NEW FRON­TIER OR SAME OL’ STORY?

Buf­falo has tried to be ‘cut­ting edge’ be­fore, so you can’t blame fans for be­ing du­bi­ous of the team’s new scout­ing di­rec­tion

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the sum­mer – OK, the sec­ond-big­gest story – was Buf­falToe’sr­ryTearn­rdi­blKeimTuPe­esg­du­alya, HE BIG­GEST STORY OF cwle­haennedowh­onues­res benyt­fi­ir­reins­g­coGuMt­inJag­sost­nafBf.otStce­oruiltl­san­fr­do­ma­lm­coasst tth­toe acoskaisnt gsep­a­ec­nht ot­theermwohr­oni­h­nagd os­nurtvhivee­ird ptheoc­nuelsl.,

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wsPe­heminli­atp­n1p2TG.Jpo.igBcukrel­slnala.nI­ta­nenr2.3010s7t,oBvue­fr­fallo. Pto.Ko.kS­duebf­bean­nAnd sure, ev­ery team has draft hor­ror sd­to­tocr­tri­hi­etis­inc,gib­smudt.iAfwfenhrd­entnhtay­lyto,’usy­woaun­han­otopIuefne­cayeroaaub­r­posleualt­n­f­tuht­poe ynuet­d­w­wonhp’at­late’nsm. tYpheleos,yc­to­has­es­ty­mow­naintlh­lyes­saicv­coeeu?mts“oI­tan’sbePy­eef­goiufr­letah,seb’ wthaenirt wteiatmh i,ta,”nod­nethGeMy tcoalnd dmoe.w“Bhauteyvoe­ur ctahne’yt ‘saWveh’ ey­onuy­rowurasyc­toous­tus cacre­sastitnhte­hreinNkH, tLh.”ey see hinotwer­ap­cltay­weirtshrte­eaacmt monat­tehseab­ned­ncho,achhoews,tahnedy tLwho­heoask­tain­mthgeeayo’vr­keei­dr­laisk­tZeroaio­ingmh­ptceairnl­slo.tnhedueyri­engjusat cih­sna’tt. SabTrheis if­sana,llssoolu­ent­d­mine­gir­nat­trhoe­drud­ceouarnife­y­wouw’roerda stoupy­poluyril­nexBic­uoffna:lo,pbtiumt iisfmth. eItr’es biseeonein­sasvhion­rgt pgroascite­iviet’.sCtrhoaw­tee,alirk­lye Ared­vaimews,sgornewCru­op­wien tahre Borug­fafan­lioza­trieoan.sHbeew­foor­rekceodm­foin­rgtwto tehx­emSap­blar­reys ath­sean pwrio­th­scUoSuAt H– ofi­crk­se­tyw’sitNhatUio­SnHaLl DTeuab­muqDue-, vel­op­ment Pro­gram. And by all ac­counts, he’As­saf­worhiap-rsem­tu­ar­rnt gtouyv. ideo scout­ing – a lot

dhas­tah-carpup­nec­n­heindg­i­na1re5 yleigahrst-.yTeeacrhsn­oal­hoe­gay­dan­odf lwikheatNt­i­hgheytinog­na­cle wbreer­aek, ian­ngddwoi­wthn stm­hearat­n­faol­lyk­t­sics, the Sabres can get a lot more use­ful info about a player than their fore­bear­ers did.

THIS IS ALL SOUND­ING RATHER DOUR IF YOU’RE A SABRES FAN, SO LET ME IN­TRO­DUCE A NEW WORD TO YOUR LEX­I­CON: OP­TI­MISM

Now the job is to fill in the blanks. The tShae­byr’ellsh­wav­ilel ntoeefid­nd­to­gehmires, soin­mce msco­suttes,staanbdt­bli­hy­se­hoetPd­heet­graultleae­n­sat­mmhsa.awdItke’s taah­n­re­oeitrhale­cr­rheoacdi­h­cyael.lemNn­gopewlo, ybeaudltl of Buf­falo waits to see if a cruel his­tory of cdrisea­w­p­p­caon­inbtm­reeank­t­threpcey­actlse.it­self, or if the new

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