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On 9/28/2020 at 4:33 PM, bunomatic said:

The hockey news is now reporting that the Bruins are in communication with the Sabres. Bob ! Go to your room! Now buster !

Debrusk and Rask’s names are out there and apparently Adams likes Matt Gryzlek. Maybe Bruins are trying to move salary to bring Krug back.

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43 minutes ago, Flashsabre said:

Debrusk and Rask’s names are out there and apparently Adams likes Matt Gryzlek. Maybe Bruins are trying to move salary to bring Krug back.

Gryzlek is an undersized LD due a raise this year from the 1.4MM AAV from last season.  He could fit into the role we wanted Pilut to play.  Both McCabe and Dahlin are big bodies so he makes sense.  And if there is an internal cap we could give him a 3-4 year backloaded contract to minimize actual salary paid in 2020-2021

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Sooooo... I realized that the 1st round of the draft is a mere 5 days away, with free agency 3 days after that.

Stuff's gonna start happening.

I'm optimistic.

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1 minute ago, nfreeman said:

Sooooo... I realized that the 1st round of the draft is a mere 5 days away, with free agency 3 days after that.

Stuff's gonna start happening.

I'm optimistic.

Listening to Friedman on the Instigators you wouldn’t think so.

Two weeks in a row, when asked about what the Sabres are up to, he has given off a weird phoney vibe, like his answers are completely canned. I’m not sure if he thinks the Sabres are up to nothing and doesn’t want to say that, or if he has no idea what they are up to and doesn’t want to say that.

He’s repeated the goaltender thing and says they might be interested in a winger (duh) and gave vague generalities when asked directly about Reinhart.

 

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14 minutes ago, dudacek said:

Listening to Friedman on the Instigators you wouldn’t think so.

Two weeks in a row, when asked about what the Sabres are up to, he has given off a weird phoney vibe, like his answers are completely canned. I’m not sure if he thinks the Sabres are up to nothing and doesn’t want to say that, or if he has no idea what they are up to and doesn’t want to say that.

He’s repeated the goaltender thing and says they might be interested in a winger (duh) and gave vague generalities when asked directly about Reinhart.

 

Maybe he doesn't know too much due to the smaller staff size having fewer leaks?

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27 minutes ago, dudacek said:

Listening to Friedman on the Instigators you wouldn’t think so.

Two weeks in a row, when asked about what the Sabres are up to, he has given off a weird phoney vibe, like his answers are completely canned. I’m not sure if he thinks the Sabres are up to nothing and doesn’t want to say that, or if he has no idea what they are up to and doesn’t want to say that.

He’s repeated the goaltender thing and says they might be interested in a winger (duh) and gave vague generalities when asked directly about Reinhart.

 

I like Friedman alright and I don't think he peddles BS, but I'm not a big fan of his.  I find him pretty long-winded and I think he definitely provides vague responses when he doesn't have any specific info instead of admitting a lack of knowledge.

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Trade any of the following -  The defense has holes, the only defenders I would definitely keep are Dahlin, Jokiharju

Carter Hutton, G

Brandon Montour, RHD

Colin Miller, RHD

Jake McCabe, LHD

Rasmus Ristolainen, RHD

Kyle Okposo, RW

Tage Thompson, RW

Zemgus Girgensons, LW

 

Thank god their going for real - 

Sobotka, Hunwick, Frolik, Vesey

 

Depending on the market (maybe re-sign) -

Wayne Simmonds, RW

 

Re-sign please -

Johan Larsson, C/LW

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40 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

I like Friedman alright and I don't think he peddles BS, but I'm not a big fan of his.  I find him pretty long-winded and I think he definitely provides vague responses when he doesn't have any specific info instead of admitting a lack of knowledge.

You're just jealous that he got a d for his name and you didn't.

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3 hours ago, nfreeman said:

I like Friedman alright and I don't think he peddles BS, but I'm not a big fan of his.  I find him pretty long-winded and I think he definitely provides vague responses when he doesn't have any specific info instead of admitting a lack of knowledge.

The amount of emphasis placed on the reporting of these insiders is not proportionate to the value of information they provide. Across the board.

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2 minutes ago, Thorny said:

The amount of emphasis placed on the reporting of these insiders is not proportionate to the value of information they provide. Across the board.

But sometimes they find out about things that are actually happening and tell us an hour before we would have found out anyway.  That’s gotta be worth something, right?

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6 minutes ago, Curt said:

But sometimes they find out about things that are actually happening and tell us an hour before we would have found out anyway.  That’s gotta be worth something, right?

Which is definitely one of the contributing factors as to why I don’t do Twitter or follow people on Twitter… I couldn’t care less if I find out 5-10 minutes after everyone else finds out that someone got traded. Besides, there’s several trigger finger Twitter users here so I’ll find out in under five minutes anyways 😂

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6 hours ago, dudacek said:

Listening to Friedman on the Instigators you wouldn’t think so.

Two weeks in a row, when asked about what the Sabres are up to, he has given off a weird phoney vibe, like his answers are completely canned. I’m not sure if he thinks the Sabres are up to nothing and doesn’t want to say that, or if he has no idea what they are up to and doesn’t want to say that.

