The Buffalo Sabres have struggled, mightily, for a decade straight. So, when I tell you fans are leaving something in front of the arena they play in, you have to wonder how ugly it could be.

In this case, it's not. In fact, it's classy AF and shows you that Sabres fans care.

Rene Robert was, as any Sabres fan knows, one of the legendary French Connection. He, along with Gilbert Perault and Rick Martin formed one of the greatest lines ever in pro hockey. He was the first Sabre to score 100 points in a season. He had the first-ever playoff-winning goal for the team in 1973 against the rivaled Montreal Canadians. He also had the infamous fog game overtime goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1975 Stanly Cup. 

His number 14 is one of only 7 numbers retired by the Sabres. 

Robert passed away from a heart attack on June 22nd, 2021 at the age of 72. He was a beloved player who some say was never given enough credit for how great the French Connection really was. He was often described as being blunt but honest. 

Even though today’s fans probably don’t remember him well, they still are paying homage to #14, as @BuffaloNick27 showed on Twitter…

That's right they left flowers to honor the late great Robert at the French Connection statue.

Hockey is in Buffalo's blood. Yes, the Bills are the most popular teams. The Sabres, though, are the soul of the city. It breaks everyone's heart to see them struggle. Despite all the losing, I think it's classy of fans to pay homage like this. It shows that they still care.

The team has made some moves and likely will be making some trades, this offseason. Hopefully, brighter days are on the horizon. In the meantime, we always have the glory days to remember...

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