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Join TSN.ca in a 30 Teams In 30 Days tour of the NHL in preparation for the upcoming season. Today, we examine the 2011-12 campaign for the Buffalo Sabres. Get the lowdown on their off-season and the issues they face this season. And use the Your Call feature to give us your take. Buffalos fortunes as a franchise seemingly turned on a dime when businessman Terry Pegula acquired control of his beloved Sabres. Not only did it mean the team finally had solid financial backing, but a passionate owner (who even wept at the sight of the clubs greatest icon, Gilbert Perreault). The team responded in kind to the newfound love affair, losing in regulation only four times over the seasons remaining 24 games and moving from 10th in the Eastern Conference to seventh. The team also came within one game of knocking off the defending Eastern Conference Champions, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. So with a big bankroll and a fresh start, what will the 2011-12 season hold for the Sabres? Heres a look at whats in store for this season. Additions: D Christian Ehrhoff, LW Ales Kotalik, RW Ville Leino, G Drew McIntyre, D Robyn Regehr. Subtractions: D Chris Butler, F Paul Byron, D Tim Conboy, C Tim Connolly, G Patrick Lalime, RW Mark Mancari, D Steve Montador, RW Mark Parrish. Prospect Report: After getting full seasons out of diminutive rookies Tyler Ennis and Nathan Gerbe, the time may be right for the Sabres to promote some muscle in the form of Zack Kassian. Though the forward ranks are crowded, Kassians body might be better suited to throwing his weight around the NHL instead of the American Hockey League. Luke Adam could be ahead of him in the queue after a 19-game stint with the Sabres last season. However, it might come down to who impresses more in training camp and the position they play (Adam being a centre and Kassian playing the wing). The team will also be keeping a close eye on Marcus Foligno as he jumps to the AHL, as well as Mark Pysyk and 2011 first-rounder Joel Armia who should garner some attention at the World Juniors. Breakout Player to Watch: Nathan Gerbe is a small man that plays a big mans game. He proved last season that he had a penchant for streaky scoring, as evidenced by the eight goals he scored in the seasons final 14 games to double his output for the year. If he can put it together for a full season, he could become a key part of the Sabres attack. Tim Connollys departure also opens up some power play minutes that could go Gerbes way should he produce early in the season. Marquee Match-Up: Nov. 4 vs. Calgary - Baptism by Fire. Less than a month into the NHL season, Robyn Regehr will line up against his former Flames teammates for the first time ever. If the Sabres hope to neutralize Jarome Iginla and the Flames attack, Regehr and any tricks hes learned practicing against them for the last 12 years may prove useful. Other Dates To Watch: Oct. 7 and 8 - Sabres kick off the NHL season in Helsinki and Stockholm. Feb. 16 - the Sabres return to Philadelphia, scene of their 2011 playoff demise and a homecoming for Ville Leino. Mar. 3 - Christian Ehrhoff returns to Vancouver for the first time since he saw the Bruins hoist the Cup. Reason to Get Excited: Hope. There finally seems to be some of it in Buffalo and Pegula is the primary catalyst behind that. After years of putting together competitive teams on a shoe-string budget only to see players leave for more cash, Pegula has beefed up the teams roster and payroll significantly. If the team prospers from the new acquisitions, the city could become a destination of choice instead of a launching pad. Home Hardware: Strong goaltending is the key to any competitive NHL season and the Sabres have just that in veteran netminder Ryan Miller. With new arrivials Regehr and Ehrhoff bolstering the blueline, it will be that much more difficult to beat Miller and his second Vezina Trophy in three seasons could be in the cards. On The Hot Seat: General Manager Darcy Regier (who signed a two-year contract extenstion last fall) was given the green light to spend money on improving the team and the Sabres were more than $3 million over the salary cap in the middle of the off-season. If Regier cant make the Sabres contenders in the East, could his long-standing tenure be the first casualty of the new regime? Regier is well-respected around the league and obviously trusted by Pegula, but if the new high-priced additions dont produce, the Sabres might find the GM easier to replace than long-time head coach Lindy Ruff. Its Your! Call: How will the new-look Sabres fare in one of the leagues least predictable divisions? Few would argue that the defending champion Bruins are the team to beat in the Northeast, but with the Sabres having spent a large part of the 2010-11 season out of the playoff picture, can they be expected to immediately contend for the division title or even home-ice advantage? The Senators are looking at a rebuilding year, but with the Canadiens and Leafs both looking for drastic improvements over last year, the Sabres could be hard-pressed for easy points within the division. The team got a spark last season from the ownership change, but a long summer could have diminished that spark a bit. So will an increase in team spending mean a rise in the standings? cheap jerseys from china .J. -- Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- For the first 8 minutes of the Ducks return to Anaheim, coach Bruce Boudreau thought he saw the residual effects of an eight-game, 15-day road trip. http://www.jerseyswholesalenflonline.com/ . A day after Trevor Linden becomes president of hockey operation with the Canucks, Brendan Shanahan one-ups him and become president - period, it looks like - of the Maple Leafs. Why this title, and why this guy? Bob McKenzie: I think thats the critical thing. cheap nfl jerseys .C. -- Kurt Busch has a new ride. wholesale jerseys . The 66-year-old Irishman left Newcastle in 2009 after a heart attack. He had been the clubs interim manager following the departure of Kevin Keegan.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Tom Johnson. The deal was done Thursday. The 29-year-old Johnson spent the last three seasons as a backup with the New Orleans Saints, playing in 40 games plus four more contests in the playoffs while totalling five sacks. Johnson started his pro career in 2006 as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, but he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Then he spent time in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before finally appearing in an NFL game in 2011. The addition of Johnson, likely to backup last years top draft pick Sharrif Floyd, will probably mean the end of an 11-season run in Minnesota by Kevin Williams, who became a free agent.dddddddddddd Meanwhile, free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has also agreed to terms with the Vikings. Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season. Wootton has a place in Vikings lore. He was the defender who drove Brett Favre into the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium in 2010. The hit gave Favre a concussion that prevented the quarterback from playing in the final two games of his career. Wootton says in his tweet that he is "excited to start a new chapter" in Minnesota. ' ' '
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