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Minnesota won 6-3.
"You can be talented and have great people around you but the love for the game was No. 1."
-Dominik Hasek, who is about to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame. Much more on Hasek from Katie Strang of ESPN.
I chuckle whenever I read people disparaging Myers and questioning why anyone would want to acquire him. He’s a big blueliner with plenty of skill and at 23 has plenty of time to blossom into a true top-two defenseman. Put him on a deeper club and he’ll shine. That’s also why the Sabres are leery to part with him, and why they’ve set the asking price so high.
-Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more in his Rumor Mill post.
My thumb is down to the Buffalo Sabres' lust for Connor McDavid. I'm well aware that all 30 NHL teams would not hesitate to smile at the thought of McDavid in their lineup, but most of them would be highly disappointed if that came to pass because they won the draft lottery after finishing in last place.
Until or unless the Sabres decide to change the conversation regarding themselves and McDavid by vowing to finish as high as they can, they are to be judged by the comments they've made. Owner Terry Pegula has stated that the way to improve is to do what Pittsburgh did - draft Sidney Crosby with the first pick a year after selecting Evgeni Malkin with the second pick. Well, there are other ways, but I digress.
General manager Tim Murray is anxious to see the Sabres lose "properly" if they must lose. "Let's get Connor with honour" would be the rallying cry. The Sabres are probably bad enough to get the most favourable draft odds by trying their best, and so they should say and do everything to suggest that 30th place is not acceptable….even if that is the goal.
-Dave Hodge of TSN.
I wonder if words for the linesman went along with this tap?
added 11:42am, Ennis talked about the incident this morning..
Rick Jeanneret joined Brian Duff on the Buffalo Sabres pre-game show and gave us some great news, he is feeling good and at this moment is cancer free.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
It's pretty obvious a good bunch of the Buffalo Sabres have gotten the message, whether it's from their owner or their fans or anyone in between, that losing is acceptable and not something to be accountable for.
The Sabres played Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotting of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the second half of a 5-0 loss Saturday in Consol Energy Center. A virtually empty Buffalo dressing room greeted the media when the doors were open a few minutes after the team fell to 2-9-1 on the season.
Captain Brian Gionta, Cody McCormick and goaltender Jhonas Enroth were present. The rest of the group took the exit-stage right. Not much presence by this team during games, not much after them either.
"On the bench when it's 1-0, everybody puts their head down and looks for something else to do. To be accountable, you have to stand up," coach Ted Nolan said grimly. "If we win a game, they're all in there and they want to talk. But when you lose, they want to hide. It's the one thing where no one is going to come in and help us. The only way to get through tough times is you've got to be tough."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 31, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s not a matter of if, but rather when the Buffalo Sabres flip pending UFA Chris Stewart.
There’s nothing imminent as far as we can tell. We reported earlier that the Boston Bruins have him as one of their targets and another Atlantic Division team the Ottawa Senators had talks earlier this month with the Sabres. The Senators tried to trade for him before the trade deadline last spring. They spoke again to Buffalo a few weeks back but nothing came of it for now.
The Bruins, meanwhile, have been hammered on defense by injuries, so perhaps their need would be best served there, but a source said Thursday that Boston’s plan right now is to ride this out, knowing that within a month or so most of their injured blueliners will be healthy. No panic trade in store.
more hockey topics including the Kings' salary cap issues and the Carolina Hurricanes...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There have been some horrible, downright despicable performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity anyone who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.
Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season will be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left!
Pity anyone who stays with this train wreck the whole way.
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was the only player to show up for the Sabres, who slept from the opening faceoff to the merciful horn in a 4-0 loss to Toronto. Buffalo had just 10 shots, the fewest in franchise history, and looked worse than the peewee team it was compared to earlier in the season.
“It’s embarrassing,” right wing Drew Stafford said. “There’s no other way to describe it. I don’t know how we expect to win games let alone be competitive with that going on. We need to just wake up.”
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