Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/20/12



When the Buffalo Sabres organization found a new owner back in January of 2011, a new sense of hope permeated the air around the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. When the organization decided to get rid of the Buffa Slug that was considered one of the worst logos in the league, the sun began to shine on the fans. And when the new owner, Terry Pegula, began to spit rhetoric that the Sabres would be Stanley Cup contenders sooner than later, everyone began to prance around the arena like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. But before the Sabres could become a few of the fans favorite things, there needed to be visual evidence that all of these discussions weren't a heap of false promises.

As we approach the one-year mark in the Pegula era, we've seen that all the talk has been backed with terrible player personnel moves and bloated contracts. Early on, the Sabres were quick to throw a bone to the fans by acquiring Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues at the 2011 NHL trading deadline. The move happened to gain the franchise a streak of luck as they found a way into the playoffs, notching a 7th place finish in the Eastern Conference with 96 points. Although they were handed an early exit by the Flyers, the future seemed bright. The small wave of success that Pegula created ignited the flame of confidence in fans. The offseason would be prove to be the first time that the Pegula could really shake things up to bring success for the future - and boy was it an offseason to remember.

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