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  1. 1 hour ago, LGR4GM said:


    Adams is moving slow in some regards for sure. I think he does view this as another build/evaluation/development year which sucks.


    Granato gave us good insight into their thought process this week when he said one of the biggest mistakes he observed as a pro scout was a tendency for teams to move on from young players before fully figuring out what they have.

    We don't fully know the "how" or the "how long" but we do know that the team is committed to giving people the opportunity to reach their potential.

    And, by and large, it's working. I mean Adams may not agree, but I'm confirming a ton of ***** this season about players they've been watching for a season and a half:

    • Rasmus Dahlin and Tage Thompson are stars and true building block players
    • Jeff Skinner still has it as a top 6 forward and Alex Tuch is definitely one as well
    • Casey Mittelstadt is not
    • Victor Olofsson is a luxury player
    • Henri Jokiharju is a mid-roster player, Jacob Bryson is not
    • UPL is not the answer

    I might have suspected a lot of these things before, but now I feel like I know and I didn't last year.

    Still more data needed on Comrie, Peterka, Krebs, Quinn, Cozens, Mule and Power (but my god are the returns looking good on the last 3).

    But maybe we're closer to the tipping point than we think.

    We did get Marek's remark last week that there is a feeling around the league that the Sabres have identified their core and are ready to start building around it.

    The holes on this team are becoming pretty obvious and we do have the ammunition to fill them.

    I hope that ammunition gets used judiciously, by targeting the right pieces, even if it means watching 6-5 games for remainder of the season.

    In the meantime, this team continues to be both frustrating and promising, and surprisingly fun to watch.

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  2. On 11/29/2022 at 2:04 PM, PerreaultForever said:

    You cut that off, but to your knowledge is there another player on the roster who has Buffalo or local connections that wanted to be here or chose to be here? 

    Is this deliberately disingenuous?

    In the past 2 months Tage Thompson and Mattias Samuelsson chose to be here for 7 years each, giving up 6 and 3 UFA years respectively.

    This summer Vinnie Hinostroza, Eric Comrie, Craig Anderson and Ilya Lyubushkin who were unrestricted free agents who could have gone anywhere else chose to be here.

    Kyle Okposo and Jeff Skinner signed as unrestricted free agents who could have gone anywhere else and chose to be here.

    Zemgus Girgensons and Victor Olofsson each chose term here instead of walking to unrestricted status and bolting at the first opportunity.

    Casey Fitzgerald could have walked out of college into free agency like Cal Petersen did, but chose to be here.

    Literally half the roster, by their actions, chose to be here.


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  3. Remember when a battered team driving 90 yards late in the final quarter for the go-ahead TD, holding the opposition to a game-tying 51-yard field goal, then marching 48 yards downfield in less than 25 seconds to win the game was something to celebrate?

    People’s choices are strange to me.

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  4. Here’s an interesting statistic from this year, not sure what to make of it.

    The Sabres currently have the:

    #1 highest-scoring NHL players from the 2018 and 2016 drafts

    #5 highest-scoring NHL players from the 2021, 2020 and 2019 drafts.

    That’s a top 5 producer from 5 of the past 6 drafts and 2 of those players are defencemen.

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  5. On 11/14/2022 at 8:24 AM, GASabresIUFAN said:

    Sort of. He isn’t part of the plan for another 3-4 years anyway. 


    4 hours ago, LGR4GM said:

    I would be concerned if I didn't already assume that pick was wasted desperation forced through by someone on the scouting staff. Analytically, Leinonen was a terrible pick in the early 2nd round. 

    idk what SWE1 is but it should say Alls for Allsveskan. 


    4 hours ago, Buffalonill said:

    Ugh i forgot he was a 2nd round pick hurts more now 

    Missing context:

    Leinonen is 3.08 GAA and .841 SV% after a couple rough outings playing parts of 8 games with men in Liiga.

    Against his peers in juniors he is 1.71 and .943 in 7 games.

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  6. I wonder why people are so reluctant to believe their eyes.

    Dude has 34 goals in his past 50 games. That’s 4th in the NHL over that span - only 2 less than McDavid, 1 less than Mathews. More than Robertson and Pastrnak and McKinnon and Tkachuk and Stamkos and Ovechkin and Kucherov and Marner and Crosby and Draisaitl.

