What happens to Ryan Millers game when the team in front of him plays a solid game offensively and defensively – he usually wins. When they take some time off, they usually leave Miller high and dry.
Which kind of worries me to a point, because Patrick Lalime is going to be playing real soon; is the fact that he couldn’t even win on and AHL reconditioning stint. With the Sabres winless without Miller in net, and falling rapidly in the standings with him in it, I don’t think goaltending is the biggest issue anymore.
Its offense, or its lack of offense on this team. Oh sure, if we miss the playoffs again by a couple of points, it will be real easy for Lindy Ruff or Darcy Regier to hold onto their jobs for one more year as they have another goaltending excuse to lean on – the Olympics wore Miller out, we couldn’t rely on Lalime so were going to not resign him but we are going to go out this summer and find a goalie that can handle the backup duties here in Buffalo. Which, as fans, we all know means were going to end up with someone just like Lalime next year.
If the Sabres were going to go about this smart, they wouldn’t sign a backup next year and just let Jhonas Enroth waste away on the bench here in Buffalo. I once liked the idea of him one day leading this team onto the ice, but the truth of the matter is, he is not going to stick around and see Miller’s contract out. The Sabres are going to lose out on Enroth just like they did on Marty Biron.
Darcy better be looking for the trade that is going to bring something into Buffalo to help this year. Waiting until the deadline and over paying for a rental player, a strategy that really hasn’t worked in the past, oh ever for Buffalo, is not the answer. If the playoffs are the true goal of this team this year, action needs to be taken now.