About 17 of the Swords regulars are currently working on their game together, and I expect the rest to join them shortly. Along with those 17 regulars are a few of the prospects, who are to report by this upcoming Friday.
Talks with Pominville are on-going. I expect a deal to be done shortly. I'm not worried about it, because he is under contract through the year and is a restricted free agent afterwards. He is Sabres property and no matter what, they will at least get something in return for him. However, I would consider him to be one of the untouchables on the team these days. So, for all the other teams that want a piece of him, sorry, but you missed out in 05 when he was put on waivers. You can't have him because the Sabres are not going to give him up. I guarantee he will be the captain this year.
It will be an interesting season nonetheless. Most of the "experts" have them missing the playoffs. However, I think they grossly underestimate the effect that Numminen has on this group. I think you put him into the lineup last year and they don't miss the playoffs. He is the calming force they missed so deeply last year. It will not happen again. These guys refuse to lose. However, I do think that last year was a humbling experience for them, and one they needed to go through. They are still a very young bunch and had never experienced that kind of adversity before. Everything had come fairly easily the two years before that. They now know what it's like to be on the other side. They have grown individually and as a group. I expect bigger things from them this year, and they expect even more from themselves.