The general consensus? Awful.
But, that goes with the general theme of the way things have gone for the team this season:
- Their awful record has them at the bottom of the league with 11 points
- Their coaching was awful, Ron Rolston was fired
- Ryan Miller's record is awful, 4-13-0
- They have no player above zero in the plus/minus column, which is awful
- 19 yr. old forward Mikhail Grigorenko is in no man's land
- Their farm team, the Rochester Americans, just dropped two to one of the worst teams in the league
- They interviewed a GM candidate, Jim Benning, who had an awful drafting record as Sabres Head Amateur Scout
- Having to write about this team and this season is awful, it's barely worth it save for posterity
Can you imagine Steve Ott stepping on the ice whit that sweater, and having the "C" sewn on it, facing a Detroit team with a classic winged-wheel on theirs? Can you imagine the barbs that will be tossed the Sabres' way?
That's just plain cruel.
At some point in time, history will reveal a bottoming out point. I'm not sure if it will be anytime soon or even if it will come this season, but it will come.
Owner Terry Pegula and his new Director of Hockey Ops, Pat LaFontaine will see to it. They don't seem as if they'll stand around and fiddle while Rome burns. They both have a competitive fire in them. And so does interim head coach Ted Nolan.
Right now they're searching. Searching for a proper foundation of veterans with which to rebuild upon.
The Sabres have sent down an number of rookies, including a couple of teenagers, to get them some playing time and to keep them away from the blood-letting that's to come. Said Nolan, "We’ve got a lot of young talent here, and we’ve got to make sure they mature at the right pace.
It's all on the vets shoulders right now, no excuses, and the Sabres brass are of the mind-set that it's either sink or swim for the guys on the ice.
This evening's contest with the Detroit Red Wings provides a "golden" opportunity for a reprieve from the torment that is Buffalo Sabres hockey. Then again, Detroit is 10-1-1 in their last 12 vs. Buffalo.
Overall, the Red Wings are 10-7-7 this season but are on a slide having gone 2-3-5 in their last ten games, and according to Jon Vogl of the Buffalo News they will be without Pavel Datsyuk which doesn't help them (although it will be offset by the return of Sabre-killer Daniel Alfredsson.)
Also, according to Vogl, they will be without Todd "Big Bert" Bertuzzi while defenseman Danny DeKeyser is still out with a shoulder injury.
Detroit is 11th in the conference in goal differential (-9) and 22nd in the league in plus/minus (-8) which is very un-Redwing like.
Add it all up and the Sabres have an opportunity to pull one out this evening having to pull on those ugly sweaters.
But, then again...they may not have hit rock bottom yet.