Surprises in Edmonton

There were plenty of surprises to be had last night in Edmonton.  The Buffalo Sabres must have played these two games in a mirror, because the team on the ice against Calgary looked like it was playing the second night of back to back away games on the West Coast.  In Edmonton they played like they wanted to win – and they looked like a home team playing with a few days off between games. 

Maybe the team on the ice wants to play in a way that raises just as many questions as ownership details have risen up recently.  Apparently now we will find out about the proposed change in ownership after the World Juniors, something that is being reported as Tom Golisano’s decision. 

With no more games left on the slate in 2010, the Buffalo Sabres need to use this break to put this year behind them, its one where they showed up (or didn’t show up whatever way you want to look at it) for an unimpressive playoff series against the Boston Bruins, and continued that through a dull off season with no substantial incoming moves, losing two of their top defensemen, and then failed to show up until, well we are still waiting for them to show up and play consistent hockey. 

I doubt the 2011 portion of this year’s campaign will look much different than the first.  We are destined to mire away in the lower ranks of the Eastern Conference this year – wasting another year on Ryan Miller’s contract.  Don’t get use to having Miller around folks.  I doubt he stays in Buffalo past this contract – at least so long that he hasn’t won anything in Buffalo.  It happened with Hasek, it will happen with Miller.   It’s what happens to a team that puts all their star power into one position. 

Hell, another calender year down; I am going to enjoy what hockey that I can for the rest of the season; but I am already looking forward to the 2011-2012 season.

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