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  1. In previous years, I have been a huge proponent of getting rid of many Sabres due to lack of production. This season, as in past seasons, disappointment seemed to find it's way through many of their 2nd and 3rd lines. But after taking a step back, seeing the dismissal of PH, and seeing the success of previous Sabres on other teams, I think withholding judgement may be in order. Let's start with a few of the obvious: Risto: Was one of the "stubborn" players Bots was talking about during last off season, and his locker cleanout interview recently showed he wasn't a fan of Housley's system or culture. In two years with Disco Dan, Risto was a total -30. 2 years w/ PH, he was -66. His shot % dropped below 3.2% for the first time in his career. He was always paired against the opponent's best line, and he wasn't the only player on the ice. His work ethic cannot be questioned, yet PH system didn't work for him. We can send him off to another team for a scoring 2C and watch another former Sabre succeed, or allow a new coach use him and play to his strengths and sign a 2C via free agency or through trading another piece. Sobotka: Yes, I was one of the many who said just shelf the guy in January. But he came out and said PH was using him in a different role, which curtailed his scoring. Square peg meet round hole. He went from 11/20/31, -6 in St. Louis to 5/8/13 -20 in Buffalo. He took half as many shots in Buffalo this season (71) than he took in St. Louis last season (131). I"m a bit skeptical in blaming Sobotka cuz of the result of ROR for the Blues. Here is a guy who was 24/37/61 -23 in Buffalo and deemed the problem to 28/49/77 +22 in St. Louis and deemed a leader. That's a 45 plus/minus jump. Many fans wanted ROR shipped out. That's a whole 'nother post. Okposo: Here is a guy who this past season had his lowest goal and assist total in a non-strike season since 2010-2011. He was -7 in one year w/ Disco Dan, and -43 in two years with Housley. Some may contribute that to his age, and the fact he was recovering from a serious concussion two seasons ago, but the negative attitude in the Sabres locker room and lack of a true 2C probably had more to do with that than anything. Keep in mind earlier in the season during the Sabres stretch run in Oct/Nov he was 5/6/11 in 15 games, yet 8/5/13 from January 1st on. I think a solid 2C and a new coach and system may turn his numbers around. Scandella: He also struggled in PH defensive scheme, with horrendous give aways and bad decisions. But I think he was another player who didn't work well in PH system. He had double digit assists in 4 of his last 5 seasons until putting up a measly 7 this year. His shot total went from 138 last year to 83 this season. I believe he was another player who the culture took a toll on him. Hutton: Here is a guy who stood on his head on many nights, yet went from 17-7 w/ 2.09 and .931 last season in St. Louis to 18-25 w/ 3.00 and .908 this year. He was left out to dry on many nights. Although he played almost twice as many games w/ the Sabres than last year with the Blues, a better team in front of him would have helped his numbers greatly. Also, when you look at Lehner, who openly criticized the Culture in Buffalo, went from 14-26, 3.01 .908 w/ Sabres to 25-13, 2.13 .930 w/ NYI this past season. Almost mirror images of the same player with a different team. Is it the player, or the team? I'm not a GM, and I'm not saying "keep everyone for another year". Change is good. But before we cast off players who were the ire of our fury and have struggled this season with a coach that clearly was in over his head, I think it's important to take a deep breath. Last year a fan posted that they ran into the parents of Justin Falk while on vacation. The parents stated that Housley was soft on veteran players, and was afraid to bench or ride them when they underperformed. Looking back on that today, PH record and on ice performance reflected that softness. This team simply lacked mental toughness through adversity. They talked about it last year, and it still was an issue this year. It wouldn't surprise me if he lost the respect of the locker room because of it. I just hope Bots doesn't react and pull another ROR based on the performance of a player in a system that lacked structure and a culture that lacked discipline. Would I want to see another high scoring 2C or 2Winger? Of course. But if that happens, and then that player underperforms here, are we going to go through the blame game with them again and trade them away? Or do we look at the bigger problem, which is the voice and direction they are following?
