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2014-01-09 02:05:15 PM
Bye Miller, Ott, Ehrhoff... Moulson...
 
2014-01-09 02:12:20 PM
I approve of this hire.
 
2014-01-09 02:58:49 PM
Tim Curry?!?!  I am breathless with antici....


....pation.
 
2014-01-09 03:04:16 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: I approve of this hire.


Same here.
This guy seems to be the polar opposite of Darcy, a no bullshiat, hard-nosed pragmatist.
My only worry is that he may very well yank out the basement floor during the rebuild, leaving us with no veteran players at all.
 
2014-01-09 03:11:15 PM

gas giant: BEER_ME_in_CT: I approve of this hire.

Same here.
This guy seems to be the polar opposite of Darcy, a no bullshiat, hard-nosed pragmatist.
My only worry is that he may very well yank out the basement floor during the rebuild, leaving us with no veteran players at all.


There are three ways to rebuild.  Like the Oilers, like the Leafs, or properly.  It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)
 
2014-01-09 03:22:00 PM

sno man: It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)


Five years is fine, I just don't want see them go the Oilers route.
 
2014-01-09 03:34:53 PM

sno man: gas giant: BEER_ME_in_CT: I approve of this hire.

Same here.
This guy seems to be the polar opposite of Darcy, a no bullshiat, hard-nosed pragmatist.
My only worry is that he may very well yank out the basement floor during the rebuild, leaving us with no veteran players at all.

There are three ways to rebuild.  Like the Oilers, like the Leafs, or properly.  It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)


Exactly.  If you have a player like Selanne or St. Louis, it might be worth keeping them around to help teach your new guys how to play at the NHL level and serve as a leader on the ice, but other than that, everything much go.
 
2014-01-09 03:39:07 PM

sno man: gas giant: BEER_ME_in_CT: I approve of this hire.

Same here.
This guy seems to be the polar opposite of Darcy, a no bullshiat, hard-nosed pragmatist.
My only worry is that he may very well yank out the basement floor during the rebuild, leaving us with no veteran players at all.

There are three ways to rebuild.  Like the Oilers, like the Leafs, or properly.  It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)


Having watched the press conference and heard Murray's answers, I don't expect Miller to be around come trade deadline  unless he wants to be.

And the Sabres have a good young core (Girgensons is a beast) that right now needs experience more than anything, plus as many as five picks in the first two rounds this year (including, if the standings don't change between now and then, a guaranteed #1 or 2).  If Miller were willing to be part of a rebuild (and cement his place in Buffalo hockey legend), it'd make sense to have him in place for the next few years to give that young group the opportunity to learn while being competitive on the ice.

I also think they're more like three years out rather than five, but I'm optimistic that way.

Even though I'm from Buffalo...

/also very excited seeing Craig Patrick in the house
 
2014-01-09 03:41:50 PM

gas giant: sno man: It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)

Five years is fine, I just don't want see them go the Oilers route.


How MacT still has a job is a mystery to me. They have to trade at least two of those recent top picks for pieces that they actually need.  At least his gamble on Spaceman was only for a year.
 
2014-01-09 04:06:24 PM
Good hire.  Also like the addition of Craig Patrick.  LaFontaine, Murray, and Patrick are a trio of good, experienced hockey minds at the top.

Sabres are moving in the right direction.  Loads of young talent and draft picks coming up.  Grigorenko, Zadorov, and Ristolainen all looked good at World Juniors.

Smartly managed from here, the team could be back in contention in a couple years, and (depending on how all the high picks pan out) could even be a powerhouse.

Losing sucks, but the rebuild is actually exciting to watch.  I already love Girgensens, and the thought of a future defense anchored by Myers (who's playing better lately), Zadorov, and Ristolainen is great.
 
2014-01-09 04:13:34 PM
Having both goaltenders playing in the Olympics along with a couple young defensemen as Doc said above leaves me with some hope for the future.  I think all the recent hires, including Nolan, have been good for the future.
 
