I believe we are now at "the point of no return" for Ales Kotalik, Tim Connolly, Max Afinogenov, Daniel Paille, Andrew Peters, & Henrick Tallinder. It is time for these guys to be sent to a new city. Our team would clear up nearly $12 million per year of salary by getting rid of this dead weight. Trade Max for some Dixie Cups do something. His -14 is killing our team.
I would also like to see Lindy Ruff return the team to the defensive style that his team played in his first years as coach of the Sabres. By returning to a "defense first" style of play, he will strengthen the play in front of goalie Ryan Miller, which should improve the Sabres' chances of advancing in the playoffs.
Fortunately, the Sabres are in a position in which they have offensively talented forwards like Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, and Jason Pominville. The Sabres are missing defensive role players to help compliment their young stars. They need some Dixon Ward's, Wayne Presley's & Dave Hannan's & Brad May's. (they could have had him for a 6th round pick, he now plays for the Leafs)
If I were GM for a day, after I dropped the teams dead weight ,(players listed above) I would make a trade for Michael Peca; just put the past aside and return him back to the city he calls home.
Bringing Peca on board would give the Sabres a gritty physical player to help complement Patrick Kaleta and Paul Gaustad and also give Jochen Hecht a strong defensive partner during penalty kills. He also has a salary of $1.3 million, which would fit into the Sabres budget.
Peca brings leadership, gritty play, and heart, which is one thing this team lacks. He kills penalties, wins faceoffs and has the ability to "shut down" the opposing teams star players.
Darcy Regier...put your differences aside with Michael and make the trade to help improve this team and bring "life" back to this boring dreadful season.