  2. Bottom line it's difficult to gauge a players performance based on how Housley used him. Sobotka even came out stating his scoring took a hit based on the role Housley assigned him. Once a new coach comes in that may change. I'm reserving judgement
  3. Sabres scored 31 goals in 16 games during the month of March They've scored 10 in their last 5 periods... 😤
  4. This is the Sabres team that won 10 games. nothing but sticks, skates and bodies in passing lanes. Giving up nothing. That goal was a fluke bounce. Otherwise they've been playing really strong. Wonder where this has been all season That was point blank under the crossbar. Tough save for anyone
  5. I think you have to see how Thompson pans out, and how the Sabres use that 2nd round pick Bots has been drafting some good players in the first four rounds over the last few years. They may be able to add to that stable. I really like some of the skills Thompson carries and he is still very young. If he can turn into a 20g scorer on a 2nd or 3rd line and Montour becomes one of our core Dmen then I think the Sabres got the better of this deal. Right now, similar to that WGR call, it seems the Sabres have traded all of their good players away in hopes of rebuilding through the draft. Those players in my view were seen as anti-culture, yet they've gone on to other teams and have shined. I saw the WAR stats that showed Kane & ROR on this team makes us a playoff team, and it fit under the cap. That's tough to swallow for a fan base that hasn't seen a playoff game in close to a decade. If I could step back to July 1st I'd say I'd wish the Sabres kept ROR. Granted, I was one of the fans who thought he had to go. But after this season it seems he wasn't the problem. I really believe the coaching style of PH and the culture he has created has adversely affected this team. Had a different coach been in place, ROR wouldn't have been in that state of mind. I don't think PH is demanding enough. Players simply don't listen to him. I know this because ROR and Kane gets traded and they both are having career years with skilled players, similar to the players we now have on our team. To this poll's point, it's a wait and see. Honestly, we have no choice.
  6. I would just do Reinhart & Risto for Draisaitl & Kassian. McDavid isn't going anywhere. That's crazy talk.
  7. Over his last 10 seasons as HC, Alain Vigneault has finished with less than 45 wins and 96 points only twice. Once was during the strike shortened season 2011 when his team finished first in their division, and the other was the last season he coached in 17-18 before the Rangers fired him. In his first season as HC of Canucks, he finished w/ 45 wins, 105 points, and made it into the second round of the playoffs. In his first season as HC of Rangers, he finished w/ 45 wins, 96 points, and made it to the Stanley Cup finals. Since 2011-12, his teams made it to the playoffs six times over seven years. The Sabres are 0 for 8. Vigneault's teams won a playoff series in six of the last 10 seasons he's coached, including three conference finals appearances and two Stanley Cups. The Sabres haven't won a single series over that time. The Rangers team that made it to the Stanley Cup only had 3 players who scored more than 50 points (Zuccarello had 59 to lead the team) and only two 20+ goal scorers. So with less offensive talent than the Sabres have this year, they made it all the way to the finals. Yet, we have been playing like the worst team in hockey.
  8. I don't know how Sabres can sell Housley coming back for another season to their fan base or sponsors. That's like selling Ice to Eskimos. Coaches have been fired for lesser reasons. Besides a 10 game stretch, this has been one of the worst teams in hockey during Housley's 2 years as coach. We added an elite D talent, a potential 40g scorer, and allowed Eichel and Reinhart to up their games, and we are still horrible. Most importantly, it all comes down to players performance, effort, and body language. Right now this team has no confidence, no grit, and that's a reflection of coaching. Housley isn't reaching them. If anything, a change is needed to shock the players system. They need a coach that can exude confidence in them and get them to perform. From Eichel's comments it seems he's more pissed at the players than Housley, but at the end of the day it's Housley's job to ensure the players are doing theirs, and if they aren't, he needs to lose his.
