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12-23-2003, 07:34 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Rochester, NY
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I think the "win now" mentality is all but buried. It'd be a shame if we moved the likes of Satan and Zhitnik for immediate UFA help because we'd get dumped in the first round anyway. Sacrificing the next 2-3 seasons isn't worth the added revenue of 2-3 home playoff games. I'd have much more patience with an inexperienced club that was at least competitive and gritty every night.
A lot will depend on what attendance does after the Bills season ends.
If the fans stay away because the team is losing, then I could see Golisano pumping money into short term moves.
And with the new CBA on the horizon, it may be a lot easier to reload via FA for the Sabres than in the past. If the team does load up on pending UFAs, tehn I wouldn't say that the next 2 or 3 years are guaranteed to be a wash.
If Bettman gets a salary cap in the $35 to 40 million range, then the Sabres should be able to build a post-CBA war team quite easily. The only way they could mess that up looking short term is if they keep Satan and add a goalie like CuJo or Kolzig.
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