Thread: Speculation: #1C no longer a top priority?
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03-29-2012, 08:08 AM
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Honestly I think the best moves the sabres could do in the off season would be two things:

1- Turn the 4th line into a shutdown line. The line that steps on the ice who's sole purpose is to take the wind away from the opposing team's top line. To accomplish this I think they sign or trade for a defensive specialist center who can win faceoffs and is acurate with the puck (passing morso then shooting) resign kaletta, sign a winger to play opposite kaletta on this shutdown line, or see if leino can do this.

2- Sign/Trade for a physical puck posession winger. One who doesn't necisarily score a ton of goals, but one who is hard to bump off the puck and plays a gritty game to open up the ice for Roy and Pommer. Similar to Tropp and Foligno on their respective lines.

3- Sign hecht to a resonable deal and keep him as an extra forward so that if leino can't play defensive enough, or if sombody gets hurt he can jump in. Let Boyes walk...he's not needed. Get rid of weber he is just dead weight, sign sulzer as our 7th, then let Mcnabb and Brennan fight it out for our 6 spot.

Our final lineup:

Foligno - Ennis - Stafford
Tropp - Hodgson - Vanek
Physical Winger - Roy - Pomminville
Leino/Hecht - Shutdown Center - Kaletta

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