Well Buffalo Sabres fans, we are finally here. I can’t really say that I feel differently about it yet, but we are officially all in life after Ville Leino. [Puck Daddy].
I am not sure who I want to fault for the Ville Leino situation, nor do I really care at this point – but since we are here and much has already been said about it lets go down that road. I don’t honestly think that Terry Pegula is at fault for Ville Leino. I think Pegula was a new owner with money in his first free agency and he wanted to spend it on someone, anyone. The Buffalo Sabres were going to give that contract to someone.
Ville Leino just happened to win the sweepstakes. I don’t think Terry Pegula knows enough about hockey to make an informed decision about what free agency he wants to spend his money on. I think when the 2011 free agency period rolled around the Buffalo Sabres were targeting Brad Richards. Surely a fantastical pipe dream. Once he was off the table – the Buffalo Sabres turned elsewhere, and good old Darcy Regier said hey, how about that guy from Philadelphia that just scored on us in the playoffs.
Fancy thing about it – Brad Richards is being labeled as a possible buyout target as well with the New York Rangers.
It’s going to be another long year ahead of the Buffalo Sabres, and admittedly, it is not going to be any better than last year. Brighter days are ahead. [WIVB].
What makes it so easy to say that brighter days will be ahead? Well they can’t get much darker – but that isn’t the case. The Buffalo Sabres are sending five players to Lake Placid for Team USA’s initial camp in August. Yes, that’s right – camp in August. It’s Team USA’s first look at who might be going to the IIHF World Juniors Championship in December.
Sean Malone, a local product out of West Seneca will lead the pack of Buffalo Sabres prospects at the training camp, where all five guys try to earn a spot on Team USA. How many members of the Buffalo Sabres organization will be on the final roster?
Joining Sean Malone are prospects J.T. Compher, Hudson Fasching, Connor Hurley, and Anthony Florentino.
Hudson Fasching has two silver medals, J.T. Compher has two silvers and a gold; Sean Malone has a silver medal, and Connor Hurley has a gold medal in international competition.
Anthony Florentino, the lone defenseman in the group is the only one heading into camp without a medal.