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Sabres In Full Retool/Rebuild Mode
March 22, 2019
The Season for the Sabres started as many others have in GM Oliver's tenure. The Sabres appeared to have a competitive team to yet again challenge for a spot near the top of the Eastern Conference. Fast forward a few months and the Sabres weren't even challenging for a playoff spot despite having a payroll close to the cap.

The teams ineptitude and year over year failure to win in the playoffs despite finishing the season as one of the top ranked teams prompted GM Oliver to make major decisions. It was time to break it down and retool and start again. GM Oliver never afraid to make moves decided it was time to start moving veterans and contracts and building up from youth and the draft.

The Sabres then shipped out forwards Richard Panik, Mathieu Perreault, David Perron, Nick Bjugstad, Gustav Nyquist, JG Pageau, Charles Hudon, Brian Little and Vladimir Tarasenko. Also moved out were defensemen Justin Schultz, Ron Hainsey, Marc Staal, Will Butcher, David Savard and goalie Brian Elliott. Some like Bjugstad and Staal were brought in on one deal and shipped out on another.

The Sabres were able to cut a lot of salary and get a lot younger at the same time. They were able to add young forwards Bryan Rust, the Nylander brothers William and Alexander, Vinnie Hinostroza, Tage Thompson, Dmitrij Jaskin along with top offensive dman Tyson Barrie and starting goalie David Rittch to their existing roster.

Along with the roster players the Sabres continued to fill out their futures cupboard by adding top prospects Cody Glass and Adam Ginning along with 2 first round picks, 3 second round picks, 3 third round picks, 1 fourth round pick and 1 fifth round pick.

The Sabres are really happy with the outcome so far but admit some of the trades were very hard to make. GM Oliver admitted as much, "Trading our captain and leading scorer Tarasenko was by far the hardest but being able to add youth like Willie, David, Vinnie and Cody along with some good picks was too hard not to take" Said GM Oliver of the blockbuster deal completed just yesterday that really kick started the Sabres retool and pushed the Toronto Maple Leafs up to be a team that needs to be noticed.

All these moves and subtractions from the line-up caused the Sabres to be creative and use the waiver wire a lot to fill out their roster and allow some of the kids time to develop in the minors. One good thing came from the waiver wire though, the Sabres were able to pluck defensive dman Greg Pateryn off the wire and the combination of his low contract with term and blossoming defensive ability looks to play well on the 2019-20 Sabres in a bottom pairing role.

All in all the plan GM Oliver has in place seems to be working and the future is looking brighter and brighter.

One has to wonder though how hard nosed scoring winger Patric Hornqvist is feeling being the only player left on the team (other then UFA waiver pick ups) that is over 28 years old. The 31 year old scorers name has been brought up multiple times in trade rumours in recent days and it is said that the Sabres will move him for the right deal to get younger and further add to youth on the roster or futures in the cupboard. All interested parties should contact GM Oliver.

Time will tell if the Sabres have more moves in their bag or if they will stand pat for the off-season and look to add through the draft and free agency.
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Category Player Stat
Assists David Perron 36
Blocked Shots David Savard 62
Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 28
Hits David Perron 115
Penalty Minutes David Savard 44
PlusMinus Kevin Porter 14
Points Vladimir Tarasenko 52
PP Goals David Perron 5
Vladimir Tarasenko 5
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Regular Season Record
Record Type Record
Overall 0-0-0
Home 0-0-0
Away 0-0-0
Regular Season Standings
Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. NYI 1 1 0 0 0 2
2. CAR 1 1 0 0 0 2
3. BOS 1 1 0 0 0 2
4. MTL 1 1 0 0 0 2
5. N.J 0 0 0 0 0 0