MSG hockey analyst Steve Valiquette took a number of pictures on the Sabres after Buffalo fell to the Rangers in a Tuesday evening snoozefest.
“I believe the Buffalo gamers must be sporting ski masks on the fifteenth and thirtieth of each month,” the previous Rangers netminder mentioned in reference to NHL paydays, “as a result of there’s no method you’ll be able to have that star energy after which not have any pushback. I imply, they seem like they’ve stop on their season.”
The Sabres, who additionally play their video games on the MSG community, really had extra probabilities than the Rangers within the 3-2 loss, however mustered solely 5 pictures to New York’s three whereas down a purpose within the third interval.
“The Rangers packed it in within the third interval however did Buffalo even make an effort to [get to high-scoring areas]? I believe they’re very simple to play in opposition to,” Valiquette mentioned. “I believe that’s a dreadful hockey group. They need to be embarrassed.”
It was the fourth straight loss for a Buffalo group that has typically regarded lackadaisical. At 6-11-3, the Sabres are final within the East division and properly on their option to lacking the playoffs for the tenth straight season.
Buffalo entered the pandemic-shortened 56-game season with purpose for optimism after signing Taylor Corridor, the 2018 league MVP, to a one-year, $8 million contract, including him to a proficient core of forwards.
However Corridor has scored only one purpose, whereas captain and face of the franchise Jack Eichel and his $10 million annual wage has two targets. Jeff Skinner, who’s being paid $9 million, hasn’t scored in any respect and has been benched a pair instances this season for poor play. The Sabres are second-to-last in targets per recreation with 2.20.
The frustration has led to rumblings that the Sabres might commerce the 24-year-old Eichel — probably to the center-needy 8-9-3 Rangers — which might set the lowly franchise again even additional.
“It’s unhappy to see as a result of Buffalo is one in every of my favourite cities,” mentioned Valiquette, who grew up in close by Ontario, Canada. “Unbelievable folks there, hard-working folks. They will need to have a tough time watching that group play hockey.”