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Friedman: Golisano’s Scouting Cuts Hurt Buffalo’s Chances

From Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca:

While researching how different organizations approached scouting, several other teams ripped Buffalo’s approach. At the time, Golisano considered that self-serving, because those people stood to lose their jobs if “The Sabre Way” caught on. But, what interested me most was a common thread throughout many of those conversations. It went like this: “I’ll explain to you why video scouting is a bad idea. But, I’m not going to rip Darcy because he’s at the mercy of his owner.”

In the interview, Golisano didn’t exactly disprove that theory.

“These scouts are traveling all over the world. All these expenses, could they accomplish a lot more staying in one place with the use of video?” the owner said. “And they believe they can. If somebody interprets that as not being progressive and being regressive, that’s too bad. But we think we’re far more efficient and have a much better scouting organization than we did three years ago.”

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  Tags: darcy+regier, lindy+ruff, sabres+sale, tom+golisano

Listen Live To Pegula Presser

The press conference announcing the sale of the Sabres to Terry Pegula is scheduled for 12:00 pm EST at HSBC Arena.

Click here to listen live, courtesy of WGR-550 AM.

Tom Golisano, who is selling the team to Pegula for $189M, and minority owner Larry Quinn will be in attendance.  A long silence will be broken as this will in effect be the first time Sabres fans and media have heard from Golisano, with regards to the hockey team, in nearly 2 1/2 years.

Pegula will not be at today’s press conference and is expected to hold a separate session in the near future.

Update 12:00 pm:
You can also watch the presser live courtesy of WGRZ-TV.  Click “play video” on the right.

Update 12:12 pm:
Golisano just stated that he turned down a previous offer for $70M more than this one, because there was a stipulation that the Sabres could be moved.  Also, as previously had been reported, there is a clause in the contract of this agreement that Pegula is never allowed to relocate the club.

Update 12:29 pm:
Quinn says official closing should take place before the trading deadline.  There is a small list of players that are not allowed to be traded before the closing.

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This & That: On Smith, DiPietro vs. Johnson, Lightning Announcements, Caps’ Playoff Hopes and More

Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.

(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)

Off we go:

—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.

To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.

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  Tags: brent+johnson, cedrick+desjardins, dwayne+roloson, jeff+skinner, mike+smith, nhl+guardians, rick+dipietro, steve+yzerman

Evening Line

But in terms of which teams are on the receiving end of suspendable offenses, the Original Six enjoy a privileged (dare we say protected?) status. Heck, the New York Rangers almost look like the home team for the folks at NHL Headquarters.

Meanwhile, the folks in Atlanta, Nashville, Tampa, New Jersey and Columbus would certainly appear to have something to complain about. The next time such a fan spins a conspiracy theory that the league doesn’t suspend guys who take a run at their players, well, it looks like they’re right.

-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck.  Go

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Video- A One Punch Goalie KO

Brent Johnson with a left to the head of Rick DiPietro.

added 10:14pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.

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  Tags: brent+johnson, rick+dipietro


Big back to back tonight after a huge win over Washington on Tuesday in game # 51.

Now, I’ve mentioned the Habs and Panthers as potential trading partners a few times over the season. There have been rumours from various media personalities on the radio and in the Montreal newspapers. For the conspiracy theorists out there, we now have this report as the game begins tonight, courtesy of Apron Basu from the CTV Habs Hub:

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  Tags: dale+tallon, pierre+gauthier

Regehr Deals With Trade Rumors

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

With the Feb. 28 trade deadline fast approaching, Regehr can expect to hear and read even more speculation in the coming weeks during the countdown to what is shaping up like an unofficial national holiday north of the border.

“It’s part of what goes on with pro sports,” Regehr said. “I’ve been here for a long time now. Every so often things like that heat up.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it until I get approached by Jay (Feaster) or someone else who wants to talk about that.”

Internet rumours run rampant that Regehr has agreed in the past to waive his no-movement clause, but the rugged defenceman said he hasn’t been approached on the subject.

“So far that hasn’t happened,” he said. “I just have to go out there and play. There’s certain (media) guys who have had me traded since the fall.”


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Afternoon Line

“If I had to make a decision today, it wouldn’t be that positive, because (the pace of play) was quick.  I’ve just got to keep skating for the next couple of days, and then make a decision very quick.  I’ve just got to keep on working. It’s hard to make a decision after just three (full) practices. I’ve got to keep on skating and see how close I can get.”

-Peter Forsberg, who has been practicing with the Colorado Avalanche.  More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Thrashers Looking For A Defenseman & Two Forwards

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to improve a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.

Dudley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday.

As of last night, yes [we are actively looking for a trade],” Dudley said. “Are we looking to do something? Absolutely. We don’t want to let this go. Obviously we haven’t given up on the season. It would be ludicrous. We haven’t given up on improving either. If it doesn’t come from within, it will come from outside.”

The Thrashers hold a tenuous one-point lead on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won just seven times in their past 22 games, erasing a once comfortable playoff margin.


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All-Star Weekend Was A Success

NEW YORK (February 2, 2011) – The NHL® All-Star weekend, highlighted by the first ever NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, was a huge success for the League, earning significant increases in viewership in Canada and the United States, a 42 percent increase in sponsorship revenue over the last All-Star Game in the U.S., an all-time record for video starts on NHL.com and the best retail performance for a U.S.-based All-Star Game in seven years.

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  Tags: 2011+all-star+game

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