Edited Apr 10 at 4:01
Oh you mean the Carlyle 2018-19 Ducks that couldn't score? And then he was sent to the aimless Sabres? I highly doubt that Niedermayer himself would have survived going from a sinking team to a drowning one.
McCabe's been good exclusively this year, and even then it's a 13 game sample size. Every other season he's been "okay", which kinda describes Jokiharju and Miller too. Dahlin is obviously much more skilled, but his numbers show he's being sheltered. I think we can concede that Ristolainen has never been a good defender. At some point we need to concede that the modern Sabres are a literal black hole in terms of chances against and take some of these stats with a salt lick. Montour's base underlying metrics don't vary wildly from the rest of the Sabres. His 48.48% CF is 5th among the 8 Sabres to play over 1000min since 2018, and he trails Jokiharju and Miller by less than 1%. Montour has the highest expected GF% of all Sabres defencemen with 1000min played since 2018. There isn't a single good defender on this team, and Montour's about average from the bunch. The transformation in Florida is going to be night-and-day: Sabres fans are going to be left - again - wondering why nobody can perform worth a damn for their club but excel elsewheres.
To use an anecdote, were Jeff Petry and Devan Dubnyk always bad players or were they just stuck on a horrible Oilers squad? Coaching, usage, and overall team strength are obviously much more important factors than a few users in this thread are letting on to.
I wish I could respond to all of the comments.
"The transformation in Florida is going to be night-and-day."
You said is best and here are the facts to support your point of view:
During the 26 games under Krueger, Montour had 1 goal, 6 assists and was - 14.
During the 11 games under Donato, Montour had 4 goals, 3 assists and was +1.
The 20 games Montour played after being traded from the Ducks to the Sabres he had more goals, more points and lowest +/- of all of the Sabres.
Given proper playing time I suspect he will average close to a half a point a game in Florida while chipping in 4 or 5 goals.
As usual Adams was fleeced, but this was obviously the best offer, curtesy of Ralph Krueger "Soccer Genius".
Now that the league has seen for what he will settle, I doubt the Sabres will get a 2nd for Hall.
Buffalo should never have fired Housley, but considering how the season ended, I guess the team had no choice.
EDIT for comparisons, the same stats for balance of the defense
Bryson 0-3- +1
Dahlin 2-4- -8
Jokiharju 2-2- -1
Miller 0-2- -3
Ristolainen 1-4- +1
So as I said for the last 11 games playing for a REAL NHL coach he has been the Sabres BEST defenseman.
Just his transformation from Soccer coach to Hockey coach has been night and day.