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Other Teams Get Better While Sabres Don’t Do Much

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Minority owner Larry Quinn says he wants to compete for a Stanley Cup, but champions aren’t built by accident. The best teams refuse to make excuses, identify their shortcomings and aggressively address problems. The Sabres have done none of the above in recent years, and there’s little reason to believe it’s going to change any time soon.

Buffalo stocking up on bruisers in the draft was a good sign, but it was two years after it became clear they weren’t tough enough to win it all with the talent they had. Now, they don’t have the talent or the toughness to compete.

That’s why they’re, well, here. They blame injuries when it’s really a lack of depth and character. They point toward big contracts when they could have kept players for less. They preach patience when it’s really status quo. Meanwhile, teams across the league make honest attempts to get significantly better.

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Montador Signs with Buffalo

Various reports are that Steve Montador has signed with the Buffalo Sabres.  TSN reports the deal is for 2 years 3.1 million.

More later.

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A Pick That Didn’t Exist

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Of the 246 players selected in the 1974 entry draft, 98 would play in the National Hockey League.

Twenty-one would be all-stars. Fifteen would win the Stanley Cup. Five would play in the Olympics.

Taro Tsujimoto would not be among them. He might have had a chance, had he existed.

As the NHL grinds through seven rounds of the 2009 entry draft, there will not be a story as delightful as that written 35 years ago by the late George (Punch) Imlach, then the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.

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  Tags: taro+tsujimoto

Changing The Sabres

Bucky Gleason and John Vogl both of the Buffalo News play GM (Gleason) & coach (Vogl) for a day.

from Gleason,

In addition to Afinogenov and Hecht, Numminen, Peters, Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman are gone. All are either dead weight or will become unrestricted free agents in the next 13 months. They’re expendable for a team that’s two or three years away.

Plus, I need to make room for Jay Bouwmeester, the premier defenseman in the free-agent market. He’s a difference-maker the Sabres have needed and an upgrade over since-departed Brian Campbell. He would immediately stabilize the blue line, help tutor promising rookie Tyler Myers.

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from Vogl,

Of all the sentences from the Buffalo Sabres during the past two playoff-free seasons, three stick out.

“We came out flat. The effort wasn’t there. We just weren’t ready to play.”

That’s going to stop. The first-period sleepwalk (which occasionally carries into the third) is going to end. The best part is, this Coach for a Day doesn’t need new personnel to do it. The answer is already sitting in the dressing room. So, I present to you the Sabres’ starting lineup each and every night, three guys about whom those quotes never apply:

Paul Gaustad at center, Patrick Kaleta at right wing and Adam Mair at left wing.

read on

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Sabres Still Talking Foot In The Crease Goal

from WIVB,

Ten years ago, most of us were watching the same thing on television, game six of the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

Now some members of the Buffalo Sabres are talking about the triple overtime thriller that ended with “no goal.”

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In Other Hockey Related News

via the National Post,

Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles is dating Thomas Golisano, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Post reports.

Golisano confirmed the relationship to the Post’s Page 6 on Tuesday when the newspaper asked if the two were dating.

“Why do you want to know?” he asked coyly, before replying, “Monica and I see each other.”...

There are 32 years difference between Seles, 35, and Golisano, 67.

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What Team Do You Associate Scotty Bowman With?

from Mick Kern of Home Ice XM 204,

A large number of books have been written about Bowman and his coaching style.  Suffice to say, Bowman is arguably the greatest head coach in NHL history.  His two greatest stretches of accomplishements happened in Montreal, and Detroit.  Each incarnation was impressive to behold.  My heart says Scotty Bowman is first-and-foremost identified with the Montreal Canadiens, but my head says that his most impressive coaching job was with the Red Wings.

The better question might be, who would win in a best-of-seven battle between the 1977 Montreal Canadiens and the 1997 Detroit Red Wings?

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When In Doubt, Shoot The Darn Puck

So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.

If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…

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  Tags: rick+jeanneret

Mikael Tellqvist Signs With KHL Team

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Mikael Tellqvist at the trade deadline as a short-term insurance policy. Turns out that’s exactly what he was.

The goaltender’s career in Buffalo lasted just six games, as the pending unrestricted free agent has signed to play with Ak Bars of Russia’s KHL. A report out of Sweden said Tellqvist signed for about $1.3 million, up from this season’s NHL salary of $800,000.

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The Quiet Team

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

One longtime announcer and former NHL player, while watching the Sabres practice in his team’s arena on game day, remarked, “I’ve never, ever been to such a quiet morning skate. Nobody’s saying anything.”

No one is saying the Sabres need a loudmouth like Sean Avery in the room. But too many quiet players did lessen the Sabres. During a few off-the-record chats, some Sabres said the silence diminished their days.

It was described as this: Imagine walking into a room eager to start your day. You’re excited about getting ready to play in front of 19,000 fans, thrilled to be living in the fantasy world of a professional hockey player. You’re bubbling to chat and get more psyched up, giddy with anticipation about the drop of the puck.

You get to the rink and ... nothing. It seems no one is sharing your fun or excitement. You look left and a guy is silently lacing his skates. You look right and the teammate may as well be Charlie Chaplin or Marcel Marceau.

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