I have a feeling that my inbox is going to light up after this article, but like a true journalist, you have to take the good with the bad so here goes nothing.
After their overtime loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, the Buffalo Sabres are now five points out of a playoff spot with no apparent end to their struggles. Key players are under performing and the injuries of this season have crippled the once promising team.
The team simply has not been able to score recently. As a highly egotistical opinionated person, Ihave a solution; play Maxim Afinogenov. (GASP Is he insane? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.)
Now as previously implied, you are probably sitting at your computer in awe and anger thinking I am a complete idiot.
The truth is, there is no downside to this. Since returning from his injury Afinogenov has three goals and eight assists for a +9 rating. The hottest player on the team in that span and yet as soon as Adam Mair returns to health Max once again finds himself as a healthy scratch.
It left me wondering why really. Don't get me wrong, I love Adam Mair. But why bench the hottest player on the team? It just doesn't make any sense.
What kind of message does that send to the team. "Ok we're winning games and you're going great but guess what this guys not hurt anymore so bye now." In what world does that make sense.
Now a message to those who are currently complaining. Yes you're right, I do love Afinogenov and would rather see him play every game regardless of performance. Yes I am, in that same sense, bias towards his favor but look at the facts. He was hot. His numbers were spiking and they took him out of the roster just when they needed that kind of performance from their players.
I do not know what Ruff was thinking but someone better explain this to me quickly before I have a stroke.