He’s repeated the goaltender thing and says they might be interested in a winger (duh) and gave vague generalities when asked directly about Reinhart.

 

I also listened to Friedman on WGR. I suspect the reason why he is more vague than usual about what is going on in Buffalo and around the league is the uncertainty caused by the virus and how it will impact the next season. As it stands no one knows for sure when the season will start. And it is probable that few fans, if any, will be allowed to attend the games.  It isn't even certain that a full season will be scheduled. And although the cap figure is already established for the next couple of years the internal cap is going to be a lot smaller for a lot of teams. That will have tremendous repercussion on what the transactions will be around the league. 

My sense (guess) is that I don't see Buffalo making any blockbuster deals. What I do see happening (hoping for) is a few bargain deals for solid players with teams that are financially stressed. I'm also more inclined to believe that the Sabres will keep their pick. 

Attached is a column by Paul Hamilton who works for WGRZ and addresses some of the issues already noted. https://www.wgrz.com/article/sports/nhl/sabres/hamilton-its-great-to-talk-buffalo-sabres-hockey-but-will-there-be-a-nhl-season/71-6233be48-1290-4068-861f-4de81deef633

 

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I hope the Sabres are among the teams that sit back and use their cap space to take advantage of what comes available, in what’s sure to be a clearing house that develops over the next two weeks.

There is somewhat of a blank slate created by all our open contract slots. And it is an opportunity to reshape the team in a way that mimics the Vegas Golden Knights as teams scrambled for the expansion draft.

Patience can be rewarded. Staal will not be the only Opportunity out there where we can get better and cheaper at the same time.

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47 minutes ago, dudacek said:

I hope the Sabres are among the teams that sits back and uses its cap space to take advantage of what comes available, in what’s sure to be a clearing house that develops over the next two weeks.

There is somewhat of a blank slate created by all our open contract slots. And it is an opportunity to reshape the team in a way that mimics the Vegas Golden Knights as teams scrambled for the expansion draft.

Patience can be rewarded. Staal will not be the only Opportunity out there where we can get better and cheaper at the same time.

Vegas, an expansion team, under the stewardship of George McPhee, their GM, did the most masterful job of putting together an organization and also staffing it's franchise of players in an expansion draft than any GM has done in any pro sport.  Making all those side deals to take and not take players in the expansion draft was creative and impressive. Not only did he put together a roster that immediately played in the Stanley Cup championship series but it has remained as one of the top tier teams in the western conference and league. 

McPhee in assembling his first roster didn't go for the blockbuster approach rather than make a lot of small to medium personnel decisions for the right type of players who fit their intended roster design. If to a smaller extent our new GM can replicate what the Vegas GM did then the Sabres should be able to finally get over the hump. It's not about acting with brilliance. It is about the accumulation of a lot of sound hockey decisions with a little creativity thrown into the mix. It's doable!

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1 hour ago, dudacek said:

I hope the Sabres are among the teams that sit back and use their cap space to take advantage of what comes available, in what’s sure to be a clearing house that develops over the next two weeks.

There is somewhat of a blank slate created by all our open contract slots. And it is an opportunity to reshape the team in a way that mimics the Vegas Golden Knights as teams scrambled for the expansion draft.

Patience can be rewarded. Staal will not be the only Opportunity out there where we can get better and cheaper at the same time.

This seems right and I sure hope it is — but I also want some action!  Gimme at least one good trade by Tuesday night to tide me over and then I’ll be happy to play the waiting game. 

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1 hour ago, nfreeman said:

This seems right and I sure hope it is — but I also want some action!  Gimme at least one good trade by Tuesday night to tide me over and then I’ll be happy to play the waiting game. 

Your response captured my sentiment. The way this extraordinary virus offseason is setting up there is a lot of financial stresses that are going to drive many personnel decisions for a number of teams. Patience may result in better bang for the buck deals the longer we wait. However, as like you, I want to see some preliminary action that will for the short term satisfy my craving to start the process of upgrading and reshaping the roster. I'm not greedy. I just want to see some initial action that will inspire more hope and optimism.  

 

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On 10/1/2020 at 3:04 PM, steveoath said:

Surprised to see both the CBJs goaltenders on there. I'd take either instead of Hutton.

That's who I would be looking at. Try to get one of them to team with Ullmark. They are still young which gives the Sabres time to not rush anyone and after that they can be traded for assets. Only problem is that the reason they are available is because CBJ believe they can cash in on one for a good return, so sending them Hutton or another scrap for one isn't going to cut it.

Fleury could be an option to help for this year and next, and with Vegas looking to move him, they might take less for him. He has a high cap hit so that could be an issue. But he is a veteran with loads of experience and is an upgrade for now.

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8 hours ago, Reino23 said:

Ottawa Sun says we’re interested in Phillip Danault

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He would be great, obviously depending on the ask. The problem would be if Cozens matures into who we hope he is (2C). Danault already complained about being 3C in Montreal.

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11 hours ago, Brawndo said:

Per LeBrun. Tampa has apparently approached Tyler Johnson about waiving His NTC

Rumors of Montreal talking to Tampa about Killorn. 

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