Here are 9 simple thoughts i’m left with.
1- I’m pretty excited about Ennis & Hodgson at center. Big-time upgrade over Connolly & Roy both on and off the ice. It would be great to add a kingpin #1 center ahead of them, but a Mike Peca/Chris Drury type as a number 3 might do the trick.
2- I think Paul Gaustad was part of the problem. Nice guy, but relying on him to skate 18 minutes a game was like scoring kryptonite.
3- I’m good with Ehrhoff & Myers on the Sabres blueline for the NEXT SEVEN YEARS. McNabb might even be good someday too.
4- Ryan Miller is a good enough goalie to win a Stanley Cup.
5- I was done with Stafford last year when he said “there’s other guys that do that on this team” when asked about playing gritty hockey. There are plenty of guys who can score 20 goals in the NHL. And many who can do it while being an absolute a pain in the ass to play against every night. Hockey is a nasty sport. Nice guy. Decent talent. Not going to win with him.
6- I like Lindy Ruff. I like him more than I like most of the players on the team. I want Lindy to be the guy that brings the Stanley Cup to Buffalo.
7- Marcus Foligno.
8- Darcy Regier is a good GM. I think Hodgson for Kassian will turn out to be a steal. Gaustad for a 1st already is. He’s whiffed on some moves… he’s hit on some moves. You can’t really argue with his draft record. I think we all just want a new face to yell at and that’s not a good enough reason to kick him out the door. Besides, we have to keep Darcy if only to keep @FakeDarcy.
9- And last but not least, Injuries. Are they excuses? Facts? Reasons? I don’t know but the most disturbing part of the injury-fest was not the play of the young guys who were forced to fill in… but the healthy veterans (Roy, Staff, Boyes, Goose, Gerbe, Leino) who completely failed to step up.
That’s all. Now go ahead and tell me how stupid I am.