Well the withdrawals are settling in. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait any longer for the season to start. Everything they’ve done this summer has gotten me so excited for the regular season. Sure, the Sabres didn’t sign their ideal “number one” center, but despite that, I haven’t been this excited since the 06-07 season.
The Sabres have a real legitimate chance at a cup run this year (hopefully). With their bolstered defense core and the addition of an unproven, but undeniably talented forward in Ville Leino, I don’t see how they could fall short of at least a strong push in the 2012 season. Admittedly I wanted to see an addition of a number one center, especially when names like Jason Spezza and Paul Statsny were thrown around, but Derek Roy isn’t a chump. Sure, Roy gets a lot of guff, but there really aren’t a lot of centers available.
I still don’t understand why Roy gets so much negative criticism. Most of the criticism comes from his lack of leadership and inconsistency (a word I use often when describing certain Sabres), but Roy has put up some pretty impressive numbers for an undersized center. Although Roy will still be looked at to be the primary point-getter alongside Thomas Vanek, he’ll at least have some pretty impressive depth to go along with him.
Sure, the Sabres don’t have that one stalwart offensive threat, besides maybe Thomas Vanek, but they now have at least 8+ guys that have scored 15 or more goals in the last season, which makes me assume that their offensive depth is the real threat– not just one person.
With the Sabres’ offensive depth and their potentially strong defense, I can’t think of a team that is more deeper than the Buffalo Sabres. Hopefully with the addition of a stronger defense, which was arguably their worst trait last season, Ryan Miller will see a resurgence back to his Vezina trophy winning form.
Just writing about the Sabres has me so amped up for the beginning of the season, but unfortunately we still have 2 months before we can see the culmination of efforts put forth this summer.