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Kaleta Signing Makes Sense

This is the first of a 5-part audio series taken from a podcast that Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins recorded with me.  Each part will be a quick 5 or 6-minute segment discussing Sabres related topics.

In today’s clip, Joe tells me how underwhelmed he is about the Sabres re-signing Patrick Kaleta.

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Don’t Confuse Sabres Blue Line Depth With A Logjam (Again)

“I think if you’re going to be successful as a club, you have to have a lot of defensemen and you have to have the depth. Anyone that can think back a few years knows that if there’s a position to have numbers, it’s on defense. I think it’s a good thing.” - Sabres GM Darcy Regier

If there’s one thing that history apparently hasn’t taught some residents of Sabres Nation, it’s that there’s nothing wrong with having an abundance of defensemen on your team.

Please forgive me, but every time I hear the word “logjam” used to describe the situation on the blue line, it gives me the same reaction as fingernails on the chalkboard.  Would people really rather have six quality defensemen than eight?  Where’s the championship mentality in Buffalo?

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Doan’s Agent Says Sabres Still In The Running

Don’t take this for more than what it is, but Terry Bross of Lagardere Unlimited did tell me less than an hour ago that the Sabres are still in the running for Shane Doan.  Bross wouldn’t say if Buffalo is willing to do a 4-year deal with his client.

“They are still on his list.” Bross said. “Out of respect for the team, I won’t comment on offers made.”

Buffalo is one of 6 teams believed to have made formal offers to Doan.

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Sabres, Doan’s Agent Have Talked

Add the Buffalo Sabres to the long list of teams that have shown interest in unrestricted free agent Shane Doan.

Terry Bross of Lagardere Unlimited confirmed with me today that there have been discussions with Buffalo regarding his client.

“We have been in touch with the Sabres,” Bross said.  “At this time, we have not narrowed the list of teams down that we will consider.  I expect that might happen tomorrow.”

Bross wouldn’t elaborate on which teams are expected to make the cut, but other mainstream media reports have not mentioned the Sabres as likely to be one of Doan’s final choices.

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Talking Sabres With Brad Riter And Bill Hoppe

I’m joined by Brad Riter of TrendingBuffalo.com and Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, as we discuss what the Sabres did on July 1, what Brad Boyes said about Lindy Ruff, and what the Sabres should and shouldn’t do to get Bobby Ryan.

If you aren’t seeing the player, listen to the show here.


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Sabreland Ready For Regier To Roll The Dice

Based on all of those lectures from Darcy Regier about how shrewd drafting and offseason trading are where the foundation of a championship team is built, the window of opportunity for him to steer the ship in the direction of a Stanley Cup is officially wide open as of today.

Regier proved, during the inaugural offseason of the art of the possible, that he’s capable of making waves with his hockey team when unconstrained by a boss who trembled at the mere thought of multi-year contracts.  Despite the fact things didn’t play out during the season the way the Sabres GM had hoped, the time has come for him to step up to the table and try again.

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Will Team-Sponsored Radio Work In Buffalo?

Sabres Advantageously Using Media, Both New And Old

At the risk of dating myself, I can still remember the anger I felt as a youngster when then-Sabres GM Scotty Bowman traded fan favorites Jim Schoenfeld and Danny Gare to Detroit.  It was a monster 7-player deal that brought a feisty 21-year-old forward named Mike Foligno to Buffalo.

“Schony” and “Tickets” were beloved in this town.  What was the revered coaching legend whom the Knox brothers had lured from Les Habitants thinking?  I was so upset that I literally wanted to ask him myself.  I attacked the yellow pages (OK to laugh here if you’re under 25) and hurriedly started searching.  Geez, is it under ‘B’ for Buffalo or Bowman? Or is it ‘S’ for Sabres or Scotty? 

My amused father stopped me and said, “You can’t just call and talk to him, David.  He’s on the inside.  Only the important TV and newspaper people get to speak to someone famous like him.”

Fast forward many years later, to this past Monday to be exact, and I’m having beer and pizza with the current president of the Buffalo Sabres as we’re rapping about the direction of the club.  I’m picking his brain about the upcoming draft.  He’s breaking team news to me that even the important TV and newspaper people haven’t been told.  The sports world is a much different place.

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Source: Myers Had Knee Surgery 3 Weeks Ago

You haven’t heard about this from the mainstream media, and Sabres President Ted Black bristled when I asked him about it at last night’s Sabres New Media Summit, but I have it on very good authority that Tyler Myers underwent knee surgery at a local medical facility on May 23rd.

The Sabres star defenseman was hampered for most or all of this past season by a lingering knee problem that felt worse in some games than others.

Myers was told following the surgery that the source of the discomfort was found and cleaned up. 

There’s no reason to believe that this amounted to more than a minor procedure, and it’s anticipated that Myers will be 100% ready to go for training camp.

Myers had 8 goals and 15 assists in 55 games in a 2011-12 season marred by injuries and inconsistent play.  He had surgery to repair a broken wrist in November, and suffered a foot injury blocking a shot against Toronto in early April.

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Ray Replaces Neale As Sabres Color Analyst

From the Sabres,

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 11, 2012)—- Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black today announced a slate of changes to Buffalo Sabres broadcasts for the 2012-13 season. Among the major changes will be the addition of Rob Ray to the broadcast booth as the full-time color analyst and the creation of a new Sabres radio show, hosted by Kevin Sylvester, which will air daily beginning with its debut on June 18.

Ray, an eight-year veteran of the Sabres broadcast team, enters his first stint as a full-time color commentator and will provide analysis for all 82 games in the 2012-13 season. He joins Foster Hewitt Award winner and Sabres Hall-of-Famer Rick Jeanneret in the booth as Jeanneret, currently the longest-tenured broadcaster in hockey, embarks on his 41st season behind the microphone. After limiting the number of games he called last season, Jeanneret has signed a new, multi-year contract and will increase the number of games he will call in 2012-13.

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Warren Buffett Wants You To Pay For Online News

From Warren Buffett, in a letter to publishers and editors of Berkshire Hathaway’s daily newspapers:

We must rethink the industry’s initial response to the Internet.  The original instinct of newspapers then was to offer free in digital form what they were charging for in print.  This is an unsustainable model and certain of our papers are already making progress in moving to something that makes more sense.

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About The Sabres Observer

Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

 

 

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