So here I sit, wondering what is going to happen to my beloved Buffalo Sabres this coming season. I look at some of the off-season moves and while I am in favor of them, I am slightly apprehensive.
With Derek Roy being traded away, and the Buffalo Sabres going for toughness .. I have to wonder where the goals will come from! Thomas Vanek is going to be good for 25 goals and maybe 40-ish assists. Jason Pominville will be good for 85-ish point this season! The third leading scorer will be …………… ? Hhmmm, we don’t seem to have anyone that will fit the bill.
There are a couple free agents that might readily step in and give us a much needed shot in the arm. The first, I have already talked about previously, Shane Doan. While his goals might be down, his work ethic alone will vastly improve everyone on the team. He is a pass first center …. wait a center? And he’s still available? What are we waiting for? He seems to be in the right place, at the right time, by reading the plays as they develop. The other free agent, that boggles my mind why he is still available is Alexander Semin. I know the knocks on him .. however .. a 7 year veteran with 408 points, 197 of them goals .. might be able to produce. With all of the young talent that we have, having someone who’s been there and done that would be a valuable addition. He is a big reason that Alexander Ovechkin has the years that he has .. put him on a line with Pominville and Vanek and the sky is the limit.
I also wonder what we are going to be doing with all of the defensemen. We had 7 going into the offseason and we have added several more. If I had to guess, I would say that one or two of them will be trade bait. If I had to trade someone currently on the team, I would say Jordan Leopold. Not that he has done poorly, not by any sense of the word, it’s just that with the cap space he would clear, it might let us sign one of the two afore-mentioned players, or maybe possibly be part of a deal for Ryan Nash? Who would not want Nash? The problem is can we afford him? I sure hope so …. he would be a GREAT Sabre!!! As usual …… GO BUFFALO!!!!