It wasn’t too long ago that Buffalo fans gathered in shorts and t-shirts hopeful that the Buffalo Bills with new offensive weapon Terrell Owens were going to return the playoffs to the Nickel City. Four weeks into football season and hope seemed pretty dismal.
Now the fans have a new team to hope for, and hope they shall. While we can remember what summer felt like, it seems like so long ago that everyone in the league looked towards the Sabres as a model of the new NHL as the flashy skilled teams right out of the lockout seemed to rule the league. This year, that league envy seems to be returning.
After the Sabres stale 1-0 game against the Nashville Predators, Predators coach Barry Trotz wants his team to emulate what they saw in Buffalo. Believe in the system, and the system will reward you. Barry Trotz wasn’t just making that up after the game when he commended Buffalo on beating his team. It was Mike Grier’s message between periods. Dissappoint started to creep into the lineup, as even though the team was averaging close to forty shots per game, there was no offense to show for it. Grier was not only proven right, but he was the one to apply action to those words as he scored the only goal of the game, and his first as a Buffalo Sabre, the second time around.
I would’n’t expect Grier to have many more game winners this season, but he will be there all the way to provide that moral support in the locker room that will keep this team playing like they want to win. While it probably doesn’t seem like much that Nashville wants to emulate Buffalo’s style, it is a starting point, and if the Sabres keep getting points in every game (they have points in all three) it won’t be a mad dash for eighth place when April rolls around.