It’s easy to dislike Team USA right now. John Tortorella is an opinionated dip, Patrick Kane’s on the team, all that. So it’s a good thing that Buffalo has an in with the actual fun team at the World Cup of Hockey: Team North America! Jack Eichel scored their first goal in a rout of Finland, on a too good to be true line of Eichel, McDavid and Auston Matthews. Who knows if they’ll struggle against stronger competition (they play Russia tonight) but they’re going to be fun to watch no matter what.
The Buffalo Sabres open camp today with three sessions open to the public. The Sabres site has your full details, but it feels too soon, strangely. There’s been some turnover in players and coaches – Miller’s really gone? – and there’s a new hope in Sam Reinhart. Despite all the change (and Darcy Regier being gone) many expect the Sabres to have another year of suffering, to get a shot at Connor McDavid. Though presumptive captain Brian Gionta and other players say the right things about wanting to win and sneaking up on teams, but they are in an odd spot where many fans would be cool with it if they just didn’t.
For my part, I just want to watch fun hockey games. I can see the draw of tanking for McDavid, but if this team gels and makes a playoff run, I’d be happy. Here’s to fun, and a return to blogging activity this season. Go Sabres.