I know I’ve been quiet lately. I blame it on the holiday season being in the full effect. That and my job is a nightmare. The same can be said with the Buffalo Sabres to be completely honest.
Despite the new leadership, the team continues to struggle. The Buffalo Sabres may be playing with a lot more heart now, but they still can’t manage to put the puck in the back of the net.
As I said early into the season, perhaps this team just isn’t that good. Buffalo continues to lose, and they don’t look good doing it. Yes they’re playing hard, but still don’t look good.
What’s lacking? Simple, offense.
The Sabres are still relying solely with about 1-2 (if they’re lucky) goals a night. While they are generating chances, they just can’t seem to bury them. Plus, their only goals generally come late in the game. So once again, this team just isn’t that very good.
So what happens next?
Unfortunately, not a lot of moves are going to take place until there is a new general manager in Buffalo. Buffalo needs to get some help on the scoring end of their game. I am noticing that some players who have received a lot of criticism are playing pretty hard as of late. I know I’m not the only one to say this, but Stafford and Leino are playing pretty hard and looking good recently. Hopefully they can keep it up.
LaFontaine can only do so much at this point. I understand that he is trying to talk with Miller about staying. Plus, Lundqvist just set the bar for what a goalie is going to be fetching in the free agent market. Miller may deserve what Lundqvist recieved, if not a little more. Miller may end up staying, but they need to start putting together a team that can score.
The current Sabres don’t have any way of competing in the NHL today. Currently, they’re a shoe in for the number 1 draft pick for this year, and several upcoming years.
If I were the Sabres, I’d want to start trying to fix the offense. Defensively, the pieces are in place, same thing with goaltending. It’s going to take some time to get the offense in place.
If it were me, I’d want to take on the Sabres GM position. Why? Aside from the bump in pay, it’s a chance to finally build something from scratch. The new GM has an opportunity to build a Stanley Cup team and make the moves that they see as being needed to compete. There’s no way that the Buffalo Sabres can get much worse. No one is safe, and several moves need to be made. Not many GM’s get to walk into the position of being able to start from scratch. The Sabres are going to be doing just that.
This is rare, but I can finally say that I have faith in the management of the Buffalo Sabres. I trust that Pat LaFontaine is not going to bring in a GM who is going to accept mediocrity. There will be a plan for the future, and it will be implemented.
Still, us fans are going to suffer. That’s unavoidable. I view the next few months as a try out for the upcoming years, and trying to put a decent team together for the next people in charge of the front office.
The suffering may continue, but at least there is an end in sight.
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As always, thanks for reading.