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by Jason Pominville / Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres sniper Jason Pominville will be logging on to Sabres.com and give his insight into the Sabres throughout the 2007-08 season. The sharp-shooting 25-year-old set career highs last season in games played (82), goals (34), assists (34), points (68) and plus/minus rating (plus-25).


Click here to send Jason a question.  Select submissions will be answered from time to time in different blog entries.

 
Jason Pominville (photo: Getty Images)
I’ve received a lot of questions from the blog, so I decided to answer a few of them today:

If you could choose any two linemates in the league, who would you pick? Dylan- Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sidney Crosby is probably the easy choice. He is so dominant in every area.

Then I would probably go with a guy like [Joe] Thornton who is just such a great passer and would probably help me out a little bit to score goals. He is a guy that I would like to play with.

How do you feel about the NHL balancing the schedule next season? Jim Lawson- Buffalo, NY


I don’t mind that. I’m not sure what exactly they are doing but I think being able to play against every team at least once is good for the players and the fans. You can compare your team against everyone in the West and it’s a great idea and something that should be done.
 
What do you think of Rick Jeanneret’s “population in Pominville” call? Kayla- Buffalo, NY

That’s funny. Every time I hear it I laugh.

I remember last year he said something about a “baby boom” or “parenthood” in Pominville, so that’s definitely a call that I had to laugh at. He’s so creative it seems like he comes up with one for every player. It’s pretty funny.

Do you think Britney Spears is crazy? – Jessica, Buffalo NY

Do I?

[hysterically laughs]

At a certain point maybe a little bit, but I think her life is also really difficult to go through what she has to everyday being in the spotlight like that. She can’t even go out of her house and there are people following her constantly. I understand a little bit but on the other hand I think she should get her life back in order.

That’s a funny question.

How scared were you during the Richard Zednik incident? Sabrina Soto- Kenmore, NY


I don’t know if scared is the word to describe it. Everyone was frightened about it and we didn’t know what was going to happen. Everyone was in shock. It’s definitely something you hope never happens. You never want to see anyone get injured. You’ve got to give credit to the medical staff. They did a great job and he should be able to live a normal life again so that’s the positive thing.

Who is your favorite hockey player of all time? Abdullah Memon- Toronto, ONT


Wayne Gretzky.

Do you have any superstitions you do before a game? Jordan Kowalczewski- Lancaster, NY

I just have my routine. It doesn’t throw me off if I don’t do it everytime though. I usually just eat around the same time, take a nap for about the same length and things like that. I like to show up to the rink early and get my sticks done and I usually shower and stretch before the game. But I don’t think it’s superstition, it’s more of a routine and everyone has that.

Who do you think is the best rookie of the year between Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Peter Mueller, Sam Gagne and Carey Price? Emerson Nardelli- Montreal, Quebec


I haven’t seen every one of them play but I was really impressed with Jonathan Toews so I would have to go with him.

Who do you hate playing against in the league? Lubos Lences- Leopoldov, Slovakia


I haven’t had any trouble with him, but I think a lot of guys in the league don’t like to play against Sean Avery so I guess he would be the guy. But personally, I don’t have a problem with anybody.

What was the strangest thing someone ever said to you during a faceoff? Davis- Buffalo, NY


I’m not a big talker on the faceoffs. The guys that I know I say ‘hey, what’s up?’ and that’s about it. You don’t really have time to talk. It goes by so fast.

If you could change one rule in the NHL, what would it be? Callie- Cheektowaga, NY


I would change the penalty for flipping the puck over the glass if it’s not intentional.
 



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