Trottier Brings 7 Cups & Great Moustache To Buffalo

A HOFer since 97, 7 Time Stanley Cup. Bryan Trottier is a Sabres Assistant Now! - Photo via Winnerhfboards.hockeysfuture.com

A HOFer since 97, 7 Time Stanley Cup. Bryan Trottier is a Sabres Assistant Now! – Photo via Winnerhfboards.hockeysfuture.com

“The Sabres just hired Bryan Trottier?” I said to my friend, who was tuning his guitar for our set Tuesday night. “I saw that. Do you think…they’ll be…good?” That is a great question. For the past 15 years or so, Buffalo has been home to dozens of incredibly talented players and coaches, but the one thing that they have been short on is winners–guys that just KNOW how to win. The signing of ‘Trots’ as an assistant to head coach Ted Nolan will certainly bring a winner into the mix.

This is all that matters right? The STANLEY CUP!!! - Photo via www.totalprosports.com

This is all that matters right? The STANLEY CUP!!! – Photo via http://www.totalprosports.com

As a player, Trottier won four Stanley Cups with the NY Islanders and two with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was considered the glue of those Isles Cup teams–taking home the Conn Smythe for Playoff MVP in the first cup run. He won the Calder Trophy his rookie year and set a scoring record for rookies that stood until, Quebec great, Peter Stastny broke it a few years later. He’s also a winner of the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross trophy, and the King Clancy; he took home a lot of metal as a player. In the late 80’s, his point production tapered a bit, and he signed with the Penguins, who were said to have brought him on for his experience and leadership. In 2001, he brought that leadership to the Colorado Avalanche and assisted Bob Hartley to Colorado’s 2nd Cup–playing a role with results we’re hoping he can repeat from his spot behind the bench here in Buffalo.

The fact that Trottier sees an opportunity here speaks volumes about the direction of the Sabres. At a time when the team has been gutted of their veteran core and is leaning hard on a handful of young men who largely lack NHL experience, confidence is one thing that Buffalo is short on. However, bringing in a Hall-of-Famer with such a winning pedigree can certainly mitigate that self-doubt. The real question is whether Trots can work with all of these kids. The Avalanche team that won in 2001 was stacked with veteran talent with names like Sakic, Forsberg, Bourque, and Roy. Nolan has shown he can work with youth; Tyler Myers began to return to form when the coaching change took place, and Zemgus Girgensons’ Olympic performance stands as a further testament to Nolan’s abilities. If Trottier can get his message across to the youth on this team, we may be in for a better season than we thought.

This is what we have been waiting for since last year! Connor McDavid! - Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

This is what we have been waiting for since last year! Connor McDavid! – Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Where does that leave us? On Monday’s Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski parroted what Sabres fans and local sports-talking heads have been saying for over a year: Buffalo heads into this year in the lead for a race to the bottom and the best chance at Connor McDavid in next year’s draft. Does the signing of Trottier put us in a position to lose that race?

In my mind, the Sabres’ front office knows exactly what they’re doing. I cannot fault them for bringing in one of the premier players of a generation when they have the opportunity to do so. Along with next year’s strong draft class, the list of potential free agents is pretty hefty as well. We’ve got draft picks to spare. Trottier’s presence may also make Buffalo a more appealing destination for trades. I think this is a great move, and I really hope that the young talent–present and future–are able to glean some of Trottier’s experience as they head out onto the ice.

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