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Everything was supposed to be fine when Jack Eichel came back.
It isn't, and many Sabres fans are starting to get angry. Last night's 4-2 loss to Boston was a new low for this team. Seems hard to believe after a game in which they played their best first period of the season, but that fact is what makes it hurt more.
And, as expected, your humble Sabres correspondent received his usual daily dose of Fire Dan Bylsma tweets and emails. On top of that, in an unscientific twitter poll of nearly 450 fans last week, the coach was given the blame for Buffalo's struggles.
Funny thing is, when you ask them why Bylsma should be fired, the most common response is his system. But when you ask what's wrong with the system, most don't have a clear answer. They just say things like "he's stifling his players" but aren't able to get more specific. It kind of makes you wonder how many of those fans actually even know what Bylsma's system is.
Truth be told, and obvious to many, this coach has not been given a very good hand to play. But Tim Murray, Buffalo's lovable short-spoken everyman, has made it clear that the ascension to greatness is a process, and patience is needed.
Sabres fans for the most part are completely on board. When seeking a scapegoat for Buffalo's position at rock bottom of the standings, the GM is off the hook.
At least for now.
From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Based on where the Sabres sit in the standings, they are looking up, way up. But so are their prospects for success. And the best part of it for a guy like Murray, who has made a living on identifying young talent, is that the canvas is relatively blank. After they bought out Ville Leino and Christian Ehrhoff this summer, the only big-money, long-term contracts that remain on the books belong to Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Matt Moulson. They have a very good stable of young prospects – defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov were both rated among the top 10 NHL prospects in Future Watch 2014 and center Mikhail Grigorenko made the top 50 – and at the trade deadline they picked up a rising prospect in Hudson Fasching. They have an owner who has been willing to spend, but that has been more of a curse than a blessing in Buffalo of late.
This morning on Buffalo radio, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press referred to Tyler Myers as a franchise defenseman with "a really appealing contract."
Those of you outside of Sabres Nation may not realize how many Buffalo fans had a good chuckle when they heard that one.
This is the same defenseman who has needed to spend occasional games in the press box to clear his head. And that's the same contract that was unappealing enough to some to put Myers on the list of compliance buyout candidates.
Tim Murray has put the Sabres hockey community on notice that he isn't messing around. Turning over a quarter of your roster in one day will usually do that.
The Buffalo GM added Brian Gionta and Andrej Meszaros, brought back Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick, and traded a future draft pick for Josh Gorges. He also signed restricted free agent Marcus Foligno, hefty raise and all.
Two things really stood out after all of these moves yesterday, and both are reasons for Sabres fans to get excited about what's ahead for this franchise.
After initially jumping out of my chair reading Bob McKenzie's alert on the Christian Ehrhoff buyout, it started making a bit more sense after playing around with Capgeek's recapture calculator.
There are a few scenarios where the cap recapture penalty could really hurt the Sabres down the road when they're hoping to be a contending team looking to keep up with the league's big spenders.
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.
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune is reporting that Sabres GM Tim Murray is negotiating with close friend and Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher on a deal that would send Jaroslav Halak to the Wild.
Halak, recently acquired in the trade for Ryan Miller, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Keeping Halak past the trade deadline without a contract for next season wouldn't make much sense for Murray, who just dealt the Sabres franchise goaltender in large part for the same reason.
I know this isn't the most popular opinion in town, but I'm a bit uncomfortable with shipping Tyler Myers out of Buffalo without seeing further development with the new Sabres regime.
Disclaimer: If an offer involving Evander Kane or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lands on Tim Murray's desk, all bets are off and you do that deal in a heartbeat. But no way on God's green earth is Myers as the featured asset bringing back that kind of return right now. And I'm not dealing him for Sam Gagner, who is on the wrong side of 50 points every season.
Now, you know any Myers apologist piece must include the obligatory Zdeno Chara reference, and this one won't disappoint. But please keep in mind that believing, which I don't, that Myers will someday undergo a mystical and dramatic transformation into Chara is not a requirement for making said reference.