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  1. Possibly yes. When too many teams pay top dollar to superstars and it leaves a lot more 'good' players there for the picking, then the way to build your team will be to get a team full of those 'good' players. Trends take years to develop, but when everyone is doing one thing...the 'other' thing often works.
  2. You can attribute a lot of this to one man, Robert Moses. In many cities (not just Niagara Falls), highways and bridges were named after him for the work he did. However, his idea in terms of civil engineering was to center things around the automobile. Build more highways, Bigger highways. Build highways along waterfronts to give drivers and passengers of cars a 'better view'. I think he even had an idea at one point and pushed to build a major highway right through the center of Manhattan. At the time (post WW2), a lot of people supported him...but there may not be many people at all that did more damage to our infrastructure than he did (and cost $billions to correct those mistakes). There was a very good documentary on Robert Moses I saw a few years ago...I can't remember if it was on Netflix...or the History channel. Very interesting and well worth the hour to watch it if you can find it.
  3. The article makes it sound like its a done deal...headline is a bit deceiving...saying "will remove skyway". I thought this was just a proposal for conceptual ideas.....is there more to this than that? Anyway, if you aren't going to use the Skyway for vehicle traffic, then why not just take it down? Keeping it up...in whatever form...is still going to cost money long term for maintenance and those pillars take away somewhat valuable land below. If it isn't going to be used for traffic, just get rid of the whole thing....the concept picture seem to show that part of it would still stay up. Don't get me wrong..I am all for getting rid of that thing...but if it does go...that is one less 4 lane highway available into and out of the area where a new Bills stadium might be build.
  4. Fear: A boring Sabres season. Sure, I want them to be really good, but I can be entertained with missing the playoffs as long as we see some more goals, up and down play, and some hope. My fear is we get a bunch of 2-1 or 3-2 games...and a few shutouts (of the Sabres) thrown in there, with the other teams dominating possession and shots on goal.
  5. Okposo, of course, is tough to deal with regarding his contract. If you could get someone else to take it great....but if not....what do you do with him? Here is the reality....he is above average on the power play (compared to most others on this team). Is he great? No. Is he a liability even strength? Probably. But he isn't going to drag down the first powerplay unit if he is on it...and might actually be an asset on the 2nd powerplay unit. So, maybe he is the guy that is in your lineup....but gets the occasional 'day off' when you want to slot in a young guy. That gives him 65-70 games played.....and when he is playing..he gets his PP time...and you try to limit his even strength ice time to about 10 minutes per game.
  6. I read a lot about Risto getting too much ice time and if you cut it down by a few minutes a game, he'll be fine. But in reality, how do you cut his ice time down that much? A lot of his mistakes/weakness comes in even strength play...but his even strength ice time is not THAT much higher than everyone else. Last year, in his time with the Sabres Montour actually got more even strength ice time than Risto. Bogo averaged only about 1 minute less and Dahlin was only about 1.5 minutes less. If you really want to get Risto down near or under 20 minutes per game, you have to significantly reduce his special team ice time. On the PK, only Bogo had more ice time per game than Risto...and on the PP, Risto was WAY out in front of everyone else (actually, Dahlin was close behind Risto, but then Risto was double anyone else.) Personally, if he is still here, I'd get him off the PK totally.....limit him to 2nd team on the PP....and make sure Dahlin and his partner get more even strength ice time. That should about do it. If after that he STILL has the worst +/- on the team and can't get the puck out of his own zone after another half season...then trade him for the bag of pucks.
