An intriguing look at the rebuild of the Buffalo Sabres. [The Nilsen Report].
It was designed to be a firesale, ship out the old, expiring contracts of players that did not want to be or, or didn’t fit the rebuild. And firesale they did, however, if you take a look at the rebuild of the Buffalo Sabres from the standpoint of this past season only, you can actually break it down into seperate “chapters” of life.
It is a good time to be a Buffalo Sabres fan. There is energy around the team, there is a hope that the team is on the rise.
They will more than likely miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year. It will be another dark record for the organization to pick up, as they have never missed four post season trips in a row before. In fact this past post season bid was the first time the franchise missed the playoffs more three times in a row.
The Sabres have gotten better, addition by subtraction, leadership, culture – all that has improved. Still a lot of work to be done – Rome wasn’t built in a day. Stay on board and enjoy the ride.
Buffalo Sabres expect rapid improvement after busy off season. [NHL.com].
Tim Murray wasn’t going to sit back and accept the five year rebuild that he saw pinned up in the office of the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres when he walked in on the first day of his new job.
It won’t be an overnight turn around, but with this past off season, the Buffalo Sabres are going to be easier to watch, and just might win a few games this year.
The team was hard to watch last year, and everyone in the organization will tell you that. It was reflected in the number of seats wide open on any given night.
I have been telling people I run into this off season not to abandon their season tickets. Some are holding on. It’s not so much that I want to see the same people in the stands, it ks not because the more friends I have with season tickets the easier it would be to get invited to sit in the seats for a game.
It is like the economy. If a somewhat decent job comes open – someone will snatch it up. The waiting list for season tickets is still immense. If I had the disposable income, I would have jumped on the list – because now is the time to be on that list.
How about the top ten prospects in the 2015 draft? [Bleacher Report].
Whether your dreaming about the draft lottery, or your just that much of a draft nerd that you started mock drafts for 2015 shortly after the 2014 NHL Draft ended, the time is now to start looking at who is going to be in the top ten of the 2015 NHL Draft.
And it really just isn’t about who is there. There are a number of questions that need to be asked.
Sure were know about Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid, but where does the dropoff of good players end? Are we seeing ten NHL ready kids here that are ready for the rigors of the NHL?
What is going to be the cost to pick once inside the dropoff zone? Can you get in a second time?