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  1. You hit both of the points. Yes, GM's F-up with bad contracts but the reason they are bad is that the player signed a contract under the expectations that he is deserving of the money that he signed for. It seems a viscous cycle in Hockey. The 2 ways of getting rid of these contracts are "dump trades" and buyouts. Dump trades just move the contract around the league and buyout options are pretty restrictive. It just seems to me that a better compromise can be worked out.
  2. It seems to me it's too many big contracts for bad/mediocre players. Once a team overpays it ripples throughout the league. There is no good way to get rid of a bad contract. IMO there is too many "salary dumps" in the league. It messes with the guys that are worth more money. A better "team friendly" buyout may be needed for the next CBA.
  3. It's going to take a strong coach to turn this thing around. That goes even with better talent.
  4. I don't get the hate either. He was going to test all the teams as a free agent whether or not GMTM traded for his "rights". What am I missing?
  5. While I don't know all the specifics as to why it remains so young, I agree with you. It seems to me that 1 extra year lets the draftees stabilize some before being drafted. Also the fact that a college draftee becomes a FA 30 days after graduating seems ridiculous.
  6. Personally I don't know much about how to pick which 18 year olds might make good NHLer's. It seems maybe that the Sabres development program has improved (at least I hope so). So I'll raise my glass to the new young men and hope they succeed as best they can! Go Sabres!
  7. If she's available, I'll take her.
  8. I would like to know what Sam thinks about Center v Winger. Then I would want to know what Jack's opinion is. As for the top 6 and who plays on what which lines I am at the point where Jack, Sam and Skinner (of course signed) need to have a BIG say. Jack knows all 3 can't be on the same line. These 3 have about 1,300 games between them and Jack and Sam know more about the other possible top 6 players on the Sabres better than HCRK (who I suspect may feel the same way and may desire them to be more involved). Entering their 5th full seasons it's time for Jack and Sam to lead to figure this out EVEN IF that means Skinner and Sam (RW/C) on the same line and Jack picking up 2 new wingers. IMO.
  9. I believe that is a good plan. He will no doubt be working with Bots giving him useful feedback, something the other HCs didn't seem to do well. He also seems to have the talent to work with players one on one about their career progression. That leaves him needing good X O guys that can work together. Hope they find them!
  10. Let's see what kind of staff he puts together. We don't know how much delegation he gives in what areas or what will he personally be using his time for.
  11. Not even close. The losing culture runs deep in the club. Before any winning can really start a cultural change has to happen. Maybe the newest HC can change it. IMO adding a UFA or two/CORSI analysis/scheme changes are not changing anything. The players have to do it, and to do it they need a strong leader.
  12. At the end of the Ruff era the team was stale. After the Ruff era it has been rotten. Call it team culture or direction or any other cliché term you want to give it, the bottom line is it has been negative. The Sabres stink of losing and a pine tree scented air freshener isn't going to fix it. Listening to this new Sabres HC he just might be the guy to scrub this thing clean.
  13. I think this could be needed.....LOL. “In a very short period of time, he was able to build a really powerful culture,” said Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice, who was an assistant under Krueger at the World Cup. “He made absolutely everybody in the room feel a part of it. The equipment guys, the medical guys, the media guys — everybody that was involved with that group had an incredible experience, and that was almost solely driven by Ralph.”
  14. I just got around to listening to PK interview on the Instigators. The 3 things I took away were: 1. NHL Head Coaching job does not sound like it will be too big for him. I got the impression he has been looking for the right place. 2. He seems confident in the steps he needs to take before the start of the season. Like he has put a lot of thought into for quite a while. 3. The type of "scheme" he will use will be dependent on his players skills/ability. Not sure if that's his thinking (I guess probably) or influenced by Botterill. I have no idea if he will excel as the Sabres HC but I came away with a pretty good first impression. His personality seems polar opposite of the last group of Sabres head coaches.
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