It wasn’t a pleasant sight to watch the 2005-2006 Buffalo Sabres get dismantled – after winning the hearts of fans across the Sabre Nation. But what is interesting is to see how many of those that have been passed on by the Sabres organization have struggled.
Mike Grier left because the Sabres let Jay McKee walk away – he didn’t think the Sabres had the organizational fortitude to win.
McKee struggled in St. Louis after leaving Buffalo for the money, primarily based on an injury. His contract was just bought out so the Blues can save on the cap space for other needs.
JP Dumont has prospered and been a bright spot for the Nashville Predators.
Marty Biron has done well in Philadelphia, but has struggled at times to make the crease his own – sharing starting duties and now finding himself with three goaltenders in Philadelphia.
Briere and Drury are reportedly being shopped by their respective teams because they have not lived up to expectations.
Of the 2005-2006 team, only two notables remain on the Sabres roster, Thomas Vanek, a first round draft pick that is probably going to be the cornerstone of the Sabres offense for the near future.
Maxim Afinogenov, spotty at best in previous years, has never really adapted to the North American game, and may find it difficult to find an NHL suitor when the market opens up tomorrow.
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