1. The realization about Lindy Ruff: Darcy Regier picking up ONLY the option year of Ruff's contract should speak volumes. He is being rewarded for his success (yes, success people. He is the best coach this team has ever had.) while being warned at the same time.
Regier (and minority owner Quinn) have effectively told Ruff that if he doesn't reinvent himself and spend more time teaching, he's out the door after the season. I'm cheering for you, Lindy.
2. Ryan Miller is taken for granted: Let's hope the brain trust of the Sabres realizes this before it's too late.
Miller is and will be beloved in this town like no one since Darryl Talley and Pat LaFontaine combined. Miller will win 40 games, steal away 10 wins that the team should have lost, and backstop a championship team.
It's now up to the organization to build a championship team in front of him.
3. Connolly/Roy: With the final judgment on Connolly and Roy (along with several others who have already been named), management can correct their mistakes while they have time. "Tampon" Connolly will have some trade value if the Sabres wait until the trade deadline.
We'll keep his regular season points before we find a true playoff performer. Roy is young and can just about guarantee 25+ goals and 65+ points for a new team.
You don't think the Islanders wouldn't love that production behind John Tavares? I think the Sabres could afford to give up 10 of Roy's goals and 20 of his points if we can find another Michael Peca or Chris Drury.
4. Build around the Rookies: To some, this translates to the dreaded "rebuilding." Led by Myers, this group is ready for the challenge.
With leaders like Rivet, Grier, Montador, and Miller, the potential of this group is scary. The question is, can management play their cards properly? Again, I'm pulling for management.