David Duprey of the Associated Press, take a bow. That’s a pretty spectacular photo right there. It’s the kind of photo that is edited to have explosions going off in the background and used in some sort of summer action movie poster.
The game was awful, but at least we can admit that Cody McCormick is a decent fighter. We haven’t had one of those on the roster in some time, and maybe that’s a good step towards not being “soft” or any of those other words we throw at teams that don’t stand up for themselves.
Kaleta sure isn’t going to morph into a fighter. In fact, he seems to be devolving into the worst kind of hockey player after last night’s rodeo show. We all know Kaleta isn’t loved by the other 29 teams in the league, but that circus was a pretty difficult thing to swallow if you’re wearing blue and gold.
No one is disowning the Angola native after last night, but it’s hard not to see Patrick Kaleta as the epitome of the all bark and no bite Sabres we’ve grown used to watching. No one is panicking after four hockey games, but the Sabres haven’t done much on the ice after saying all the right things off of it.
There are plenty of games to right the ship and a chance at “redemption” on Saturday night. The team will win more than one hockey game this season, and we aren’t supposed to take anything away from the first hand full of games. Still, you look for indicators, for signs that things might be different with this year’s squad.
So far, there isn’t much to find other than that photo.