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Everything posted by Doohickie

  1. That description sounds like a younger Girgensons.
  2. XGMTM won every trade he made. He's a case study in why winning the individual trades aren't as important as putting together a good team.
  3. Ah. No wonder I never heard of him. So we cashed in one of those Futures for a Present.
  4. Yes, his scoring was down last year, but his scoring has always been up and down. He scored 24 goals/46 points last year. If you do a linear regression on his career, you would expect him to score 27G/52P this year. If you look at all seasons played under coaches other than Krueger, you would expect him to score 33G/63A this year.
  5. Friedman (paraphrasing): "I don't report stuff that's not 100%, but here's something I heard that's not 100%."
  6. Actually yes. My son is currently a teacher and considering doing exactly this once he finishes his data analytics degree. I have a good friend that bounces between teaching at a public school (her heart's passion) and working a civilian position at the Army Corps of Engineers (where she makes much more money). Part of the problem with keeping good teachers in the field is the administrative and political sides of teaching. There are a lot of BS rules that don't help a teacher effectively teach, and there is a constant push to reduce taxes and/or divert education tax dollars from traditional public schools to alternatives, which is not only why salaries are not commensurate with other industries but why public school resources are frequently not adequate. There should be no need for a $250 tax deduction to educators who buy supplies out of their pockets, but most spend more than that just to fulfill basic needs (like having tissues in a classroom during cold and flu season).
  7. The takeaway is that not everyone on Sabrespace agrees on these issues. So what? I think Skinner scores 35-40 this year regardless of where he plays.
  8. So basically both parties haven't said anything indicating that he will be bought out. Unless Kevyn is purposely leaking information or there is a mole in the Sabres org, any talk of a Skinner buyout is straight up speculation.
  9. Do the teams handle that stuff? Or is it the league? When the Cup is in the building, does the league also bring the paraphernalia?
  10. I think there are roster moves where Kevyn did well and others that he mishandled. The two big ones, at least early in Kevyn's tenure, are the Eichel and Reino trades. Eichel trade: Eichel wanted out because he didn't want to be part of another rebuild. His nagging neck injury progressed to the point where he couldn't play. Under the circumstances I think Kevyn got a marvelous return in Tuch, a team leader, Krebs, a roster player (possibly transitional), 2022 first-round pick (Noah Östlund) and 2023 second-round pick (Riley Heidt). Obviously Östlund and Heidt are for the future, but Tuch and Krebs were pretty good return in themselves for a player that was damaged goods and wanted out. It made the team better in the short run (considering Eichel was injured) and possibly the long run, depending on how the picks pan out. I would give this trade an A. Reino trade: This one is a bit murkier. I think it started out with the 2020 bridge contract Adams gave Reino, sending a clear message to Samson that he was not part of the Sabres future and indicating that Kevyn was looking to rebuild the roster. In that context, Reinhart had to go. The return, Devon Levi and the late 1st round pick that became Jiri Kulich, were both futures. There was no present value in the return. I think Kevyn got something he wanted- a very good goalie prospect, but on the other hand he forced himself into having to do it by signing Reino to a short term contract. If he had locked Reinhart up for 7 years like other forwards, he wouldn't have been backed into a corner. I would give this trade an Incomplete grade. It hinges on the prospects returned becoming significant contributors to the team. (But this is what the trade was on the surface anyway: Present Value for Future Value) But with those two trades I can see what Kevyn was doing. He restarted the timeline on building the team and got some valuable pieces for the future. The next big move is Mitts trade. Again, Adams painted himself into a corner by not even starting contract talks with Mitts (if Casey's camp is to be believed), for a player that seemed to want to stay in Buffalo. By neglecting to even see what Casey might want, he imposed urgency on himself to move Mittelstadt. I think Kevyn mishandled the Mittelstadt contract situation and that put him into a position of having to trade Casey, and getting whatever he could for him. When he moved Mitts he created a significant hole in the top nine: Casey is very versatile and capable of playing anywhere in the top nine. When he stepped in for an injured Tage on the top line in the spring of 2023, the line didn't miss a beat, and he even allowed Donny to play Tage at wing when he first returned from injury. As a 2C or 3C he was very good. He could also play wing. The Sabres had developed him and just as the investment was beginning to pay off, they moved him. The Sabres got Byram in return. In contrast to the Reino and Eichel trades where those players were moved to transform the roster and set it up for the future, the Mitts trade was more of a Present Value for Present Value kind of trade. But there wasn't an obvious hole on defense that Byram filled while the deletion of Mitts from the forward ranks created a hole that still hasn't been filled. I give this trade a C-. So on the big trades, Kevyn is a mixed bag at best. And while he was pretty good early on at acquiring futures, I don't see him as very good at refining the roster to fill areas of need. Hopefully Lindy can help determine the roster moves Kevyn makes this offseason to get the build back on track.
  11. In a vacuum I think buying out Skinner makes the Sabres worse. Just like trading Mitts made the team worse. If Kevyn made the complementary moves everyone on this forum thinks they need, then yes it could make the team better, but simply removing Skinner from the roster will not make the Sabres better without him. Just like they were not better with Byram instead of Mitts. When he traded Reino you could see the return and it is apparent Kevyn sees Levi as the goalie of the future. When he traded Eichel he got Tuch (who has proven to be a team leader) plus another roster player (Krebs) plus 2022 first-round pick (Noah Östlund) and 2023 second-round pick (Riley Heidt- who?) When he traded Mitts he got Byram back in a one-for-one. Maybe Byram will prove me wrong, but I just didn't see the need to bring in yet another young Dman and I don't think he fills an obviously need while losing Mitts created a big hole. When you look at what Adams gave up versus what he got back in the Eichel and Reino trades, you could see the value proposition and how it benefited the Sabres. Also, those trades where transformational in terms of changing the direction of team and the way the roster is constructed. Trading Mitts created a hole that still needs to be filled, and losing Skinner would create yet another hole on offense, at a time when "transformation" should be done and the team should be competitive.
  12. Is this "Diane Campbell M" one of your "neighbors all teachers making 100k"? Otherwise, why are you yammering on about all these teacher friends making 100k when the best you can do is find one who makes.... LESS THAN 100k? Stop blowing ***** outta your ass about things you know nothing about. No, I don't think you do. Because the best "public record" you could find was someone making less than 100k.
  13. You mean, like, someone with a Swiss passport for instance?
  14. He'll interview at least 10 people for the HC job because that's what NHL GMs do. 🤨
  15. If you had 6 months of 90+ blast furnace sun, you wouldn't mind the clouds so much.
  16. I live in Tornado Alley. Again, it's literally like one-in-a-million chance to get hit by a tornado, even in Tornado Alley.
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