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Just now, darksabre said:

Sure, but you need the Cap to cooperate. The Sabres Cap is going to be great for the first time in YEARS. Just look at it. It's like paying off a mortgage.

https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/sabres
 

We had the cap space this summer, or could have had the cap space this summer, if Botterill wanted it to be so. Just because we have more next summer doesn't mean he's going to use it to upgrade the top 6.

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4 minutes ago, darksabre said:

Sure, but you need the Cap to cooperate. The Sabres Cap is going to be great for the first time in YEARS. Just look at it. It's like paying off a mortgage.

https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/sabres
 

That's actually kinda scary. That's like 10 important roster spots that will immediately need to be filled with good NHL players. is that even possible 

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Just now, Randall Flagg said:

That's actually kinda scary. That's like 10 important roster spots that will immediately need to be filled with good NHL players. is that even possible 

They are to be filled with development, I'm sure. 

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5 minutes ago, Thorny said:

We had the cap space this summer, or could have had the cap space this summer, if Botterill wanted it to be so. Just because we have more next summer doesn't mean he's going to use it to upgrade the top 6.

Why wouldn't he? That's what it's for.

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1 minute ago, Thorny said:

They are to be filled with development, I'm sure. 

Ah yes, the team that has developed approximately zero forwards in the last decade will fill that slate 

I'm excited 

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2 minutes ago, Thorny said:

We've been saying this for years. 

We have.  But Botterill kind of has started doing that last season.  Skinner & Montour into top line & top pairing last season.  Miller &  Johansson into 2nd line/2nd pairing this off-season.  With the hope that Thompson (unrealistic IMHO) & Jokiharju (quite realistic, again, IMHO) can also grow within the next 1-2 seasons into top 6/ 2nd pairing roles.

That doesn't include guys that have been drafted to eventually fill top 6/4 roles.  At least 1 of which is already in that role &  at least 2 more have very reasonable chances of also bring there (though 1 may be forced to be top 9 just because you can't play 3 top 2 centers).

And it seems so d*mn slow, because Botterill totally changed the style of player the organization is looking for.

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57 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

Man.  That Canadian spelling of Center throws me off every time.

I'm still not over the incorrect spelling of Sabers.

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Just now, darksabre said:

Why wouldn't he? That's what it's for.

Well it's for paying players, not necessarily FA. He could use it to upgrade the top 6 in trades/other ways, but everything he's said and done indicates he won't spend big on FA

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Just now, darksabre said:

Why wouldn't he? That's what it's for.

I certainly appreciate your optimism. 

I appreciate also that comment will probably come off disingenuous, but it's not. I just don't have any strong conviction personally it'll be the case. 

1 minute ago, WildCard said:

Well it's for paying players, not necessarily FA. He could use it to upgrade the top 6 in trades/other ways, but everything he's said and done indicates he won't spend big on FA

And for this you need a partner. And you need the tradeable assets. None of which are a guarantee. 

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3 minutes ago, Taro T said:

We have.  But Botterill kind of has started doing that last season.  Skinner & Montour into top line & top pairing last season.  Miller &  Johansson into 2nd line/2nd pairing this off-season.  With the hope that Thompson (unrealistic IMHO) & Jokiharju (quite realistic, again, IMHO) can also grow within the next 1-2 seasons into top 6/ 2nd pairing roles.

That doesn't include guys that have been drafted to eventually fill top 6/4 roles.  At least 1 of which is already in that role &  at least 2 more have very reasonable chances of also bring there (though 1 may be forced to be top 9 just because you can't play 3 top 2 centers).

And it seems so d*mn slow, because Botterill totally changed the style of player the organization is looking for.

Not getting into ROR again (please!) but his top 6 has seen one real talent out, one real talent in. Status quo. 3 summers as GM. 

I can't complain about the defence. 

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3 minutes ago, WildCard said:

Well it's for paying players, not necessarily FA. He could use it to upgrade the top 6 in trades/other ways, but everything he's said and done indicates he won't spend big on FA

I expect it would be trades.

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8 minutes ago, Taro T said:

We have.  But Botterill kind of has started doing that last season.  Skinner & Montour into top line & top pairing last season.  Miller &  Johansson into 2nd line/2nd pairing this off-season.  With the hope that Thompson (unrealistic IMHO) & Jokiharju (quite realistic, again, IMHO) can also grow within the next 1-2 seasons into top 6/ 2nd pairing roles.

That doesn't include guys that have been drafted to eventually fill top 6/4 roles.  At least 1 of which is already in that role &  at least 2 more have very reasonable chances of also bring there (though 1 may be forced to be top 9 just because you can't play 3 top 2 centers).

And it seems so d*mn slow, because Botterill totally changed the style of player the organization is looking for.

Who are the 3 players here? Just wondering. 

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Just now, Thorny said:

Who are the 3 players here? Just wondering. 

Dahlin, Mittelstadt, Cozens.

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12 minutes ago, Thorny said:

Not getting into ROR again (please!) but his top 6 has seen one real talent out, one real talent in. Status quo. 3 summers as GM. 

I can't complain about the defence. 

2 top 6 talents out. He also let Kane walk without a replacement, unless you want to consider Berglund, Sobotka, or Thompson to be top 6 players.

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