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Opinion

March 11, 2014

DUVALL: Sabres team is all about the future now

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Tonawanda News — Myers has played like a future captain and franchise defenseman. If Murray and Co. can rely on a restored Myers and a stable of young defensemen around him it will allow them to focus attention on their depleted group of forwards in the drafts to come. 

It remains to be seen whether Miller's backup in goal, Jhonas Enroth, can handle day-to-day duties but the early results since Miller left are encouraging: In the five games since Miller was traded, Enroth and imported young netminder Michael Neuvirth have combined for an impressive .949 save percentage and 2.02 goals against average — and did it against two of the league's top teams in San Jose and Boston. 

The state of Sabreland is sad. It's easily the worst team in 20 years, maybe ever. 

But all is not lost. With a few more high-end draft selections added over the course of the next few years, by the time 2016 rolls around we could be talking about a playoff return and, hopefully as these young players grow through that process, a return to being a genuine contender.

For the first time in a long time I feel like the ship is pointed in the right direction. Now it will just take patience from fans and the team's front office alike to wait for these investments to mature.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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