Sabres offseason outlook
FINAL RECORD 2017-18 25-45-12 62 points dead last in the East.
Optimism was high in Pelgulaville that the team would turn the corner and be competitive for a lower seed in what looked to be the leagues weakest division. Instead they were more or less out of it early.
Looking back I am not sure where the optimism came from, Chad Johnson came back aboard as a mediocre backup goalie Pominville was back for a return engagement as a medio
Ahh ... I see what you did there.
I have NO clue what is going to happen in Sabre Land. One would have thought they would have improved last year. Unless, of course, they decided to tank once again to have hopes of winning the Lottery, which they did, and land Dahlin. So do you paor him with Risto? Dahlin automatically gets top minutes on PP1. Risto struggled last year. Was that anomaly, or is there more than meets the eye?
Reinhart, as you mentioned, finally had so
I think Ristolainen comes back strong - call it a "sophomore slump" coupled with being the focus of every team since he was the only real puck-moving defenceman on the squad.
I still think $10M was too much too soon for Eichel. He's got to stay healthy and he's got to be a 30+ goal scorer (probably 35+) for that to work out long term.
In a "down, depressing" year for O'Reilly he only managed his second-highest point and goal totals of his career and flat out dominated on
The Sabres used to be a pretty good franchise. I'm guessing most of their fans figured once a filthy rich owner bought the team all their troubles would be over. But filthy rich and hockey smart are not the same thing, as Pegula has proven over and over.
There's talent there, but it's starting to look like the stink of losing might not be as easy to get rid of as you'd think. Dahlin can't hurt though. And there's a few more good young pieces. But the FA signings they've made for th