Well, we must be getting close to hockey season The Buffalo News has actually had some Sabres coverage. I may faint, three articles in two days this week. On the heels of yesterdays dirty laundry list comes this more reasonable assessment of the Sabres current situation. I'm pleased that Tim Graham decided not to take any pot shots at the organization lack of current moves and place them in the longer-term context.
The quotes he got from Daniel Briere though sum up the kind of attitude that needs to be universal in the locker room for this team to succeed:
"Some teams will have to unload, and that's where we can take advantage," said Briere, acquired for Chris Gratton at the 2002 trade deadline, one of Regier's all-time best moves. "If we as players can put ourselves in good position through the first two or three months and don't fall off the charts right off the bat, we could become a very dangerous team if we can pick up an extra guy or two.
"It's up to the players we have right now to keep us in a playoff spot. When management sees how we have done they'll make the appropriate moves."
He's placing the burden of success on his shoulders. This team has been lacking in leadership since Peca left and it seems that now we're beginning to see who is and who will be the leadership going forward. Zhitnik and Satan either didn't want to or were incapable of doing it.
If Briere backs these words up with his play on the ice and gets the rest to do the same then I'll be too happy watching them win to remember what did or did not happen during the off-season.