Re: The Buffalo Squad
posted at 8/19/2011 7:46 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Buffalo Squad
I hear ya shupe. A good team + Roy and some other parts should equal...a better team. But I think there is too much competition in the east for a team like Buffalo to surge up in the standings. And yeah, I am NOT arguing that Montador is a top-4 d-man. He was on that team last year though, and he had comparable points and a much better +/- minus than one Tyler Myers. Not comparing Butler/Montador to Erhoff/Regehr at present either. But, I think Butler is developing very well and in two years will be a more complete player than either of the new guys. They got something, but they gave up something. The difference between the Bruins inconsistency last year and the Sabres predicted inconsistency next year comes down to the importance of the games. The Bruins would look lathargic and indifferent in the little games, and they seemed to turn it up and play better in the big games, especially as the season wore on. I see the Sabres doing the opposite. Phil 'The Thrill' Vanek and company will pour in the goals against bad teams and tear through the early season games against lesser squads. Then the scoring will dry up in big, tightly-checked games when all of the small, soft, finessey forwards will decide that driving to the net gets too ouchy. I'll take the bet on Sabres vs. Bruins point totals.
Posted by Fletcher1
Again, until last year your assessment sounds very very familiar to ours. I think the East is good but littered with question marks.
Washington- Should be good, very good.
Boston- A bit of a playoff hangover to start then guns start blazing as the season wears on.
Tampa- I see a drop off. I think their system has been exposed. Can you name their 6dmen w/o looking? Neither can I.
Philly- I don't see it coming together. Pronger very questionable and they lost a lot. Leadship, skill, grit. They are in trouble.
Pitt- I think their goalie and dmen are strong. I believe if Sid is healthy they will be the team to beat. Big IF though.
Devils- I see them being good. My sleeper team for sure.
Montreal- same as last year. I can see a drop off b/c I think Price was fantastic last year and may lapse a bit this year. I think their team d is gonna be good.
Rangers- I dont like them and I dont think they will be better than last year.
NYI/Carolina/Florida/Leafs all fall in the same cat as last year.
Bet is on. I think it should be close.