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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.
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2015) – Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Evander Kane met with the Buffalo media today.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Columbus’ Mark Letestu is an option. Buffalo’s Torrey Mitchell, a center by trade, might fit the job description. Calgary’s Curtis Glencross, the guy who years ago concussed Chris Drury with a blindside hit miles away from the puck, would fit if the Rangers could fit his $2.55 million under the cap.
But there’s one other name that pops. Remember last January when there was almost universal skepticism — if not revulsion — when Sather acquired Daniel Carcillo from LA? Remember how useful Carcillo was until that moment in Game 3 of the conference finals against Montreal when he became engaged with linesman Scott Driscoll and elbowed his way out of New York?
Well, presented for your (and Sather’s) consideration, another reclamation project right up the general manager’s alley.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, the notorious pending free agent who, when not injuring opponents with headshots and when maintaining his discipline, is exactly the tough, grinding depth winger so necessary to go deep in the playoffs.
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