The Buffalo Sabres finished last season in an all-too-familiar place: the basement of their division.
Uniform failures meant the end of line for Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma, with Jason Botterill taking over as GM and Phil Housley becoming head coach.
The Sabres are no strangers to off-season changes from a personnel perspective, and this summer was no different.
That Scandella trade also brings Jason Pominville back to town while shipping Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to Minnesota. Benoit Pouliot was also added in a nice little under-the-radar free agent signing.
For the most part, the Sabres hope to improve from within … and maybe enjoy some better luck. The hope is that Jack Eichel doesn’t miss much of the final year of his entry-level deal after being limited to about half of his sophomore season. One hopes that Kyle Okposo‘s health issues are way behind him, both from an on and off-ice perspective.
Change is in the air, but it remains to be seen how much positive change Housley can generate in his first season as an NHL head coach. PHT will discuss the many factors surrounding the 2017-18 season for Buffalo on Tuesday.