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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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Who the hell is Gary Suter?

Posted by Dan on 08/08/12 at 09:50 AM ET

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Ouch that hurt.  Thanks Dan.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 08/08/12 at 09:52 AM ET


Love the series. Hope you guys do a lot more, and some much longer ones. You guys sound awesome as a duo and seem to have great chemistry. Really enjoy the show.

Anyways, I really disagree with the “recruiting” problem. I think i disagree with Joe. It’s NOT Buffalo why players don’t want to come. That’s just ridicules. You said don’t take your word for it, take others? Like who? Lupul? It was a joke? Or are we taking a 18 year old kids opinion (Emerson Etem)? Everyone who has come to Buffalo has loved it. Briere, Drury, Bowman, and many others. Marcel Dionne, who never played in Buffalo, LIVES in Buffalo post career.

Do some players want to play under the big lights? Like Brad Richards? Sure. But he played in Tampa Bay and Dallas too for a long time. Richards also said no way to going and playing in Toronto. Let me guess, is Toronto too ugly too?

IMO, ownership and winning are 2 main factors. Obviously, with Pegula, ownership isn’t anymore but i’m talking about the past. Every player wants true commitment from ownership that they will do whatever is possible to help your team improve. Our past owners failed to give such a commitment. Our problem now, winning (or lack of) and everybody knows centers win in hockey, but going into the season we have 3 dudes fighting for the top 2 center spots (two 22year olds and a 18 year old). Not very convincing.

Anyways, disagree with that point, but i love the show. Keep up the great work.

Posted by Lukas Kotecki from Rochester, NY on 08/11/12 at 01:06 AM ET

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Thanks for the kind words, Lukas. 

I was actually the one who said it’s the city, while Joe thinks a lot of it is Lindy Ruff.  You make good points, but you’re talking about people who loved the area once they were already here.  I think many big name players don’t give Buffalo a second thought because it’s Buffalo.  I’m surprised a lot of people don’t believe that.  Part of the issue with Toronto is that they’ve been a bad team for awhile.

Thanks for listening, and I’ll have some updates in the coming weeks about plans for the upcoming season.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 08/11/12 at 11:04 AM ET


My apologies to Joe.

I do believe that Buffalo is a factor. I am not saying it is not. But i believe lack of a immediate winner. I believe our lack of centers is a big factor. I also agree with Joe about Lindy Ruff’s system. So many players have come here and seem their stats decrease. And what does Ruff have to show for? Almost nothing.

Buffalo is a factor, but as proven by Mario Williams, it can be done. It’s a factor but theres bigger concerns beyond.

Posted by Lukas Kotecki on 08/12/12 at 11:40 PM ET

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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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