While the good news out of Sabres Nation has been flowing like crazy since Terry Pegula took over, as we approach the start of training camp, players, coaches, and personnel are filing into the city of Buffalo to start the quest for the Stanley Cup. On the minds of Sabres fans everywhere - Is Jason Pominville going to be ready for the start of training camp?
It appears that Jason Pominville will be ready for the start of the season – and will be present in full practicing mode during training camp. This is huge for the Buffalo Sabres, as the Sabres forward was predicted to miss the start of the regular season after suffering a cut leg back in April as the Buffalo Sabres were facing the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pominville and Flyers player James van Riemsdyk went into the corner, and Pominville left more worse for the wear.
According to the report filed by Paul Hamilton of WGR550:
As far as if he’ll be able to skate in training camp in a week he said, “No, I don’t see why there would be any issue. I have to be cleared by the doctors, but I think it’s just a formality. I feel fine, I can do everything I used to be able to do whether it’s in the gym or outside in my workouts I feel good.”
The fact that Pominville comes into the training camp picture healthy has got to put some pressure on the organization to make a move, or at least figure out whats going to happen to other players on the roster. The Buffalo Sabres have a lot of depth up front. While Ellis will play most of his time in Rochester this year, I doubt McCormick sees much time in Red, White, and Blue, given the raise they just gave him. Kotalik might find himself on waivers, and then could end up either on his way to the AHL – or to a team in Europe. Some of our NHL ready forwards that saw some action in the bigs last year, might have to wait another year before they don Blue and Gold permanently, playing the season in Rochester waiting for that callup is not necessarily a bad thing. Paying your dues in the AHL is going to start to pay off for these guys if the Buffalo Sabres can truly become Hockey Heaven. Having them toil in the minors can be a bad thing for the Sabres, because it means a quicker stint to the free agency window when they do enter the big leagues on a permanent basis. I say lets cross that bridge when we get there.
I like the fact that we have an immense amount of depth – if you can get into the post season in good shape, then you have the backups necessary to make a long run. 2006 would have worked out much differently for the Carolina Hurricanes if the Buffalo Sabres had the foresight to strengthen up the defense beyond the top four blue-liners.