The Buffalo Sabres are in a tailspin of sorts.
From pack leaders with the Toronto Maple Leafs — who also have fallen off the radar –the Buffalo Sabres are on the outside looking in now if playoffs discussions were serious at this point of the season.
Luckily for them, it’s not time to talk playoffs, yet.
But that doesn’t mean management or ownership shouldn’t act.
Jerry Sullivan of BuffaloNews.com says the Sabres need to react to dismal performances of late, even it means shipping out the franchise goalie and silver medalist.
“Miller is the $6 million face of the franchise, but you wonder if his head is elsewhere, maybe with his wife out in Los Angeles. The Sabres should give serious thought to trading him, before the memory of his 2010 Vezina Trophy and Olympic heroics fade from memory altogether.”
Miller has two years left of that $6.25 million-a-year contract after this year. So, finding a buyer may be a little challenging, but not entirely impossible.
Steve Yzerman certainly is in need of goalie relief, and Anaheim may certain be in the market for a consistent goalie.
Sullivan, however, built his argument partially on the foundation that GM Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff are to blame. He adds that Terry Pegula needs to get serious and remove himself from being a fan of the team, and more of a business man. Regier’s wild free agency spending has some truth to it.
It’s a wild Northeast Divison this year, and the Boston Bruins aren’t going anywhere while the Toronto Maple Leafs are hanging in there.
It may be too early to hit the panic button, but don’t rule out that Pegula may have it in his back pocket.