Before we get to new owner Terry Pegula – the Buffalo Sabres used the Toronto Maple Leafs to have a pick me up game – after blowing the lead against Pittsburgh, the Sabres walked all over the lowly Leafs and their rookie goaltender.
The Buffalo Sabres have been treated like bastard step children this year all around the league, with other teams using the Sabres to fit their backup goaltender in the rotation. Something we fail to do, as Ryan Miller has started an unprecedented 28 games in a row now. How many more will he start before Lindy throws Patrick Lalime (we can chalk whatever game that is to a loss) or calls up Jhonas Enroth (we might actually have a chance at winning that game).
I wouldn’t mind Miller seeing a down game this week, probably against the Florida Panthers. If you look at it that way, Miller would have to get a win against Tampa Bay first, if he loses tso Tampa, Lindy may want to keep him in against Florida because we will need the two points. We cannot go down to Florida and come out with anything less than two points. Four points is optimal, but we have still yet to win three games in a row; I am not holding my breath for it to happen now.
Onto new owner Terry Pegula. First, the Sabres Nation on Twitter seems to have already fallen in love with Pegulas two daughters, with @JPegula being much more active in tweeting during hockey games than @KPegula. I find that absolutely hilarious that so many are engaging the young hockey fans – and wonder how long it is going to be before they are asked by daddy to button up their 140 character comments so as not to intefere with daddy’s business venture. Or it could mean a change in social media policy change by the team.
What is more interesting than Pegula’s daughters action on Twitter, was Pegula’s recent comments to John Murphy. He told Murphy that the plan was to win a Stanley Cup, and then win another. Sounds like the type of owner that we need in place here in Buffalo – and as long as that mentality stays – our marathon of running around trying to impress and win something might come to an end. How long do we wait for Terry to settle in as the owner before we expect the culture of the team to change? I don’t think that he is going to get much accomplished this season, as he could realistically only have control of the team for a few days, if any before this years trade deadline. If the Sabres are in position to be near the playoffs when that happens, a couple of moves could set this team up for a cinderella run this year. More likely we are going to see a very active off season with changes coming into the fold next October.