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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
At this rate, Evander Kane is going to have to become that 50-goal scorer he pegged himself to be.
Or else this will go down as the most lopsided trade the Winnipeg Jets have ever made.
As much as I initially said the deal that brought Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford here from Buffalo was tilted heavily in the Jets’ favour, I didn’t expect this.
Sure, Myers looked like a heavy minute-man, Stafford like a usable piece somewhere in the Jets’ top three lines.
Fifteen games after the move, two men who’d become used to losing on a team that’s gone straight to hell have become key parts of a winner hell-bent on a taste of playoff heaven.
“So far it’s been an unbelievable experience here,” Stafford was saying, Friday, some 15 hours after his latest exploits: a game-tying goal with six minutes left against St. Louis, and another in the shootout victory.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Anders Lindback is a super guy. Really, he is. Folks from Nashville to Tampa Bay to New York City vouch for him. All it takes is one conversation with the goaltender for anyone to be convinced.
It’s a shame, then, that he’s on his way to becoming one of the most reviled Sabres ever.
The second-best stretch of Lindback’s career has Buffalo hockey fans cursing him in the name of Connor McDavid. The goalie stole three points this week that never should have been in Buffalo’s bank. If he keeps it up for the final 12 games, 30th place might become a thing of the past.
At any other time in Sabres history, Lindback would be a triumphant feel-good story. Instead, he’ll enter the crease Friday against New Jersey or Saturday in Nashville with Blue and Gold backers begging for him to fail.
What everyone will see is a guy playing like his life depends on it. That’s not far from the truth.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Buffalo is the worst team in the league. The Sabres entered the night without a win in their last seven games. They were playing their second game in two nights. Their roster is stuffed with borderline varsity players, ranging from Tim Schaller to Philip Varone to Zac Dalpe.
Buffalo is a team built to lose with the hopes of the ultimate win in June: the opportunity to select Connor McDavid as its reward for bottoming out.
The Bruins were lucky to get 1 point out of the decision.
The numbers say the Bruins deserved a better fate than a 2-1 shootout loss. They led in shot attempts, 95-47. They hammered Anders Lindback with 44 pucks. For the first 40 minutes, the Bruins looked like they were playing keepaway rather than hockey by grabbing a 26-10 shot advantage.
But the Bruins are at a stage where attaboys are not handed out for advantages in shot attempts or zone time. They need points. They only got 1 when 2, given the situation, were required.
The Senators took care of their business by beating the Hurricanes in overtime Tuesday, 2-1. Andrew Hammond tied a league record by launching his NHL career with 12 straight starts with three goals or fewer. This is the goalie the Bruins must stare down on Thursday. With Hammond in net, the Senators could close the gap to 2 points with a regulation win at Canadian Tire Centre.
from Mike Harrington Of The Buffalo News,
New Sabres goalie Chad Johnson was quite a punchline yesterday and he's not happy about it.
The Sabres traded Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for Johnson, and it's obvious to anyone in hockey it was because the red-hot Neuvirth -- and not any opposing player -- was the biggest threat to the organizational goal of finishing in 30th place.
TSN, the Canadian media giant doing wall-to-wall trade deadline coverage, called Johnson when the trade was completed and bombarded him with questions about tanking. Johnson immediately shot them down by pointing out players are paid to compete and try to win.
Unprompted today, Johnson brought up the interview again with Buffalo reporters and was not happy with how the network orchestrated it.
"That whole TSN thing bothered me a little bit," said Johnson, 28. "I was asked to do an interview with them, they called me and I'm sitting on hold while they're saying what they have the right to say. But it was obviously a little disrespectful for them to have me on hold listening to what they have to say and then bring me on line to ask me these questions while they sort of bash me or whatever it is.
Both TSN and Sportsnet report Chris Stewart has been traded to the Wild.
added 3:33pm, Multiple reports say the Sabres will pay 1/2 of Stewart's salary, still waiting on trade details.
added 3:44pm, from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray, who had been trying to trade Chris Stewart all year long for a huge return, may have overreached at the end. The Wild was able to snag the power forward for a 2017 second-round pick. The Sabres are also picking up half the $465,000 still owed to the free-agent-to-be.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 2, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has acquired forward Jack Nevins and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell.
Nevins (6’2”, 199 lbs., 9/18/93), who signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens in March 2013, has played 32 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) this year in his first full professional season, totaling 88 penalty minutes.
A native of Stittsville, Ontario, Nevins made his professional debut in 2013-14 with three games in Hamilton after recording 48 points (19+29) and 159 penalty minutes in his final QMJHL season with Charlottetown and Rouyn-Noranda.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There’s no reason to waste time getting to a point this big, so here goes: The Sabres should hire Wayne Gretzky to be their next coach.
The philosophical differences between Tim Murray and Ted Nolan have raised questions about the coach’s future. Using football injury terms, Nolan ranges from questionable to doubtful. Some have already downgraded him to out.
If the coach is axed, Murray remains fond of Luke Richardson, hired by the general manager in 2012 to coach Ottawa’s minor-league team.
Gretzky is a better idea.
The Great One’s friends say he would coach again in the right situation. Buffalo is the right situation.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
If the Vancouver Canucks have demonstrated one trait over their 45 years — it is this.
They will never, ever let their following get comfortable with their success. If we'd forgotten about that during their modest run of the last couple of weeks, it came rushing back in one hideous evening against the NHL's worst team.
It wasn't just that the Canucks lost to the Buffalo Sabres. It's that they surrendered six goals (including an empty-netter) to a team that had scored 20 fewer goals than any other NHL team. It's that they gave up two goals, including the game-winner, to Torrey Mitchell, who hadn't scored in 28 games. It's that they were unprofessional and unprepared from the first minute, when Yannick Weber took the game's only penalty — to the last minute, when Eddie Lack served up the insurance goal on a silver platter.
How do you explain this one? You can't, but isn't that always the beauty of the Canucks.
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