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08-02-2012, 09:48 AM
Der Jaeger
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I agree that the Sabres could stand pat and be fine, but I don't agree with the argument that they could be Cup contenders.

If the plan is to stand pat, let the youth develop, and work towards 2013, good. If they try to get into the playoffs in an effort to get more experience for said youth, fine. I'm all aboard that plan as well.

But to think that this team is a Cup contender? Virtually all of the youth would need to develop into the best versions of themselves, now. Ennis would need to be Briere, Hodgson would need to be Drury, Foligno would need to be Neal, Myers would need to be Pronger, etc. Then, I buy that.

But all of that's not happening in 2012-2013. I think 6th place is the absolute high end of expectations, and 11th is the low end (I think Buffalo will be better than Toronto, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and the Islanders). I don't see Buffalo outplacing Boston, the Rangers, Philadelphia, or the Devils... and some team is going to win the Southeast.

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