Could the lockout be advantageous for Buffalo?
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09-29-2012, 01:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I have thought about this as well but we need to be cautious.
1) Buffalo did very well after the last lockout so we might be assuming that history will repeat itself. I remember before the 2005-2006 season many hockey pundits picked the Sabres to be in the running for a lottery pick...I don't think that will be the case this time around.
2) It wasn't so much our young guys who brought us success as much as it was guys who were reaching the prime of their careers. Vanek was decent, but also found himself sitting some nights. Afinogenov led the team in scoring, Connolly and Kotalik had stellar years. Dumont, Briere, and Hecht...when healthy were Buffalo's most dangerous line. Sure we saw Roy and Pominville emerge as top 6 forwards...but they were more support players at that point who complimented that roster. Pommers was on the 4th line much of that season.
3) The rest of the league benefits as well. As decent as our prospect pool is other teams are better. Minnesota, Florida, and Edmonton all come to mind as in another class compared to Buffalo.
4) We don't know what the new CBA will be or if the league will change any of the games rules. The removal of the red line and the arrival of the salary cap benefited the Sabres last lockout.
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