Sabres President Ted Black stirred up a bit of a buzz on his weekly morning show appearance on WGR 550 when he said the team is closer to winning the Stanley Cup. Actually he said “the cup is in the future so ever day we get closer to winning it” which of course was an attempt at dodging the premise. Black then went on to say that because of the Sabres youth he felt they were on the right track and added “we better be closer to winning the Cup”.

The way he handled the entire topic was considered a dodge by callers to the station later in the day and discussed at length by Mike Schopp and The Bulldog in the afternoon. I agree that Black’s answer had little substance, but then again what in the world could he say? The team is about to miss the playoffs for the second season under Terry Pegula’s ownership and is in an obvious rebuilding mode.

When Pegula and Black came to Buffalo the team held promise and should have defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs. Instead Buffalo blew a 3-2 advantage over the Flyers and the team has failed to play up to even the standards of that 2010-2011 squad.

The Buffalo Sabres will have a bushel full of draft picks in the off season and plenty of cash which hopefully will be used to strengthen the club up the middle. If not the Sabres will continue to be a streaky team with out consistent scoring and relying on a veteran goalie to keep them in games.

The Buffalo Sabres were closer to a Stanley Cup caliber team when Terry Pegula bought the team than they are today. Yet, by Ted Blacks definition the future is bound to bring better fortunes. He sounds like my stock broker.

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