  7. Ok, I am not a huge analytics guy, I don't know much about breaking down the film, and don't know where players are supposed to be all the time. But as for the 'hate' for the guy, I can explain that from my point of view. Over the last 2 years (mostly), I have just seen TOO many times where a goal was scored against the Sabres that was directly a result of his play. A dumb/bad pass out of his own zone sometimes...him 'chasing' down another player and looking the other way when the eventual goal scorer was taking a shot...or him vacating a spot in front of the net a second or less before the goal was scored from that exact spot. It happens to most of the D-core on this team, but to my eyes, it seems to happen a LOT more to him than to most of the other players combined. Sure, he hits, he skates well, he has great 'talent', but I just personally see him looking like it was his mistake or him being 'out of position' more than anyone else when goals are scored against the team with him on the ice. Maybe a new coach changes that? I don't know, but at this point I won't be sad to see him gone.
  8. Can't give in on Tom Brady. He was part of a Pats team that cheated. It is VERY likely that a couple of his Superbowls would not be there without cheating, his stats would likely be a lot less also. Take away some of those SBs and lower his stats a bit and he is not the greatest ever. Now, there are a lot of 'likely's in there...but in my book....the person (or team) that cheats loses the benefit of the doubt on those 'likely' and 'maybe' qualifiers.
  9. I agree. I loved the black and red, and loved that logo. I wish the Sabres would use them as a 3rd jersey on a regular basis.
  10. I don't follow analytics...I never coached hockey....I can't break down film and see anything of much value...when I watch the game, I'm just following the puck 90% of the time....so obviously I'm not the best person to know a players true value........but what I do know with Risto is this: -too many times last year (and the year or two before) I see the Sabres have a goal scored against them, and Risto has his back (or side) turned to the play...or seems to be skating away from the goal scorer or is just looking at the play while not moving. Now, is some of that schematic where another player made a mistake? Maybe, but it happens WAY too much to Risto compared to other Sabres D-men for me to say he is a great...or even good D-man who is just unlucky. I don't think he is a truly awful player...but I think he is someone that has good skills and gets over-rated by a lot of people because of his 'athletic skills' and not by his actual play.
  11. I am a casual follower of the NBA. Watch a handful of games (not even full games), but I like to keep up on the standings and the news online. One thing I'll say...this might be the season I am the most interested in of any major sports league in memory (besides strictly Buffalo teams). At least going into this year...the possibilities for who is going to be good, who is going to contend for the title....almost endless. There are probably 6 teams in the west that have a legit shot of coming out of there as champs...and in the east...Mil and Philly legit shots...but you can't rule out Boston or Toronto pending injuries to Mil and Philly. Wide open. So many teams with a 'big 2 star players' that there should be a ton of close, entertaining matchups through the entire season. A dream for someone who just wants to follow the standings.
  12. I agree with your sentiment, but it actually does not have to be that complicated. Just make the compensation a bit less.
  13. Over the last 2 seasons combined, he has 1 less even strength goal than Reinhart, and did that in 4 less games (and also with less ice time per game at even strength) He has less PP goals than Reinhart, but the rangers also gave him about 1/2 the pp ice time Sam got. Vesey would appear to have a lot less upside than Reinhart...but with an extra minute or two ice time per game...and a regular spot on the PP.....it wouldn't be out of the question to see him put up 20-25 goals based on past performance.
  14. I agree with that exactly....that that alone is the difference between him as a player being a "top-5 in the league superstar" (which we want and many expected when he was drafted), compared what he is and has been...a 'top 20-25 player in the league star'. What many people wanted out of him was a half-step behind McDavid...so far he has instead been a 20th-25th best player in the league....mostly because of inconsistency.
  15. I guess I'm there also. I am/was at the point where I was OK with him walking for this amount. Would I take what would come with that....no big time scorer on the Sabres...Skinner probably on a better team and getting farther in the playoffs next year....etc. Yes, I'd be OK with it if he was getting paid that much. However, its done so I'll enjoy watching him play for the team. Hopefully, the cash is front loaded (even though the cap hit will be the same, a front loaded contract would be easier to dump in later years IF NEEDED), hopefully he'll be a guy who keeps producing well into his early and mid-thirties...and hopefully it does not have a full no-trade clause (sorry if these details are out, I have not had a chance to read every post in this thread so far)
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