Random thought on this...
-If there's one thing I've seen a lot of in my time as an Oilers fan, it's bad management. With respect to hockey ops, it would seem that if brains were lard, Sabres management couldn't grease a pan, so...
-I can't blame Jack Eichel for his frustration here, because he sees that, too. They make strange decisions: paid a premium price to keep Jeff Skinner and then didn't even bother to keep playing him with Eichel.
-Jack Eichel trade speculation wil
The Other Rasmus can (and will and was) start to take the load off Ristolainen and let them use him in the role he is best suited.
I disagree he needs to be "sheltered" - as Rick notes it would be great if the goaltending could make a stop once in a while. Lehner was swiss cheese behind anything BUT a hardcore defense-first system that sheltered him on the Island. Hutton was a cheap gamble that had so-so rewards.
That said, I just really don't think Eichel is a $10M playe
I can't blame them for the frustration, especially jack.. I'm pretty sure every sabre fan feels the same way! It's getting old.. over and over, OLD. Five years rebuilding ???? Are you serious? It's like we have a losing culture with no end in site. Sure, keep botterill, keep the coaching staff.. we wouldn't want to disrupt our playoff drought or anything. As for jack, I would not blame the guy if he ended up wanting to leave.. and I would completely understand! He's wasting his career here unfor
Look at how much better Justin Schultz has looked in Pittsburgh, being used in a way which plays to his strengths, than he was in Edmonton, where he was asked to be Ray Bourque. He has skill, but he's simply not a minute-muncher, and deploying him like that was a huge mistake.
I think you're probably right about Middlestadt and how it changes the daily lineup decisions for the coaching staff. I love balance. In a perfect world, the Sabres could even out the batting order, bu