It’s only been a few days but I’m sure Tim Murray has found out that being the GM of the 30th ranked Buffalo Sabres is no easy task. Heck being the GM of the Buffalo Sabres no matter where they rank is no picnic. Murray has a lot of work to do if he plans on one day making the Buffalo Sabres competitive in the NHL again.
He’s already checked one task off his list by hinting at removing the interim tag from Ted Nolan‘s job description, but what should he
tackle next? I’ve narrowed it down to two choices for y’all- should he fix the lack of scoring on the Sabres or should he focus his energy on Ryan Miller and other players getting ready to hit the free agent waters?
At the end of this season the Sabres stand to lose Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Matt Moulson and 21 other players throughout the organization. That’s a lot of man power and a lot of cap space on the way out for a team who will need to spend a lot of dough just to reach the rising cap floor next season. Tim Murray is going to be a busy man between now and March 5th as he determines who will be sticking around and who he can flip at the deadline, but do the upcoming UFA’s and RFA’s outweigh the Sabres biggest problem?
Anyone who has watched the Sabres for any length of time this season knows they are hard pressed to score more than 1 goal a game in regulation and in today’s NHL you have a hard time not scoring at least 1 goal a night. The Sabres are a little past the halfway point this season and have scored just 71 goals, at this rate they’ll be hard pressed just to reach the 150 goal mark; A mark that St. Louis, Chicago and Anaheim have already passed. The Sabres are scoring at a less than impressive 1.61 goals per game average which is a huge tell to why they are in last place. In fact the Buffalo Sabres have scored 1 goal or less in regulation 23 times this season.
Take a minute to go through the Buffalo Sabres roster. What player on the roster is a pure goal scorer? Maybe Matt Moulson, aside from that the Sabres don’t have a goal scorer on their roster and they are in desperate need of one going forward. When Tyler Ennis is leading your team with 9 goals and the guy you paid lots of money to be your goal scorer in Ville Leino has 0 goals this season it might be time to do something.
So if you were Tim Murray running the Buffalo Sabres which task would you tackle first? Fix your teams lack of scoring or take care of the UFA’s and RFA’s?