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Taylor Hall signing: 8 million one yr with Sabres


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1 hour ago, SDS said:

Package the parts that you think you have ¬†little value and give it to someone in exchange for something with value? ūüĎć

Two young, former first round picks are little value? God forbid that every player isn't an Eichel or McDavid right out of the box and take some time. Being afforded that time is now considered little value, got it. I consider guys like Lazar, Okposo, Sobotka, Hunwick to be little value,  Casey and Tage have considerably more. 

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Attached is a 14 min interview with Krueger on WGR. He talks about the Hall acquisition and his knowledge of the player and person. He also superficially goes into the possible line combinations. It appears that he has already put some thought into where on the lines Olofsson and Cozens fit. He also talks about the other recent acquisitions. It's apparent that Krueger has a philosophy on how to build a roster and that it is his concepts that are being implemented by the GM. 

https://www.radio.com/wgr550/authors/howard-and-jeremy

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10 minutes ago, Ross Rhea said:

Two young, former first round picks are little value? God forbid that every player isn't an Eichel or McDavid right out of the box and take some time. Being afforded that time is now considered little value, got it. I consider guys like Lazar, Okposo, Sobotka, Hunwick to be little value,  Casey and Tage have considerably more. 

CURRENT (not future potential) value of Thompson AND Mitts ... would garner an aging¬†borderline NHL backup goalie. No better than a Hutton level. It would be nice to think they would get us a ‚Äústarting level‚ÄĚ of goalie. But current value ... no way.

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Just now, dudacek said:

From the above interview, it sounds like Hall will be with Jack to start and frequently throughout the year.

Frequently sounds like predominantly. Ralph is pretty stubborn with his lines.  IMO it would take rather disappointing performance for him to split it up if he starts with it.

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8 minutes ago, JohnC said:

Attached is a 14 min interview with Krueger on WGR. He talks about the Hall acquisition and his knowledge of the player and person. He also superficially goes into the possible line combinations. It appears that he has already put some thought into where on the lines Olofsson and Cozens fit. He also talks about the other recent acquisitions. It's apparent that Krueger has a philosophy on how to build a roster and that it is his concepts that are being implemented by the GM. 

https://www.radio.com/wgr550/authors/howard-and-jeremy

https://wgram.prd-radio-drupal.com/media/audio-channel/10-12-sabres-head-coach-ralph-krueger
 

^ this one takes you right to the interview.

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2 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

I still can't believe Hall is a Sabre. 

Well I always gave it a little shot with out coach, but he really gives a nice top 6.¬† ¬†Guess we can forget about the internal cap stuff ūüôā

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15 hours ago, Wyldnwoody44 said:

I wonder why only 1 year, if we make the playoffs can we woo him to stay 

If I'm Hall I'm only signing for 1 year no matter where it was, but especially Buffalo.  We now have to convince him to stay.

I don't think any Sabre wears #4 now that Bogo is gone.  I'd like to see the Sabres let Hall wear #4.  He wore it in Edmonton to honour Jean Béliveau.

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Based on the WGR interview with RK, it seems pretty clear that Hall will be playing with Jack, and pretty likely that VO and Cozens will play RW.  RK stressed the flexibility and multitude of options they have, but I think he's thinking:

Hall-Eichel-VO

Skinner-Staal-Reino

Reider/TT-Eakin-Cozens

Zemgus-Lazar-KO

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Still kinda surprised here. Crazy.

Re the contract, there seem to be a lot of financial aspects that come into play. Without knowing anything outside of an article or two and thinking out load:

  • ESPN article implied that short deals are a trend this year, which makes sense for both teams and players; teams don't want to commit to big contracts without knowing what's going to happen, players in Hall's position may choose to take a short contract for this year, light it up, and then hope that by next year things will be back to normal and they'll get more AAV and term
  • Hall likes Krueger and Eichel
  • Hall may really want to be here and there's a handshake deal in place that the Sabres will pay him after expansion
  • Hall may be wary of the Sabres and will decide if he wants to stay
  • Hall may like the idea of not shouldering the entire load himself. I don't know, has he not been the best forward on many of the teams he's been on? I know he overlapped with McDavid for a year, but otherwise I'm not sure the Devils or Coyotes had anything going on.

 

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20 minutes ago, Zamboni said:

This is great! Sounds like Jack and Taylor are line mates. Sabres are officially a fast team 

 

 

 

Ralph Kruger: Its an exciting time for the Buffalo Sabres 

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4 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

Based on the WGR interview with RK, it seems pretty clear that Hall will be playing with Jack, and pretty likely that VO and Cozens will play RW.  RK stressed the flexibility and multitude of options they have, but I think he's thinking:

Hall-Eichel-VO

Skinner-Staal-Reino

Reider/TT-Eakin-Cozens

Zemgus-Lazar-KO

Wow can you imagine if cozens has an outstanding camp and wins that job beside Jack and Taylor?

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Just now, Derrico said:

Wow can you imagine if cozens has an outstanding camp and wins that job beside Jack and Taylor?

I wouldn’t mind seeing cozens stay on that third line wing for 3/4 of the season at a minimum… Just to get him acclimated and feeling very comfortable with his skill, his game and with the speed and strength of the NHL. Sure if you want to try him at spot duty for a game or two on the second or first line… Sure go ahead just to see how he fares in that situation… 

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1 hour ago, miles said:

im looking forward to listening to the instigators this morning, i put an entry into my calendar to remind me ūüôā

i didnt know they werent on today. meh. i did listen to the sabres interviews, but i HATE football. even listening to it for 1 minute is too long for me

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1 hour ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

If I'm Hall I'm only signing for 1 year no matter where it was, but especially Buffalo.  We now have to convince him to stay.

I don't think any Sabre wears #4 now that Bogo is gone.  I'd like to see the Sabres let Hall wear #4.  He wore it in Edmonton to honour Jean Béliveau.

Uwe Krupp might get upset.  :)

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Great move by the GM.

How many thought he was going to the Sabres?

Hall wants to make the playoffs so if th eSabres make the playoffs, there's a good chance he'll re-sign.

I'd have a 1st line of Hall- JE- Rheinhart but that's me.

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