Thursday, July 20, 2006

Move to Buffalo eases Spacek's pain

There's a nice article in today's Buffalo News about the team's only offseason acquisition so far, Jaroslav Spacek. Apparently, he'd had the option last summer between joining Chicago or Buffalo.

As the Holy Grail knight once said during Indiana Jones's Last Crusade, "He chose poorly."
As his agent, Stephen Freyer, said when Spacek signed with the Sabres, he almost joined the team prior to last season. But he took an offer from Chicago because he'd played there before. He quickly regretted it.

"I was watching Buffalo all year long," he said, "and I was a little mad with myself because I was in Chicago with one of the worst teams in the NHL last year, and Buffalo did very well."
And they said no one believed in the Blackhawks.

Good ol' Spacek also offered up one last dig for his former team:
The Blackhawks traded him to Edmonton on Jan. 26. The Oilers must have been flabbergasted at his statistics. Though he languished on a loser, Spacek managed a plus-8 rating in Chicago.

"I don't know how that happened," Spacek said before following with one of his many laughs. "But, no, the thing was we didn't score too many goals, but when we did I was on the ice, so that was one plus thing."


At 9:58 p.m., July 20, 2006, Anonymous John Bigenwald said...

Even as a Sabres fan, I can't say he chose poorly. If he was on the Sabres this year he would undoubtedly been involved in a gruesome incident after buttering his roll on the team charter after the Ottawa series.

At 10:58 p.m., July 20, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Okay, John — what on earth does that mean?

At 2:25 a.m., July 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoulda, woulda, coulda... didn't

But then if u think about it, didn't things turn out for the best for spacek anyways? Lets not forget that Edmonton went further into the playoffs than Buffalo did. Had he not signed with Chicago, he probably wouldn't have been traded to Edmonton, and consequently there would've been no cup finals appearance for him.

At 8:38 a.m., July 21, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

Alright, let me explain John's comment.

He would have been involved in some freak accident. The Man himself didn't want the Sabres to have healthy defensemen. If it wasn't hurting himself buttering a roll, he would have had a piano fall on himself while walking down the street.

At 8:43 a.m., July 21, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Ah, but of course.

And here I was hoping for some humorous story, a la Oddibe McDowell's infamous roll-buttering injury.

At 1:21 p.m., July 21, 2006, Anonymous John Bigenwald said...

Sorry for the delay -- you know sleep and work get in the way some times.

Sabremark is exactly right. No one was immune from whatever other worldly force that was working against Buffalo in the playoffs.

It's actually a long time phenomenon and it isn't confined to Gary Bettman's domain -- see Thomas, Thurman (helmet) and Music City Forward Pass, er Miracle.

I live in Chicago now and we say the Cubs are cursed by the Billy Goat. Buffalo doesn't have anything that colorful, maybe we should come up with something...

At 9:29 a.m., July 22, 2006, Anonymous MikeP said...

Cursed by Adelphia, maybe?


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