There is only one last thing that the Buffalo Sabres have left to do this season, and that is clean out there lockers.
For Ryan Miller, there are a slew of awards that he is waiting to hear on if he won or not. Vezina, Messier Leadership, Lester Pearson, The NHL Foundation Award. If you ask him though, I am sure none of them compare to the Silver Medal he won at the Olympics, or the Stanley Cup which he could have won had the team in front of him played better. He’s not going to gripe about it tomorrow though. As a true leader of this team – his mind is already on preparing for next season. For Miller that means getting better at what he does. Look out if this guy gets any better for the Buffalo Sabres. He is easily pricing himself out of Buffalo – and maybe make a trade demand to another team if he wants to win the Cup before he turns 35.
Tyler Myers still has one thing to look forward too. Happy to be in the NHL a mere seven months ago – he still has one more goalie and one more forward to beat, as he is up for the Calder trophy against Colorado’s Duchene and Detroit’s Howard.
While it might be easy as fans to say blow up this roster and start fresh. Get a new general manager that will make the deals to make this team a winner, get rid of the coach who has been good but is not great.
Minority owner Larry Quinn is disappointed in the end result of this season (anyone heard from Tom Golisano?). I don’t think he is disappointed enough to make changes in his front office. The team is not going to blow up the roster to contend. They are happy with their core. While changes are in order with the number of UFAs on the roster.
Over the coming days follow along here as we take a position by position look at th 2009-2010 and grade each player. While we are going to identify changes necessary, were going to take a look at each player as closely as how we think the organization would look at them.