how could the sabres lose to the ny islanders 7-6 and the toronto maple leafs 2-1 in ryan miller's last two starts?...worse, because of miller, jhonas enroth, who beat the motreal canadians on the road in between and makes about 1/10th of what miller makes, was sent down to portland....
i can see sabres' fans frantically looking for that panic button..."trade miller, now!!!...enroth is the future, at least near-term...look at the trend in the nhl?"..."even if miller was elite, you don't need an elite goalie to win the stanley cup"..."look at the blackhawks last season!"..."this bum makes $6m?"
no long diatribes here, just this:
- two of the last three cup-winners had goalies who were considered "above average" at best--chicago, 2010 with antti niemi and detroit, 2008 with chris osgood...the 2009 cup-winner was pittsburgh with 1st-overall pick (2003) marc-andre fleury in net...
- all three of those teams were strong up-the-middle
- all three of those teams were strong on defense
- all three of those teams either have future hall-of-famers on their team (detroit) or have youngin's that look to be future hall-of-famers (pittsburgh--crosby, chicago--toews, both #1 centers, btw)
- game one--brian boucher (L) 6-5
- game two--michael leighton (L) 2-1
- game three--leighton (W) 4-3 OT
- game four--leighton (W) 5-3
- game five--boucher (L) 7-4
- game six--leighton (L) 4-3 OT
22 goals given up by the hawks in six games
in addition, the flyers had a "roulette-wheel" decision to make on a nightly basis as to red or black--who to start...
sorry boys and girls, trends are just that--trends...remember the trend the sabres were out in front of?...the new nhl?...were did they end up after the nhl changed in 2007...exactly
starts with building from the goal out...you have miller, now find a top-pairing/shutdown d-man to go with tyler myers and work towards strengthening the center position...
take away miller and this team would be near the bottom of the league...
that's my story and i'm sticking to it