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  1. On 4/19/2024 at 7:57 AM, mjd1001 said:

    For many, its hard to root against Boston when they are playing the Leafs...I think there are just as many people that dislike Toronto as Boston.

    Plus there is one bonus for Boston winning....Even if you don't hate Toronto, lets say you are indifferent to them....having the Leafs lose in the first round....the drama, the stories, the reaction coming out of Toronto would be more than enough to entertain for the entire offseason.

    Curious what most Sabres fan think.  I would guess older fans who remember the Adams divisional matchups might dislike Boston more than Toronto.  Younger Buffalonians might dislike Toronto more. I can see Canadian fans (whether Sabre fans or other) wanting a  Leaf collapse, and respect that. I myself bring years of disgust for the city and fans of Boston (across many sports) so they rank higher.  Isn’t it a win-win for us? 

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  2. 13 minutes ago, shrader said:

    He’s in a special spot where he could probably have a job for life if he wants it. I’m not sure how many of those situations exist anymore. Quinn and Hakstol left similar spots within the last 10 years and I wonder if they regret it at all, bouncing around every 3 years or so. Carle is so young though. I wonder how much a 34 year old thinks about being a lifer. 

      The ego is bigger than the thought of security.  It's what draws all (most?) college coaches to the professional ranks.  The thought of being the best in a larger pond.  Rather than the security of status quo.  This guy has unheralded success at such an early age not sure what to expect.  Quinn jumped in his early 50's right?  

  3. 1 hour ago, Pimlach said:

      🎶 wasted away again in Pegulaville ... 🎶

    Why was he extended BEFORE his most pivotal season?  That is the more perplexing move.  

    (To the tune of Margaritaville)


    Listen’ to Punch scoff

    Watching the playoffs

    All of those fans covered with paint

    Swingin’ my sand wedge

    When postseason was a firm pledge

    Hearin’ the Spacers well, they're beginning to boil


    Wasting away again in T-Pegulaville

    Searching for my next head coach with shame

    Some people (PASabres fan) claim that there's a woman to blame

    But I know, it's always Terry’s fault

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  4. 14 hours ago, Thorny said:

    No I disagree. It’s probably close to the beginning of the end. NHL prime for forwards is statistically ~23-24

    I’m not saying he won’t be a good player for a good while longer, but speaking specifically of prime years it’s quite unlikely they’ll be found within any year where his age starts with a 3. 

    It was a Churchill quote about WWII. Although I disagree with the 23/24 number.  If I were to paraphrase Winston for this evaluation i would say, it’s the beginning of the middle.   I say he has at least 3 more peak Prime years, then slows a bit. 

  5. 18 minutes ago, Thorny said:

    Thomson was such a relatively late bloomer that I feel like we can already see the horizon of the end of his prime and it just started. Almost always a drop off once you near 30 


    Definitely not the end. It’s not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning….so they say.

  6.   A picture is worth a thousand words.  Go to the net.  I can accept the team has some perimeter players who probably will not change their stripes (Tage/Skinner); but if they can pot 30, you can give live with it.  But the entire team is coached to do this and it’s unacceptable.  Sam deserved to win the game, because he played hard, and more physical than I ever saw wearing a Sabres uniform.  Paul Maurice challenged him and Barkov before the season to be more aggressive.  Sam not only has highs in goals scored, but has also career highs in hits, takeaways, and blocked shots.   There were multiple occasions where he won board battles, against D with size and length he shouldn’t have won.  Barkov more than doubled his career high in hits while maintaining more than a PPG pace.  


  7. 11 hours ago, Mr. Allen said:

    I could totally see Beanne taking up for Brian Thomas or Chop.  I think/hope Mitchell or Coleman makes it to 28 if he can’t trade up. 
    The WR I don’t like and hope the Bills pass on is Worthy.  He’s just fast.  
    But I trust Beanne.  He’s hit on WR’s before.  

      Only Thomas.  This guy is the real deal. Size, speed and agility. You trade next years first plus 28 for him if you must. Those two picks gets you to ~13 overall.  Immediate starter, possible threat, cap compliant in year 1. LSU Program is top notch so unless he has major character flaws, lower risk than everyone below him. You can still get a safety in the second round, and two seconds next year.  


  8. 7 hours ago, PerreaultForever said:

    No, this is different. Again, go ask Brind'Amour. Consider how Carolina got a lot better after ditching him. He "produced" for them too. 

    It was the one thing Kreuger was right about. 

    Pretty sure Rod did not coach Jeff.  He started after they traded him.  Possible he said I don’t want a floater on my team after looking at tape, but the Hurricanes made a lot of moves in an attempt to play a different style of hockey.  Laying their failure at the feet of Skinny is a bit much.  The guy can be a net negative, but his skill set is top three and last year on a poor defensive team was a +15.  

    @Crusader1969 In answer to your question, placing Skinner on the third line with defensively responsible players who can play a two way game could yield a lot better results than we have seen in years.  In terms of LW, I think Quinn has the highest potential with goal scoring and plays a better defensive game.  Similarly JJP is ascending so I plug him on FL2.  The third line does not have to be a no skill/checking line.  Better match ups and opportunities of possession for Skinner if facing an Islanders “identity line”.  Plus, unless the cost to extricate Jeff is low (2nd round) I would rather use picks and prospects to acquire talent and not to hope “addition by subtraction” works.  Skinner is not Diggs. 

