Despite the hockey season being just days away, I’m having a hard time getting ready for it.
Most of this struggle lies in the frustration that comes with a team promising change and failing to deliver, but that’s for another post later this week.
Today is a bit of a refresher course on the tail end of last season. Late March and early April weren’t the most meaningful games Buffalo has ever played, but you can learn a lot from a team by what they do on the ice when it’s only about pride. With that in mind, here’s a handy summary of March 25-28:
Now… small sample size, they lost the next game in a crushing fashion only Thomas Vanek understands, and on and on. However, that looks like a very different version of the Sabres than I remember. The video is obviously designed to prove just that, but I don’t remember them ever being that aggressive in a three-game stretch.
So here’s my question: assuming they want to, do you feel the Sabres can play that style of hockey this year? Roster cuts are still looming and all that, but most people know enough about what will be on the final roster to say for themselves. They have shown flashes of it countless times, but will Darcy Regier’s slight tinkering result in a tougher Sabres team even with guys like Pominville, Connolly, and Roy still on the roster? Will they protect Miller before it’s too late?
Can a 10th place team change its stripes?