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from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres aren’t rebuilding, but they are retooling. Their success hinges on drafting and development, which means they need prospects and picks. Campbell should be worth a first-round pick or a very good prospect, or both depending on estimated draft position and the potential of the player headed for Buffalo.
Of course, this suggestion comes at a time in which the Sabres have won six of their last eight games and grabbed 14 of 16 possible points. Regier has a tendency to become smitten with his team and ignore its flaws rather than become skeptical of his players and address their weaknesses before they’re exposed in the playoffs.
Sorry, but this looks like a tease, a desperate team surfacing for air. They’re a couple of years and several good players from a serious playoff run. Assuming his hands aren’t tied — again — it’s time Regier gets to work before the Sabres get nothing for Campbell the way they did Jay McKee, Mike Grier, J.P. Dumont, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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fro the AP via the Post Star,
“Who wouldn’t want to keep Brian Campbell?” Golisano said. “But the fact of the matter is, just our desire to keep him is not the only factor. ... We have to deal with the issues of other player’s salaries, and we can’t go beyond certain limits.”
Golisano noted the Sabres are on track to finish with a winning record for the third straight season, after having losing records the previous three years. And he noted the Sabres have been hampered by injuries that have contributed to them losing 13 games by one goal, including eight shootout losses.
“Look how competitive we’ve been these last three weeks,” Golisano said. “How can you argue with the results? I’m sure they’d like to block out that 10-game (winless) streak and have a chance to do it over again, but that’s not reality. So on we go.”
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
General manager Darcy Regier said Friday he’s had regular discussions with agent Larry Kelly in hopes of getting contract talks restarted involving Campbell, the Sabres top defenseman, who’s in the final year of his deal.
“I wouldn’t call it full-blown negotiations, we’re just keeping the lines of communication open to see where it goes,” Regier told The Associated Press during the first intermission of Buffalo’s home game against Boston. “We’ve had conversations. We never really stopped.”
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
Darcy Regier, the Sabres’ GM, has conceded that trading Campbell is an option. But knowing Regier, he’ll fiddle around until the trade deadline, fretting and waiting for the perfect deal. There’s also the chance that management will grow reluctant to deal their top defenseman if the Sabres get hot and position themselves as a likely playoff team.
Regier shouldn’t let the team’s performance get in the way. Sure, the Sabres could get hot and slip into the playoffs, reviving title hopes among the team’s more gullible supporters. But Regier’s main concern has to be getting something for Campbell. If another star walks away for nothing, it’ll be an outrage.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres are breathing easier today because goaltender Ryan Miller’s knee injury is not serious and he should play Tuesday night in Boston.
Miller, who did not come out for the third period of Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Atlanta, suffered a bruise to the right knee when he was hit by Atlanta’s Chris Thorburn late in the second period.
“It looks like Ryan will be OK,” coach Lindy Ruff said after this morning’s 40-minute practice in the Buffalo State Ice Arena. “I would expect him back at practice on Monday. We didn’t think it was too serious and that was confirmed. For sure, I would anticipate him playing on Tuesday.”
a little more...
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
I wasn’t surprised to see Lindy Ruff take the blame for the Sabres’ recent slide. Ruff is a leader and a stand-up guy. He did the noble thing by pointing the finger at himself, deflecting criticism from his soft, overrated players.
But Ruff was too hard on himself. He’s not the problem. He’s taking the bullet for the Sabres’ bumbling and dysfunctional management — for General Manager Darcy Regier, managing partner Larry Quinn, and most of all, for absentee owner Tom Golisano, who has been conspicuously unavailable during this troubling and turbulent period.
from the AP via Yahoo,
(Larry) Quinn, the team’s managing partner, was both defiant and upbeat during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. He had no time for excuses, blame or regret over questionable personnel decisions, injuries, and plain bad luck that have contributed to the Sabres’ free-fall - from first overall a year ago to the NHL’s near-worst.
“It’s been a tough stretch, and there’s no hiding that,” Quinn said. “But like I said to everybody, ‘We got here together and we’re going to get out of it together.’ And that’s all we can really do.”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Brian Campbell is a good defenseman and, by all accounts, a very good citizen, too.
So why are the Buffalo Sabres playing games where his contract extension is concerned?
Because they’re smart, that’s why.
It would be very easy for the slumping Sabres to cave into Campbell’s salary demands; you know, give the locals something to smile about as the team’s losses continue to mount.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
You probably don’t know Haney, and she definitely doesn’t know much about hockey. The stay-athome mom from Clarence couldn’t remember Martin Biron’s name, referring to the goaltender as “that guy who used to be with us but is now in Philly” during an interview last week.
So how did she get tangled up in questions about Briere?
Sources said the Buffalo Sabres asked the NHL to look into whether Briere started negotiations with the Philadelphia Flyers before July 1, when he became an unrestricted free agent.
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