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  1. While not necessarily answering the original question of the re-draft of the top 10 I would offer that the Sabres would have been better off trading the #2 overall pick (expected to be Eichel) to the Boston Bruins for picks #13, #14, #15 and Torey Krug. Buffalo selects Matt Barzal, Kyle Connor, and Thomas Chabot (which were the actual next 3 picks after the Bruins poor and bizarre choices in the draft that year). It was well known that the Bruins wanted to move up which is why they acquired the picks by trading Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. Boston may have been willing to pay for the chance to get "franchise player" and hometown boy Jack Eichel. The real dream scenario would have been getting Pastrnak who was an 18 year old rookie for the Bruins that year in place of Krug. Sabre fans would have freaked if we had traded the 2OA that year after the tank but in hindsight trading it may have led to a quicker way to icing a better balanced team.
  2. Another year in the CHL? I was thinking he would be in Rochester next season now that he signed?
  3. Yes my mistake. I had only watched a short clip not the full interview.
  4. And yet here we are both reading this thread. Ah the off-season.
  5. Tampa remembered that they are the reigning Cup champions in the series with the Leafs. They just keep showing that they know how to win. Tough loss for the Panthers though with the late goal. Game 3 should be good.
  6. Great win. Love to see them believe that they can win. Lots of great experience for the boys expecting to push their way onto the Sabres next season.
  7. A missed opportunity but it's good to recognize that they can play much better. Next game we'll see what they have.
  8. I'd be happy to see him go out west. Hated playing the Islanders while he was coaching although they say Lane Lambert is the same style of coach.
  9. I like the thought of Cozens in a Drury type role (from back in the day) but those teams did have some pretty good shut down support in Hecht, Mair, Gaustadt, and Grier. I cringe when I see fans putting Cozens on the "4th line" with Girgensons as a checking line center. I believe the kid still has a great deal of upside and it would not surprise me at all for him to take a big step next season. I liked Okposo in a 3rd line role this past season and his offence was respectable (along with his leadership). I see next seasons team with 3 capable scoring lines. I see Krebs on the wing with spot duty as center as he continues his development (playing with Cozens or Mittelstadt). Where do Quinn and Peterka fit if they make the team? There's lots of potential combinations and it's easy to switch players between lines (nice to have some depth). Skinner Thompson Tuch Olofsson Mittelstadt Quinn Krebs Cozens Okposo Asplund Girgensons XXX
  10. Good points, but since it is playoff time do you think he may have an injury that is slowing down his production (mobility or shot)? I know this type of info won't come out until after the playoffs but it makes me wonder if injury is a contributing factor.
  11. Yes I agree. He was given the opportunity to take the #1 spot and failed to meet the challenge.
  12. So @DarthEbriate missed his cue on this one?
  13. For a song you say. Malcolm Subban sings.😏
  14. Besides the performance of the team, I assume end of season interviews with players are taken into account with this decision. If some of the top players on the team (Barzal, Nelson, Lee, etc.) have grown tired of the style of play with Trotz (along with a down year) it's likely easy to give the coach a shove out the door. My assumptions only. I was thinking the last time we played the Islanders that a guy like Barzal would love to be playing under Granato and the style the Sabres were playing at the end of the season.
  15. https://www.tsn.ca/winnipeg-jets-sign-oskari-salminen-two-year-entry-level-contract-1.1796107 WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets have signed goaltender Oskari Salminen to a two-year, entry-level contract with an average annual value of US$925,000 at the NHL level. Maybe this is the Jets new guy for the rebuild? Most likely a couple of seasons away from NHL though. I still think they would be wanting a goalie back in a trade with us that can play right away. Regardless we're all hoping Adams can pull off some sort of decent solution for goal next season.
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