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Money Is Always On The Minds Of General Managers

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Long gone are the days of the quick fix, in which general managers across the NHL would evaluate their rosters through 20 games and address needs with a quarter-pole swap meet. Back in the day, trades were mostly completed based on need and talent over the almighty buck.

Not anymore.

GMs these days are all about dollars and sense with a four-step thought process that generally goes in this order: annual salary, length of contract, years remaining before unrestricted free agency, hockey ability. If the first three don’t add up, the fourth doesn’t make a bit of difference.

“It isn’t about just hockey,” Sabres GM Darcy Regier said. “It’s about years on the contract, dollars in the contract and a lot of things that weren’t there before. You can say, ‘I love that player,’ but that’s not the first place you look. The first place is, ‘What’s his contract?’ ”


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Patrick Kaleta Hit On Petr Prucha

Dave Strader and Tyson Nash with the call.  Did Kaleta leave his feet?

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Remembering The Sabres Bankruptcy Year

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Henrik Tallinder was a typical rookie, happy to be in the NHL and possessing a mind filled with questions. The best place to go for answers was to the veterans, but the defenseman noticed they were occasionally preoccupied. Even a 23-year-old newcomer could tell why.

Mixed in with power-play meetings were bankruptcy updates. In addition to game plans, the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres had to discuss which prospective owner might buy the team. Some guys had their minds split on faceoffs and court dates, wondering whether a judge would permit their bonuses to be paid.

It certainly wasn’t how Tallinder had pictured professional sports, but it’s how things were on the bankrupt Sabres team being run by the league.


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Sabres Will Be Tougher This Season

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t going to win executive of the year for his work in the offseason, but at least he made an attempt to address obvious flaws when he signed winger Mike Grier and defenseman Steve Montador. They give the Sabres a stronger backbone without getting involved in senseless scraps found in the schoolyard.

To me, that’s toughness.

It’s a minor change that could make a significant difference for a team that had too many listless nights a year ago. Talent wasn’t the issue. The Sabres had enough to make the playoffs last season. Their lack of aggression, lack of competitiveness, lack of heart ultimately sabotaged their season.


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Sabres Should Keep Tyler Myers

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Let’s hope money isn’t an issue. History suggests the Sabres are worried about starting the clock on his contract, which would get him get back to the bargaining table for dough a year sooner after his three-year rookie deal expires.

If their roster is overcrowded, make room even if it means waiving a veteran. Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, headed toward unrestricted free agency and not part of the Sabres’ long-term future, are good candidates. The Sabres missed the playoffs with them, so they can certainly do the same without them.

No matter, the kid needs to stay. The Sabres would need to live with his mistakes knowing he’ll improve as he becomes more comfortable. His teammates believe he belongs. Ruff acknowledged that Myers is pushing them more than they’re pulling him.


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MSG Blacks-Out Game They Don’t Plan On Covering

via WGRZ,

The NHL network will air the Buffalo Sabres preseason game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday but the game will blacked out in Western New York.

MSG has exclusive rights to Sabres games in the Western New York market and in order to protect the rights, Wednesday’s game will not air in the Buffalo television market, according to a spokesperson with the Sabres.

Two On Your Side has a call into MSG network for more information on the broadcast agreement and an explanation about why they are not allowing Wednesday’s game to air in Western New York even though they have no plans of carrying it.

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Health Issues In The East

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

...the No. 1 health concern in the Eastern Conference might be the Sabres’ need for center Tim Connolly to remain in the lineup this season.

The Sabres need him to play 80 or more games this season and he has been able to play only 38% of his team’s games over the past three seasons….

The frustration of Connolly’s injury history is that he is highly productive when he does play. Last season, he registered 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 48 games. He had 40 points the season before.

“From where I am sitting and from where (coach) Lindy Ruff is sitting, he is a very important piece to our success,” said Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. “What we saw when he was healthy is that when we have him and Derek Roy in the middle then we have two quality offensive lines. It’s not as easy to key on one of our lines.”


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Stafford Signs With Sabres

via the Buffalo Sabres Twitter,

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Drew Stafford.

added 11:25am,

BUFFALO, NY (September 13, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has signed forward Drew Stafford to a two-year deal.

Stafford (10/30/1985, 6-2, 220 lbs) appeared in 79 games for the Sabres last season collecting NHL career-highs in goals (20), assists (25) and points (45). During the 2008-09 campaign, Stafford had 12 multi-point games and picked up his second career hat trick on January 12 against the Edmonton Oilers.


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Teams May Head To Camp With What They Have

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

What you see is what you get with the Sabres’ roster. Regier doesn’t anticipate any deals before camp starts Sept. 12. There’s nothing in the works. “No, not right now,” Regier said by phone Wednesday. “The conversations over the summer, we’ve talked about players with other organizations, but I think now the teams have taken, to a large extent, [the philosophy of], ‘We’ve got this group, and we’ll go into camp and assess things as we go through training camp.’

“I think it’ll remain fairly tight. I think you’ll see some movement between the start of training camp and the start of the season — either through waivers or the switching of players from

one organization to another in an attempt to either give the organization or the player a fresh start — but generally I think that the available dollars or the ability to find a trade partner, the difficulty of it will continue.”

Regier says money is the main issue holding back deals.

read on

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Hip Surgery For Adam Mair

BUFFALO, NY (September 1, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Adam Mair underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery. He is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

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