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While rumours of a possible trade between the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Miller have been rampant over the last couple of days, there's one important obstacle that would prevent such a deal from going through.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun confirms that the Oilers are among the eight teams on the veteran netminder's no-trade list which his camp submitted to the Sabres in the summer.
Miller, who becomes an unrestricted free agent next July, has been the subject of trade speculation that's only been amplified with Buffalo's 1-6-1 start to the regular season.
added 3:58pm, via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
This is not to say it’s impossible that Miller would waive it to go to one of those eight teams, but it certainly gives him control of the situation.
At this point, a source told ESPN.com that there have been no such discussions between the Sabres and Miller about any trade scenarios.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo Post,
Patrick Kaleta has appealed his 10-game suspension and the Sabres are waiting to hear when his appeal process will be heard. Tonight's game against Vancouver will already be his fourth one out of the lineup. Fellow Sabres agitator Steve Ott said the issue he's had with Brendan Shanahan's ruling is that Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson was not hurt on the play and went on to get 23 minutes of ice time in the Oct. 10 game against the Sabres.
"It's hard because there's no injury on the play," Ott told The News today after the Sabres' pregame skate. "I have a hard time with it for that simple fact. Is it suspendable? Absolutely, as in the guy could have really been hurt. But could have is not good enough for me.
"No one wants to see anybody injured by any means but that has to play in the equation if you're going to throw a book at somebody. He didn't even fall. Could it have been bad? Sure. For me, the injury has to play into the situation."
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Vanek, a rugged 6-foot-2, 207-pounder who is one of Buffalo's cornerstones, could bring the Sabres several prospects (Scott Laughton? Nick Cousins? Oliver Lauridsen?) and/or draft picks.
He would feel right at home with the Flyers because he was winger Michael Raffl's linemate with Austria at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
"I've never seen anybody play like he does in front of the net," Raffl said after the Flyers practice Wednesday in Voorhees. "He's unbelievable."...
Yes, it would be risky to acquire Vanek - whose $7.1 million cap hit would cause the Flyers to make some auxiliary moves, like including Andrej Meszaros in the deal, to free cap space - because he could sign elsewhere after the season. The Flyers need to take that risk. Roll the dice and make re-signing him a priority. The cap is going up after the season, and the Flyers will have Kimmo Timonen ($6 million) and Meszaros ($4 million) coming off the books.
The smart move right now is to permit Regier to weather the storm for one logical reason: Ultimately, the two most important bits of business the Sabres will transact this season involve the potential trades of goaltender Ryan Miller and star forward Thomas Vanek.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail. Read on to see why Duhatschek feels that way.
I really do not enjoy pointing out stories regarding Kaleta, Lapierre and others and I do know the writers have a job to do, but I would rather pointing out names like Datsyuk, Crosby, Stamkos, etc.
There is so much good in this game but it seems the bad grabs the headlines.
Until the NHL, Owners, GMs, coaches and NHLPA start showing some real respect to the fans and the game itself, this is what we get...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Matt Cooke saw Patrick Kaleta waiting for former Sabres teammate Jason Pominville after Monday night’s game in Buffalo, so he decided to introduce himself.
The two players didn’t know each other.
But knowing that Kaleta faced an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan the next day, Cooke wanted to let Kaleta know that he knew how he felt.
"I told him, 'I’ve been there, it’s not fun.’ It’s hard," Cooke told ESPN.com Tuesday night after his Minnesota Wild lost 4-1 in Toronto.
The real reason Cooke wanted to say hi was he had a message for him.
"I laid it out there that if he wants to know what I did, I’d gladly talk to him about it," said Cooke, the NHL’s poster boy as proof former repeat offenders can reform....
Good, maybe someone will award him 20 games!
added 3:58pm, You see, there is a chance he could get more...
Brendan Shanahan explains and says the hit would have been a
suspension supplemental discipline for anyone, but harsher suspension for repeat offender Kaleta.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres matched the franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season, sustaining a 2-1 loss in First Niagara Center. Former captain Jason Pominville scored the game-winning goal to drop his old friends to 0-6-1....
The Sabres can’t expect to beat anyone, even teams giving a half-hearted effort, if they don’t score. They’ve totaled seven goals in seven games, finishing Monday’s game with one goal for the fifth time.
“Everyone in the locker room knows you’re not going to win games scoring one goal,” said right wing Brian Flynn, who pulled the Sabres into a 1-1 tie in the second period. “Our goalies have been playing great this year, but we have to find ways to create more offense. That’s on us. There’s not much the coaching staff can do.”
Flynn’s first of the season pulled him into a five-way tie for second place on the team’s goal list. Thomas Vanek has two goals, while Flynn, Jamie McBain, Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford and Zemgus Girgensons have one.
“We certainly need our top six to step up,” said coach Ron Rolston.
more on the game...
added 10:09am, from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
When the first commercial break took place, the Sabres chose to use the Jumbotron to honor Kevin Porter for playing in his 200th NHL game, of which exactly 37 have been played for Buffalo.
Not a word was said to acknowledge the return of Pominville, a guy who gave a dozen years to the organization. A former captain. A guy who scored one of the most famous overtime playoff goals in franchise history.
The Sabres had a perfect opportunity to be classy. Instead, they were clueless.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The leftovers from Thanksgiving 2013 include the hope NHL vice-president of regulating stupidity Brendan Shanahan will finally get it right and send Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta to the back of the fridge until the next time we’re carving a turkey on a special occasion.
Christmas would be about right.
There are lots of players who play hard and sometimes cross the line.
There have been players who have played stupidly over the edge, learned their lesson and kept both their skates pretty much on this side of the line, like Matt Cooke.
Then there are dangerous players like Kaleta who repeatedly disrespect opponents and put their opponents’ careers in jeopardy. Kaleta hasn’t gotten the message, like Cooke did.
Shanahan, who will have a hearing with Kaleta Tuesday to hear Kaleta’s explanation of his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, has a chance to give Kaleta a life-changing message (not so much for Kaleta, but for the guys he might think about hitting in the future).
If you need to see the hit or watch it again, you can watch it below. I suggest you scroll to the 1:25 mark to see the hit a little better.
The NHL announced Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing on Tuesday for his hit on Jack Johnson Thursday night.
The Sabres play Chicago tonight and Minnesota Monday, so Kaleta will have missed (served) two games before the Tuesday hearing.
At one point an in-person hearing has meant a 5+ game suspension, but this year at least one requested in-person hearing resulted in less than a 5 game suspension.
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