Look, I try and stay fair whenever I talk about the Sabres. Also, I try not to be too reactionary when it comes to this team. With that in mind perhaps posting this right after the Sabres get eliminated from the playoffs seems pretty reactionary, but let me preface this post by saying that this has been a thought I had been having all year, even when the Sabres were making their run.
So without further ado, here is how I have felt about this team the past year.The core of this team has proven time and again that they do not have what it takes to lead this team. Vanek, Roy and Pominville have the heart and soul of Justin Bieber. They need new leadership, and I think they may already have that in place in Ennis, Myers, and possibly Foligno. They should recognize that it's time for the team to move on and give the reigns to a new set of players. It worked for Pittsburgh, it worked for Philly, and it worked for Chicago. Wake up Darcy, it should work here too.
It's not an indictment of Roy Pommers or Vanek as players, I think they are all very skilled players, and on another team they would make great complimentary pieces to a deep team. However, on the Sabres they are far too entrenched as leaders on this team for them to ever be relegated to supporting roles on this team. Therefore I think one or two of them need to be gone this offseason. Ennis and Myers have proven to be great players the past two seasons, and that should be recognized by this team, and should hand the reigns over to the two of them.