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Sabres Acquire Center Eric Staal from Wild for Marcus Johansson

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1 minute ago, LTS said:

Eric Stall

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Cozens is a young 6'3 center.  Staal is 6'4.  I could see similarities in their games and I bet it doesn't hurt to bring him in to help mentor the young kid.

I love this move.

I haven't watched Staal so I would be very curious to know if they play similar styles. 

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1 minute ago, WildCard said:

Haven't made the playoffs in a decade lol show me more. Good move, sure. It's not making us a playoff team though. 

It is a step in the right direction. 

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1 minute ago, WildCard said:

Haven't made the playoffs in a decade lol show me more. Good move, sure. It's not making us a playoff team though. 

What 1 single move in a vacuum would make the Sabres a playoff team?

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Two years ago, I would have traded 2 firsts for him after the 10 game winning streak.  Aside from the Skinner trade, which was a gift, Botterill didn't do half as well his entire tenure on the trade front.

Dare I say it: IMHO, this greatly improves the chances that Larry and Zemgus stay and we can play 3 lines at will.

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Just now, Taro T said:

What 1 single move in a vacuum would make the Sabres a playoff team?

Connor McDavid. 

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Just now, Taro T said:

What 1 single move in a vacuum would make the Sabres a playoff team?

Duh: the re-incarnation of 1994 Dominik Hasek. 😉

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Just now, LGR4GM said:

Connor McDavid. 

Consider you probably have to give up Jack Eichel, another roster player or high prospect, and a 1st or two to get him.. does that make the Sabres a playoff team?  I mean, adding McDavid for nothing?  sure.

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1 minute ago, WildCard said:

Haven't made the playoffs in a decade lol show me more. Good move, sure. It's not making us a playoff team though. 

Neither would Cirelli, Monahan, Danault or any other good 2C addition.  In the NHL, almost no single move is a game changer.

There needs to be more, but this is a good start.

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3 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

Connor McDavid. 

And how exactly does Adams get him?  If this includes trading the rights to Larsson right after your Swedish supermodel wife finishes providing a backrub... 😉

 

(And actually agree w/ you on this.)

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Just now, LTS said:

Consider you probably have to give up Jack Eichel, another roster player or high prospect, and a 1st or two to get him.. does that make the Sabres a playoff team?  I mean, adding McDavid for nothing?  sure.

That's how I interpreted the question. 

Just now, Taro T said:

And how exactly does Adams get him?  If this includes trading the rights to Larsson right after your Swedish supermodel wife finishes providing a backup... 😉

 

(And actually agree w/ you on this.)

blackmail. 

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3 minutes ago, Taro T said:

What 1 single move in a vacuum would make the Sabres a playoff team?

Now that this is done?  A better goaltender might get them into the playoffs.

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1 minute ago, Taro T said:

What 1 single move in a vacuum would make the Sabres a playoff team?

A ton that have been discussed on here. Staal is freaking old, he can easily lose a step and not be nearly as productive. He's here for 1 year, so we're back to relying on Cozens to be ready in his sophomore year, something that is so far from a given. It's a stop-gate that is only getting worse, in a condensed season, and there's nothing after him, especially if Larsson is gone.

You think Marcus Johansson just buys legitimate 2Cs? Staal is a fine piece, relying on him to be an integral one with Kahun and Reinhart as his wingers is setting yourself up for failure

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1 minute ago, Taro T said:

And how exactly does Adams get him?  If this includes trading the rights to Larsson right after your Swedish supermodel wife finishes providing a backup... 😉

 

(And actually agree w/ you on this.)

Underpants Gnomes.

Phase 1 - steal underpants

Phase 2 -. ...

Phase 3 - profit

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1 minute ago, Eleven said:

Now that this is done?  A better goaltender might get them into the playoffs.

Ummmm, including the Staal trade doesn't keep the goalie move in a vacuum.

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2 minutes ago, Eleven said:

Now that this is done?  A better goaltender might get them into the playoffs.

I don't think we can trade for Price. 

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Just now, Taro T said:

Ummmm, including the Staal trade doesn't keep the goalie move in a vacuum.

I know.  That's what I explicitly included it.  The team's biggest problem just became goaltending.

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2 minutes ago, Curt said:

Neither would Cirelli, Monahan, Danault or any other good 2C addition.  In the NHL, almost no single move is a game changer.

There needs to be more, but this is a good start.

Cirelli or Monahan would give you years of viable young talent and offensive production. That would be 80% to making us a playoff team, and with Staal we get what, 25%? Again, good move and all that, but this can't be it for the center position

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1 minute ago, WildCard said:

A ton that have been discussed on here. Staal is freaking old, he can easily lose a step and not be nearly as productive. He's here for 1 year, so we're back to relying on Cozens to be ready in his sophomore year, something that is so far from a given. It's a stop-gate that is only getting worse, in a condensed season, and there's nothing after him, especially if Larsson is gone.

You think Marcus Johansson just buys legitimate 2Cs? Staal is a fine piece, relying on him to be an integral one with Kahun and Reinhart as his wingers is setting yourself up for failure

Care to be more specific?  Don't recall a sure fire single move (even multiplayer) that gets them there by itself.

And, apparently, 1 year of Marcus Johansson DOES buy 1 year of a legit 2C.  Who knew?

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2 minutes ago, WildCard said:

Cirelli or Monahan would give you years of viable young talent and offensive production. That would be 80% to making us a playoff team, and with Staal we get what, 25%? Again, good move and all that, but this can't be it for the center position

 

1 minute ago, Taro T said:

Care to be more specific?  Don't recall a sure fire single move (even multiplayer) that gets them there by itself.

And, apparently, 1 year of Marcus Johansson DOES buy 1 year of a legit 2C.  Who knew?

Feels just like when we gave T.O. the keys to the city lol 

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