|Sabres at Coyotes - Jan. 8, 2011 (Getty Images) |
-Can we now call concussions an epidemic? There didn’t seem to be a team in the postseason that didn’t have at least one player with an “upper body injury.” Nobody wants hitting out of hockey, but all the cheap shots need to go. It’s a fine line, but the league needs to find it.
-Eric Lindros had an interesting opinion on why there seems to be an increase in concussions. He said (forgive me for not remembering where I read this, but it was on the internet so it has to be true) the elimination of the red line has resulted in more speed, thus creating more force during the collisions. Physics wasn’t my favorite subject (sorry Mr. Bissonnette), but it makes sense.
-San Jose vs. Detroit was one of the better Game 7s I can remember. Those that follow me on Twitter (@kevsylvester) saw I had the score right, but the team wrong.
-I am writing this after the first game of “Lunch Puck” here at HSBC Arena. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get up after writing this. Our goalies, web-man Scott and video-man Mark, were excellent. Everyone else, eh.
-I’m on the fence about the green men in Vancouver. I don’t think taunting players in the box as aggressively as they do is acceptable. However, getting a reaction out of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban was great.
-I guess I’m happy for fans in Phoenix that the Coyotes are staying. There is interest there, a great building and a good team. Now, if they could just move Jobing.com Arena 15 miles east… Actually, all Sabres fans should be behind the efforts to keep the team there. It wasn’t that long ago that this team was bankrupt with an uncertain future.
-The situation in Atlanta seems different. All the stories are pointing to Winnipeg for the Thrashers next season. IF that does happen (perhaps still wild speculation), re-alignment and scheduling should be fun. That all probably wouldn’t happen for at least a year as teams and buildings are setting dates for games, concerts and other events now.
-With your permission, I will close on a personal note. I love my job and enjoy all that comes with it. That’s not to say it’s an easy schedule by any means. The season is a grind and really tough on all the families involved with the Sabres and NHL. We miss more birthdays, concerts, plays, events and special moments than we make. I mention this because it makes me appreciate the events of last weekend more than I thought I would. My son got his first hit in baseball in the very first at bat of his career, and my daughter made her first communion. I was there for both, and to quote my son yelling from first base after his hit, "Wasn’t that awesome Dad!" Yes it was.