Feb 9, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>gretzkyghosts</b></div><div>First, it is not a GawdAwful team, just really bad chemistry and bad luck.
Second, pay no attention to "LITTLE" he rarely has anything of value to offer.
Third, I think you are giving up on Tage too soon. He had a great playoff in 2019, looked really good in the prospect challenge and while he played in Rochester.
Fourth, I think the Sabres will try to resign Girgensons and maybe Larsson. I am pretty sure they will at least try to sign Zee.
Fifth, I do not think we will see Johansson at center again. I would try Sam at center (I love RHC) and move Jeff to RW to play with Jack.
Your salary guesses are as good as any these are mine:
Montour, Brandon 3 $5,150,000
Reinhart, Sam 8 $7,000,000
Olofsson, Victor 2 $4,000,000
Mittelstadt, Casey 1 $1,000,000
Kahun, Dominik 2 $2,000,000
Lazar, Curtis 2 $700,000
Ullmark, Linus 3 $4,500,000
Gilmour, John 2 $800,000
We will see what the future brings. Kruger as the coach looked really good early, but I never really liked his line-up. Playing Sobotka while sitting Rodrigues and not playing Jeff with Jack made no sense to me at all.
While I loved the value Jason got getting Miller, Jokiharju and Montour he really butchered the Scandella trade.
Finally, overall nice effort.</div></div>
Your numbers are probably closer, especially for reinhart, olofsson, and montour. I'm not sure I understand why ullmark gets this much, and I don't see paying greiss that much. The major holes on the team were 1) second line center, 2) second line rw, and 3) any kind of depth scoring from bottom 6. Ullmark was fine in goal and the d performed much better under krueger. Marcus Johansson as a second line center is usually cited as the major reason Jeff Skinner was awful this year, Connor sheary as the most common 2nd line rw was also in the running. A vet center that can handle some d zone starts on the middle 6 would be probably the most realistic upgrade, assuming that acquiring a true #2 center would cost too much.
Edit- I thought Kahun was already over 3m, he wouldn't make less, and he might even get a look at a middle 6 center spot, he could be a major factor on this team if he plays well.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Sabresfan7</b></div><div>I agree that Botts should be fired, no way this team makes playoffs in 20-21 season. Even doing this Armchair GM thing you need to make 3 or 4 big trades and sign 2 or 3 good free agents which in reality is just about impossible and win one of draft lottery slots. Unfortunate for Sabres fans.</div></div>
Bad decisions kind of pile up here. Bringing in a vet goalie on the cheap to split time with ullmark until upl is ready would be great, except hutton is still here, and i cant see anybody tripping over themselves to take him off of our hands. Its too much to expect cozens to come in and play center, especially with mittelstadt slated as the 3. Larsson will be playing 25 minutes a night, just to take the d zone face offs, thats not a job i trust a rookie or mittelstadt to do. So grabbing a vet center that knows where his zone is would make sense to me. Not sure i love the idea of montour and ristolainen both coming back- i dont love either in our own zone and its 10 million between them. Hopefully pilut or borgen kicks the door down and forces a move, but its not like they wont just keep 8 up here, they did it last year. Basically, nail down the center and keep an eye on the contracts you give out- i like reinhart a lot less if hes over 7, and i dont hate montour, but montour and ristolainen making 10 between is just too much.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mhockey91</b></div><div>They’d need a guaranteed young NHL piece and Montreal didn’t offer that. Suzuki+++ in an eichal trade, and even then, buffalo won’t move Eichal unless he asks for a trade</div></div>
Everybody likes to make the point that "oh, hes going to demand a trade, so buffalo will have to take whatever we offer", which is fine if he literally says, i demand a trade- to montreal. Otherwise, even our incompetent boob of a gm would realize that there are 29 other teams, and im gonna assume take the strongest package available. This isnt the worst proposal ive seen, but its still mostly just quantity and montreal is leaving their best prospect out. I mean, no, but with our gm he might retain half on eichel just because, so who knows.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>littlejerryseinfeld</b></div><div>I can't imagine you have any experience in the hospitality or entertainment business.</div></div>
I believe he is in the hospitality business, if memory serves. My 2 cents that werent asked for- the arena is, well its somewhere between ok and fine. It is the oldest arena in the league as of this year (i believe we were the second oldest, then we got passed). Kim pegula indicated that a new arena is in the plans, which means upgrades probably will be minimal for the time being. In the last 25 years, the quality of these barns has improved tremendously, i expect several problems will be addressed then. The on ice product for all the money and high picks has been a huge fail. They havent been cheap (save for ror, if you believe botterill was forced to take two wooden nickels so they didnt pay the bonus), but i expect that will change. Kim also said that they basically need their other businesses to turn a profit to support the sabres, that doesnt sound great. Im hoping they clean house, maybe promote kruger, the rest will hopefully take care of itself with competent management.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MisstheWhalers</b></div><div>What was the Drury/Briere/Vanek fiasco?</div></div>
Oh sorry. it seems like forever ago, the sabres were actually a very good team 13 years ago, they had 2 co-captains that led a very deep sabres team on a couple runs. Both were due contracts, the sabres decided to keep drury and told briere they wouldn't negotiate in-season. Drury had his heart set on the rangers, so he never signed, briere said "nuts to you", and the cherry on top of that suck salad was Lowe decided to offer sheet vanek 7/49. The sabres had egg all over their faces after the drury/briere thing, and matched rather than taking 4 oilers first rounders. They couldnt afford to lose yet another top 6 forward. Probably an all time low for the franchise. Yes losing ror sucked, and the gm should have been fired on principle, but the sabres sucked with ror, there was hope he might help them not suck. Briere and drury left a presidents trophy team that was probably one healthy d away from playing a weak Edmonton team in the cup.