Fellow Buffalo Sabres fans: week one is in the books, and the Sabres are already making the case for the worst team in the NHL.
An 0-3 start . . . two goals scored in three games . . . seven goals allowed, a number that would be much, much higher had Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth not played out of their minds . . . oof. It’s a tough start, made especially more difficult to swallow given the fact that this is probably a good indication of how the rest of the season will go.
Depending on how you approach this season, however, this rough start may not be a bad thing. Look: if you’re the sort of person who feels that, since you are spending your money on the product that is the Buffalo Sabres, the organization should be at least trying to field a competitive team this season, you cannot be happy with the team you have watched play so far. This current iteration of the Sabres is about as far removed from being a playoff team as a youth hockey team is, so if you believe that the team should always be doing everything in its power to qualify for the playoffs, chances are you will not find this season to qualify as a success.
However, if you’re more of a patient person, this season could be fun to watch. The Sabres have a nice, young team that is going to struggle to find its footing early on, but which may end up being a nice surprise by the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season. You might not care about whether you are paying NHL prices for an AHL team (essentially); you’re just looking forward to watching players such as Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen, and others grow before your very eyes.
Hence, the reason for today’s poll: what do you, as a Buffalo Sabres fan, think would constitute a “successful” season for this franchise in 2013-2014? Success is clearly in the eye of the beholder, and I’m curious, so vote, and leave your comments below!