A lot of words were written about a topic that would be better off being ignored: the Sabres' "performance" Tuesday in a 4-0 loss in Toronto. Here's a sampling.
*From moi: "There have been some horrible, downright despicable performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity anyone who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.
"Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season will be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left!
"Pity anyone who stays with this train wreck the whole way."
*From Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca: "This wasn’t just bad. It redefined awful.
"Not only did the Buffalo Sabres lose handily to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, their putrid performance earned an entry in the record book of both organizations.
"This was the kind of night where loyal Sabres fans were reminded of exactly how painful the road to Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel promises to be."
*From Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: "In order not to enrage our friends on the other side of the Peace Bridge, let’s make one thing clear — we have far too much respect for the Buffalo organization to suggest that they are losing on purpose.
"But man, the optics surrounding this once-proud franchise certainly are so bad, there surely will be allegations from the outside that, yes, that’s exactly what they are doing."
*From TSN.ca: "Buffalo’s possession rates – importantly adjusted for score effects, since they are almost always trailing in hockey games – through the stretch of October are as bad as we have ever seen. You simply cannot win hockey games getting territorially drilled at the rate which Buffalo experiences, and this is with the team getting decent goaltending (.921 save percentage) at 5-on-5. If Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth ever go through a poor stretch of hockey – and they will, at some point – wins are going to be almost impossible to come by."
*From James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail: "If this was the Sabres’ best, you’d hate to see their worst. They were outshot 17-4 in the first, and 37-10 by the end of the game, and were outclassed by a Leafs team that almost never outshoots anyone and has been terribly inconsistent early."
*Also from Mirtle: "Last November, we ran a story asking if last season’s Sabres group was the worst team since three-point games came into play. Now, they should take that title easily, as getting to the 39 points the expansion Atlanta Thrashers had in 1999-2000 will prove difficult."