It’s been a while since I have added an entry into my wish list series, so allow me to clarify the “rules” for anyone who has not read previous installments, or those who may have forgotten: for this series, I select one non-marquee player from each NHL team who I feel would be a solid addition to the Sabres’ roster. Going after the superstars is too obvious and easy, as well as pure fantasy, which is why I dig a little deeper into each team’s roster to find 2nd or 3rd line players who could, theoretically, actually play in Buffalo someday. Yeah, it’s still a bit of a fantasy – just not a delusional one!
Now that’s August, which is the worst month of the year if you’re a fan of the NHL, it’s time for me to resume looking at which players from other NHL teams I would seriously encourage the front office of the Buffalo Sabres to go after. Today I look at the Sabres’ new divisional foe: the Detroit Red Wings.
Even though I appreciate Abdelkader’s desire to be an imposing player on the ice, I wasn’t too fond of that hit. Still, it’s not like Abdelkader is the first person to launch himself into an opponent. If the NHL actually took these sorts of plays seriously – Abdelkader was suspended for one whole game, which is nowhere near enough – they could cleanse the league of this ridiculousness. Still, that’s a whole different topic, one that I have already covered here at Sabre Noise. I love how hard Abdelkader battles and works out on the ice, and I’m not alone: he was invited to try out for Team USA with the hopes that he will compete in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Name an American not named Ryan Miller who plays for the Sabres and was invited to tryout. All righty then! The Sabres could use Abdelkader desperately, which is why I would have him on my list of potential acquisitions if I were General Manager Darcy Regier.
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