I wont believe that Derek Roy isn't a Sabre anymore until I see it Sunday 1/20/13 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Sabres didn't make any moves for a true NHL caliber number 1 center, but I do like the moves that they made in the off-season (a very long off-season.) Buffalo Sabres traded Derek Roy for tough guy Steve Ott and dman Adam Pardy. They also acquired enforcer John Scott and recently just resigned Jochen Hecht.
I like that the Sabres got Steve Ott, he's gonna go out and give it his all every shift. He'll motivate teammates and put up 30 maybe 40 pts. I've heard nothing good about Adam Pardy so I don't think we'll be seeing much of him this season, but he's there for extra defensive depth. John Scott adds more toughness with Ott making the Sabres a tougher team to play against. If Hecht can stay healthy than its a good pickup but regardless its a 1 year deal so its not a big risk.
I've read a lot of articles that say Buffalo wont be that good of a team this year, but I disagree. If you look back the past few years the Sabres have always been on fire out of the gate, than fall into the depths of hell just to go on a tear to give the fans hope, than fall short of the playoffs.
This year I think the Sabres will make the playoffs, not as a top 4 team in the conference. I think they will give Boston a run for their money for a division title early in the season but will fall short. Boston is too good of a team and will win another division title this year. I see Buffalo getting into the 2nd round of the playoffs but don't see them going farther than that, seeing that their lacking a true number 1 center.
I hope Grigorenko can be another Tyler Myers but that's wishful thinking and most likely he'll be sent back to the 'Q for seasoning.
Thomas Vanek will lead team in goals and points.
Ryan Miller will be near perfect.
Leino, Ennis and Hodgson will have a breakout season.
Ruff will continue to use Nathan Gerbe wrong