Maybe it’s the crunch of the time of the year or the backwards nature of this hockey team, but I have become very cynical over the last couple of weeks. I tore into the team in a post yesterday right before the game. My spin on Winter Wonderland was pretty nasty towards everyone on the team (naming a few players in specific, even some in management), but its truthful. This team is not going to win anything significant with their current makeup, and that starts with the ownership team, team management, and players. This team needs to be overhauled, and at this point – there is only two people that are safe on the roster, Ryan Miller and Tyler Myers. The team needs to be built around them. If you want to include Thomas Vanek on the “safe” list, you need to annoint him your franchise captain, and extend his deal. Other than that – start trading guys away for draft picks or veteran players who are going to make a difference, and not just show up to collect their checks.
I am not going to gush on this team four routing the Anaheim Ducks last night. Thats a game they should have won. You caught a West Coast team in your barn on the tail end of a long East coast trip. There would be more to talk about if you had lost last nights contest. The fact that they let in two bogus goals on the power play. Both goals should have been stopped. I was able to catch a link on Twitter to watch the game online, but was not watching when Anaheim scored, so I am not going to point the blame on anyone, that would not be fair.
The next game on tap for the Buffalo Sabres is another must win game. Its a must win for several reasons. First off, you are playing the Florida Panthers. They are like the New York Islanders in a warm weather state. Secondly, they kicked your ass in Florida last week – so revenge should be on the minds of every person in that locker room, not sugar plums and the holidays. Lastly, you are playing them in your barn, and its the second game of a back to back from them.
Despite playing the win one lose two cha-cha again, the Sabres are still only six points out of playoff contention – a reasonably achieveable goal if this team decides they want to show up and turn on the competition switch in the locker room.