So our favorite Austrian has been chosen to represent the Sabres at the 2009 All-Star games in Montreal. Good for him. I think it was obvious that he was a lock to go. I don't know if I'll watch the actual game, but I'll probably tune in for the skills competition. Pretty funny that only four teams in the NHL will be representing the starting lineup. But with all of the glorious tools that the internet provides us, computer nerds and crazy hockey fans can team up and find ways to overflow the ballots with players that aren't so deserving to be there with cheat codes and whatnot. How special. It doesn't really matter in the longrun...I mean, it's the All-Star games. The only thing I remember from last year's All-Star game is Alex Ovechkin showing off in the shootout skills competition.
I'm sure everyone is aware by now that Tim Connolly is returning to the lineup. We'll see how this goes. At this point I was just convinced that a healthy Tim Connolly was some sort of urban legend, passed down from Sabres fan to Sabres fan. All kidding aside, we can only hope that he'll be an asset. I hope the players don't try to get too fancy with him in the lineup, and I hope his return doesn't mess with any team chemistry. There's always a fear that will happen whenever a player is returning from a long injury. I'm pulling for you, Timmy. But I won't pull too hard, because I know you're pretty fragile. It might cause a groin pull or something.
So tonight's matchup is the New York Rangers. Hmmm. Do we all still hate Chris Drury? Are we going to laugh when Dmitri Kalinin is burned by our offense? Will the Rangers give up 12 short-handed goals tonight? I guess we'll find out. Ryan Miller is in net tonight. I guess it's safe to assume that he'll be in tomorrow night as well, considering they'll be in Michigan. Plus, I think we'll want our #1 goalie in against the big, bad Red Wings.
Ryan Miller's dad e-mailed me the other day. Crazy stuff. "They even bother my poor father cuz he's down with me!" I had to throw in a Run DMC reference in there some how. Tr-tr-tr-trickyyyyyyy.