Mar 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars: Reactions

The Buffalo Sabres are a team in turmoil, that is for certain. What is uncertain? The futures of current head coach Ted Nolan, as well as a large number of the current Sabres players. Despite the turbulence, Buffalo entered this game on a 3-game winning streak, and somehow kept their game against the Dallas Stars close, losing 3-2.

Ironically, the win was the 600th win for former Sabres bench-boss Lindy Ruff. So, congrats to him.

As for Buffalo…their execution was lacking. This is to be expected of a less-than-spectacular lineup. Tyler Ennis was around the puck all night, and it resulted in 2 goals. Drew Stafford was solid. The rest of the forwards…a pretty lackluster game for them.

The Sabres defense…I have a migraine from watching them. I didn’t check the stats, but the team must have given up close to 40 shots on goal. VERY unacceptable. It really isn’t THAT difficult to at least clear the puck out of the zone, chip it along the boards, gain control and slow the pace down…is it? If you are not going to be able to clear the puck out, can you at least keep players away from the front of the net? Mike Weber was a monstrosity tonight. John Scott should not be on defense. If I am not mistaken, all 3 Dallas goals were scored by players right in front of the goal.

I am not sure what the point is of keeping certain defensemen in Rochester at this point, instead of giving them NHL experience. They will need to get experience at some point in their careers.

The only reason that the Sabres were even in this game? Jhonas Enroth. He has waited a long time for a chance to try and prove that he can be a number one netminder in the NHL, and he did not disappoint tonight, with 36 or so saves.

Lastly, the front office fiasco’s going on with Buffalo…just…maddening. Pat Lafontaine, one of the best Sabres to even don the jersey, gone in just a couple months? What happened here? Who better to have hired to be the face of the franchise? Now, Ted Nolan, might take the exit as well? Such a disaster. Nolan is, in my opinion, an excellent coach – and who is needed to help guide this team during this rebuild.

Whatever happened to “hockey heaven?” Terry Pegula was looked at like a savior when he purchased the team and sold us a dream. In such a short span of time, the Sabres have gone through so many personnel changes on and off the ice, and changed its position on what direction the team needs to take, this it is beyond frustrating.

The Buffalo Sabres have one of the best fanbases in the NHL. You can see it in the stands whenever the Sabres are playing road games. To everyone who is in charge, please, the fans deserve better than this. Right the ship. I know that the job isn’t easy, but you seem to be making it more difficult than it needs to be.

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  • Jes

    Weber shouldn’t be in the NHL.

    Leave the young defensemen like Risto and McNabb in Rochester. Get much needed conditioning for the rest of the AHL season. Quite possibly for the playoffs as well. Ruhwedwel would be an ok call up but McNabb and Risto should stay in the AHL for the rest of the year.

    Enroth’s been unbelievable his last 3 games.

    • AndrewAmerk

      I Disagree. Rudy-Pysyk-McNabb-Risto is probably as good, if not better, than Sulzer-Weber-Scott-McBain. Even at this stage of everyone’s careers.

      • Jes

        Ya but I didn’t say one was better then the other right? All I said was they could use the rest of the year in the AHL competing with a winning environment. It goes a long way. Just look at the way Girgensons developed with just one year in the AHL compared to Grigorenko who jumped straight up to the NHL. Sure there better then the defensemen you mentioned but that’s no reason to rush them into play in the big league. Again look at how well Girgensons developed. No need to hit the ready button with Pysyk, McNabb, and Ristolainen for this year. Play it smart and have them come in next year when Sulzer, Tallinder and Ehrhoff are gone and maybe even Weber and McBain.

        • Kyle

          Thank You! Finally some sense!!!!!

      • Mark van den Brand

        @AndrewAmerk:disqus you dont want to get those kids in this situation right now.. right now they are at the right place in rochester. a more stable environment than here, the one thing you dont want to mess with is these rookies heads because if they get rattled it wont be good for their individual progress. Leave them at the amerks and let them have the chance to go for the playoffs down there.

  • davidmuscalo

    It can’t get better; Murray is even dumber than Regier!

    I was impressed with Enroth in last night’s game, but he got little support from the defense and the offense couldn’t keep the puck on the Dallas side of the ice most of the night.

    As for bringing up defensemen from Rochester, the Amers have a chance to make the playoffs, the Sabres have a chance to get the number one draft pick. Need I say more.

    Also, the announcers, specifically Milbury, indicated that Ted Nolan will soon be history because of his comments related to the exit of Pat Lafontaine. He feels, he may be right, that Murray is miffed because Nolan was emotionally impacted when Lafontaine left instead of being supportive of management.