Re: The Buffalo Squad
posted at 1/22/2012 10:01 AM EST
In Response to Re: The Buffalo Squad
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Buffalo Squad : They actually are a pretty young team and their best players are young. The have an owner committed to winning. A year in this league and a lot can happen. I wouldn't trade Miller unless the return was outstanding or unless they wanna shed his contract. For some reason I see Parise signing in Buffalo. Leino obviously a very bad signing....but there were many of those this summer. Joel Ward and Wiz to name 2.
Posted by shuperman[/QUOTE]
I am way down on the Sabres. I live in DC, but the Sabres are the closest team to my hometown.
In short: Miller should go because the current veterans are not going to deliver and the young guys can replace them easily. Getting picks and prospects that will help down the line with a cup run, which is only likely when Miller is past his best days, is the best move.
The forwards are a total mess right now. The Sabres' best players, aside from Vanek, are nice complimentary pieces, but no one you can ride deep in the playoffs. Pominville, Stafford, Hecht, Roy, Leino, Boyes? Not guys who can carry a team and I doubt you're going to get the same kind of productivity that you do out of a group like Bergeron, Krejci, Lucic, Horton, Marchand, who are also not superstars, but all at least do something at an elite level -- can't say that about the Sabres group, which is also a bit older. I think all of the guys mentioned above should be sold alongside Miller. The Sabres have some young players like Kassian, Ennis, Gerbe who should be solid replacements and could pick up a pile of prospects and picks for the spare parts they currently have.
The D is above average, but nothing to write home about. Myers is a future star, but is inconsistent in the present time -- we'll put him at above average. Ehrhoff is a terrible contract and another above average player. Regehr is past his best days and is also only slightly better than average. The rest are youngish prospect types a la Kampfer, Bartkowski, though maybe they are able to get a McQuaid from one of Gragnani, Weber, or McNabb. All in all: 3 above average players and 3 unprovens. Not a bad bunch, but definitely could be improved upon.