Senin, 14 September 2009

Crib Notes - Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres
Finished 3rd in the Northeast. Did not make the playoffs
Signed rugged D Steve Montador via free agency
Signed D Joe DiPenta via free agency
Signed young scrap Cody McCormick via free agency
Signed older scrap Mike Grier via free agency
Lost D Jaroslav Spacek (UFA) to Montreal
Resigned local boy does good Patrick Kaleta
Resigned D Andrej Sekera and RW Drew Stafford
Let Max Afinogenov fade away and Teppo Numminen retire

Questions going into 2009-2010:
Can Tim Connolly put together a full season?
Can we call Derek Roy underrated when he makes $3.5MM/year?
Is the top D paring on Craig Rivet and Toni Lydman/Henrik Tallinder enough?
Is Thomas Vanek a 50 goal guy?
Has Ryan Miller's ankle healed? How about Adam Mair's hip?
Can the team go back to the Blue and Gold sweaters?
Is Pat LaFontaine the best US-born NHLer?
How weird was it that a bar on Chippewa wouldn't let Artem in with Timbs? It's December in Buffalo. Who's wearing dress shoes?
Will anyone watch Jay Leno's show competing directly with MNF?

Poised for a breakout season:
Drew Stafford. I think he could be a points per game player. Won't get there this year but could sniff the 30 goal mark.

If you had to buy one Sabres sweater:
Grab a blue and gold McCormick. You're taking a chance he doesn't crack the roster but I think his work ethic and scrap plays well up in Buffalo.
If I had to go retro: #31 Puppa.

Player whose game you sneaky like:
Tim Connolly has unreal talent. It's a shame that concussion problems took away so much of his game.

Unfounded rumor we've heard over the weekend about a former Sabre:
That Dominic Moore has never had sex with his wife.

Old guys:
Rivet and Lalime are 35
Grier is 34
Hecht is 32

Young guys:
Drew Stafford and Patrick Kaleta are 23
Thomas Vanek is 25
Collectively this team hovers around the mid 20s

Tough guys:
No real heavyweight.
Kaleta is annoying. Montador and Rivet will police.
Matthew Barnaby is roughing guys up in the lunch line in Bristol.

Old school Dman who is now a Sabre asst coach:
James Patrick - guy played 22 years in the NHL. Show some respect.

Goaltending coach:
Jim Corsi

If I told you that Teppo has a brother named Teemu would it surpise you at all?

Jason Pominville has dual citizenship because his mom is American so he chooses to play internationally under the US flag. Probably has more do with the fact that the Canadian team is too stacked than any American patriotism.

NHL 94 players:
Alexander Mogilny, Pat Lafontaine and Dale Hawerchuk up front - Ri-diculous
Petr Svoboda and Doug Bodger on D with Grant Fuhr in net.

Rick Jeanneret calls

- Nemmy

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