The Sabres forwards are going to have a familiar name them this year. Inability to bring in a major free agent brings the same ragtag group of guys back to the waterfront for another run at it.
Notable losses, if you can call them that are Andrew Peters and Maxim Afinogenov. Max had the occasional flash of brilliance, but disappeared faster than Yashin in the playoffs. Peters only had one real good contribution to the team:
Thomas Vanek is obviously going to be the number one guy, and probably could have easily scored 50 goals, and was on pace with Ovechkin when he was injured last year.
The Sabres have brought in veteran winger Mike Grier, after a three year sabbatical with the Sharks, Grier comes back with the hopes of helping lead his former club.
The Sabres need Jason Pominville to deliver offensively again. His number have tapered off lower and lower each year. If his population doesn’t rise to metropolitan levels again, he could be dooming himself out of Buffalo.
Derek Roy needs to grow into his role more, and keep from yapping at refs – an out of place habit that is just as bad as his diving.
The battle up front is definitely going to be the most interesting to watch this training camp, as the Sabres have at least 16 NHL ready forwards vying for twelve spots.
Check out this Buffalo News article on the logjam at forward.