“Be more physical,” I said. “Try playing like you’re 6′ 8″ and 227 lbs,” I said. Boy, did Tyler Myers show me, and he cashed in a broken wrist for his efforts. Now I’m kinda glad he didn’t fight Lucic after all. He’s been sidelined for about a month after playing some of his best hockey this season (including a 2 goal game against New Jersey), and now the Sabres are looking to solve issues in their own end.
Until Twitter can get #HealWeber trending, the Blue & Gold are going to have to trust in one of their
Portland Pirates Rochester Americans who has very high expectations.
What? Oh, God no. No, they’re calling up TJ Brennan, who played some pre-season games with the club and who concentrates on solid defensive play. No, not Morrisonn. Please. Let’s stay within the realm of reason.
While Brennan shows a lot of promise down in the AHL, earning a call-up before touted prospects like Drew Schiestel, Dennis Persson, and Brayden McKnabb, it’s important to keep expectations for his play reasonable. He’s never played an NHL game, and we’ve been spoiled lately by the immediate success of Marc-Andre Gragnani and of course Myers himself. Brennan will probably have little affect on the game, and at best will not be detrimental to the Sabres’ defensive play.
- Unlike some people. (same photo from Yahoo Sports)
Still, Brennan could step in and immediately be Scott Niedermayer reincarnate, the team is still going to have a tough time. They are now down their starting goaltender, a defensive-minded defender, the former Calder trophy-winning defender, a veteran defensive forward, and Little Tyler. All but the last indicate a deep need for more sound defensive play from the rest of the team. Call me skeptical, but I don’t see it happening.
The Sabres roll with three scoring lines and an ever-changing fourth line. The reunion of Vanek/Roy/Pominville was extremely successful, and honestly I think it could be a top line in the league. From there the waters get murky, with Leino constantly looking for his role on this team, with Stafford seemingly forgetting that you still have to play hockey after landing the big contract, and an overstock of offensive-minded defenders. Right now Brad Boyes is in good graces and has found his way on to the second line, but rest assured there will be a smaller play-making forward on the fourth line.
Look, I’m not going to be Captain Hindsight and start saying that this team should’ve signed more defensive forwards. I happen to prefer a higher octane offense, leaning on your fewer defensive players being studs. It’s worked thus far (news flash, this team is still second place in the conference) but now we’ll see if they can clamp down a bit, be more patient, and ride out with some better defensive play until the team is healthier.
Or maybe Brennan will be spectacular and we’ll have #DefensemanControversy.
- Or maybe he gets hurt. Then it’s MY TIME…after the 3 other prospects in my way. (yes. Yahoo Sports again)
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