Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sam Reinhart puts on a team cap after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: Recapping Major Offseason Moves

How much better are the Buffalo Sabres one week after Tim Murray and company reshaped the team through free agency/ [Bleacher Report].

Listen – everyone knows the end result of this season is drafting high and drafting often.  Connor McDavid is still the goal.  That doesn’t mean the Buffalo Sabres have to be terrible to watch.

Tim Murray made this team better, but not so much that the Buffalo Sabres will risk losing out on the chance to have very good odds in the NHL Draft Lottery.  You won’t however, want to dig your eyes out with a spoon after the opening ten minutes of a hockey game.

Don’t forget the success of the 2014 NHL Draft.  [Hockey's Future].

Yes – I want to call the draft a success.  Why – simple reason, we got bigger.  We got faster – and Tim Murray isn’t going to rush the kids into the NHL.  He would even like to see Sam Reinhart, the second overall pick in the draft play another year in junior.  Hell, maybe even start the kid in Rochester.

By the time the rebuild is finish, these two draft classes and free agent pools are going to resurrect fan hope in this team again on a large scale.

Tim Murray’s Buffalo Sabres are going to have an attitude.  [Sports Media 101].

This more than anything is what is making Buffalo Sabres fans happy.  We might actually dig in the corners, stand in front of the net, get into the dirty areas where trench battles are fought and hockey games are won.

I have a friend who thinks the Buffalo Sabres should change the team colors to pink, and make the logo a swinging purse – then they would have a uniform scheme that would match their style of play.

He was hoping for John Scott to resign in Buffalo so someone could protect the youth.  I like the motto of teaching the youth to play with grit and determination.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Nhl Draft Nhl Free Agency Sam Reinhart Tim Murray

  • qwicwted

    Actually I have no problem with Murray resigning Cody McCormick to replace John Scott. Scott was a penalty waiting to happen as soon as he stepped on the ice – going to the West Coast will help him. I really like the Gionta signing – moreso than if we resigned Ott. And Moulson – he’s a workhorse, another great mentor. The addition of Gorges and Meszaros give us grit, toughness and leadership that McBain, Tallinder, Sulzer and even Ehrhoff couldn’t deliver. Yes, Ehrhoff did give us minutes, but I just don’t think he was physical in helping clear out the net.
    IMO, the addition of Stewart and Mitchell is a good move. I’ve seen Mitchell play and I believe a change of scenary will be beneficial for both him and the Sabres. We’ll see if Stafford can continue his improvement – same with Myers. Now we just need Ted to incorporate Armia, Larsson, Carrier and Grigorenko into the lineup. It’s time for Ellis and Kaleta to remain in Rochester.
    We may not be a playoff contender this year, but I think the Sabres will be fun to watch and I’m looking forward to the season.

    • Timothy Redinger

      I like the McCormick signing as well. I don’t like the cost – but I like McCormick. He plays the style we need right now. Gritty and under the skin. He is no Kaleta, no Barnaby, not even close to Ott – but he will have value for this organization in the short term.

  • wolfdoctor

    Reinhart can’t play in Rochester this year. It’s either the juniors or the Sabres.

    • Timothy Redinger

      didn’t finish that sentence out all the way – meant to state play the kid in rochester for a year when he is eligble. He wont be old enough for the AHL. thanks wolfdoctor

  • Dano

    “I have a friend who thinks the Buffalo Sabres should change the team colors to pink, and make the logo a swinging purse – then they would have a uniform scheme that would match their style of play.”

    Are you plagiarizing me? ;)

    Buffalo needs to snag a top10 type of enforcer. The proof is going to be seen when Sid and Malkin get run all season long because the Pens as an organization have emasculated their team.