2014-01-09 04:15:38 PM

Anderson's Pooper: Having both goaltenders playing in the Olympics along with a couple young defensemen as Doc said above leaves me with some hope for the future.  I think all the recent hires, including Nolan, have been good for the future.


You really think Murray is going to want to keep Nolan?  I doubt it.

I suspect Murray has his own list of coaching candidates in mind, but Nolan will be permitted to finish out the season before Murray brings his own man aboard.
 
2014-01-09 04:35:25 PM
Murray will have a lot to work with.  In addition to all the prospects Buffalo has stockpiled over the last couple years, they have these picks going forward.

Three first-rounders and six second-rounders in the next two drafts!

2014
1st (BUF)
1st (NYI) - Acquired in Vanek trade
2nd (BUF)
2nd (MIN) - Acquired in Pominville trade
2nd (LA) - Acquired in Regehr trade
3rd (BUF)
5th (BUF)
6th (BUF) - Traded to EDM if either (1) Linus Omark plays 15 or more NHL games in 2013 - 2014 NHL season (2) Linus Omark is re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres before the 2014 NHL Draft
7th (BUF)

2015
1st (BUF)
2nd (BUF)
2nd (LA) - Acquired in Regehr trade
2nd (NYI) - Acquired in Vanek trade
3rd (BUF)
4th (BUF)
5th (BUF)
6th (BUF) - Traded to EDM if both (1) Linus Omark plays less than 15 NHL games in 2013 - 2014 NHL season (2) Linus Omark is re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres after the 2014 NHL Draft
7th (BUF)
 
2014-01-09 04:36:05 PM
They've played much better under Nolan than earlier in the year.  He's also got a good connection with Girgensens.  I don't know who all will be available in the off season, but Murray may not have a huge pool to choose from.  I'm sure Murray's got a wish list but if they aren't free to take the gig Nolan's not a bad option.
 
2014-01-09 04:43:16 PM

Doc Daneeka: Three first-rounders and six second-rounders in the next two drafts!


Just a cautious reminder: Edmonton had three #1 picks in a row, and in 2007 they had THREE first round picks, two of which have played a combined 47 games in the NHL (Gagne was the other). Look how they're doing.

So good. You got picks. But draft well. Draft smart. Don't do what the Edmonton did. Build from the net out. Get your topnotch defense corp first.
 
2014-01-09 04:47:13 PM

Anderson's Pooper: They've played much better under Nolan than earlier in the year.  He's also got a good connection with Girgensens.  I don't know who all will be available in the off season, but Murray may not have a huge pool to choose from.  I'm sure Murray's got a wish list but if they aren't free to take the gig Nolan's not a bad option.


There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..
 
2014-01-09 04:55:04 PM

sno man: Anderson's Pooper: They've played much better under Nolan than earlier in the year.  He's also got a good connection with Girgensens.  I don't know who all will be available in the off season, but Murray may not have a huge pool to choose from.  I'm sure Murray's got a wish list but if they aren't free to take the gig Nolan's not a bad option.

There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..


I'd rather have Nolan than Laviolette.  He essentially built the team that went to the Cup finals in '99, and I think he could recreate his magic again.
 
2014-01-09 04:57:13 PM

Ishkur: So good. You got picks. But draft well. Draft smart. Don't do what the Edmonton did. Build from the net out. Get your topnotch defense corp first.


I don't think they are doing what Edmonton did.  They aren't drafting only forwards - got a bunch of quality-looking defensemen in early rounds too.

Myers is still only 23, then there is Pysyk, Ristolainen, Zadorov, McCabe - all those guys picked in the 1st or 2nd round in recent drafts.

As for goalies, assuming Miller leaves, Enroth would be a competent starter for the time being.  Beyond that, they've got a load of goaltending prospects (Hackett, Makarov, Lieuwen, Knapp, Ullmark, Petersen) - but it is damn near impossible to project goaltending prospects.  That's why you don't pull a NYI and draft one in the first round.  Just have to hope one or two of those guys pan out.
 
