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  1. From everything I read and heard, he was an excellent draft pick and we were lucky that he fell to us. But that photo really makes me think he needs to hit the weight room. I realize he's just a kid, but he doesn't look anywhere near NHL ready, from a physical standpoint. He probably won't be able to do a lot of upper body lifting after having hand surgery, so it may be a while before he even gets started. I don't think anyone was realistically expecting him to make much of an impact this year anyway, so he's got some time.
  2. I used to read and enjoy Sullivan's column back in the day. I also had a common acquaintance who said that Jerry was a pretty good guy. That said, I have to agree that Sullivan has become overly negative in recent years to the point that it is difficult to enjoy his column. I can't recall the last time he wrote anything positive. I think he takes his criticisms of the Pegulas too far. They are not perfect owners, but they have done a lot of positive things for the Buffalo sports scene. After a few years of finding themselves, they seem to have the Bills moving in the right direction and I think they will eventually find the right mix of coach and GM to get the Sabres there too. (I hope that it's Botterill and Kreuger, but we'll see.) Back to Sullivan, I can't recall a column in which he didn't use the word "dubious." Try it some time - read one of his columns and see how far you can get before you see the word "dubious."
  3. Given Krueger's unconventional background, it's really difficult to tell how this might play out. From what I have read about him, Krueger seems to be a progressive thinker that might connect well with today's players and the organization as a whole. I've been trying to think of comparisons elsewhere in professional sports and the two that come to mind are Joe Maddon (Cubs manager who led them to first World Series title in a century plus) and Steve Kerr (who has led Golden State to multiple NBA championships). Obviously, it's a big stretch to say that Krueger would have that kind of success, but he seems to be the same kind of personality as those other two guys and there's a chance it could be really successful. It could also go down in flames (or is the term UP in flames?), but you have to give JB credit for taking a swing at it.
  4. I'm a huge Lindy fan. I loved him as a player and also as a coach. I would love to see him get another opportunity to be a NHL head coach and be really successful. I also don't think that bringing him back would have been the right move for the franchise right now. I have no problem with him getting an interview.
  5. Hockey is all about coaching. Yes, you need some level of talent, and the Sabres have enough talent to be competitive. It was evident in those games when they "showed up" and played a full 60 minutes - they could play with anyone on those nights. While I very much wanted to see the Housley experiment work out, it didn't. If the Sabres can hire the right coach, they will be in the playoff hunt next year. St. Louis this year, as someone mentioned above, is the perfect example. They were last overall, made a coaching change, and are now in the conference finals. For what it's worth, I would like to see the Sabres hire Sheldon Keefe. Although I have seen it said that Botterill wants to hire a coach with NHL experience and Keefe doesn't have it, he seems like the best of the available guys and a strong enough track record in the "A" the he has a chance to be really successful. Perhaps that's why the search is taking so long - they are waiting until Keefe's season is done. Since posting this a few hours ago, I see that Jacques Martin and Dave Tippett are rumored to be the leading candidates. I would be hugely disappointed if they hired Martin. He's a has-been and hiring him would be a commitment to mediocrity. I like Tippett a little more, he's coached in recent years and had some success in Dallas and Arizona. Tippett's history is getting a lot out of less-talented rosters through hard work, effort, solid defense, etc. Somewhat of the Ted Nolan model. I'm not sure that fits this group of players. The Sabres need someone who can get the most out of their skill guys, not someone to turn them in to grinders.
  6. I'm not the best at math, but I counted 10!
  7. It is painful to watch St. Louis and San Jose advance. Our extra 1st round pick gets worse and worse. At least it makes the one we gave up in the Montour trade less valuable.
