Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2008-2009 Buffalo Sabres: The Rest of the Division

This is the fourth part of a four part series. Here are parts one, two, and three. Also if you enjoy these previews, Side of Pork is previewing the Sabres as well.

A preview is not the same without comparing yourself to your competition. So here is how the rest of the division shakes out.


Who's In: Jamal Meyers, Niklas Hagman, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Holloweg, Mike Van Ryn, Jeff Finger, and Curtis Joseph

Who's Out: Darcy Tucker, Kyle Wellwood, Bryan McCabe, Andrew Raycroft, Mats Sundin

The Leafs rivalry will only be fueled by the fans and not the product on the ice. The Leafs do not look all that intimidating and their lineup is weak with young talent. The Leafs are in rebuilding mode and not challenging for a playoff spot any time soon.


Who's In: Jason Smith, Alex Auld, Jarrko Ruutu, Filip Kuba

Who's Out: Wade Redden, Ray Emery, Andrej Mezaros

The Senators have the same look as last year. The Big three in Heatley, Alfredsson, and Spezza with a not as scary supporting cast. Martin Gerber has taken over the starting role for the Sens now that Emery has left for Russia. Their defense has seen some changes but talent wise the level is probably still the same. The Sens might be competing for a playoff spot, but at most its going to be an 8th spot.


Who's In: Michael Ryder

Who's Out: Glen Murray

Boston was a good team heading into the stretch last year. The core of the team has not changed all that much and that should be a good thing for the Bruins. The Bruins should be in the same situation as the Senators. They will be competing for a playoff spot but definitely in the second half of the pool.


Who's In: George Laraque, Alex Tanguay, Robert Lang

Who's Out: Michael Ryder

The Canadiens were a good team last year and it seems that they only have gotten better. The one issue with this team is whether the 100 year anniversary of the Montreal Canadians will be a distraction for this team. They should take the division with ease.

Division Standings
1. Montreal
2. Buffalo
3. Boston
4. Ottawa
5. Toronto

1 comment:

  1. Good work, Zach. And thanks for the shout-out.