2014-01-09 05:00:54 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: sno man: Anderson's Pooper: They've played much better under Nolan than earlier in the year.  He's also got a good connection with Girgensens.  I don't know who all will be available in the off season, but Murray may not have a huge pool to choose from.  I'm sure Murray's got a wish list but if they aren't free to take the gig Nolan's not a bad option.

There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..

I'd rather have Nolan than Laviolette.  He essentially built the team that went to the Cup finals in '99, and I think he could recreate his magic again.


Let me be blunt - The 1998-99 Sabres team was a mediocre team that rode the superhuman play of Dominik Hasek to the Finals.  That's the only reason.

The only way Ted Nolan could "recreate the magic" of 99 is if he were able to somehow reincarnate an in-his-prime, Hart Trophy and Olympic Gold-caliber Dominik Hasek.  And then, I suppose, manage to get along with Hasek too, which is something that eluded him last time.
 
2014-01-09 05:03:05 PM

sno man: gas giant: sno man: It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)

Five years is fine, I just don't want see them go the Oilers route.

How MacT still has a job is a mystery to me. They have to trade at least two of those recent top picks for pieces that they actually need.  At least his gamble on Spaceman was only for a year.


MacT has an out for this season at least(firing Eakins).  Edmonton really needs to take a page from the Habs and stop being so damn insular with their front office jobs and just hire the right people.
 
2014-01-09 05:03:10 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: sno man: Anderson's Pooper: They've played much better under Nolan than earlier in the year.  He's also got a good connection with Girgensens.  I don't know who all will be available in the off season, but Murray may not have a huge pool to choose from.  I'm sure Murray's got a wish list but if they aren't free to take the gig Nolan's not a bad option.

There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..

I'd rather have Nolan than Laviolette.  He essentially built the team that went to the Cup finals in '99, and I think he could recreate his magic again.


The guys all seem to like him, so why not, but smarter guys than me are saying Murry will want to put "his stamp" on the coaching staff
 
2014-01-09 05:07:21 PM

Flappyhead: sno man: gas giant: sno man: It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)

Five years is fine, I just don't want see them go the Oilers route.

How MacT still has a job is a mystery to me. They have to trade at least two of those recent top picks for pieces that they actually need.  At least his gamble on Spaceman was only for a year.

MacT has an out for this season at least(firing Eakins).  Edmonton really needs to take a page from the Habs and stop being so damn insular with their front office jobs and just hire the right people.


I'm not sure it's Eakins' fault, he doesn't have much to work with other than a handful of scores with no one to get them the puck... The coaching staff mystery there is Keith Acton... FFS how is that guy still coaching at all.
 
2014-01-09 05:10:13 PM

sno man: There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..


Yuck. Nolan is far superior to that bunch.
I honestly like coach Teddy, the team has managed a near 500 record since he came in.
 
2014-01-09 05:19:31 PM
Also, Ron just seems worn out.
He could do it, but I doubt he really cares. At all.
 
2014-01-09 05:24:37 PM

Doc Daneeka: As for goalies, assuming Miller leaves, Enroth would be a competent starter for the time being. Beyond that, they've got a load of goaltending prospects (Hackett, Makarov, Lieuwen, Knapp, Ullmark, Petersen) - but it is damn near impossible to project goaltending prospects. That's why you don't pull a NYI and draft one in the first round. Just have to hope one or two of those guys pan out.


I'm a firm proponent of the belief that the goalie is not as important as he used to be. He doesn't have to be exceptional, he just has to be adequate. What matters is the system in front of him, and the best system will not let him see a challenging shot all game long. Defensive paradigms as employed by coaches like Hitchcock, Tippett, Sutter, Lemaire are a goalie's best friend (next to the posts). And a Norris-calibre defensive corp can extend careers well past their expiry date (see: Tim Thomas, Martin Brodeur, Dwayne Roloson, Eddie Belfour, Chris Osgood, Marty Turco).

