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Morning Line- Jim Kelley

"Well, Dom was certifiably crazy, but he's a goalie so we excuse that. And he got so upset that night that he ruined a perfectly good shirt. But he might be the greatest player at his position in the history of the game and he was the hardest-working player I've ever seen. There's your vote."

-the late Jim Kelley.  Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has more on Jim Kelley.

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The Buffalo Sabres Are On The Clock When It Comes To Hall And Eichel

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

If the Sabres hope to keep around someone who has won the Hart Trophy but has yet to win a playoff round in 10 seasons spent with the Oilers, Devils and Coyotes, then they have to show Hall that this is a place where he can win a championship.

“We’re hoping it will turn into a long-term relationship,” said GM Kevyn Adams.

Then again, Hall is not the player they have to be worried about.

If Hall is walking out the door next year, it means that he doesn’t believe he can win in Buffalo. And if that’s the case, then Eichel could be walking out with him.

Call it an ultimatum or a deadline if you want. But the Sabres are now on the clock. They have to take a giant step forward this year. They might not necessarily have to win the Stanley Cup. But they have to at least make the playoffs and show that they are capable of winning a round or two.

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Taylor Hall On Joining The Buffalo Sabres

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Before Taylor Hall officially became an unrestricted free agent, the former Hart Trophy winner told his agent, Darren Ferris, that Buffalo would be among his preferred destinations if the Sabres expressed interest.

When the clock struck noon Friday, Hall’s former coach in Edmonton, Ralph Krueger, was among the first people to reach out to the top available player on the market. Krueger and Sabres brass then presented a sales pitch to Hall that centered around the talent on the roster, including Jack Eichel, and the opportunity to play in front of a fan base starving for success after a ninth consecutive season without the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Other teams courted Hall over the weekend, including a few that presented the 28-year-old left wing with financial security in the form of a multiyear contract. However, when Hall decided that he preferred to sign for only one season, he moved Buffalo near the top of his list.

“I think when you break it down and you have an open mind about things and you’re able to maybe look past the smoke that has surrounded the Sabres the past couple years, I think you see a team that has elite players, ownership that’s really committed to building a winner – I’ve seen what they’ve done with the Bills – and a coach that I feel can get a lot out of his players,” Hall said during a call with reporters Monday. “On a one-year contract, I think both sides are eager to see how this works out and there’s obviously a lot of possibilities for the future.”

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Taylor Hall Lands In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

This was a major move for the Buffalo Sabres and first-year General Manager Kevyn Adams. No one in the hockey world had any inkling it was coming.

The Sabres sent shockwaves through the league Sunday night, instantly transforming their head-scratching free agency period into a huge windfall by signing left winger Taylor Hall – the 2018 Hart Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils – to a one-year, $8 million contract.

Hall, who finished last season with the Arizona Coyotes, was considered the top free-agent forward available in the league and immediately slots in to Buffalo's top line at left wing with center Jack Eichel.

"Awesome signing," Eichel said in a text to ESPN's John Buccigross.

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Taylor Hall May Be Headed To Buffalo

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added 7:16pm,

 

added 7:47pm, Sabres release is below.

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Buffalo Trades Marcus Johansso To Minnesota For Eric Staal

added 6:18pm, Minnesota press release is below.

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Afternoon Line- Matthew Barnaby

If you’re micromanaging every piece of the puzzle, you’re doomed for failure. And the Buffalo Sabres are doomed for failure because in no which way should Kim Pegula or Terry Pegula have any say in the players they are bringing in. Stick to the business model you have. Stick to building stuff around the arena. That’s what you do best, not telling who’s the best 204th player in free agency or what defenseman you should sign. You just don’t know that. You don’t know that. Just like I don’t know how to build the Harborcenter or 716. You don’t know hockey. You’ve done a great job of fracking oil. But hockey, nope, not happening.

-Matthew Barnaby, former player for the Buffalo Sabres.  Josh Barnett of the Buffalo News has much more from Barnaby.

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Will Other Teams Follow The Buffalo Sabres And Cut Hockey Staff?

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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun

I’m not here to say Jason Botterill was eventually going to bring a Stanley Cup to Buffalo. I don’t know that. And I don’t know that there was enough evidence yet to produce even a small glimpse of that path in three years of work. It was another season of struggles this year, that’s for sure. And you’ve got a frustrated franchise player in Jack Eichel.

All of this is true.

But what I will say – and I strongly believe this – is that three years is not enough time for any NHL GM to leave their full stamp. Three years is the same timeframe Tim Murray, the GM Botterill replaced, got in Buffalo before he was let go.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic where you can read more (paid) on the Sabres.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun joined host James Duthie to discuss what might have been behind Jason Botterill's firing and the latest on potential hub cities as part of the NHL’s Return to Play plan.

Watch at TSN and read the transcript of the segment.

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