Earlier this season, I was one of those who initially wondered what Atlanta management were smoking when the signed Buff to a 5 year, $26 million contract. But after a horrible start, he has turned his game around, and dramatically improved his +/-. He's been +9 over the past 8 games. WOW.
Remember the early arguments about whether he should be moved to forward? I now think he's better as a defenseman with some offense thrown in. He's not an Orr/Park/Borque... yet, but that is not a bad template to follow.