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One Particular Offseason Decision In Buffalo May Have Made Things Worse
Nowhere in the Hockey Fan Suffering Handbook does it say that losing has to be THIS miserable.
If you're a Buffalo fan of the younger variety, ask someone who can remember the Sabres of 1995-96. Despite having little talent and not a sniff of the playoffs, they were one of the most fun teams to watch in the history of the franchise.
What a difference between the play of that group and what we saw last night. If Terry Pegula wants to make some money, and his oil wells run dry, the introduction of No-Doze as a concession item just might do the trick.
It's pretty safe to say that the Leafs and Sabres, after a weekend of two games, a 15-round breakaway contest and almost 300 minutes in penalties, have had just about enough of each other.
There's plenty of blame to go around for what transpired last night, but not everyone involved deserves it. And there aren't many fans who will tell you it wasn't more entertaining than most games that actually count in the standings.
So, in all of its punch-throwing, stick-swinging, goalie-fighting "glory", here are your key suspects from last night's contest, complete with final verdicts:
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It's just a good old fashioned case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Many of the same armchair Sabres owners who lambasted Tom Golisano for his one-year contract per player fantasy, and have seen more than a few good ones leave this town over the years due to lack of commitment from management, are now suddenly telling us that ambitious owner Terry Pegula and the Sabres should gleefully escort Cody Hodgson on the bridge to early UFA status.
Forgive me, but I'm having a difficult time understanding why so many folks are treating this contract announcement as if the Sabres have anointed Hodgson hands down to be the number one center for the next six years.
How many first-line centers in the league are making $4.25M per season?
A few weeks ago, George Malik referenced a story on the status of Damien Brunner's search for a deal with an NHL team.
As of today, not a whole lot apparently has changed.
I asked Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, for an update this morning.
"We are being patient, and Damien is wide open to any team at this point," Sheehy said.
Brunner is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay $3+ million annually. Last season, he tallied 12 goals and 14 assists for the Red Wings.
"I would like to have at least some say in where I go just because Buffalo is all I've known and I have a life outside of that." - Ryan Miller
With all due respect to the optimists who are big fans of the man who has been the franchise goaltender and face of the Sabres for quite awhile, the above quote doesn't read like a guy who is "not closed off to the possibility" of playing in Buffalo beyond next season.
The netminder of the 2010 USA squad, the one that settled for a silver medal courtesy of Sidney Crosby and a few of his Canadian friends, had a lot to say in an NHL.com piece that came out yesterday, but nothing to alter the plans that the Sabres are making for their roster beyond 2013-14.
Those plans still include Miller playing for a different team.
Restricted free agent Cody Hodgson hinted this morning on Toronto's TSN 1050 Radio that he's looking for contract negotiations with the Sabres to reach a successful conclusion so that he can rejoin the club.
The reports you've been reading linking the Sabres as a possible destination for Jaromir Jagr are not true.
From the Sabres:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 20, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract extension.
Scott (6’8”, 270 lbs., 9/26/82) played in 34 games with the Sabres in the 2012-13 season after signing with the club as a free agent on July 1, 2012.
Prior to the Sabres, Scott split the 2011-12 season between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers, tallying one assist and 53 penalty minutes in 35 games. In five NHL seasons, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has appeared in 180 career games with the Sabres, Rangers, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, recording five points (1+4) and 305 penalty minutes.
RDS is reporting that the one-year deal is worth $750,000.
If this morning's story you may have seen on the internet stating that Ron Rolston has hired Lake Superior head coach Jim Roque as an assistant with the Sabres is true, it's certainly news to Jim Roque.
From Paul Hamilton of WGR-550,
The Sabres have yet to confirm this, but many sources have told me that Ron Rolston has fired James Patrick and Kevyn Adams.
The report also says Patrick was very upset to be passed over for the head coaching job when Lindy Ruff was fired.
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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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