So yeah, I agree that getting a goalie in the first round is a wasted pick. It is so unpredictable how they will turn out. And getting one with no help in front of him is a good way to destroy his confidence (that's the Isles cardinal mistake). The key to everything is a Norris level d-man. If you can secure a Stevens, or a Lidstrom, or a Chara, or a Zubov -- somebody absolutely rock solid and will remain rock solid for a generation, it makes the whole team look better and will remain very competitive for a long time. The good news is you may already have this stud in Calder winning Tyler Myers. Surround him with the right pieces, and Buffalo ought to be scary good in about five years.
 
2014-01-09 05:26:51 PM

gas giant: Also, Ron just seems worn out.
He could do it, but I doubt he really cares. At all.


Well it's just about exactly 2 years since the Leafs fired him, and the story is he's now putting the word out he's looking to coach again... and that he has his eye on an opening coming up.  I really don't think it's Buffalo though.
 
2014-01-09 05:31:20 PM
sno man:

I'm not sure it's Eakins' fault, he doesn't have much to work with other than a handful of scores with no one to get them the puck... The coaching staff mystery there is Keith Acton... FFS how is that guy still coaching at all.

I never said it was, just that firing Eakins is a quick GooJF card.  There was an Oilers fan around here that used to rant about how Edmonton was built to win every game 6-5 and if that is the prevailing attitude out west then the team is lost.  You can't win that way anymore, hell you could only win that way for one decade in the entire history of the NHL.  I still think Eakins is the right guy for Edmonton but GAWD-DAMN do they need to fix that defense.
 
2014-01-09 05:36:32 PM

PabloHosehead: sno man: gas giant: BEER_ME_in_CT: I approve of this hire.

Same here.
This guy seems to be the polar opposite of Darcy, a no bullshiat, hard-nosed pragmatist.
My only worry is that he may very well yank out the basement floor during the rebuild, leaving us with no veteran players at all.

There are three ways to rebuild.  Like the Oilers, like the Leafs, or properly.  It'll be five years and there will be basically no-one left then that is there now... Sorry Sabres fans (for a few years)

Having watched the press conference and heard Murray's answers, I don't expect Miller to be around come trade deadline  unless he wants to be.

And the Sabres have a good young core (Girgensons is a beast) that right now needs experience more than anything, plus as many as five picks in the first two rounds this year (including, if the standings don't change between now and then, a guaranteed #1 or 2).  If Miller were willing to be part of a rebuild (and cement his place in Buffalo hockey legend), it'd make sense to have him in place for the next few years to give that young group the opportunity to learn while being competitive on the ice.

I also think they're more like three years out rather than five, but I'm optimistic that way.

Even though I'm from Buffalo...

/also very excited seeing Craig Patrick in the house


I am in the "why do people always say Miller is this epic Goalie" camp. He was good, he just isnt where he was and I really wish Buff would move on. I agree with you and believe that they finally might. REALLY excited for this years draft and to see most of the current roster GONE (eventually) to be honest.
 
2014-01-09 05:51:02 PM

Flappyhead: I never said it was, just that firing Eakins is a quick GooJF card. There was an Oilers fan around here that used to rant about how Edmonton was built to win every game 6-5 and if that is the prevailing attitude out west then the team is lost. You can't win that way anymore, hell you could only win that way for one decade in the entire history of the NHL. I still think Eakins is the right guy for Edmonton but GAWD-DAMN do they need to fix that defense.


You remember the last time I posted a big schpiel about Edmonton's drafting woes? Let me cutnpast the important part:

"Now let's look at Edmonton's BPA strategy:

They have picked forwards in the first round six straight years in a row (Gagne, Eberle, MPS, Hall, RNH, Yakupov, in that order) -- that's six straight years of front-loading and not addressing weaknesses. It's like a golfer with a terrible putting game practicing by going to the driving range every day.

