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10-02-2008, 12:00 AM
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No whats absurd is you inabiltiy to grasp what a physcial player in the NHL is. Combined with your lack of understanding of how not having enough size and physical playerd are what did the Sabres in the 07 playoffs not laziness.
The Sabres were small and not very physical going into those 07 playoffs. Teams had begun to play the trap or variations of it to slow down their offense. It forced a team that relied on speed and finesse to get caught in a dump and chase game more ofetn than not. Something they were ill equiped to handle. But their speed and skill on offense was enough to get them by when the few opporutinites to run and gun presented themselves in the first two rounds. But Ottawa had just as much speed as Buffalo so that advantage was negated. The Sens were also bigger and more physical. So they pounded the Sabres defense night after night. They were able to overwhelm them as the series went on.
The Sabres weren't "lazy" in those playoffs. They were forced to play outside their comfort zone because teams would try to take away their skating room with the trap. Ottawa took it one step further by punishing them physically.
Ottaw on "paper" outplayed Buffalo most of that season head to head.
Your first statement is flat-out untrue. I don't know where you even came up with that. My first two or three posts in this thread were calls for the team to move guys like Max, CMac, and Tallinder for a more physical presence. All i'm arguing is that physicality alone is not why the Sabres didn't succeed in 06-07'. You can ignore the fact that bad habits can develop with success all you want.
When I say lazy, I don't just mean not skating. I'm talking about not finishing checks and making bad passing decisions.
I don't disagree the team needs to be more physical, and needs to bring in more physical players. The fact that you guys refuse to acknowledge that hustling and effort are variable and played at least some role is bizzare. All teams experience that from time to time.
The Sabres were often referred to as the "hardest working team in hockey" during the 05-06' season. They probably weren't the most talented and they weren't the most physical. Can you say the same thing about the team in 06-07'?
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