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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
... first a look at an unnecessary high hit from Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber on Nicklas Backstrom that came in the final minute of regulation.
Backstrom is in the neutral zone and circles back toward the Capitals’ bench for a line change when Weber sticks his right elbow out and clips the center in the head. It’s a dangerous hit under any circumstances and also eerily familiar to when Rene Bourque elbowed Backstrom back in January 2012 – a play that sidelined Washington’s top center for 40 games with a concussion.
Backstrom took one more shift in the game, in overtime, and spoke with reporters afterward. The 26-year-old pivot is one of the more soft-spoken players on the team, but when he’s upset it comes across rather clearly and that was the case in the visitors’ dressing room at First Niagara Arena.
“I was going for a change, that’s the only thing I know,” Backstrom said. “You saw the hit yourself, make your own judgment if it belongs in this league or not.”
more and watch the hit below...
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
As speculation intensifies over the future of Ryan Miller, there’s one thing that’s clear to me: it makes more sense for new Sabres GM Tim Murray to trade him sooner than later. The closer we get to the NHL’s March 5 trade deadline, the better the chance Buffalo gets pennies (or maybe not even a single penny) on the dollar for the franchise’s most important player of the past decade. And the potential for that happening should keep Murray awake 24/7 until Miller is an ex-Sabre.
Let’s get to the “we knows” pertinent to Miller’s situation: We know there are GMs who prefer to act well in advance of the deadline and head off the temptation to get in a bidding war against (a) their counterparts; and (b) the clock itself. We know the goaltender market is a buyer’s market at present. And we know Miller is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year.
Do any of those factors suggest to you that Murray would be best served to bide his time and let the trade partners come to him? They shouldn’t.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
You watch Ville Leino play and too often nothing happens. It’s like that night after night. It’s obviously too much money to pay for a whole lot of nothing. It’s really almost hard to believe.
Is Leino the worst free agent signing in Buffalo sports history? He’s easily the Sabres’ version of Derrick Dockery, the big lineman who ended up making about $19 million from the Bills before they released him in 2009 after just two years of the seven-year, $49 million colossus he signed in 2007.
The six-year, $27-million contract Leino signed on July 1, 2011 is a cautionary tale for the Sabres and, frankly, for all NHL teams. He essentially hit the big payday because of one decent season, one strong playoff run and one key overtime goal.
Daren Millard, Greg Millen and Mark Spector of Sportsnet discuss if the Buffalo Sabres will keep or trade Matt Moulson by the trade deadline.
If they do move him, the panel discusses a few options for his destination.
Buffalo TV showed an overhead replay of the goal and which made it look like the puck never went in the net.
But this view shows the twine on the top of the net bulges, so looks like a good goal to me, which it was.
added 9:21pm, Watch the goal from the overhead below...
Which one was better?
The first save by Jhonas Enroth..
And then Carey Price, which you can watch below...
Brad May thinks the Sabres will keep Steve Ott, Mark Spector believes he will be moved.
Possible destinations mentioned...
Miller with a great, stretching blade save on Mikhail Grabovski.
The Sabres won in a shootout 2-1 and Miller was great again.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The Mikhail Grigorenko saga may be taking a fresh, bizarre twist as the 19-year-old is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior League. Agent Jay Grossman confirmed to The Buffalo News via email that Grigorenko will not report but did not comment on my inquiries about what's next, including a possible look at the KHL.
The reports first came from Kathleen Lavoie of La Presse, who covers the Remparts for La Presse.
Grigorenko, remember, is not eligible to go to Rochester -- which is probably the best spot for him at this point. Players with eligibility left in a Canadian junior circuit cannot be sent to the AHL, which can put 19-year-olds like Grigorenko in limbo. There's no such agreement with the United States Hockey League, which is why an 18-year-old Zemgus Girgensons could play all last season with the Amerks.
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