Sabres: Now what?

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Sports

Now what? That is a question being asked my almost every Sabres fan. What do we do now? How did we get here, and how can we dig our way out? Honestly there is no short answer. There is no magic spell that can undo the course of the 2013 season. Hopefully something will shake loose and the beloved Sabres will find their edge.

There is a major flaw in the management chain in Buffalo.  It seems like the same old thing is good enough. Let me go on the record and say it is not okay. It has never been okay, and it will not be okay a month from now. If the Sabres find a way to crawl into the final playoff spot at the end of the season; some fans will be okay with it. I will not be. After 30 years of watching this team play, I have had my fill of slow starts and heartless play.

They Sabres can’t get any scoring out of three of their four lines. Their defense can’t seem to get out of their own way, and the “all star” goalie is letting in over three goals a game. Does that sound like a good team? Does that sound like a team to be happy with? I love the Sabres, always have. But, let’s keep it real. They have a ton of issues. It seems like the Sabres only have a handful of true NHL players right now.

Yesterday Darcy Regier came out and said there are no plans to fire Lindy Ruff. Okay, that’s fine. But, maybe it’s Darcy that needs to go. Knowing that will not happen is hard to stomach. Sabres brass seems okay with the combination of Ruff and Regier. I for one do not understand what they are scared of. If a shakeup is needed then in this case it should be from the top down.  This team while only having a few players doing their job right now has talent. There are players on this team that may respond better to a different atmosphere. But, that’s not going to happen. Now what? Who do you move?

If you move Vanek, you had better get a ton of talent back. He has been your offense. Can you move Miller? I wouldn’t mind that move, but there really is not an NHL goalie in the Sabres system. How about Stafford or Leopold? There really are not a lot of moves to make right now. There is always Rochester. If I had to guess the Sabres may need to package a NHL player and an AHL player. Maybe the Sabres move Pysyk out of Rochester. It would be uncharacteristic of Darcy to make a trade before the deadline, but he is running out of choices. Something needs to be done.

The Buffalo Sabres are sitting in the 14th spot right now with 9 points; only 1 point out of a playoff spot and only 7 points off the top pace. There is time; this is not a fire sale season. With the right moves, and right motivation this Sabres team can, and should be able to make a run. They need to keep pace, and get a few wins that they don’t deserve. Hopefully we start to see the Sabres team that showed up against Boston. If the Sabres showed some fight last night while playing the Canadians. A hybrid of those two games should lead to a playoff berth. My only request is that the Sabres make the right moves, and do it soon while there is still time to salvage this season.


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  1. martin hens says:

    The Sabres toss the fans a bone, every third or fourth game. The rumble has started and, and it is my prediction that Darcy or Lindy or both will not last out the season.

    • It’s a toss up right now. I’m guessing if the Sabres miss the playoff we may see change. But, if Ruff goes Darcy may be going with him. Even with a win last night they didnt look good.

  2. Amber P says:

    The team just renewed their contracts. They aren’t going anywhere.

    • Darcy did get a new contract this year, and I believe Ruff last year. However both of them can be let go. If Pegula sticks to his word money means nothing. The contracts were simply a way of showing support by a new owner.

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