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About mjd1001

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  1. I'd rather see the Leafs beat the Jackets in a long, back and forth 5 game angst filled series...only to have their head handed to them in the next series. Just as enjoyable for me...but it ensure no chance they get that top pick.
  2. I can't read the whole article..not a subscriber. I was never really big fan of the new Arena. I was a little kid when they played at the Aud and had fond memories of those games. Sure, I know it was smelly and dirty...but the thing I liked the most about it was how small the inside was...how much closer to the ice most of the seats were. So you have a new building..like many other places. It just seems to me that many of the other Arenas built at the same time as ours in Buffalo have undergone a much great renovations leaving ours behind..and the brand new ones of course are so much nicer. I WANT a nice Arena, I want the Bells-and-Whistles. If I was a true die-hard fan, I would only want to watch the game at home..seeing all the replays and having multiple camera angles give me a better view than most seats in the Arena..all the while at my pc or large tablet getting any up to the second info I can analyze. But these days I'm more of a casual fan...so the 'night out' experience in the Arena is almost as important to me as the game...and the 'night out' experience in our Arena has fallen quite a bit behind most other places.
  3. I'd really have to think about this...but Kurri, Neely, and Ovechkin were the first 3 names I thought of. If I had to come up with 2 more.... Peter Bondra Pavel Bure
  4. I want Dahlin to be good enough next year to be getting 24 minutes per game of ice time. Don't waste any of that on the Penalty kill though. #1 PP unit..and about 19-20 mins per game even strength.
  5. I think that has a lot to do with it. I won't bet on it..but if he doesn't have another job by this time next year, it wouldn't surprise me to see him back covering the Sabres whenever they do play.
  6. I know this isn't about this years draft...but can anyone imagine what next years might look like? If Covid goes on much longer..and restrictions stick...you might be looking at a 2021 draft where the kids (players) haven't played at all for 1.5 years, or at least haven't played much...and even they they do play...will there be as much scouting of those few games as in the past? It might make the first round a little trickier...but I can't imagine how totally random the later rounds of the draft might be.
  7. I don't disagree with what you are saying..but a couple of points: -Fighting itself is just about gone. In 2001-2002 we had over 800 fights in the NHL season. Every season through about 2010 had about 700 fights in it. Over the next 5 years that dropped to about 400 fights per season..then to the 300s...and the last full seas we had...just over 200 total for the entire year. That is less than 1 total fight for every 5 games played. If you look at the Sabres current stats...they have taken a total of 3 major penalties the entire season. As far as the blue collar thing....maybe its true in Buffalo but I find it funny how many other cities say that. I lived near Boston for quite a few years..and over and over they would talk about the Bruins as being a 'Blue collar team' to reflect the fact that Boston is a Blue collar city. Listen to WFAN out of NY city through most of the 2000's and you'll hear the same thing about many of the NY teams and NY city. If NY and Boston are "blue collar cities", then what does that make Buffalo?
  8. To me, nobody on this team is 'untouchable'. I'll listen to talk for anyone. Does that mean I'm shopping them? No, but I will listen to any offers...... Untouchable means trade under almost no conditions. To me the only way a player is untouchable is if 1.) your team is a championship contender ever year 2.) the player in question is a top 10 player in the league 3.) the player is under your control long term. 4.) the player wants to be with your team long term and has 100% commitment to the team. Peyton Manning in his prime. Mario Lemieux. Lebron James or Jordan. Sidney Crosby of the last decade. They were untouchables. Now if you want Jack, my asking price would probably be too high for most other teams. Lets start with a Kyle Connor/Seb Aho type player...give me another young player with them that is either a potential 20 goals scorer or a top 2 D-man..and add your top prospect or a first round pick that is a top 10 pick..and lets start the discussion. Does that asking price seem outrageous...thus putting him the category of untouchable? Maybe, but I'm listening to offers like that.
  9. I'd listen to offers....but it has to be the offer that the Sabres "can't say no to". Something like a player that is almost as good as Eichel (Klye Connor, Aho, Barkhov, Laine,), AND something else of major value (top prospect in their system and a high draft pick) and maybe take a bad contract off the Sabres also. Basically, the only trade I would look at for the Sabres...the other team has to be looking to trade a Star player for Eichel, who they think could be a bigger star..and they are going to have to pay up extra to make that leap.
  10. I don't know much about Adam Mairs coaching ability, but I wouldn't be against it.
  11. Probably not, and on the surface no for sure....but.... What was the reason O'Reilly was dealt? He and Jack supposedly had dinner when St. Louis was back in town, but things might have been kinda 'chilly' between them when he was here, was it a choice between the 2 and Jack had some input into the move? Did Jack have any input into any of the other moves? He is an elite (or at least on the border of elite) production player, but are you getting your moneys worth with regard to the cap? None of that may be true...and it may not mean he is the 'problem' if it were true...but there may be things under the surface that happen with ANY player that may have more of a negative impact on the team than the production shows.
  12. I never said to get another GM job...he might know hes not getting one...but maybe there is an assistant GM job or some other job available he has heard about through friends and knows he will be gone from buffalo, so wants to take another 'lesser' job now while the getting is good. Or maybe he found out being a GM in a situation like Buffalo just isn't for him...he knows he will be gone soon and wants the time off (pressure on family, not liking the community, family issue/sickness). Once again, I didn't say at all it was for another GM job, not sure where you are getting that from. I hope not. I mean, its great you have a local guy...but I'd want the decision on my gm to be 99.5% or more because you think he will be a good GM...less than 0.5% because he is local.
  13. A lot of speculation here, but..... Maybe Botts asked for his 'release'? I think a common thought was that if the Sabres don't make the playoffs next year he was going to be gone for sure...and maybe he just thought he'd be too much of a lame duck...and asked out?
  14. Not too joke too much, but give it a month or two with Adams at the helm...if major moves are not made soon, there will be people calling for this.
  15. I agree with this. If you were going to fire him, then it should have been done a while ago. Once you said you are keeping him, then keep him. And I'm personally not someone who will never be happy with the Pegulas. I have thought for the last year or 2 that it is becoming apparent they aren't good at running a team....but I also thought that if you are going to stay with Botts, then just stick with him---the worst thing you can do is keep changing your mind on things.
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