In a quest to determine The Most Insignificant Sabre of the Last Decade, The Goose’s Roost will profile one effectively useless player a day. After the profiles are all said and done, we will put up a poll with all of the finalists. The player receiving the most votes will be crowned Most Insignificant.
Today’s candidate comes from dave in Rocha of BfloBlog fame: Paul Kruse. If you have any other nominations, leave them here or in the or in the original post.
Acquired by the Sabres: Traded from the New York Islanders (with Jason Holland, no less) for Jason Dawe at the 1997-98 deadline.
Regular season stats as a Sabre: 66 games (66!), 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 points, 206 PIM
Playoff stats as a Sabre: 11 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 8 PIM. He played in 1 game during the 1998 playoffs, scoring one goal and racking up 4 PIM. Anybody remember this?
After Buffalo: After being released during the 1999-00 season, Kruse played in only one more NHL game, with San Jose in 2000-01. He also played three seasons overseas.
Ebay swag: $8.55 will get you this “rare” photo of Paul Kruse (in the Flames jersey) getting his ass handed to him by Shane Churla. A must have for any diehard Kruse fan.
Why Paul Kruse should be Most Insignificant: Kruse was an established player before arriving in Buffalo (He played in over 300 games for the Flames and Islanders before coming to WNY), and yet, people seem to forget that he existed (dave in Rocha even questioned whether or not he met the 10 game minimum.) Rob Ray was clearly top dog as far as fighters were concerned, leaving Kruse hidden by his shadow. Granted, he was a fighter, but 5 points in 66 games? That’s Peters-esque.
Why Kruse should not be Most Insignificant: He did play 66 games, although some would argue that is why he should be Most Insignificant. He was in plenty of fights as a Sabre, which might make him stand out in the mind of a few diehards.
Paul Kruse: Finalist #3. Is he The Most Insignificant Sabre of the Last Decade? Have at it in the comments.