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1 hour ago, shrader said:

The college free agents are still getting a handle on their exact situations right now, with their season unexpectedly coming to an end.  There's been maybe a handful of these signings so far.  And this one is what most of those typically are, crap shoot long term projects with no fanfare.  Most of them will be just what you described, mediocre.  But that doesn't mean the teams shouldn't be making them, especially when they have 6 open roster spots like Buffalo did prior to this signing.

Signing a guy like this is not some sign that the GM is clueless.  There is absolutely nothing else they can do right now.

Very aware of all this.  The strongest reaction I have to it is a yawn.

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2 hours ago, jad1 said:

Sure.  A GM has a lot of responsibilities at multiple levels, and a good GM is good at most of them.

The problem with this move isn't that it doesn't move needle for the Amerks, it's that Botterill is unable to make the moves to move the needle for the Sabres. 

It's true that Botterill can't make moves right now to help the big club.  However, he hasn't made nearly enough of those moves when he had the chance over the last couple of seasons.

It seems that Botterill's strength as a GM is to bring in AHL lifers in to help the Amerks, which is fine, and expected of an good GM.  Unfortunately those types of moves haven't helped the Sabres make the playoffs, which is the main frustration with Botterill.

We've had this same exact response around here to every single college free agent signing since the Darcy days.  It gets old.  Organizations have to make these kind of signings too.  Judging every single move through the same exact lens, it's pointless.

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1 hour ago, shrader said:

We've had this same exact response around here to every single college free agent signing since the Darcy days.  It gets old.  Organizations have to make these kind of signings too.  Judging every single move through the same exact lens, it's pointless.

I agree with you, but in addition to these signings, the GM needs to build the NHL roster too. 

If Botterill spent the last three years building a playoff roster, this signing would be under the radar or a gotten a comment of 'good job.'

But it's also fair to point out that the Amerks under Botterill are well-stocked with AHL lifers, and under-stocked with legitimate NHL prospects.

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1 hour ago, jad1 said:

I agree with you, but in addition to these signings, the GM needs to build the NHL roster too. 

If Botterill spent the last three years building a playoff roster, this signing would be under the radar or a gotten a comment of 'good job.'

But it's also fair to point out that the Amerks under Botterill are well-stocked with AHL lifers, and under-stocked with legitimate NHL prospects.

It would be more notable if this was a goalie he signed 

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7 hours ago, inkman said:

Ugh.  They aren't even trying to hide their nepotism.  I wonder if ol Uncle Terry has an unspoken deal worked out with JBot and Penn St Alum.  @PASabreFan would enjoy this conversation.  

Would? I'm alive, damn it. I live.

I'd love to hear Terry's scouting report to Jason. "You gotta see this kid! Man, can he skate."

 

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2 hours ago, jad1 said:

I agree with you, but in addition to these signings, the GM needs to build the NHL roster too. 

If Botterill spent the last three years building a playoff roster, this signing would be under the radar or a gotten a comment of 'good job.'

But it's also fair to point out that the Amerks under Botterill are well-stocked with AHL lifers, and under-stocked with legitimate NHL prospects.

This is likely to change very soon. Most of our prospects under JBot's regime are just starting to reach AHL age.

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16 hours ago, MakeSabresGrr8Again said:

This is likely to change very soon. Most of our prospects under JBot's regime are just starting to reach AHL age.

They are?owl GIF

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23 hours ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

I know your venting, but really.  There is nothing similar about being an NFL GM vs an NHL GM except running pro sports teams.  One league has guaranteed contracts and one doesn't.  One is drafting 21 year olds and up and one is drafting 18 year olds.  One league allows cap carryover and one doesn't.  Frankly Beane has a much easier job.  He doesn't have to develop talent, the NCAA does it for him.  In his draft he is looking for guys who will play immediately.  If a guy doesn't pan out, he can cut him and get rid of most of his cap hit. He's not stuck with the Bogo's and Moulsons of the world.  

I agree Beane has done a good job so far, but it's all hinges on Allen taking another step forward as the QB.  If Allen doesn't work out, will you all be singing Beane's praises? It's also funny how people in this thread are complaining because another depth organizational signing is from TP's school Penn St, yet I'm hearing almost no complaint about Beane signing guy after guy who played for McDermott in Carolina.  Last I looked McDermott and the Panthers didn't win it all. 

First bolded:  there is one similarity that is more important than any of the differences:  in both sports, the GM is accountable for the team's results.

2nd bolded:  as others have noted upthread, not everything hinges on Allen's continued growth.  I agree that becoming a legit title contender depends on it, but making the playoffs doesn't, since the Bills have already done so in 2 of BB's 3 seasons -- and that is a huge difference between BB and JB.

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Meh. He's on the level of Oglevie...nothing special.

Wish he could've closed the deal with Mackey, who was in Sabres development camp...apparently the Sabres didn't make a positive impression.

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Nothing wrong with AHL depth, even on an NHL contract, in case we get that depleted. But, I also share concerns with those that are stating it's not nearly enough for the big club.

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