Will the Buffalo Sabres Win the Northeast Division Again?

August 22nd, 2010 by TJ Luckman Leave a reply »

This is Part Three of an eight-part series of questions about the Sabres that many people have been wondering about over the offseason.  

The Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the NHL was quietly one of the strongest divisions in the league last year, sending four of its five teams to the playoffs. 

Seeing as there are only eight slots for teams to make it, with half of them being from one division, that’s pretty good.  The Buffalo Sabres won this division only to go down to division rival Boston in the first round of the playoffs. 

The Sabres generally have the same team makeup as last year.  While they lost Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman to free agency, the Sabres signed two serviceable defenseman who to replace them, and they should fill in quite fine this season.  The Sabres also lost Tim Kennedy over a contract dispute.  However, as a small third line center, that may not matter much.  The Sabres are replacing Kennedy with veteran Rob Niedermayer. 

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