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Addressing The Sabres’ Recruiting Problem

What do Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Shane Doan have in common?  Besides being NHL superstars, the Buffalo Sabres weren’t mentioned as serious contenders to land any of them.

Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins thinks he knows why, and so do I.  In episode 4 of our 5-part audio series, we each give one main reason why the goal of Terry Pegula to make Buffalo “Hockey Heaven” is still a work in progress.

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Are Sabres Prospects Being Overhyped?

Are expectations for first-round picks Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons too high?  I don’t believe so.  In episode 3 of my 5-part audio series with Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins, things get a bit heated as I try to quell Joe’s propensity for shooting down fan excitement over Buffalo’s highly regarded prospects.

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Debating Player Salaries And Alex Semin

Do fans and media obsess over how much money teams spend on players?  Alexander Semin’s 1-year experiment in Carolina could be a case study. 

In episode 2 of my 5-part audio series with Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins, we debate the importance of team salary structures, and I explain why paying Semin $7M to play a season in Buffalo would’ve been an awful idea.

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Sabres Announce Variable Ticket Prices For 2012-13

The Sabres have announced the variable ticket pricing plan for all home games in the 2012-13 season. There is a breakdown into five classifications to determine ticket price: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Value.  On the schedule are one Platinum game (Dec. 26 vs. WSH), ten Gold games, fifteen Silver games, nine Bronze games, and six Value games.

A breakdown of ticket prices for the 2012-13 season is as follows:

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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.

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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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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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