  9. It seems this team has quit in more ways than one. Despite their post 2018 woes where the Sabres have arguably the worst record in the league since Jan 1st (if they don't, they might as well have), we have a new problem. After the Zadorov hit on Eichel after the whistle Saturday, there wasn't a glove dropped. It was reminiscent of the 2011 Lucic hit on Miller in which no one dropped their gloves to stand up for Miller, the team just scrummed around and eventually the whole thing was broken up. On Saturday, Casey Nelson came by and gave Zadorov an embarrassing love tap. Embarrassing. It wasn't until Scandella came from behind and tried to grab Zadorov around the neck in an attempt to pull him down. No dice. The most energetic guy in the pile was Reinhart. But again, a lot of pushing and gloves being rubbed in people's faces, but no gloves dropped and fists thrown. Sounds familiar? Yes. the Lucic hit on Miller altered the direction of the franchise. I read that Darcy Regier even admitted later on that he knew at that moment the Sabres needed to rebuild and start over again. Compare that moment to a hit in 2017 on Sam Reinhart by Ian Cole. It was during play (not after the whistle) and was a clean hit by Cole. It didn't matter, Eichel (of all players) immediately dropped his gloves and actually attempted to throw a punch at Cole. Evander Kane beat him to the punch (no pun) and immediately dropped his gloves to take on Cole and protect Eichel. That's two players dropping their gloves to defend their teammate, including a guy who we don't want dropping his gloves--our best player--on a clean legal hit. It seems that, besides Bogosian, this team doesn't have anyone that would answer the bell. The closest to Bogo was Beaulieu, but he's in Winnipeg. Heck, even in 2007 when Drury got elbowed by Chris Neil, a scrawny rookie named Drew Stafford stepped up, dropping his gloves, and took on a guy he had no business fighting. That's what teammates do for each other. Based on his post game comments, Eichel concurred that his team needs more pushback when they get pushed around. Based on the video in 2017 of him vs. Cole, he has to be disappointed that no one did the same for him. This team is dying on the vine. The sparkle of the 10 game winning streak has evaporated. Talk of "best team in the league" has turned into "worst". There is too much talk of "soft" and "lack of pushback" being mentioned in post game interviews. That's not a good label to have in a physical league where a team knows they can come into any building and push the Sabres around on their way to a win. At some point someone needed to challenge Zadorov. No one stepped up. Bots now has a new problem. It's one thing to say we may not have the players to competently put 3 potent offensive lines on the ice (see TB Lightning). But now he finds a team with no sandpaper, no grit, and allows their best player (and arguably their grittiest minus Bogo) to get run.The Sabres learned that the days of signing Jon Scott are over. They need guys who can score or play competent D, and drop the gloves, fight for each other, stick up for each other, and never let another team's player to make a run on one of their guys. ESPECIALLY after the whistle. No matter that opponent's size. I didn't see that Saturday, even after that shift--except for Eichel. I saw a defeated team that got pushed around and didn't do a whole lot about it. For a moment it was our 18 year old phenom D-man who laid a shoulder into one of the Ave players. An 18 year old playing with more pushback than arguably the rest of the team. Let that sink in. (In a few years, Dahlin is going to be a beast. But for now...) Player toughness and standing up for each other is out of Housley's hands. That task lies directly on the shoulders of Bots, and the players he signs to wear the blue and gold. Bots talks about teaching the young players how to play the game the right way. Saturday was not a good example of that. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to see that this off-season will bring more change to this team. Add to the list of 2nd and 3rd line scoring, is players with grit and fight. Hopefully, Eichel won't have to be the guy time and time again to get physical and pushback against other teams. If that continues into next season, the direction of this franchise will be in deep trouble.
  10. Sabres are toast this year. Their confidence is gone. It will be a small miracle for them to make a playoff push. Ok, large miracle. Regardless, this team is playing for the future. Just call up Pilut and Olafsson and let them gain experience and see what we have. JBots isn't going anywhere, and neither is Phil. If the same effort returns next year, Phil may be a goner. But that's a big if. Bots will be dialed in on 2nd line scoring over the summer. I see us getting a big name. Not your 29-30 year old GMTM player who can't hold his water after one season (see Moulson, Okposo). I'm talking 26 year old with his best years in front of him.
  11. Bots will be around awhile so get used to that. Housley will have at least next year.
  12. I would hate to see Risto go as well. But we are pretty deep at D in Buf and Roch. We need playmakers more than anything.
  13. With Risto being shopped heavily I can see potential move with TB or Minn. JT Miller or Johnson for TB, Zucker for MIN All have term. All can play solid 2nd line. All similar contract numbers.
  14. I see offense coming back in a deal for Risto. JT Miller or Tyler Johnson
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