As of the unofficial midway point of the season, all star week, the Sabres sit just 6 points out of the final playoff spot.
In a month, the trade deadline will show its ugly 30-headed self. At that point, either the Sabres will be ripped to shreds by playoff bound GMs, or Reiger will invest in a final playoff push by adding veteran bodies to the roster.
Until then, fans are left in limbo.
The team is currently on a 9-3-1 tear, but seems almost wholly dependant on the play of diminuative rookies Ennis, Gerbe, and more recently, Byron.
Leading point getter Derek Roy is out for the year.
Ryan Miller has returned to non-Vezina play, since Sidney Crosby scored on him to seal the Olympic fate of Team USA.
Last year's overachievers - Grier, Hecht, Myers, etc - have crashed back to earth as well.
There are other issues, obviously. Need we even bring up the name Niedermayer? (How is that spelled again?)
Darcy Reiger is standing pat that the Sabres are playoff contenders, for now. Fans aren't convinced, but are having fun watching Ennis Gerbe and Byron take the older core as far as they can. (Playoffs or not, one thing is certain: one of those three guys will likely go at the trade deadline. Having three of your best offensive weapons under 5'10" doesn't get you far in the playoffs. Boston reminded us of that last year.)
All fans can do is sit back and wait for February 28th, and wonder where Reiger will take this team.
And they can wonder if Terry Pegula will suddenly swoop down out of the sky and tear the team apart in his first day in the office.
6 points, and one very strange month ahead.