Apr 5, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres fans move a flag around the center before the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Senators 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres are playing a dangerous game

The Buffalo Sabres were the joke of the NHL last season, and now they are trying to find their way out of the basement. The problem with that is the 2015 NHL Draft has some “Crosby” like talent at the top, and falling on the Sabre for a second straight year may be the best thing for the franchise.

As the off-season and free agency have moved alone the Sabres were able to add some very nice players to their roster. Tim Murray was able to pluck two players off the Montreal Canadiens roster. Signing Brian Gionta a three-year, $12.75 million contract, and adding Josh Gorges for good measure. The Sabres were also able to bring back Matt Moulson after trading him away.

It seems that dispite being one of the worst teams in NHL history hasn’t stopped some free agents from coming to Buffalo. There is little chance that the Sabres make a run at the

Playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be more competitive. The trick for the Sabres coaching staff and Front Office will be finding a way to compete and still land in the bottom of the standings. Fans of the Sabres are hoping for one more year of suffering. If that does happen the Sabres will have a nice chance to draft Connor McDavid, or Jack Eichel.

There are a lot of questions for the Sabres. They have no clear-cut number one goaltender, and their nonexistent scoring is yet to be addressed. The Sabres have a very rich prospect pool to draw from but this may not be the year to start testing the development of those players. Buffalo needs to be better, but not good. They need to show fans improvement while maintaining their sub NHL hockey trend.

As a fan of the team I couldn’t stand to watch last season unfold, and the thought of seeing that again is giving me nightmares, but as much as I want to see a great product on the ice maybe I need to change my thought process. With that being said all I want for Christmas is to end the suffering. The Sabres rebuild is pushing them towards a Western Conference look. They are adding key veterans and developing young talent. Hopefully there is a light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

If the Sabres are going to try to improve hopefully they do it right. In the long run a few years of being bad could pay off. Just look at the Chicago Blackhawks or Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sabres just need to be careful. They need to be better but not good, and they need to be bad but not aweful.

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