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Bylsma’s Future In Buffalo Looks Bleak

In his last 6 starts, Robin Lehner is 1-3-2 with a 3.94 GAA and a save percentage of .874. He's given up at least 5 goals in 3 of those 6 games. Yet at no point has Dan Bylsma dared to test fate by pulling him.

Not after falling behind 3-0 almost 2 weeks ago to Colorado in the first period, not last night after the second period when his underperforming goaltender was behind 4-2 in a still-winnable game against the Flyers, and at no point in between.

It's not crazy to think the January 17th fiasco in Toronto, when Lehner was posing for selfies by the bench and then staring down his coach after playing horribly and being yanked, is still in his head. Lehner made it very clear after that game that he always wants to keep fighting and not be taken out in those situations, sensible shake-things-up-to-jump-start-your-team strategies be damned. 

Meanwhile, the once radical theory that Sabres players are consciously or subconsciously diverting a bit from the coaching staff's game plans -- out of confusion, inability, rebellion or indifference -- is actually starting to gain some legs.

There just isn't another reasonable answer available to the question of how so many defensive zone lapses can occur so often in so many games. Last night's parting of the Red Sea for Claude Giroux is Exhibit A.

In a nutshell, the inmates are running the asylum. Bylsma seems unable or unwilling to force his imprint on this group. He does not appear to have control of his team. And it doesn't fare well at all for his future in Buffalo.

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Lehner Off To Good Start

Sure, Sabres fans and media have good reason to talk about the strong performances in last night's 3-2 preseason win over Ottawa by Derek Grant (1 goal, 2 assists) and Nicholas Baptiste (1 goal, 1 assist), but the best news of the evening involves goaltender Robin Lehner.

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With Lehner Injured, Murray Needs To Call Calgary

When Robin Lehner was injured in last night's 3-1 opening night loss to Ottawa, here's hoping Tim Murray was on the phone within 5 minutes.

While most fans in Buffalo sensibly aren't having false illusions about the ceiling for this year's team, one thing for certain is another season struggling to stay out of 30th place is just not going to work. This currently excited and hopeful fan base will turn sour, and understandably so after what transpired during the past two horrific seasons.

Whether Lehner is out for days, weeks or months doesn't matter. This team needs an experienced veteran goaltender, as it has since training camp.

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Rodrigues Scores Two And Lehner Shuts Out Leafs

Jack Eichel has called Evan Rodrigues one of the smartest players he's ever played with. Boston University coach David Quinn has said that Rodrigues is one of the smartest college hockey players he's ever coached.

You get the idea.

Eichel's linemate at BU is making it difficult for the Sabres to send the intelligent but undrafted rookie forward down to Rochester. It's still likely he'll end up there, but his 2-goal performance in last night's 4-0 Sabres win over Toronto further increased his chances of getting at least a taste of the NHL at some point this season.

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