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  1. 3 hours ago, Brawndo said:


    They should have been doing this a month ago.  I don’t doubt they were but beyond frustrating nothing was able to get done.  Didn’t we see a bunch of goalie signings and trades during free agency?  Adams shouldn’t be let off the hook for this.

  2. 13 minutes ago, dudacek said:

    Toronto waived Dell and he was picked up.

    I think the same happened to another goalie as well, but I can't remember who.

    Do we have any clarity as to the availability of Hutton or Ullmark?

    They should have been looking to trade for a goalie regardless of Ullmark.  If he’s out for awhile they need to be making a move ASAP.  

    Again, why are we wasting a season of Dahlin on his ELC, Jack in his prime and the top free agent in the league one year deal??  So much riding on the season and Adams makes zero goaltending moves.  

    I will keep banging the drum that not addressing goaltending this offseason is as bad as JBot not addressing the 2C in prior offseason.  It is, and has been for the past twelve months, an obvious area of the roster that had to be upgraded.  What a waste.

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  3. Oh come on Ryan is not a great hockey player by any stretch.  My point is also that this isn't the first time or team that Skinner has moved up and down the lineup.  It's not just RK.  It happened before and its happening again.  Maybe both NHL coaches (not sure who Caronlina's was at the time) are morons or maybe, just maybe, there's a reason for it.

  4. 5 minutes ago, Thorny said:

    I know, but you said he gets "just the same" regardless of who he plays with. It's not really the case. There are players he's proven to perform well with. 

    This is like bypassing his faults - there are players he plays with where his faults are statistically minimized. Skinner doesn't have to *do* anything, they just have to configure the lines properly. 

    He did just fine playing with a Derek Ryan.  Let's also not forget that he soured pretty bad in Carolina as well for one reason or another.  Not sure he should just be given the benefit of the doubt.




  5. 2 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

    You realize that Skinner averaged 17 minutes a night over his 8 years in Raleigh with a low of 16:03.  He won't come close to that PT under RK.  

    I realize he mainly played on their third line and did just fine.  I also know that he played on a top line last year and scored 14 goals and 9 assists.  That's 9 assists in 59 friggen games played!!  Woof.  I also realize the Sabres missed the playoffs with him playing in said top line when the friggen playoffs were expanded to almost every team in the league.  No I'm not going to cry for Skinner because RK has him on the 4th line.

    A lot will change and I suspect Skinner will end up on the third line with a guy like Cozens.  I also suspect he will be playing the second power play and his minutes will probably end up very close to 17 minutes per night.

  6. 24 minutes ago, tom webster said:

    Hutton has been great through camp. You can’t keep talking about earning spots and not play Hutton. If he plays well to start, it will reinforce their position on the price they are willing to pay for an upgrade. If camp was an illusion, they might be quicker to up the ante.

    JFC.  I know I haven't watched much camp (not sure any of us have been able too).  He looked horrendous in the last scrimmage.  He looked vintage 2019 Hutton.

  7. 24 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

    No we don't.  We need him to score goals.  As many as possible, especially 5 on 5.  Brett Hull is in the HOF because he scored goals, not because he backchecked.  I never said Skinner shouldn't buy in and work to improve his two way game.  However, the team needs him to score and our coach has decided to limit his ability to do so.  

    That's just wrong.  

    Skinner plays a unique game.  He's not a set up man in the least.  He will get his regardless of where he plays in the lineup.  Again, they did the exact same thing in Carolina and he got his just the same.  We needed him scoring goals last year and he didn't do that in the top 6 either......

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  8. 1 minute ago, Shootica said:

    That's the nuclear option.  You do everything possible to make it work before going near that.

    And if you're at the point where you would go that route, his contract's value would be so negative that no team in the league including Seattle would want to be in the same room as him.

    Yep.  If this were to drag on (which I don't think it will) then you absolutely expose him and hope Seattle takes him.  Something will get worked out.  The style Skinner plays I'm fine with him on a third line but was hoping he got a Cozens to play with.

  9. 32 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

    holy ***** waffle...

    Carter Hutton is your starting GT tonight

    I'm not as pissed about Skinner as most.  But this?  There are no words.  Is there room in the fire RK bunker?  

    Only explanation I can think of is they are playing back to back so Hutton would get a game anyways so it won't matter who plays which game.  I really really hope that's the case and he doesn't actually think we should be riding Hutton over Ullmark.  

  10. 6 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

    Can't win if you can't score.  This rigid coach has taken one of the best 5 on 5 scorers in the NHL and placed him in a position to fail.  Not smart.  A good coach would use that line I've suggested when the matchups favor the line and to minimize any defensive issues. Also Cozens has shown so far that he is defensively responsible and according to both Taylor and RK, Mitts is substantially improved in that area.  Cozens and probably Mitts are the future of this team and Lazar and Sheahan are placeholders until better players come along.  I think those players are already here.  Sadly RK is very rigid and likely not capable of utilizing them in a way that maximizes their benefit to the team.

    Skinner played on the third line in Carolina as well.

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