2013-14 Season Preview – Buffalo Sabres

LAST SEASON

Regular Season:  Buffalo had a rough season, finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference, 7 points out of the playoffs.  The bright spot was the play of the top line, led by Thomas Vanek, but his injuries put a damper on that later in the season.  The low point of the season was the dismissal of long-time coach Lindy Ruff in the early-going.

Playoffs:  The Sabres missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

 

Apr 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston on the bench during the game against the New York Rangers at the First Niagara Center. Rangers beat the Sabres 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

CHANGES

Out: F Nathan Gerbe, D Andrej Sekera,

In: D Jamie McBain, D Henrik Tallinder

Ready To Make The Jump:  C Mikhail Grigorenko

 

 

BIG 3 FACTORS

1.  Miller Time?Ryan Miller has gone from one of the best goalies in the league 3 seasons ago to almost an afterthought among the conversation of top NHL netminders.  It was questioned as to whether or not he would even be a Sabre at this point in time, but apparently Buffalo didn’t find the right deal.

2. Last Ride For Vanek?:  The Sabres top forward is entering the last season on his contract, and there were also rumors that he would no longer be a Sabre.  He is still one of the top offensive talents in the league, but I am not sure if he will still be a Sabre after the trade deadline.

3.  Rebuild:  The dealing of their captain at the trade deadline signified that the Sabres are set to rebuild and the lack of action at the opening of free agency signifies that they learned their lesson a couple of years ago and will perform the rebuild from within this time around, which will be a slower process but better in the long run.

 

PROGNOSIS:  The Sabres will get better in time, but it won’t happen overnight.  There are now some high quality prospects in the system, most notably on the back end.  However, I don’t think the Sabres will rush them to the NHL after what has happened to Tyler Myers since his rookie of the year season.

PREDICTION:  7th in Atlantic Division.

 

We will be previewing every NHL team ahead of Training Camp which for most teams will begin on Sept 11th.  As a twist, we will be unveiling our teams in reverse order to how I predict they will finish in the standings.  Here is the schedule (you can click on a team name to see the preview for that team):

Predicted Finish Atlantic Metropolitan Central Pacific
1 Sept 9 Sept 8 Sept 7 Sept 6
2 Sept 5 Sept 4 Sept 3 Sept 2
3 Sept 1 Aug 31 Aug 30 Aug 29
4 Aug 28 Aug 27 Aug 26 Aug 25
5 Aug 24 Aug 23 Aug 22 Aug 21
6 Aug 20 Aug 19 Aug 18 Aug 17
7 Sabres Blue Jackets Stars Flames
8 Panthers Devils

Topics: 2013-14 Season Preview, Buffalo Sabres, Lindy Ruff, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek

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  • chas territo

    Sorry state of affairs for our Sabres! Will continue as long as Regier the GM! My support is still there, but it’s waning.

    • Gordon Sands

      fair weather fans are a joke!

      • chas territo

        Gordie, I hope your not referencing ME as a joke?? If you are fuck off, I see our team as the Joke! If not, what did you mean and who were you referencing?

        • Gordon Sands

          First of all my name is Gordon you fucking cock licker. Second of all, yes I am referring to you as a joke because you are a fucking cock licking fair weather fan. The joke of the league. The fans that are fans when the team is good, not a fan when the team is bad is a JOKE. A JOKE asshole.

          • chas territo

            GORDIE, my name for you punk! Big words behind a key board. Wow, someone says or does something your childish mind don’t like, you attack them/me, wow, brave shit, am impressed by an asshole name calling kid! How fucken old are you, 10 years old?? Grow up, be a man! You will get no fucking reply from this point forward, you, as the faggot you are call me out, WHY? Is it cuz you want cock on your mouth then up your ass, otherwise why else would you mention cock right off the bat? Go suck some other faggots cock, not mine!!

          • Gordon Sands

            OHHHH SO INSULTED BY AN ASSHOLE BITCH insulting me.. I am going to go cry now ((( Fucking punk enjoy your niggers cock going up you ass tonight

        • Gordon Sands

          Go enjoy your $5.50 an hour job OK?

  • chas territo

    Beware, there is a faggot trolling the net here!! His name/handle is Littledick Gordie! He sucks cock for pennies on the cumload and word is he sucks cock very badly, omg, how can a faggot suck cock so bad?? I don’t get it?? Thankfully I’m no faggot like he is! Little Gordie, how can you be so bad at what you were born to do?? Explain that for your future victims!!

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