The Buffalo Sabres pulled the trigger on a trade deadline that brought Raffi Torres to town to bring in some scoring and toughness to the forward corps of players.
So far that trade has not panned out the way the Sabres wanted it, and if the reports are correct, he is just biding his time before jumping on board with Toronto. If these reports are accurate, the Sabres lose again and are burned for the second straight year at the deadline, which will force Darcy to keep his cards closer at subsequent deadlines.
The Sabres have however, gotten some offensive help from other non-traditional areas. Adam Mair was by far the best Sabre on the ice during the Philly game Friday night and Patrick Kaleta grabbed the spotlight on Broadway [again]. Those wins gave Buffalo a crucial four points to regain the Northeast Division lead, and they still have a two game cushion on Ottawa (their cushion will return to three when Ottawa plays Tuesday, GO EDMONTON).
If the Sabres are going to hold onto first place in the division and ensure themselves home ice in the first round of the playoffs, they are going to need more than Adam Mair and Patrick Kaleta scoring goals. Where are Tim Connolly, Thomas vanek, Jason Pominville, Jochen Hect, Drew Stafford [injured], Derek Roy, and Raffi Torres?
They are going to need to turn the offense up a notch or so – with a suspect blue line in front of a world class goaltender.