The team ended the 2012-2013 shortened season by losing in six games to the Penguins.
What we discovered in that playoff series was
- 1. We lacked in goaltending
- 2. We lacked in defense.
We entered the off-season with these two things that needed addressing. We did NOT, hence the season was lost before it began, sad but true. We did NOT acquire a NHL legit #1 goaltender nor any quality D-men to supplement our core. Season started with basically the same team from the blue line back.
Did we expect different results?
The annual November Nosedive all but cemented the season. Highlighted by 3rd period collapses, sub-par goaltending and overall poor effort. October rolled around and our GM decided that change was need. So, he gave Buffalo a 1st and a 2nd RD pick for will amount to sheer generosity with nothing in return. With the Moulson give-away we essentially, by the end of this season will have nothing to show for this move. Moulson is gone, Vanek will be gone and so will those picks. With this move we basically traded one UFA perennial 30-goal scorer, for another, which amounted to failure. With this move we failed to address the two biggest needs mentioned before goaltending and defense.
Ryan Miller was there to be had, instead we had to settle for an often hurt Nabby and an inconsistent Poulin. We now resume the lost season Moulson, Tavares and potentially Vanek. And yet Buffalo has draft picks as Christmas presents.
P.S. I will not post the regular feature "The lost points" for the remainder of this season. But to date the total is 17 lost points. This was calculated on a game by game basis, criteria: must have one or two points in the bank in the 3rd period. Late 3rd period collapses that cost us a loser point, blowing a lead that cost us one out of two winner points, and 3rd period leads of more that one goal which turned into loses or became a loser point. Sorry for the rant everyone, but can anyone disagree??