  8. This is my list above. As to the best of the bunch, it's really hard to pick just one. Some of my favorites (and why): Wrigley Field (the atmosphere and surrounding neighbhorhood/gameday experience) Michigan Football - the Big House - atmosphere and tradition - special place that reeks of tradition Notre Dame Stadium - same as Michigan (although not as big) Wisconsin Football - Camp Randall - great atmosphere, party scene Dodger Stadium - beautiful surroundings (mountains, etc.) Lambeau Field - unique neighborhood setting. Tailgated on some guys lawn and partied post-game in his garage (everyone welcome). Really nice people. Superdome - walking distance from Bourbon Street, great atmosphere OLD Chicago Stadium - tradition and atmosphere Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale - State Farm - comfortable place to watch a football game, good sightlines for a modern stadium (and not overdone like Dallas) Tampa Bay Lightning Arena - Ameile - the surprise of the bunch. Went in with low expectations, was really impressed. Great atmosphere and LOVE the outdoor patio with multiple bars for between periods. Reminded me of the between periods vibe at the old Aud, but outdoors with views of the city lit up at night (and better looking women - and I say this hesitantly, as I don't wish to offend anyone). Rich/Ralph/New Era - tailgating, party scene, crowd and the most personal memories (and The Aud too, although I was below drinking age when it closed)
  9. This is a tough one. I have daughters and I support girls and women being able to pursue their dreams and earn equivalent money to their male counterparts. That said, professional sports are a form of entertainment. If people like the entertainment, they will buy tickets, watch on TV, purchase merchandise. I just don't see where the market is for professional women's hockey. I'm a huge sports fan and a huge hockey fan, but I have no interest in women's hockey. I don't live in Buffalo anymore and there isn't a women's team where I live. That said, there is a WNBA franchise here and I have never once attended a game nor had any interest in doing so. I do go to an occasional NBA game and lots of other men's college and pro sports. If my daughter wanted to go to a WNBA game, I would certainly take her. The following article is about the WNBA, which has a much wider audience than women's pro hockey, losing money. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/wnba/2018/12/28/wnba-looks-for-new-president-profitability-in-2019/38809289/
  10. This was a fun exercise. I have been around more than I thought....All stadiums are the current building unless otherwise specified: NHL (9): Buffalo (Aud and current building), Chicago (old Stadium and current building), Philadelphia, Phoenix/Arizona (old building where Suns still play, current building), Detroit (old Joe), Tampa NBA (6): Buffalo (don't forget the Braves at the Aud!), Detroit (Palace), Chicago, Phoenix, Milwaukee (Bradley Center and current building) NFL (10): Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona, New Orleans, LA Rams (Coliseum), Chargers (Qualcomm and Carson), Minnesota (old dome), Denver, Green Bay MLB (15) Toronto, Cleveland, Baltimore, Minnesota (old dome), Detroit (old Tiger Stadium), Milwaukee, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Dodger Stadium, Angels Stadium, Yankee Stadium (old and current), Arizona, Atlanta (old Fulton County Stadium), San Diego NCAA Football (11): Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State, Arizona, Arizona State Stadium (for a bowl game), AZ Cardinals stadium (Fiesta Bowl), AZ Diamondbacks stadium (bowl game), Jerry World in Dallas (for college kickoff classic game) NCAA Basketball (5): Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Arizona, San Antonio Alamo Dome (Final Four) NCAA Hockey (1): Michigan
  11. Looks like a younger version of Skinner.
  12. I think Terry is a good owner. It's been a rough ride and there hasn't been success yet, but he'll get there. A few thoughts: 1) The tank: whether you agree with it or not, there was precedent for it being a successful strategy (Pittsburgh and Chicago) 2) Hiring Black and others from the Pittsburgh organization - again, it makes sense to bring in people who have been successful elsewhere 3) LaFontaine and Murray - I admit that this whole scenario was very odd and can't explain it - LaLa seemed to make sense at the time, not sure about Murray 4) Bylsma - The guy won a cup and finished at the top of the standings (with highly talented young high draft picks), so it made sense 5) Botterill - Was a big part of a very successful organization, well educated & smart guy, played in the league and in the market 6) Housley - He was widely considered the top assistant available - the hot coaching candidate on the rise - also played in the league and in the market 7) Always willing to spend the money for free agents, facilities, etc. 8) Made a huge effort to hire Babcock - the best available coach in years, but Babcock elected to go to Toronto. I think that if Babcock had signed, the Sabres would be a playoff team team and we wouldn't even be having this conversation. 9) His vast investments in the City of Buffalo and the redevelopment of downtown are icing on the cake. I think that Terry has taken similar steps with the Bills. I couldn't understand the Rex hire and his support of Brandon, but all of his moves were well-intentioned and I think that he FINALLY got it right with Beane and McDermott and the same will eventually happen with the Sabres. I think Botterill can be successful if paired with a good coach.
  13. I never much liked the "goat head" but it was probably better than the "banana slug." Ironically, they had some of their greatest success with those two awful logos. I could see some kind of 3rd jersey honoring those past teams. I would prefer something dating back to the original logo from the early 70's (which isn't terribly different from the modified version they are using today) with the same type of stripes, laces in the collar, royal blue color, etc. from the 70's. Those are the true classics.
  14. As I recall it, when the Marlins and Rockies joined MLB, the Buffalo franchise was a finalist and was very close to getting the team. The main factor in Buffalo not getting the team was the size of the market, both from a population and corporate HQ standpoint. I don't think the Rich family backed out at that time. I believe that they LATER said that it was probably best that they didn't get the team due to the financial picture. I'm a little fuzzy on the whole Expos situation, but I was no longer living in Buffalo at the time. Perhaps it was THEN that Rich declined due to the finances? I'd guess that other markets would have been in play at the time and I am sure that MLB preferred Washington, D.C. (where the franchise ended up - the Nationals). The truth is that the Buffalo market is probably not large enough to support a MLB franchise. 80+ home games is a lot of tickets to sell and without a really deep pockets owner or a huge local TV contract, it is hard to field a competitive team, which means it's that much harder to sell tickets. There are some exceptions, as occasionally Milwaukee, Minnesota or Pittsburgh will be good (Milwaukee right now), but 1) those markets are larger than Buffalo; and 2) those teams are not able to sustain that level over a long period of time.
  15. Left out of all of this is Phil.
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