As I was on my mini vacation this weekend I decide to figure out some possible line combinations and the team doesn't look so bad. I wasn't the only one ready to put this past week behind me as John Vogl of the Buffalo news decided to look ahead and Kevin at Bflo Blog did the same. I noticed one glaring concern with the team and that is they are weak up the middle. The centers are a huge concern especially the lack of a really good faceoff guy.
The tentative line combinations that I came up with look like this.
extra forwards: Peters and MacArthur
extra defenseman: Paetsch and Sekera
It's only July so this is not set in stone but outside of the lack of a faceoff guy I like the way the team looks. I expect even bigger things out of Roy and Stafford this season which would fit well with Vanek on the top line. I would not be surprised if the Sabres moved someone for a top center. I don't expect a blockbuster trade but I think the Sabres realize they need another center. A center could still come via free agency but it's more likely they would move someone to free up some salary. If someone is going to get moved I think that Kalinin and Kotalik are the most likely canidates. I'll continue to update the depth chart throughout the summer as the roster changes.
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