While I do not think this year is a complete loss I see it more as a setup for years 2 and 3 of the stated three year goal. With that in mind who do we keep, let walk and who is spare parts? I see 2012 looking like this so far as working lines..
That leaves a lot of parts/players who are not set. Roy, Ennis, Stafford could stay as the #2 line but I would not be suprised if one or more are moved. #6/7 is up in the air between Grags #6 or trade), Weber(#6 or trade), McNabb(#6 or split time?), Pysyk (#6 or split time?), Finley (#6/7 or split time). Is Schiestel ready to make the jump to the NHL or is he trade bait?
What about Boyes and Hecht? Do they both walk? We only have two RFA's in Ennis and Kaleta. Patty probably would be getting much more than 1m-1.25m/yr. How about Ennis? Is a 3 year/5-6M deal
By my math assuming that all of the above is true and the NHLPA exercises the 5% clause to raise the cap to 67.5M the Sabres have about 4m in Cap space. 58.6 in existing contracts + 3 in Ennis and Kaleta + 2 in Goose = 63.5m. However that excludes the option of moving existing players such as Roy or Stafford and their 4m contracts each.
Add to this extras such as Tropp, McCormick, Ellis and the group of your D (Grags, Weber, McNabb, Pysyk, etc..)of which one or more will have to be moved.
I guess my question is this. What do you see the Sabres doing moving forward to the ultimate goal and how do they put themselves in a position to do so?