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.