Pimlach Posted March 11 Report Share Posted March 11 2 hours ago, JohnC said: The goalie position and blue line unit each need to be upgraded. Patching one hole without addressing the other hole is self-defeating. If you add another 4-5 blueliner to the mx and bring in a #1 goalie (suggested names have been made in other threads), then the roster will certainly be strengthened. Would it be better to bring in another top four defenseman to pair with Power, resulting in Joki dropped down to the third pairing? Yes, but is that option available on the trade market or even free agent market at a reasonable price? I'm not sure that it is. Without question, the priority is the goalie position. And without question the Sabres have more assets than most to deal with. You hit it smack on the head and then you started to rationalize. Better goaltending is definitely needed. UPL is still young for a goalie and has been inconsistent. Comrie is a known backup, and no more than that. Better Defense is needed - Look at the xGA/100 data. It says that even Dominik Hasek would struggle with our defensive play. If we believe that Dahlin, Samuelsson, and Power are 1, 2, 3 then we need to fix 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. We also need to fix the way the forwards play or replace the ones that don't/won't/can't play both ways. Adams cannot fall in love with his players. He needs better ones to improve the team's GAA. We are not going to score much more than we already do. You want to win more games? Fix the goals against. Of course trade options will be available, if we are willing to give up something to get something. A good GM takes care of the reasonable price part of it, that is his job. What he cannot control is if players do not want to come to Buffalo, and that is still real. Adams hands are not tied unless Pegula has constraints on spending that he is not telling us about. Adams has both the assets and the cap room, he just needs to do it. 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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