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Vanek embarrassed with Sabres play

Jan 21, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

Thomas Vanek, Justin Faulk AP

It’s no secret that things aren’t going well for the Sabres. “Poor play” is one way to describe it. Other people might say the team is “reeling.” There are even columnists that say this is “the worst Sabres team in a decade.”  Then there are some fans in Buffalo that might use a little stronger language to describe the Sabres’ recent play. That’s what happens when a team gets outscored 19-5 in the first four games of a winless road trip.

Today, Sabres sniper Thomas Vanek had some equally strong words for his team’s recent play. “It’s embarrassing,” Vanek said Saturday afternoon. “Since day one when I got here, I always prided myself — and it’s what I learned from the older guys — to be a good road team which I thought we’ve always done a great job at. Right now it’s a mistake and it goes south for us.”

It’s not just that the Sabres are losing; it’s the way the team is losing. Once things start to slide for the team, the opposition is able to put on the pressure and destroy the Sabres without much resistance. The struggles have been on full display as they’ve lost their last three games to the Red Wings, Blackhawks, and Jets by a combined score of 15-3.

“Mentally, it’s tough. I’m not going to lie here and say we’re doing just great because we’re not.”

Good to hear that he’s not going to lie, because they aren’t playing well. It doesn’t get any easier tonight as the stumbling Sabres face off against the red-hot St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

  1. AppealToReason - Jan 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    On the bright side, Ehrhoff and Leino’s contracts get a little bit closer to ending with each passing day.

  2. pens919209 - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    It seems like the poor play in Buffalo is a lot like the weather – everyone there talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.

    It must be a little bit aggravating for their fans to hear the Sabres’ players talk about playing better without ever doing it. Definitely one of the ‘not so great’ surprises of the year so far.

  3. babar61 - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    If he was in Montreal he would be traded tomorrow with the newspaper headline “one less embarrassment “.

  4. tmjm621 - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Ville leino was the biggest waste of money

  5. skoobyfl - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    The pill us Buffalo fans have to swallow every year gets larger & larger, maybe the state can afford to throw back some of the money it steals to pay for a stadium. Why does everyone need to pay for NYC in NY?

  6. leninthebuff - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    The blame starts at the top…everyone knows Marcy Darcy sux as a GM (ask Brian Burke lol) and 3 of his last 4 acquistions prove it Boyes, Leino and Ehrhoff 12.5 mil of wasted cap space, actually more salary wise since Ehrhoff is front loaded. They are small, weak and have no backbone, because of this the downfall started with Lucic’s hit on Miller and no response. Since that game this team has spiraled downwards. The players are just going through the motions plain and simple. FIRE MARCY DARCY and bring in Rick Dudley who knows how to judge talent…that’s step one. You won’t see the likes of Roy, Stafford and Boyes here much longer..sorry but no one else will take Leino or Ehrhoff’s contracts so we are stuck with them. Maybe trade Myers ( a 6’8 pussy) and a draft choice for a stud like Shea Weber. Get some toughness on this team…Kaleta’s act has gotten stale. Weber and Gragnani belong in the minors. Gerbe has the heart of a lion but he is just too small, hurts to say that because if his team mates had his heart and desire they won’t be in this position. Last is Lindy Ruff…just think he has lost his team and has gone stale since his contract has been extended and the word is if he was to be fired he wouldn’t last a day of being unemployed get compensation to let him go elsewhere demote him and see if someone is really that interested in him.

  7. leninthebuff - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    OR at least hire a new GM let him evaluate the talent the rest of the way and make the needed moves this summer. If this season continues as it has been it looks like we are in line for a top 5 pick.

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