Ristolainen hits himself into the boards, goes flying

A perfect summation of the entire Sabres 2019-20 season.

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In case you missed it last night the Buffalo Sabres dropped a fifth straight game, this time losing 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Sabres are now 12 points back of a Wild Card playoff spot and are once again staring down the barrel of playing meaningless games through March and April. It’s another disappointing season in Buffalo… stop me if you’ve heard this story before… 

In a perfect summation of last night’s game and really the Sabres’ entire 2019-20 season, here’s $32 million dollar blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen checking himself into the boards with NO ONE around him:

This could honestly be the highlight of the season for the 2019-20 Sabres. So disappointing…

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The big question in Buffalo these days is, “What next?”

GM Jason Botterill already made a coaching change last offseason and was lauded for bringing Ralph Kreuger behind the bench. Jack Eichel is having an MVP worthy campaign, has arrived as a legit NHL superstar and yet does not have a playoff game on his five year NHL career. What next? Where do the Sabres go from here?

Sabres fans are beginning to lash back out against the team. I mean check out this call to WGR550 radio where an irate fan voices his displeasure with the team. 

This call prompted a pretty thorough summation of the situation in Buffalo on Reddit from user wobut. Click here for the link, or read his/her synopsis below:

Things are getting wild here in Sabreland.

After a pretty abysmal loss to the Ottawa Senators, fans are outwardly showing their frustration, but the franchise is capping off their brutal mismanagement with their handlings of the fan's reactions.

A caller to the local sports radio station had a pretty passionate rant about how the franchise doesn't do anything right beyond the product on the ice either, mostly about how many absurd mistakes they are making in promoting the 50th anniversary celebrations such as:

  • Misspelling alumni names on their jerseys
  • Having alumni wear cheap chinese knockoff jerseys instead of authentics in official team functions
  • Failing to meet a deadline to wear original jerseys against the Canucks, when the canucks wore theirs.

The radio station, in a now deleted tweet, tweeted out the call, as its a pretty common sentiment among fans these days. The organization allegedly pressured their flagship partner into deleting the tweet. I say allegedly, but come on.

Elliot Friedman had a pretty innocent blurb about the on-ice failures of the franchise under the Pegulas in his 31 thoughts blog. Today on his recurring interview on WGR550, he mentioned that he received complaints that people within the organization were not happy with his criticism! To save you a click, here's what he said:

We’re coming up on nine years since he bought the Sabres. At that media conference, he promised to spend, which had Sabres fans dancing with joy. He’s spent on players, coaches, executives, scouting — everything. They made the playoffs that first season, losing in seven games to Philadelphia. But there have been no playoff berths since, and the team is 80 games under .500 in that span.

There is literally nothing here. But yet the team is desperate to try to control media backlash towards them.

One attempt to censor a fan's frustration and one attempt to persuade national media to not point out their failures, both which would have just been another day we'd have moved on from, have resulted in the dam being ready to burst.