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1) Still no coach  Ralph "Freddie" Krueger, 59, hired.  2nd NHL HC Job.  Plenty of time in Europe and as an NHL Ast Coach.  Been out of coaching for 2+ years.  Very risky hire.

2) lots of surgeries (UPL, Pilut and Bogo(again)) plus Montour out with an undisclosed injury.

3) 5/8 - Arttu Ruotsalainen signed - 3 yr ELC - 21 5’8” 181lbs C - scored 21 w 21 helpers in 59 Liiga games

4) 4/15 - Jacob Bryson signed - 3 yr ELC - 21 5’9” 178lbs  LHD - played 3 years at Providence, drafted by the Sabres in 2017 4th rd (99th)

5) 3/26 - Casey Fitzgerald signed - 2 yr ELC - 22 5’11” 185 lbs RHD - played 4 years at BC, drafted by the Sabres in 2016 3rd rd (86th)

6) Johan Larsson - 5/14 - did he or did he not sign to play next year in the SHL (he should if he hasn’t).

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I have a feeling there will be updates to your opener in the near future. Hopefully one that says Skinner stays and a 2C comes to town.

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Who will be the 1st 6'0" tall (or taller) player signed this off-season?

Will there be any?

Is that  contingent on Skinner re-signing?

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2 hours ago, Taro T said:

Who will be the 1st 6'0" tall (or taller) player signed this off-season?

Will there be any?

Is that  contingent on Skinner re-signing?

Skinner’s 5’11 on hockey DB tho 

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2 hours ago, Thorny said:

Skinner’s 5’11 on hockey DB tho 

Oh, he's definitely a player Botterill approves of. ;)  Just wondering (rather tongue in cheek) whether having to fill an extra LW slot might find us seeing him pick up a guy that's 6' 0.125" because there aren't any worthy 5'10"ers still available.

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Ralph "Freddie" Krueger hired.  Risky hire.  Somewhat doesn't matter.  Jbot still needs to build out the roster.  

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54 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

Ralph "Freddie" Krueger hired.  Risky hire.  Somewhat doesn't matter.  Jbot still needs to build out the roster.  

I'd rather have a risky hire with an interesting resume than a "safe" hire like Housley and his predecessor were.

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6 minutes ago, Formerly Allan in MD said:

I'd rather have a risky hire with an interesting resume than a "safe" hire like Housley and his predecessor were.

Housley was a risky hire, as a first time NHL head coach. 

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53 minutes ago, Thorny said:

Housley was a risky hire, as a first time NHL head coach. 

He was generally regarded as the next successful assistant to move up to HC at the time.  Not all that risky.

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36 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

He was generally regarded as the next successful assistant to move up to HC at the time.  Not all that risky.

His only lengthy head coaching experience was high school.  Very risky hire for a young team.

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Well yeah we found that out, didn't we?

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On 05/15/2019 at 1:02 AM, Doohickie said:

He was generally regarded as the next successful assistant to move up to HC at the time.  Not all that risky.

Actually, it was extremely risky and most all of the arguments in his favor were that the Nashville D loved playing for him.

That a bunch of experienced & talented guys who'd been playing together (for the most part) since we'll before he got there happened to have loved to play for him didn't really mean much when the next job was to actually lead less experienced guys that had to learn to play against the experienced ones.  He'd been successful at HS and in 1 youth tournament.  Rolston had a stronger resume coming in.  How'd that work out?

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I guess the point is that it's not a science.  People are warming up to Krueger but will be talking about him the same way we talk about every post-Ruff coach in a year or two?  Who knows?

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35 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

I guess the point is that it's not a science.  People are warming up to Krueger but will be talking about him the same way we talk about every post-Ruff coach in a year or two?  Who knows?

Other then Ruff, the longest consecutive tenure of any Sabres coach is Mucker at 268 games. Bowman coached 240 games in his second stint ( 369 total over 3 periods), and Floyd Smith also made it to 240 (241 total games).  So if Krueger can make it through 3 seasons we could be on to something.

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And actually that's probably pretty typical of most NHL coaches- about 2-3 years on average, a few outliers much less, a few much more.

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