Grading The Buffalo Sabres Offseason

August 7th, 2010 by Kevin Latacki Leave a reply »
This offseason in particular has been received mixed reviews from the fans for obvious reasons.  The Sabres had many problems on the ice and it showed in their 1st round elimination in the playoffs.  Is it realistic to question all of these moves and assess whether they will still be a playoff team at the end of the season?  Or will they simply fade out like they had the two previous years?

The Draft:  I will not go into detail about the draft, simply because it is a crapshoot to say who will make the roster in the next few years.  For example, Miller was a later pick, and look at him now.  Their first round selection was Mark Pysyk.  Now, he is not a stand out like Tyler Myers was.  But he is consistent but won't wow anyone with his play.  But he gets his job done.  I was not expecting the Sabres to take two defenseman with their first picks.  All in all, they took a run on defenseman with their two picks, then went for the centers, and grabbed another defenseman.  They then filled out their wings with their later picks.

Free agency:  Shortly before free agency we re-signed Mike Grier.  I ...

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