    He’s scoring (and has a great shooting %) because his shot is elite.

    He’s a star.

    @Thorny remember a year ago when we were comparing this build to the lockout team and I said maybe Tage could be the Briere and you (correctly) said hold your horses, that Briere was a helluvalot more than a good 2C?

    It’s happening.

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  7. On 11/9/2022 at 6:38 AM, Quint said:

    Peter McNab was a promising Sabre in his rookie year ('74-75) when they went to the finals vs. Philly. The following year, the Sabres played the Soviet Wings in their first tour of North America and the Sabres played perhaps their best game ever (an exhibition game unfortunately) en route to a 12-6 win. After the game, McNab and Rick Martin, as well as maybe others, said in interviews that they won this game for Canada. It was here that the anecdote was picked up in Punch Imlach's "Heaven and Hell in the NHL" book. Apparently Buffalo fans were incensed that McNab said he played this game for Canada and not for Buffalo, although guys like Martin, didn't hear anything. The boo-birds came out for McNab and he forced his way out of town...this according to Punch Imlach...and the rest is history.

    RIP Peter. Although it didn't end well in Buffalo, you were a credit to hockey.


    5 hours ago, Sabres Fan in NS said:


    I love Quint.  Robert Shaw was a fantastic actor.

    Sent you beer Quint.

    Too bad you never had a chance to get that bigger boat.

    OK, this avatar absolutely has to be the new Islanders logo. Fantastic.

  8. 9 hours ago, Porous Five Hole said:

    I think first line minutes and performance over the last 90 games is who he is/will be . He’s been really good. And it appears you may agree.

    It seems like you may worry that his performance would falter due to the pressure of playoff importance-level games. Does anything stick out to make you feel that way? 

    I think you can’t overlook the fact that over the 113 games since Ralph Krueger was fired Tage has yet to plateau - the arrow has continued to go up.

    In his 25 games from when Ralph was canned until the end of the season:

    • 7 goals, 12 points

    In his 1st 30 games at centre:

    • 10 goals, 18 points

    In his 2nd 30 games at centre:

    • 17 goals, 30 points

    In the 28 games since:

    • 18 goals, 34 points
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  9. 15 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

    I like TT a lot, but let's see how he does against the stepped-up competition the Sabres are about to encounter.

    Not really disagreeing, but at it's heart, this is a "when do you believe" question.

    Down the stretch last year he put up 15/8/23 in 23 games against Vegas, Colorado, St. Louis, Boston Toronto, Tampa, Florida, Carolina, the Rangers, Nashville, Washington Pittsburgh, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota and Dallas.

    If he gets just a goal and an assist in the next 5 games, does that mean he's not there yet?

    How many times do we have to see something before it's real?


  10. 3 minutes ago, inkman said:

    His drafting, to date, would suggest it’s not a concern of Adams at all.  If this team makes the post season, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the unmitigated violence that is the NHL postseason.   Cozens, Lybushkin, Samuelsson, will certainly step up.  From what I’ve seen, most of the young guys don’t take crap either put the playoffs are a different animal.  Maybe it’ll take a run to see if they have what it takes to survive in the playoffs. 

    It doesn't get nastier than what we saw in the AHL playoffs last year. Certainly didn't slow Krebs and Peterka.

    (I'd add Tuch to your list as someone who's proven in that environment and Okposo and Girgs will be there)

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  11. Here's a question we were all scared to broach even a few weeks ago: "What if Tage Thompson can actually fill the role of legit 1st line centre every team needs to be a contender?"

    Is it something we can talk about yet? The sample size continues to grow.

    In the calendar year of 2022 Tage now has 33 goals and 62 points in 56 games. In Eichel's best year he had 36 goals and 78 points in 68 games.

  12. 12 minutes ago, SwampD said:

    Is this really a thing? Who has been saying that the Sabres don't have size?

    People will talk about the team needing to get bigger off and on, which usually devolves into discussions about how important size really is or isn’t.

    This thread was inspired more though by me realizing how exceptionally big the Sabres core is and what a weapon that can be, and how no one ever really talks about that.

