Buffalo Sabres fans have suffered through a decade and a half of terrible hockey and questionable trades. Our team was used as a personal piggy bank by the Rigas's then we got strokeded by Tom Golisano like we were a cat getting its ear scratched and now another billionaire that claims his undying passion for our beloved Buffalo Sabres, I feel like a cat but this time I approach with caution, meow I'm still under the couch!
I've been waiting to see what moves are made before I commit to the full blow affection towards the new ownership.
I do like what he's done with hiring a real hockey man who's played the game at an elite level to run the hockey department and he in turn hired Ted Nolan whom I consider the right coach for this team. After that he decided to take his time hiring a new GM, so far so good I'm at the edge of the couch.
Now it's time to see what our new G.M. will do to shape this team and what direction to lead it. Again keep Ted, plain and simple then call Dasrcy say thank you and good luck while trying not to laugh.
Next point the subject of this blog: Matt Moulson.
I remember how bad I wanted to see Bobby Ryan in a Sabres jeraey and wasn't happy hearing Ottawa landed him. I'm now glad we didn't pay the ransom for him, I'm glad Darcy waited and got a younger 30 goal scorer, Matt Moulson.
Reading countless blogs of Gorton's fisherman fans from Long Island about how he couldn't perform without John Tavares. Well Moulsons prooving his critics wrong, he can skate, shoot and score at an elite level and he's doing it in Buffalo. He's a hot commodity, every G.M. in the league wants him and I'm sure we can get better than what Ottawa paid for B.R. and par or a little more than we got for T.V.
iIWANT HIM TO STAY PUT. tHIRTY GOAL SCOREERS DON'T GROW ON TREES AND I DON'T WANT TO WAIT to see one develop from within to replace him. I want to see one develop to play along side him.
We would be taking a big gamble trading him and then hoping that the close prximity to his family would be enough in addition to a hefty contract to get him back if those things could indeed intice him. I say show him "DA MONEY" right now watch him perform his magic for a season or two (in which he will still have a tremendous value), see where the team stands on the projected rebuilding time table then decide if you want to keep him full term.
After all we are going to need veteran leadership and goal scoring, right?