The Buffalo Sabres All-Star Team: Third Defensive Pairing

It's the next installment in our summer series designed to answer the question: If the Sabres franchise put out a full all-time team featuring twelve forwards, six defensemen, two goalies, and a coaching staff, who would be on it? Today, we ask you to nominate the third defensive pairing.

A few weeks ago, we began our summer quest to fill out a full team of Buffalo Sabres All-Stars. Once per week, we're asking you to nominate and vote on a different aspect of that team, from the top scorers, to the minute eaters on defense, all the way down to the coaching staff.

Last week's vote for the second defensive pairing saw Jim Schoenfeld and Phil Housley take the majority of the votes. These two filled out the rest of the "obvious" defensemen, and bring oodles of leadership, future coaching ability, and in Schoenfeld's case, even some musical albums. This week's vote should be much more interesting.

Here's who we've voted in so far - these players are no longer eligible for nomination:

Rick Martin - Gilbert Perreault - Rene Robert
Thomas Vanek - Pat LaFontaine - Alexander Mogilny
Dave Andreychuk - Dale Hawerchuk - Danny Gare
Craig Ramsay - Don Luce - Mike Foligno

Mike Ramsey - Bill Hajt
Jim Schoenfeld - Phil Housley

Today's vote is for the third defensive pairing - this pair should be able to contribute at both ends of the ice, but will likely be more defensive specialists. They won't get the big minutes of the top two pairings, but they'll still need to be able to handle themselves for 200 feet.

How To Vote

  1. Search the comments to see if someone already nominated your players? If they have - just hit the "rec" button on their post to cast your vote! (Winners are determined by number of recs.) If not, go to step two.

  2. In the Subject field of your comment, nominate your two players by typing:

    Nominate: Ramsey - Hajt

  3. You can then fill in the Body field of your comment with your reasoning or other commentary.

Please make sure to follow the guidelines - any post not following the above format will not be considered, and only one nomination per user will be allowed. Voting on this pair of players will remain open until next Wednesday, when the next post goes up. Finally, try not to get ahead of the post at hand - other pairings, tenders, and coaches will be coming later in the summer.