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  13. It’s not really about violence though.

    The crucial factor here is how our best players are huge and are starting to take advantage of that.

    The complaint from other team’s is going to be “we can’t penetrate past those octopi when they defend and we can’t take the puck away from those redwoods when they attack.”

    9 minutes ago, Taro T said:


    Considering how the game is evolving into a quicker less blatently obviously violent game, don't know that the Sabres will ever be viewed as large.  (Reputations remain long past their expiration date.)  And with guys like Savoie and Östlund in the wings, this is likely the biggest they'll be for the foreseeable future.


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  14. 11 minutes ago, mjd1001 said:

    You make a good point, but size is only valuable how you use it:

    -Tage is big but not physical at all in the 'traditional' sense. But his reach is used for production.

    -Ryan Reeves is often considered one fo the tougher and better fighters in the league now. He is a total of 6'2 and 225.  Not even close to 'big' comared to dozens and dozens of other players in the league.

    Give me 2 players with the EXACT same skills, but one is 2 inches and 25 lbs heavier and I'll take the bigger one.  But size for the sake of size isn't really all that useful. Boston has more than a couple players that are average (or below average) in size but I feel are much more likely to come out of the corner with a puck than guys who are much bigger.  Look at big hits. No one would say Mike Peca was even close to 'big' yet he was one of the most feared hitters in the league. Lyubushkin plays physical and he certainly lays out some big league hits, yet he is listed at only 200 lbs.

    I think this is overly focused on the mistake of conflating size with beating people up.

    Mule, Tage, Dahlin, Power, Tuch - every single player uses his size to physically dominate a majority of opponents. I’m talking about forcing turnovers, protecting pucks, winning battles and making plays.

    Their size is making them hockey players who are very hard to play against.

    1-on-1 they are creating difficult matchups for opposing coaches.

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  15. Seems to me there is still a perception out there (and by that, I mean on Sabrespace) that the Sabres aren’t big enough.

    I think people need to look a bit closer at the trees.

    • Our best centre is 6’7 225 pounds
    • Our best winger is 6’4 220
    • Our best defenceman is 6’3 210
    • Our 2nd best is 6’6 220
    • Our shutdown blueliner is 6’4 230

    I defy you to find another team with a core that physically imposing. And they all can skate.

    Add Lyubushkin Cozens Okposo and Girgensons on the next tier, couple it with the roster’s speed, 4-line depth and attacking style and this is a team that is built wear you down.

    I don’t think their 3rd period success so far this year is a coincidence.

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  16. So one of Quinn/Krebs/Asplund/Peterka/Hinostroza is so significantly less effective than the others that a rotation is going to cost the team points in the standings?

    Not buying it.

    Also not buying the concept that whoever "played the worst in the last game" is the one who should be be sitting out.

    Never mind how that is impossible to quantify (for exhibit A, I give you the reviews of Krebs' game versus Detroit), it's also completely myopic.

    I am very happy our team chooses to focus on the big picture.

    And this is coming from a fan who never wants to see Asplund in the press box.

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  17. How many NHL players can match Tuch’s combination of speed and strength?

    Asking a serious question here.

    His physical dominance versus the Canucks battered blueline was something to behold.

    We still get posters worrying about the Sabres size, but it was an eye-opener watching Thompson Tuch Power Samuelsson and Dahlin live and seeing how there was no one Vancouver had capable of physically cancelling out any of them on a purely athletic level.

    Like you are getting down to our 6th guy before they could literally find a match, and I am including Tyler Myers in that.

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  18. 1 hour ago, JoeSchmoe said:

    There are no imaging centers allowed here in Ontario. Not sure about BC but I suspect it would be the same. The government doesn't allow pay to play diagnostics such as this to create the illusion that the size of your wallet shouldn't get you better care than the poor (or anyone else in society). They call it two tier healthcare.

    The reality is the level of care is poor across the board and allowing people to pay to get to the front of the line would most likely provide the necessary funding to improve the "free" system.

    If you do want an MRI fast, you do have the option to cross the border and pay for one out of pocket. 

    Private MRIs are available in B.C.

    I would be stunned if the Leafs and Senators do not have access to quick MRIs

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