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  9. 45 minutes ago, bunomatic said:

    If KA rolls out essentially the same lineup with a couple new rookies thrown into the mix in place of a couple vets there is no hope in hell for this team to make the playoffs next season. They weren’t anywhere near good enough this season throw lipstick on a pig its still a pig. Sorry not sorry. Add to that a clueless coaching staff and well, its going to be a painful year.

    If two of the “new faces” are Kulich and Savoie I may just save my time and skip 2024/25. 

    1 hour ago, CallawaySabres said:

    Tage, not even close to a number one center

    Cozen’s not a number 2 center 

    obviously they cannot push both of them down a line so find the best #2 center possible and trade any prospects to get cozens to 3rd line. Until then, nothing matters at all because they will never see the playoffs next year without making that happen.

    Tage is a number 1.  Maybe not top 10, but top 30 in an injury riddled year.  Cozens isn’t a number two, but he is paid like one and the Mitts trade guarantees the job is his next year and Kev isn’t seeking any blockers. I’ll agree partially, that some need to be moved down but they can still do it with Tage and Cozens.  Maybe Quinn and Brady T on the first line with Tage.  Push JJP and Tuch to the second.  Get a vet  to center #3 with Skinner and Greenway. 


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  10. 5 hours ago, That Aud Smell said:

    Diggs steadily became irrelevant as 2023 wore on. One thing that caught my attention: Brady asked him to run bubble screens. I've never seen a WR1 less committed to a route than Diggs was to those bubbles. He fumbled on one of those plays against KC in the divisional round. So, his production declined precipitously and he wasn't a fit with what they're trying to do. That's how and why you can remove a guy like that, when they did.

    I know the record for the second half of the year speaks more than my observations of how well they played. Contribution from Diggs was less and we still won at a higher rate. I fully expect Cook to become a top tier RB this season, and expect Kincaids load to increase as well.  However 100 touches and even more targets are hard to replace.  Without the "threat" of a # 1 WR, Defenses around the league will adjust and restrict our 1-2 formations.  I can see a trade that includes #28 this year + second 2025 from Minn (and more if necessary) to move up to #14-18 if the LSU WR (ranked 4th I believe) is available.  Next years # 1 could be in play b/c you could never find a WR to give you that kind of production in FA this year (or next) and the Diggs cap hit is hamstringing the team significantly in 24.  Even after the June 1st designation of White. Next year will be windfall in getting that cap hit removed, so losing a  2025 1st round player and their $3.75-$5M salary can be made up with UFA's in 2025.  Beane is the antithesis of Adams when it comes to making these type of moves. 


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  11. 1 hour ago, Buffalonill said:


    True.  But certainly you could prioritize the factors and the fact he refused answer the question on whether or not Diggs requested a trade could get you to ‘addition by subtraction’ was the #1 reason.  Evidenced by his repeating this trade was in the best interest of the Buffalo Bills.  How can removing 100 catch/1000 yards be in the teams best interest if there wasn’t concerns about the diva mentality and the net affect he could have on a team that lost a number of veterans/leaders.

     Beane also said twice - It’s not September.  Dude loves to trade.  Can see him moving up if he thinks the #3 or 4 ranked WR is available.  


    50 minutes ago, Cranky old man said:

    Terry, Baby, Sweetheart——how long buby; how long? Just make Kevyn grab us some goons, some muscle, some angry dudes. If we could at least be given some nightly ass blasting, Donnie brooking, rough and tough tumble old time hockey, the stadium would scream with delight. This bunch of sweethearts led by that lazy villain Jeff skinner lack fortitude. That thing you built your business with. This under 500 millionaire boys club is soft as charmin. (Original—I know) We are exhausted by these losers. PS: best wishes to Mrs. Pegs. 

    Heart Smile GIF

    That’s what he said! Or she said.  

  13. 6 hours ago, rickshaw said:

    Drove 5 hours to be at the game tonight. 
    Great seats my son got me for Christmas. Canucks defensive zone face off dot, row 10 lower bowl.

    In the history of the cousins only a couple of wins separates the two teams head to head. 

    I expect Van to come out flying but their issue has been holding leads so if we can minimize the damage we have a shot. Hope for a good game and an OT Sabres win!

    Watchnig the Canuck broadcast tonight.  How about you give us a sign when the Sabres score. Maybe a Doug Allen like pointing the finger at the camera. 


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  14. Nice to get over the hump of finally beating the Kraken but more importantly, a road victory against an evenly matched opponent is key. 

    Money Puck had Seattle’s expected goals 4.12 to Buffalo’s 1.86.  Didn’t seem that  distant but the heat map shows their chances in close were much higher.
    Sabres dominance at the dot tonight was noticeable.  
    Byram continues to impress.
    The “concept of Will Borgan” was -2 and quite pedestrian.

    Congratulations to the East Coast fans who stayed with it until the end.  Sleep fast, because it’s happening again tomorrow. Same “bat time, same bat channel”. 


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