Waiting for Moore

By Chris

It really is tough to get a job in the United States these days. The newest Sabre, Dominic Moore, a native of Toronto, is apparently having some visa issues that prohibit him from working in the U.S. Buffalo didn’t need Moore on Wednesday, but the sooner he can get acclimated with the team, the better off the Sabres will be. The team does believe that Moore will make his Buffalo debut tonight.

And tonight they face a Phoenix Coyotes team that sold two of its hottest commodities, center Olli Jokinen and defenseman Derek Morris at the trade deadline. The Coyotes also shipped out Daniel Carcillo to the Flyers and backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist to the Sabres.

They received a bunch of players in return, including Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes, Pert Prucha, Matthew Lomabrdi, Brandon Prust, Scotty Upshall, a first round pick, a second round pick and a fourth rounder.

The Coyotes are rebuilding for sure and it will be interesting to see what kind of attitude the new players bring to a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002 and hasn’t won a playoff series since it moved from Winnipeg in 1996.

The Sabres shut out the Coyotes, 2-0, on Jan. 31 behind stellar play from Ryan Miller.

It’s a new Phoenix team, but from the show Buffalo put on Wednesday, we may be looking at a new Sabres team as well.

It’s a 7:30 p.m. face off at HSBC Arena. Gotta love the stretch run.