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  1. Robitaille lives with massive chronic pain, heavily dependant on his wife for help. There was article on this fact several years back. Based on last night, it seems like the mind is willing and able, and the body is likely not. [In contrast to Okposo's possible future.] I would be surprised to see him return much, if at all. What I liked most about Robitaille were his stories about his playing days, something you don't get much on radio any more where downtime is spent on commercials instead of colour-commentary. Everything has its season.
  2. The problem wasn't trading Kane away; I was all in on that. and return was OK. The problem was trading for Kane in the 1st place. Vancouver just valued Tyler Myers at $6M per year. Joel Armia is scoring goals for Montreal; he probably has more goals than our entire 3rd/4th lines. Jack Roslovic is still a good prospect/player. Brenden Lemieux (who didn't want to play in Buffalo) is still in the NHL. Stafford was still serviceable for a couple years. Our return was not even an ECHL level goalie, an injury prone d-man, Danny O'Regan who left as a UFA, and the main pick which got us Montour. Would you trade Myers, Roslovic, Armia, & Lemieux for Montour and Bogosian? Lemieux - Roslovic - Armia would make a great 3rd line for us. Yes, the Skinner trade was a Miro Satan-esque steal. But the ROR trade has been a disaster, especially with St. Louis making the playoffs at the last minute and then winning the cup, "because Buffalo". We'd better hope that Ryan Johnson turns into a great player because Thompson's ceiling looks to be Joel Armia.
  3. Yes, I'm out of range and listen on the app [via Alexa, via computer(s), via cell phones]. To clarify: the problem with last night was: a. 1st period was fine. b. Around 8:00 PM, the broadcast switched to what would have been on if not for the hockey game. And as I recall, the "On Air Now" section on the website didn't say a hockey game. It happened on three different devices to at least two people. That doesn't sound like an app problem. It sounds like an automation issue. And if it's across the board, then a simple speaker in the station should reveal the problem. Concerning the commercial "loop", OK, maybe that is an app issue, an issue that seemingly seems to cut in and out, and only on a few occasions. Bizarre. That still doesn't excuse them from: 1. reporting the problem to the public. 2. correcting the problem(app). Paul's terse "It is [playing on WGR550]" is not enough. It's quite condescending in fact. [Mini-rant: Paul's use of Twitter is a perfect example of why I hate Twitter: people often don't give any context, leaving you to have to dig through the thread to get the point. It's like TV simulcasts on radio where it can be hard to follow the play, and you certainly cannot see any of the replays. That's why I've always preferred RJ because he cut his teeth on radio and does a clearer play-by-play. And Rob Ray, for all of his faults, also does a good job explaining plays.]
  4. Sabres in Florida. Terrible play. Where's Wayne Gretzky with his obligatory Mickey Mouse comment? Maybe he was home trying to listen to the dreadful WGR550 broadcast. Most of the 2nd period went off the air last night. A listener tweeted Paul Hamilton to ask why the game wasn't on WGR. Paul tweeted back "It is". But it wasn't. Talk about lack of situational awareness! Paul was IN STUDIO and still didn't know that they weren't broadcasting the hockey game any more. After the game, Paul's cell phone went off live on air. Talk about a bonehead move! Paul should be benched for the next game to see if he can get his head back on straight. Earlier in the year, the LA game as I recall, the 3rd period broadcast was ALL COMMERCIALS. Well, the play-by-play finally reappeared with a like 4 minutes left, but cut out again in the last minute of a nail-biter. And when Koziel came on for the post-game show, he said, "Due to the lack of whistles, we're going to have to have an extra commercial break." And the feed cut for a second, only to come back to Koziel apparently oblivious to the fact that no commercials just played. This WGR team is a mess. Bush league. They need to fire their GM. Since I was forced to listen to the Lightning broadcast, I can say that they are not bush league. I mean, man, they even have Newt Gingrich on Color Commentary ! Newt had his contract with America. WGR550 needs to do a contract with their listeners. Too bad WNY is part of the country that has taken a contract out on America.
  5. Well, for starters, Stephens is a LD and Spencer is a RD. This matters because Cincinnati only had 1 true RD. Spencer is bigger. Spencer has more AHL games under his belt. They are the same age. Both were drafted in 2015: Spencer in 2nd round, Stephens 5th round. I don't know if Stephens was injured or not, but he had only played 3 games this year. Last year Stephens was +39. Either way, they were winning without Stephens; so, why not trade for a RD? Of course, in the Sabres system big picture, RD is super-abundantly staffed, while LD is only slightly overstaffed. So, in the grand scheme of things, LD remains a priority for the Sabres, especially if they trade Scandella or let him walk as a free agent this next Summer.
  6. We should trade for Jake Virtanen, Mikko Koskinen, & Mats Niskanen We could have the play-by-play of: Ruotsalainen, Laaksonen, Niskanen, Virtanen passes to Jokiharju, Koskinen means " Swedish - little Valley - source of- small stream - passes to - river - rapids". Kukkonen translates to a barnyard word which has the double-entendre that we see in Pekar and Peca. Ristolainen kinda means place-of/son-of Risto. Originally (before the Winter War), the Ristolainen name came from Finnish Karelia.
