basically, it is an ability to do lots right but suffer a crippling blow that undoes all the effort 1 - both buque and zach are solid backups that any team would want. but neither has shown the mettle to become a #1. 2 - defense, oh where for art thou? some nights they can suffocate, but they have fatal lapses. really the bandits season is for every 55 minutes of good ball, 5 minutes of pure suck ass, especially on the back end. perfect examples are brownell and priolo on most nights. 3 - play the level of their competition most nights. sometimes, you just have kick an underdog when he is down. 4 - a hot tempered coach issue. i call it the mike keenan syndrome. mike was a very good NHL coach if you gave him a roster of greenhorns. but if the team has vets, his ranting and raving are almost a joke to them. there is a reason that drill sergeants are not generals. 5 - good young talent with byrne, weiss [love that kid], durston [same as nick], desnoo, and jones. they came to play most nights. the veterans have to take the lion's share of not showing up. it might mean a huge purge come expansion time but would be where i am thinking. 6 - smith and shawn. smith had great numbers but clicking with shawn will make them almost impossible to stop or a breeze to stop. shawn has a ton of talent and you would had figured that calgary with a big 3 of dobbie, dickson and evans would had won more silverware. shawn can be the be the best and the worst of the same game. this is not news, this was his m.o. as a rookie, so he is what he is. 7 - buffalo cut lose big bodies for smaller guys during the season. will they continue to opt for speed or go back to the big bad bandits of year after year? 8 - dumb penalties. the man down unit was decent enough but you do the math. buffalo gives up the most minors next to vancouver but stops 52%, but a team like toronto pk is 50% but gives up almost 20% fewer chances, who's outcome is better? either the pk or on the floor discipline has to get better. 9 - got picks this summer. would you trade both 1st rounders to get a stab at jeff teat? 10-i cannot wait to yell, scream and curse at the sight of the bandits playing my wings again.