Good morning Sabres fans. Isn’t nice to wake up and find your hockey team sitting tied for eighth place? Granted, we sit in ninth because of tie breakers; but the Buffalo Sabres haven’t been this close to the action since before Christmas. Not a bad spot to be in for a team who has spent so long in the basement struggling to make enough offense to hold on to games.
Buzzwords have been patience, injury, building. At the deadline Darcy told us that we may have to take a step back to take a step forward.
So what that we are racing to the last playoff spot in the East. Who cares that no team has ever won a Stanley Cup when seeded lower than fifth. If the Sabres are able to take the leap into the post season as the eight seed, they will probably have to face the New York Rangers. Last years playoffs didn’t end well for Buffalo – but we were able to take a much stronger, and favored Philadelphia Flyers team to seven games, and we just barely made it in. In 1980, a team of ragtag college kids thrown together with a plan in mind weren’t supposed to be able to beat the Russian hockey machine. Detroit wasn’t supposed to lose at home, the Devils couldn’t be beat with Marty Brodeur and the trap.
I am not saying that this years makeup of Blue and Gold compares really to any of those examples, but those examples do give us dreams, they fuel our hopes that one day, just one day, the Cinderella team from Buffalo, the guys we have grown up with, the team we long for – will one day lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Naysayers may say otherwise, and scratch this season up to a loss, but on a team trying to build a championship roster, you need to start by adding guys that have been there and done that. This offseason was a start. This management team however is not willing to blow up the core of players on this team – so long as Darcy and Lindy are at the helm, then the Buffalo Sabres are going to look very similar for the near future. What better way to work towards the Stanley Cup by giving the kids some practice?
many NHL prospects proved their worth in the NHL this year by suiting up for the Buffalo Sabres. Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp, Colin Stuart, TJ Brennan, Derek Whitmore, Paul Szczechura – all could use a little post season practice. I am not saying put them all in the lineup – nor do they all really deserve a playoff nod it wouldn’t hurt to reward the guys who are ready with a spot in the lineup when needed to give them a taste of what playoff hockey is like. If that means sneaking into eighth place and playing the Rangers, then so be it.