Buffalo Sabres Fire The Captains – But Has The Ship Changed Course?

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So, everyone – bet you heard the big news that broke yesterday.Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 12.41.05 PM

What now?

There’s a saying, Buffalo Sabres fans, that goes something like this:

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are headed.

Lao Tzu

Deep, I know!

Clearly, the direction the Sabres’ organization was headed in prior to the firing of GM Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston was not a desirable one, so owner Terry Pegula wisely stepped in to help steer the bus before it fell off of a cliff.

However, a dual firing / hiring does not address all of the problems that this Sabres’ roster currently has.  Total catastrophe may have been averted – but is this franchise still committed to the journey it began with Regier at the helm?   Let’s take a look at a few of the issues that the organization still needs to deal with – consider these the fallout of the Darcy Regier regime.

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  • Dano

    I need to call my Bookie. Kaleta cleared waivers on the second and I bet hes back by the end of the month.

    I would guess Moulson will be offered a good pay check and asked to stay. Nolan probably already knows Moulson puts full effort into his game and is the kind of guy I could see him wanting to keep around for the kids to learn from.

    I believe that Rolston was unable to motivate his players to put effort into playing so they didnt. Then he benched them.. for his own failings..

    Scott will be in more games then not.

    This weekends home-and-home is just the kind of situation Nolan can cut his teeth with.

    • qwicwted

      It will be interesting, especially in light of the most recent suspensions. The league just isn’t going to put their magnifying glass away just because Terry made some changes. I still believe that Kaleta has a target on his back and Nolan is going to have to choose when Scott plays very carefully. I like Moulson and I’m hoping that Ronny didn’t burn that bridge – that the moves this week sent a message to our players. Moulson is a Ted Nolan type of player, so is McCormick. I think our youngsters could learn a lot from Matt and what bothered me a bit was the talk of trading him as soon as he arrived. I got the impression listening to Patty that while the Sabres are going to rebuild through the draft, they also plan on signing veterans that will add value and help develop our youngsters. It sounds like the team is excited about the changes and we’ll see how they react tomorrow night. I don’t expect a bunch or wins, but I want to see a renewed energy.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        I agree with you 100% – all the talk of trading Moulson started the minute he got traded, which pisses me off. Why not try to keep him – he’s a damn good player!

  • Kevin

    I say Miller stays and Kaleta has to still earn his stripes to come out of the doghouse. But it’s all moot cause it it’s up to the new GM to make those decisions. Oh! I’m sure TN will have his say, but depending WHO the GM is could decide on the fate of the two. IMO keep Miller, and don’t bring Kaleta up just because. Make him stew some more riding the bus for the Amerks. I would give him about 10 games. That will give the Sabres time to find out whether they really need him or not as well.

  • Jes

    If Patty or whoever is the GM is smart he’d definitely trade Miller at the deadline. The guy wants out and I do not blame him. He’s got a few years left in him for top end play which on a top end team could go a long way. He’s already left. Put his house up for sale. I see Anaheim or St. Louis in his near future. No way he stays. Miller lovers just have to come to peace with that. Sorry guys….

    Moulson on the other hand might want to stay not sure. As of right now I believe the Sabres are committed to the rebuild. So I believe he will leave via free agency if he’s not resigned by trade deadline. Him and CoHo make a deadly combo though.

    Oilers didn’t do great with there drafts. The mistakes that they made were that they just stuck to bulking up there offense while paying no attention to goaltending and defense. Teams like LA, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh addressed all there positions through the draft and not just going after a top notch forward and what happened to them? Stanley Cups. So yes Sabres will rely heavily on the draft they have no other route to go. Buffalo isn`t a place for UFA`s as we all know. All of our major contributors will come from draft and or trade.

    John Scott and Kaleta will be back in full effect. Neither player IMO will have to prove himself to Nolan. They are exactly the type of player he wants. They`ll get the time they want.

  • wolfdoctor

    IMO, by the time the Sabres’ teenagers become established NHLers, Moulson will be in his mid 30s and he will most likely not be much help to the team at that point. In the mean time keeping him will just help in preventing us from getting the high (1-3) draft picks we covet. The same goes for Ott and Miller.

  • davidmuscalo

    I want Miller to stay in Buffalo, but yesterday when he was asked what his aspirations are for the season he said (and I paraphrase) that his number one priority is to make the Olympic team. He then added that he wants to help the Sabres improve in the standings. I think, unfortunately, that he has, in his mind, decided to seek his fortune elsewhere when the season ends if he is not traded before then. If that happens, the development of team will be retarded and their return to playoffs put off for a few more years. You just can’t win consistently without an exceptional goalie unless you have buco talent – which, of course, we don’t have.

    As for Patrick Kaleta, I hope I am wrong, but don’t see him wearing a Sabres uniform again. I think the league has sent a message to Terry and that message is that they don’t want Kaleta back in the NHL. That just my gut feeling. Perhaps, Ted Nolan, who is also not a favorite of NHL management, may try to bring him up from Rochester, but I think that is a long shot.

  • Justin Tosczak

    Bang on.

    The Miller ordeal can end any time between now and trade deadline, but he needs to go. Not because we wouldn’t him, but because he will leave for nothing if we don’t. I feel that’s the bottom line on that one.

    I will be the first to say I was wrong about Moulson. I thought he was a by-product of JT. I was wrong. I would like to see Moulson signed to a 3 year, over paid perhaps, deal. Let him and CoHo keep up the good work together. I can see Armia fitting with them nicely actually…

    As for Kaleta, I do believe he will be back. I also think Scott will play more, but I do not think that is bad in the least bit.. Rolston was not experienced enough to properly handle a roster. He put goal scoring rookies on 4th lines, benched players who were actually playing, and only sent out Scott to fight or take a penalty.. Both Scott and and Kaleta provide a big brother support feeling to the young guys, and you know every player from the other team knows when they are on the ice. If used properly, I do believe they can contribute their own little part.

    On a side note, Nolan is making me very happy already. My new favourite player since the pre-season, Zemgus, has been moved to centre the second line! Between Ott and Ennis.. Eff ya!… Foligno is the centre on the third line, Sorry CC!