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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.
“The most important thing is to listen to what Ryan Miller wants to do. Obviously you’d love to keep a great goalie like that. He knows Buffalo. Everybody loves him here but at the same instance I’ve got to know what he wants to do. If it fits into the plan long term and financially it’s a good fit, Ryan Miller will be here. If not, if he doesn’t want to be here, we’ll make the best choice for the future of our organization.”
“To come by a goalie like that who wants to stay here should he choose to want to stay here helps our team grow. It gives us an opportunity to develop. If he wants to be here under the right terms, I think you’d love to keep Ryan Miller.”
-Pat LaFontaine, President of Hockey Operations for the Buffalo Sabres. More on Miller and new GM Tim Murray from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
It doesn’t matter that it took Pat LaFontaine two months to name the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres just as long as he found the right guy.
In fact, he may have found two.
Saying he’s “on a mission to bring the right people” to Buffalo,” LaFontaine announced today that he’d hired Tim Murray and, in a bit of a surprise move, Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey ops department.
Murray was a dark horse when this process started, generating little buzz compared to candidates like Brad Treliving, Jim Benning and Mike Futa. He’s hardly a household name, but Murray has paid his dues to get to this point. He first got his foot in the door as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings in 1993. A year later, he went to Florida where he became the director of amateur scouting for the Panthers. In 2002, he joined the Anaheim Ducks as director of player personnel, before moving on to the New York Rangers and, finally, Ottawa, where he served as the Senators’ assistant GM as well as the GM of their AHL farm club in Binghamton, NY.
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