Buffalo Sabres fans let me ask you a serious question, are you ready for the Buffalo Sabres rebuild? Now before you answer that question, let me add another aspect to it. Are you ok with a rebuild by means of a fire sale? Where the Sabres sell off players like Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and perhaps even Jhonas Enroth in exchange for draft picks?
For the most part a lot of Buffalo Sabres fans seem to be on board with their latest rebuild, but no one really knows what route the Sabres will take through their rebuild and as Mark pointed out yesterday, that route could mean selling most of the players on today’s roster for young prospects and draft picks. If the Sabres did that would you be okay?
If the Sabres were to go the fire sale route it would be like from scratch and would need to be done by the end of this season so they could build around the new core of Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia, Nikita Zadorov, Mark Pysyk and Mikhail Grigorenko. Starting from scratch would be a tall order and the Sabres would need to insure they had the right coach in place to lead and teach a group to play hockey and compete.
It would mean a few more long and painful season’s before the Sabres see success, but in the end the Buffalo Sabres could end up with one of the most exciting and competitive teams in the NHL in a few season’s. But that would mean kissing goodbye to players such as Ott, Ville Leino, Drew Stafford, Matt Moulson and potentially Cody Hodgson.
As Mark pointed out, we don’t know what the new GM will want to do with this team and how they will choose to rebuild it. They could choose to build around players like Hodgson, Moulson and Ott or they could choose to keep only a few of the rookies around. Would you be open to a fire-sale if the Buffalo Sabres do go that route?
Also if the Buffalo Sabres do go choose to go with a fire-sale, who would be on your no-touch list and why?