Games are starting to look eerily similar. tied after 40 minutes; kick it up in the third to bury the opponent. Through three preseason games the Buffalo Sabres have a perfect 3-0 record. Technically speaking the blue and gold sweaters are 7-1 counting the Traverse City Tournament. Not a shabby start to the beginning of the first full season of the Pegula era. Remember when the 2006 Buffalo Sabres started the season 10-0? I am not saying we should be planning parade routes after three pre season games, but the energy around this team is better than any energy we have felt since the teams that came right out of the lockout. It seems, the Buffalo Sabres might be a relevant contender once again. Hopefully that translates over into the regular season.
Derek Roy left the game with an upper body injury, it doesn’t appear to be serious – would not anticipate him dressing for tonights game. We will see how Jhonas Enroth stands up to a full 60 minutes tonight, but it appears that the goaltending tandem of Miller and Enroth are playing at mid season form already.
Despite the success the team is having, the harsh reality is they are still three million dollars over the cap – and need to do something more than return non-NHL ready prospects to their respective junior clubs. Darcy Regier either needs to start hiding some NHL salary in Rochester, or he needs to pull off a trade. Could Lindy and Darcy be showcasing some NHL talent this preseason trying to increase the value of certain players on the squad? Europe might be a tell tale sign of what is too come. If the Buffalo Sabres board the plane for Germany and leave several NHL bodies behind, it could be for telling that the team is preparing to move them, and doesn’t want to involve trans-Atlantic travel in the trade process.
Either way, the exhibition schedule continues tonight with the home portion of the home and home with the Toronto Maple Leafs.