PreGame Skate: Winnipeg Jets

An effort into futility.  That has become what the Buffalo Sabres road record has become, after allowing them to be destroyed in front of the Chicago faithful. 

If the article written after the Detroit game wasn’t enough to nationally discredit the Buffalo Sabres, last nights broadcast on NBC Sports was enough to make anyone sick – while it was nothing more than what we were seeing, it seemed as the announcers were more into talking about how bad the Sabres were as opposed to what else was happening in the game.  Rock bottom is a good way to describe how the Sabres are playing as of late. 

Riding into Winnipeg tonight to face off against the Jets, the Sabres are riding a franchise high road losing streak.  Changes have to be made as the lifeless team from last night is not going to be the team that brings an end to the losing ways of the 2011-2012 season. 

The answer would seem to be a move that changes the makeup of the roster – the question is what GM is going to want to trade a top six forward for anyone on the Buffalo Sabres roster?  If you want to tab Jason Pominville or Thomas Vanek sure, you might be able to entertain offers, but those are the only guys who are supporting what little offense is present. 

Entertaining thoughts of bringing Ales Kotalik back?  Still under contract by the Buffalo Sabres – it might be worth the phone call to his agent to see if he was willing to come back to the Blue and Gold and see if he might not be able to help the floundering offense.  While bringing Kotalik back might bring the Sabres over the salary cap – he is an NHL caliber player that is playing in the Czech Republic as opposed to the AHL. 

I am not really interested in playing the Kotalik game, as I think his time in the NHL is done unless he can be guaranteed a roster spot on an NHL team – plus waiving players does not ensure that you keep those players, and the Sabres are in no position to be giving things away for free – but at this point I think the comment needs to be made to show that a move is necessary.  

The Sabres so far against the Jets are 1-1, and both teams have combined for 14 total goals in those two games.  If the Jets were watching last nights game, the NBC broadcast gave them plenty of video to watch as to what the Buffalo Sabres are doing wrong.  The Jets will be well prepared against the Sabres.

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