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Botterill’s Patience Mantra Will Be A Tough Sell

The last thing a Sabres fan wants to be asked in this town is for more patience. You might as well ask him to eat boneless wings with ranch dressing.

Six consecutive non-playoff seasons and a lot of unwarranted flak towards the diehards have made things from a hockey perspective pretty miserable around here.

But new GM Jason Botterill really doesn't have a choice.

The former Sabre-turned-executive came over from the hugely successful Penguins organization and inherited a slow, underachieving team with depleted depth from a predecessor who tossed away draft picks like they were penny candy.

That, along with the salary cap headaches of Matt Moulson, Josh Gorges, Zach Bogosian and Tyler Ennis, isn't going to be resolved overnight.

Yet there is still hope. Bogosian and Ennis could turn into a pair of interesting reclamation projects for new head coach Phil Housley, who has promised to implement a fast and aggressive system.

And, following years of questionable decisions and approaches to running their hockey and football teams, Terry and Kim Pegula seem to finally be on track to getting it right.

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Sabres D-man Search, Draft Coverage And Contest

Some various tidbits on the Sabres, KK's draft coverage and a contest for readers in Buffalo (or anyone visiting!):

Tim Murray stated the obvious yesterday on WGR-550 radio when discussing his need for a left-handed shooting defenseman. Let's take a look at the list of such players, in no particular order, who appear to be available either via trade or free agency:

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Murray Needs Trade Deadline Mentality

While most of tonight's focus for Sabres fans will be on Buffalo's likely selection of Sam Reinhart with the second overall pick, there will be a whole lot more going on as GM Tim Murray attempts to really start putting his imprint on this underskilled roster.

One thing that's certain is that Murray is pushing hard for trades that bring in other teams' unwanted overpaid players along with picks and/or prospects.

It makes the most sense to leverage every dollar possible to acquire long-term assets.  Don't give anything up that will only make you better this season. 

Put another way, Murray needs to treat tonight, and this entire summer for that matter, like a last-place team on trade deadline day.

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