Here we sit: 30 games are left in the 2016-2017 NHL season for the Buffalo Sabres and it appears the Darcy Regier era has resurrected: 22-22-10, 54 points, 6 points out of the last Wildcard spot.
The Boston Bruins (who get a MAJOR thumbs down for the way they fired Claude Julien) holds that last Wildcard spot: The good news? The Sabres have 2 games in hand versus the long time rivals in Beantown.
Ok it is settled: Sabres GM Tim Murray, burn up those phone lines and buy buy buy!
But as Lee Corso always says “Not So Fast My Friends”
Take a closer look: The Sabres are in a three way tie for LAST place in the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay and Detroit. Oh and did I mention the Sabres ‘only’ have to climb over Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, New York (Hartford perhaps?!) Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers to be able to get to Boston.
And considering the Gary Bettman era of the NHL, the one that likes to award 1 point for losses, it makes this an even more arduous task for Buffalo.
The answer is clear as day: The Sabres need to sell and sell fast.
The Anaheim Ducks provided enough evidence tonight in a 5-2 drubbing at KeyBank Center that illustrated the Sabres feel so close, but yet so far away from where Sabres Nation feels the team can go.
I completely can understand why Sabres fans are feeling frustrated and restless. The rivals up the QEW, the Toronto Maple Leafs, are showing greater strides and appear poised to qualify for the playoffs, as Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner look fantastic and playing like veterans as rookies.
And Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock is showing why Sabres owner Terry Pegula opened up the vault to lure Babcock to Western New York.
Who to sell? We will debate this going forward, but questions are all over the place: Is Robin Lehner a true #1 goalie? Should the Sabres keep the likes of Brian Gionta who provides veteran leadership? Is it time to buy out Matt Moulson?
These questions will answer itself, but one thing is certain: There is more work to be done. Don’t fool yourself Tim Murray and let the selling commence.