    Well, anyways…. Just to warn keeper leaguers. The Sabres aren’t a team that realies on any particular players. They’re a depthful teams with loads of weapons. That means that although there are plenty of Sabres to choose from, their stats will be divided and no particular player will be that much more valuable than another.

  2. Dobber says:

    Exactly – so poolies will just hang onto ALL of them thinking that their particular player(s) will be the one(s) does get relied upon for a big year.

    Briere is the only shoe in. The rest ‘may’ get 70 points or they ‘may’ get 45.

    3.5 lines of solid offense!

  3. hossa318 says:

    One good season and its a dynasty in the making ? lol

    Oh my lets all jump on the sabres fan bandwagon. I just hope the Sabres don’t turn out like Tampa Bay.

  4. bleed_penguins says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as to call them the “legendary” senators. I would lean closer to the overrated goon squad.

  5. bakunin says:

    The funiest thing is before the begining of the season i thought buffalo and carolina would fight for the last spot of the conference with washington…

  6. toronto77 says:

    Buffalo v.s Carolina in the conference finals. The 2 teams that were expected to go no where this season, one of them will go to the stanley cup finals. big round of applause for these 2 teams.

  7. Nemix says:

    None from me, Sabres rode ottawa with thier sticks , ye ol clutch and grab more often then a rider grabbing the reins on a horse. Whatever happened to tne new NHL ? Hope have thier backsides handed to them on a plate

  8. adambuffalo says:

    You’re kidding right? The refs were so biased towards Ottawa. The Sabres couldn’t catch a break. Neil and Chara had there way with the Sabres players; grabbing, cross-checking, obstructing and interferring, whatever you can think of, they got away with it. Really, the Sens had like seven 5 on 3 chances, while Buffalo had not a single one.

  9. burnz30 says:

    Relax!! All I’ve heard coming from Buffalo is compalining. Give it a rest. I watch all the games and I listened to the radio after games 3 (I was at the game) and 5 and all I heard was how crappy the refs were. They won both of these games. Come on. I am niether a Sabres fan nor a Senators fan, and I as an unbiased obsserver thoiught the refs were good. If you want to complain, how about the 3 missed “hand on the puck in the crease” by Buffalo. They won the series, stop compalining and start celebrating!!! You must be kidding right???

  10. dre2k5 says:

    I think one of the most important, yet underemphasized, factors in this series and the Sabres success is that Daniel Briere looks a lot like Vince Vaughn.

    A younger, thinner Vaughn, circa Swingers. This is so clear to me, I don’t understand why Bill Clement and Niel Smith haven’t talked this over on OLN.

    Any thoughts?

  11. leafstopgun says:

    Well lets see i think the same was said about calgary when they made there run so lets wait and see what next year bring for the sabres before we are calling them a dynasty. the nhl is now like the nfl any team can win any year and closing point toronto will win the cup with a star studded lineup next year just jokeing i could only wish dont rip me to hard for that

  12. JannettyTheRocker says:

    LET’S GO OILERS!!!! LET’S GO OILERS!!!!

    2006 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!

    BRING ON THOSE DUCKS!!!! BRING ON THOSE SABRES/HURRICANES!!!! WHOEVER WE PLAY WILL FALL AT THE FEET OF THE MIGHTY OILERS OF EDMONTON!!!!

    COME ON CANADA!!! JUMP ON THE OILER’S BAND WAGON!!! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!

    CANADA’S TEAM!!!

    THE MIGHTY OILERS OF EDMONTON!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!

  13. JoelOtto says:

    Have you seen the Ducks play?

    Edmonton has no chance against Anaheim…I mean, I’m glad everyone is rooting for the Oil, but you have to be realistic.

  14. JannettyTheRocker says:

    That’s what people were saying when it was Detroit vs Edmonton, and then they were saying it when it was San Jose vs Edmonton………….Seriously, I think you are over-looking the Oilers. They are a very deep and talented team. They will be able to beat the Ducks as long as they play with speed and grit, which is the name of their game.

    GO OILERS GO!!!

  15. adambuffalo says:

    I am glad the Sabres overcame the Refs int the series. I would like to point out that the refs are actually starting to put their whistles away in all the games. The Sabres did get away with a few calls too. On the case of the handling the puck in the crease, none of them were penalties. The rule states…”No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck or gather the puck into the body or hands when the puck is within the goal crease.” Available at…. http://www.nhl.com/hockeyu/rulebook/rule55.html#c.

    None of the players held the puck or covered it… pushing it under the goaltender is not a penalty.

    I just hope the Refs go back to calling the game the way they are supposed to be. Edmonton was getting screwed against Detroit just as bad.

  16. WelcomeBackHockey says:

    If John Buccigross were still in the fold somewhere, i’m sure he would mention it.

  17. dre2k5 says:

    I agree. and then he would proceed to take credit for discovering something that everyone else sees is obvious. I kinda like him though.

    but seriously, if Briere didnt have a mild french canadian accent he would be liek vv2

  18. burnz30 says:

    True. How about that hit from behind on Horcoff, was it game 4 or 5 I can’t remember. I don’t know how that wasn’t a penalty. That was brutal. A lot of teams have had some questionable calls for/against, but I think that the refs have done a fairly good job in all the series. Pretty much all the games that I’ve seen has been exciting and entertaining and even, in terms of officiating.

    As for the hand in the crease thing, there were 3 times, one where Tallinder pushed the puck under Miller (questionable). But the other 2, also Tallinder, should have been called. The rule does say “gather the puck into the body or hands when the puck is within the goal crease.” Tallinder clearly scooped the puck with his hands while it was in the crease, thus “gathering with the hands in the crease.” The rule is clear, nobody but the goalie can touch the puck with their hands in the crease. Hockey is a game played with a stick, use of hands is very restricted. You can’t use your hands to score a goal or make a pass or clear the crease.

  19. Dobber says:

    Tampa never had this kind of farm system. Not even close. Buffalo has talent to burn unlike anything I have seen in a long time. I’ve been saying for two years now that they could be a dynasty, I just thought it would be another two years before it began.

  20. Dobber says:

    Tampa never had this kind of farm system. Not even close. Buffalo has talent to burn unlike anything I have seen in a long time. I’ve been saying for two years now that they could be a dynasty, I just thought it would be another two years before it began.

  21. Dobber says:

    Tampa never had this kind of farm system. Not even close. Buffalo has talent to burn unlike anything I have seen in a long time. I’ve been saying for two years now that they could be a dynasty, I just thought it would be another two years before it began.

  22. Dobber says:

    Tampa never had this kind of farm system. Not even close. Buffalo has talent to burn unlike anything I have seen in a long time. I’ve been saying for two years now that they could be a dynasty, I just thought it would be another two years before it began.

  23. Dobber says:

    Tampa never had this kind of farm system. Not even close. Buffalo has talent to burn unlike anything I have seen in a long time. I’ve been saying for two years now that they could be a dynasty, I just thought it would be another two years before it began.

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