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11-10-2010, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Lunatik View Post
I haven't paid any attention to the Sabres this year (nor have I ever really)... but what exactly are their needs?... Sabres fans can you shed any light?
Basically, their success last year came on having four lines who were forechecking really well (watch the Detroit game from November to see the best example of this). Unfortunately, once Tim Kennedy stopped being good at center around halfway through the year, the team lost the depth that made them so dangerous. This was somewhat masked by the emergence of Hecht-Connolly-Pominville as a legit 1st line, but injuries to Hecht and Vanek did them in in the post season. The offseason saw them sign Rob Niedermayer to reconstruct some of that depth, but he's been an abject failure, Connolly is playing as heartlessly as he did in the postseason, Hecht still has a brace on his finger and Pominville is still coming back from the concussion. In the big scheme of things, they need to revitalize their top six forward corps with a big center, as well as improve their top 4 D.

Right now though, they need to get a line going that can play puck possession hockey and they need a center to do that.

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