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Posted 2:40 PM ET | Comments 6
The summer of 2010 may not have seen much head-turning activity on the part of Sabres management, but they still managed to make plenty of moves to shake things up in the roster. Changes made to the defense have garnered the most interest, as certain veteran players were put on the market, while fresh faces were brought in to fill their roles.

The combinations of defensemen should be quite different from what has been seen in previous years, but it is not the blue-line players that are poised to experience the most retooling. Instead, that honor belongs to the centermen, and all of the unanswered questions that come with them.

One of the team’s long running dilemmas since the departure of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere has been its inability to find a number one center. For several years, the Sabres has been oversaturated with talent for the position, yet no one has been good enough to stand among the league’s best like Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton, Henrik Sedin etc. The organization wants fans to believe that Derek Roy and Tim Connolly are number one centers, even though they never have been, and never will be.

While a player of the caliber as those mentioned above was not acquired this offseason, there is a lot of hope in the form of Tyler Ennis. After strong outings any time he was called up from Portland last season, particularly during the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ennis is guaranteed a spot on the starting roster come October. The decision that the coaching staff needs to make is what line he will fall into.

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September 9, 2010 8:30 PM ET | Delete
Kevin, you have posted 6 times and our so called blogger has posted 1 time. What's wrong with this picture?
September 10, 2010 9:50 AM ET | Delete
I know. Hockeybuzz won't make me an official Sabres blogger. I don't get it.Kevin > Garth
September 10, 2010 8:53 PM ET | Delete
I would read your blogs if you had the job.... As long as I didn't have to click a link to get to the ending. Keep trying though!
September 11, 2010 11:11 AM ET | Delete
If i had the official blogger job, you wouldn't have to click links to continue reading. That just helps drive traffic to my site.
September 11, 2010 11:49 PM ET | Delete
Keep up the good work Kevin, I guess I rattled somone's cage today on EK's blog. Somone with the name Captain O sent me a pm telling me to stop invading EK's blog with all the posts about having no blogger.
September 12, 2010 7:01 PM ET | Delete
The Sabres should have moved to acquire Gagne from Philly. He would have helped them. As you can see by what Tampa gave up, it would not have cost much.
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