  7. I love our new defenceman: JokeeHarJew....JokeeharYou...Yokeeharhew...Yokeeharhyu....Yokeeharyu. I think that the last one is correct, I believe. It's just crazy how many of the highlight films have the announcer pronouncing the "J' as both "J" and "Y" in the same word !! My trusty Google search tells me that indeed, "J" is always pronounced as "Y" in Finnish. (As opposed to English letters like C and G which can change according to which letter follows.) Jokiharju just rolls off my tongue like a river of water....Joki and Jokinen mean "river(s)". Like my favourite comedienne Joan JokiehardJew (nee Molinsky), a Russian who must have been from Karelia.
  8. Maybe, just maybe, part of the reason why we got Colin Miller instead of the other teams run by "idiot" GMs (Chevy, Benning) is exactly because the Vegas Knights don't think that they have anything to fear from the Sabres since the Sabres are in the Eastern Conference and aren't even likely to make the play-offs?
  9. Olofsson, CJ Smith, Nylander, and O'Regan all might be gone next year. Our only new Sabres talent will be Pekar, Fitzgerald, and Bryson. Maybe they bring up Glotov from ECHL. I expect Olofsson to default to NHL. CJ Smith is a nice player, but we are overloaded on LW. Nylander is an unpassionate, fringe player who I doubt even becomes an AHL star. O'Regan is a free-agent. Randy Sexton has a lot of work to do.
  10. tl;dr Defense + Speed + Timely scoring win championships Using Nashville template in short-term(Dahlin, Montour, Broberg, Laaksonen?) * = Expansion Draft Protected Sabres Depth Chart (2019-2021) ----------------------------------------- Olafsson Eichel* Reinhart* Skinner* Colin Wilson A. Tuch* Sheary Mittelstadt* J. Roslovic* Rodriguez Girgensons Okposo* Wilson ---------- Zegras Asplund Pekar Glotov ----------------------------------------- Dahlin* Montour* Scandella M. Benning McCabe Nelson Hunwick --------- Broberg* Hickey Borgen Samuelsson Laaksonen Bryson Fitzgerald ----------------------------------------- Hutton/Ullmark//UPL*/Johanson/Free Agent ----------------------------------------- Draft : P. Broberg(D)[Can't teach size and skating] T. Zegras(C) [Turcotte is gone and Caufield is too small] Trades: Ristolainen + SJS 4th(2019) <==> EDM #1(2019) + Matt Benning(RD) + #3(2019) Nylander + Elie + 5th(2019) <==> Roslovic [wants out & WPG has cap issues] STL #1(2019) + T. Thompson <==> Alex Tuch [Need to dump salary to sign W. Karlsson] Larsson + CJ Smith + Daugherty <==> Wash 4th(2019) + 7th(2019) [Wash. needs bodies] FA Signings: Colin Wilson
  11. That was very instructional. Thanks for posting. For those who don't speak German, some key quotations: Ich weiß, wie man motiviert, auch wenn das Leben nicht nur aus Einhörnern, Regenbogen und Jujuben besteht "I know how to motivate even when life isn't all unikorns, rainbows, and jujubes." He also said that the situation was that his life scenario was such that his situational verbal skills have progressed since the 5th grade scenario; clearly he was taking a jab at JBott. An insider told me that JBott didn't think that Krueger was American...err...Canadien despite his father's insistence, that was until Krueger said, "Wirst du mich einstellen oder nicht, eh?" Ich trage keine Hüte zur Eisbahn, weil ich meinen inneren Jean-Luc Picard gerne kanalisieren möchte. Another interesting quotation: "I don't wear tuques to the rink because I like to channel my inner Jean-Luc Picard". Ich trage keine Hüte zur Eisbahn, weil ich meinen inneren Jean-Luc Picard gerne kanalisieren möchte.
  12. Philip Broberg(LD) - fast skating, puck moving d-man who needs to learn to play defence better. We need to trade down from 7 to the teens to get him. We would have an all Swedish left D.: Dahlin, Pilut, Broberg.
  13. AHL Thievery Abounds, Amerks D-Men next year. Randy Sexton just signed NCAA Sr. Justin Baudry(LD) to 1 year AHL contract. He was already playing on an ATO with the Ontario Reign! By the way, Chris Brown, Sabres property, was signed to an ATO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. I don't think that we miss Brown though. D-men Tennyson, MacWilliam, Paetsch, Brycen Martin all have expiring contracts. So next year's D will be something like this, assuming that Pilut is in Buffalo. They are all 22 years old save for Bryson who is the odd man out at 21 yo. Hickey Dougherty Bryson(?) Borgen Gosselin Fitzgerald Baudry Hopefully we get Bryson locked up this year. I'm not high on Dougherty ever making it to the NHL. The other night he got totally humiliated by a forward who blew by him and scored on a break away. Dougherty is just too slow IMHO.
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