The Buffalo Sabres current pathetic downward spiral could not have come at a better time.
The team is floundering, desperately searching for answers as to why they have suddenly forgotten how to play hockey. Fans are looking for tangible change; a sign of better or at least new and different things to come.
How fortuitous that this coming Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 PM EST just so happens to be the end of the Best Day Ever aka the NHL Trade Deadline.
If the team was holding things down, squeaking by on their charm and good looks, we might not have noticed the impending post-season epic collapse we were headed for. We'd be trotting along, gingerly clinging onto 7th place or so with not too much worry and we might even have been a little bit sad to watch Darcy trade away some of the boys come March 4th.
However, because the team chose the week before the trade deadline to start nosediving (we're in 9th place as of this writing) we are all scrambling for trades and changes and something to be done to salvage our chance at playing past April 11th.
After all this nonsense going on with Bill Guerin being pulled from the line-up only to sit around and not be traded has gotten us all a-flutter. Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris has given a list of teams for which he will waive his no trade clause and now will not play again until he is with that new team so as to avoid injury. Can you feel the excitement a-brewin'?
I'm hoping for movement that walks the delicate balance between "Instant Gratification" and "Burn it To the Ground."
Here is my list of players that I don't want to see traded and most of them I know won't be so its not really a concern.
Also to the extent that he scores a lot in the shootout, Ales Kotalik, but I could easily be swayed to give him up.
The rest? You can take them. As long as we get some good stuff in return. Except Max, you can just take him, I don't really care what we get.
That's my list, what's yours?
Btw, now we need to go 11-7-1 to make the 92 point mark. Yeesh.