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Ryan Miller’s Place In The 2010-11 Vezina Discussion

While it certainly can’t be said with a straight face that Ryan Miller doesn’t get enough respect, there are some pundits out there who have declared, almost as a foregone conclusion, that the 30-year old Sabres franchise netminder will still be solid but won’t be able to duplicate his Vezina-worthy magic of 2009-10. 

Whether because of changes in the Sabres defensive corps, having played too many games, or simply from the difficulty of maintaining such a high level of play in an ultra-competitive league where the difference in the talent level of goaltenders has shrunk significantly, discussions by many about Miller’s prospects for the upcoming season are accompanied by buzzwords and catch phrases like “dropoff” and “coming back down to earth”.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Include Tyler Myers In The Norris Talk

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While a lot of NHL experts already are conceding the Norris Trophy to Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, it might be a good idea to add Buffalo’s Tyler Myers to the mix. Myers, the Calder Trophy winner last season, appears to be going into his second season a better player. On Thursday against the Canadiens, he logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time, assisted on two of the Sabres’ five goals and was a plus-2. Uh-huh, it’s only a preseason game, but it’s obvious he’s the real deal.

more hockey notes…

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Last Year It Was DIRECTV, This Year It Is DISH Network

BUFFALO, NY (October 1, 2010)—The Buffalo Sabres today announced that MSG Networks and DISH Network, who have been negotiating a new agreement since early this year, failed to come to an agreement by midnight last night to continue carrying Buffalo Sabres games.

“We’ve been informed by our broadcast partners at MSG they no longer have an agreement with DISH Network to televise Buffalo Sabres games,” said Michael Gilbert, director of public relations for the Buffalo Sabres. “This is a matter between MSG and DISH Network, and the Sabres have no involvement in the negotiations between the two parties. As a result, we encourage all of our fans who have DISH Network to switch carriers. As it currently stands, DISH Network subscribers will be unable to watch Buffalo Sabres games starting with the season opener on October 8.”

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Sabres Trim Roster By 14 Players

From the Sabres:

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have trimmed their training camp roster by 14 players. This leaves the Sabres with 35 players remaining in camp: 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Heading to Portland are: forwards Jacob Lagace, Maxime Legault, Dennis McCauley, Brian Roloff, Felix Schutz, Colin Stuart (pending waivers), Corey Tropp, Travis Turnbull and Derek Whitmore (pending waivers); defensemen Alex Biega, Tim Conboy (pending waivers) and Nick Crawford. In addition, two players were also returned to their junior teams: forward Marcus Foligno (Sudbury, OHL) and defenseman Brayden McNabb (Kootenay, WHL).

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Regier A High Tech GM

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier makes no apologies for being a gadget freak and computer geek, once affectionately described by Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn as “the biggest nerd in the place.” Let’s be honest, Regier has been called worse names since climbing aboard in 1997.

The Internet was in its infancy when he was hired, nothing compared to what you see in today’s modern technology. Cell phones roughly the size of refrigerators and affordable only to the wealthy have evolved into pocket-sized necessities. The iPad does everything but make dinner and fold the laundry….

Regier was the first NHL general manager to fully embrace the idea that he could circle hockey’s globe from his office.

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Ruff Talking Big at Sabres Camp

If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to falter and fall short of once again being a major player in the Eastern Conference, someone forgot to tell head coach Lindy Ruff..

“Our goal here is to win the Stanley Cup,” Ruff told the local media this week.  “We might as well talk about that - because I think our team, with the additions we’ve made and where we were at last year, should be able to challenge for it.”

Here is the latest from Sabres training camp:

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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New Sweaters For The Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 18, 2010)—- The Buffalo Sabres today unveiled the team’s new road jersey and commemorative 40th anniversary third jersey before a crowd of 3,500 at HSBC Arena. The event was part of “Puckdrop 2010,” the team’s all-day fan event to celebrate the first official day of training camp.

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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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