Sabres roundtable: Burning questions during another offseason of change

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Rasmus Ristolainen is entering his eighth season with the Buffalo Sabres.

James P. McCoy

Lance Lysowski ,  Mike Harrington

We might be approaching the end of a long offseason in which the Buffalo Sabres underwent another regime change and completed the top free-agent signing in franchise history.

The return of royal and gold, as well as a new reverse retro jersey, also seems to have piqued fans’ interest following a ninth consecutive season without playoff hockey. Yet, for all Kevyn Adams accomplished in his nearly six months as general manager, several prominent burning questions about this team and the NHL season remain.

The Buffalo News’ Lance Lysowski and Mike Harrington provide their answers:

Assuming the NHL and NHLPA come to a financial agreement, how should both parties proceed with the season?

Lysowski: The lack of direction from the NHL is astounding. Despite what Commissioner Gary Bettman wants everyone to believe, there is no way the season is starting Jan. 1. Traveling during the pandemic also seems illogical right now. The best course of action is to begin a 48-game season in late January or early February with a hub city for each division. Hold all games in those respective cities for at least a month and finish the season in home arenas if the pandemic is under control.

Any plan without fans is going to create a financial problem for the NHL, even…

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