Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sabres/Sens Preview

After what was a somber win on Sunday against the Panthers, the Sabres look ahead now to the revamped Senators. The Senators made a four player trade with the Carolina Hurricanes which sent Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo to the Hurricanes while Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman went to the Sens. Both Stillman and Commodore will start for the Sens tonight. On the Sabres side, the saga that is known as Brian Campbell continues. Campbell reiterated again in today's Buffalo News that he still wants to be a Sabre and that he doesn't want the Sabres to move him before the deadline.

"Buffalo is where I believe I'll be at the end of the year. I feel strongly about it but I do know it's out of my control. I'm focused on the Sabres and that's it. Any time deadline day comes around for any player, you never know. For me, I hope that never is the case that I get traded."

For me, this is a just a bunch of rhetoric to keep the Sabres fans on his side. Really, Campbell is still looking for more money that this team can afford to be able to keep its core group. While talking heads at other media outlets have suggested that Campbell's departure would ultimately lead to a Miller departure, the only way I see that happening is if Miller wanted out on his own. Regier would hopefully not be as handcuffed in monetary terms to let the franchise go. If he does, then there are major issues within the front office that need to be addressed.

Onto the actual game at hand. The Sens have won the last two including beating the Canadians after getting beat a week ago. They are also starting to get healthy with the top three all healthy again with the return of Daniel Alfredsson. The Sabres are still fighting for that last playoff spot with the Bruins, being one point behind. Both teams are playing tonight, so for the first time in a long time the Sabres could end up with the 8th spot. Right now, the injury front for the Sabres still includes Maxim Afinogenov, Drew Stafford, and possibly Ales Kotalik. Kotalik did not play on Sunday due to the flu and word at this time has not come out to whether he will be playing tonight. Game time tonight is 7:30 pm.

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