The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 01/11/12 at 12:18 AM ET
It would be foolish for this Ryan Miller apologist to say that the former elite goaltender has played well this season, because he hasn’t. The Buffalo defense, which was supposed to be a lot better after the offseason upgrades, has had way more than its share of breakdowns. But we all keep hearing about how the NHL is now first and foremost a scoring league.
With tonight’s 2-0 loss to Toronto, the Sabres have scored two goals or less in eight of their past ten games. These forwards, save Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, are gripping the sticks so hard that they look like they could miss the ocean shooting from the edge of the beach.
If teams are calling Darcy Regier about Derek Roy and/or Drew Stafford, there has to be little doubt that he’s listening. For better or worse, past history suggests that the effort to move them may not be as strong right now as it might be around trade deadline time. Roy in particular has just about worn out his Buffalo welcome in Tim Connolly-like proportions.
If Anaheim is really planning on unloading Ryan Getzlaf, I’d like to think that Regier is willing to push and shove his way to the front of the line with both roster players and prospects in tow. The Sabres’ GM has hinted that he wants to see the injured players return before he makes any major moves. But with continued injuries and ailments (Lindy Ruff said postgame that Vanek’s absence from most of tonight’s contest was due to food poisoning), and what looks like some uninspired play on the ice, patience may no longer be a luxury.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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