Not many times throughout the history of this franchise can we say that we waited in such anticipation for a single event. Sure there was the magical run out of the lockout – the uncertainty of the bankruptcy era. I am sure that there was a lot of anticipation on the fated day in 1970 when the Buffalo Sabres selected Gilbert Perrault.
Many fans in Buffalo and across Sabres nation are sitting aroudn today like kids on Christmas Eve – we know we are getting something tomorrow -we are not sure what though.
The gloves should be off at this point for Darcy Regier, yet we still have no trades to announce, no news to digest – just the same old story about the failed offense, the overworked goalie, the benchwarming backup, and waiting to see how the playoff race shakes out. While the list of players to keep was reported as being short, the time left this season for them to move those pieces is getting even shorter.
I don’t think we are in for change immediately. I think the Golisano era will continue to haunt us for the remainder of the season – and we get that new owner smell finally with the start of next year. I think the Sabres transition from one owner to another, as long as we are on Christmas metaphor here, is like the kid on the block that no one wanted to go over to his house and play, because his parents still made him play his Super Nintendo but now he just got the new Playstation 3. Yeah it might suck for awhile because he will still have to play all his games on the old system for awhile, but by next year he will have a bigger games library and people will actually want to play with him.
As a matter of fact – thats exactly what Sabres fans are going through. We bought the horse this year, but are going to have to wait until next year to get the tack to make it an enjoyable ride. The ride starts tomorrow, and the first hill is a big one, lets see if its a flop or if this years trade deadline is a breathtaker.