Is it over?

Now don’t go calling me dramatic; don’t say I’m going overboard and being way too worrisome. I don’t want to hear it. Just give me my answer, damn it.

Is the world as I know it going to end Wednesday night?

I’m skeptical, at best, when considering where the Sabres could have ended up this year, even could still. But losing Tommy is such a huge blow, I’m not sure that we can maintain our pace without him.

He has 13 points in the last 10 games, either including or not including the game against Ottawa, in which he played only four shifts. But his 52 points in 54 games… That’s what we’re going to miss.

Connolly and Stafford are hot right now, and no doubt can shoulder the team for maybe the next week. We won’t survive in February and early March if others–namely, Roy, Pominville, Hecht, and Paille–don’t start playing to their full (and in some cases, not even half of their full) potential.

But, at the moment, I really feel a big void in my heart, because (and this is just the pessimist in me) I can see the playoffs slipping away. And I hate that, because I want to be all kinds of hopeful and positive, but I just can’t be at the moment. I love me some Thomas Vanek. But what I love more is playoff hockey. Better yet, Sabres playoff hockey. So I’m going to be the typical Buffalonian now, and just have feigning hope of a chance at post-season glory.

Even so, you know I’m all secretly hoping we win it all, overcoming all adversity, and sticking it to those who said we couldn’t.

So please, Derek, Drew, Jason, Jochen, Tim, and Danny, please hold on for dear life. I don’t think I can take another summer without you boys.

(Oh, and Loves? How was the Catwalk For Charity? Wonderful Jill’s amazing husband sent me a fabulous picture of Princess D serenading you… SO JEALOUS. I can’t wait until next year! Damn cops and your following the rules and carding people…)

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