I don't believe in the BPA strategy (for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is it gives your scouting staff a free pass). Take a hint from Herb Brooks: Don't get the best players, get the RIGHT players. A team of 12 Stamkoses will not win the Cup. Last year was a defencemen bonanza - 13 Ds selected in the first round. Edmonton passed on all of them. The year before was even better: 11 Ds selected including Adam Larrson, Dougie Hamilton and Jonas Brodin all getting major ice time right out of the gate. In the years before that Edmonton passed on Ryan Ellis, John Carlson, P.K. Subban... in 2008 they had a chance at (Calder winning) Tyler Myers or Erik Karlsson but they traded their pick away (for Dustin Penner) and got Eberle. They had three first round picks in 2007 and two of them have a combined 47 NHL games played (the other was Gagne), although to their credit one was an actual defensemen. That's just bad drafting. Their future should have started that year.

They actually got a decent netminder in Dubnyk (drafted in 04), who is perfect because he's rounding into form at the right time but he's not getting any support. They have to shore up their defense, but it's too late for that. It's something they should have addressed 6 years ago."


I would like to point out that the last team to get a succession of first overall picks in a row kept NONE of them. The Nordiques got Matts Sundin, Owen Nolan, and Eric Lindros, and they traded them for Christian Lefebre, Sandish Ozolinsh and Peter farking Forsberg, respectively. They traded for the parts they needed, and became one of the best teams of the 90s as a result.

The Oilers have to do the same, although that might not be possible in the salary cap era. Also, no one wants to play in Edmonton. But if they want to keep one #1 pick, make it Nuge and trade Hall and Yakopov, they could get a keen defence and a more balanced roster. Why they don't pull the trigger on these studs while their potential is high absolutely floors me.
 
2014-01-09 05:51:40 PM

Doc Daneeka: Ishkur: So good. You got picks. But draft well. Draft smart. Don't do what the Edmonton did. Build from the net out. Get your topnotch defense corp first.

I don't think they are doing what Edmonton did.  They aren't drafting only forwards - got a bunch of quality-looking defensemen in early rounds too.

Myers is still only 23, then there is Pysyk, Ristolainen, Zadorov, McCabe - all those guys picked in the 1st or 2nd round in recent drafts.

As for goalies, assuming Miller leaves, Enroth would be a competent starter for the time being.  Beyond that, they've got a load of goaltending prospects (Hackett, Makarov, Lieuwen, Knapp, Ullmark, Petersen) - but it is damn near impossible to project goaltending prospects.  That's why you don't pull a NYI and draft one in the first round.  Just have to hope one or two of those guys pan out.


Enroth is good for a game or three, but after that, he turns into the fidgety kid that can't sit still and doesn't want to be there.  He gets sloppy, and goals start making their way through more frequently.  I hope he's matured a bit, but I don't see him being a starter possessing Miller's level of performing
 
2014-01-09 06:14:27 PM

gas giant: sno man: There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..

Yuck. Nolan is far superior to that bunch.
I honestly like coach Teddy, the team has managed a near 500 record since he came in.


They've gone 7-9-3.  That's not close to 500 but it's a definite improvement.
 
2014-01-09 06:28:16 PM

flak attack: gas giant: sno man: There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..

Yuck. Nolan is far superior to that bunch.
I honestly like coach Teddy, the team has managed a near 500 record since he came in.

They've gone 7-9-3.  That's not close to 500 but it's a definite improvement.


actually that's 1pt over .500
 
2014-01-09 06:33:12 PM

sno man: flak attack: gas giant: sno man: There is talk of Ron Wilson looking to get back behind a bench.  But he wouldn't be right for a young team.  how about Peter Laviolette?  Pretty sure he's available..

Yuck. Nolan is far superior to that bunch.
I honestly like coach Teddy, the team has managed a near 500 record since he came in.

They've gone 7-9-3.  That's not close to 500 but it's a definite improvement.

actually that's 1pt over .500


17 points inubianmes is under .500, even in the retarded some games are worth 2 points and others are worth 3 points era.
 
2014-01-09 06:46:41 PM

PowerSlacker: inubianmes


wut?

and yea 17 is not 19, I've been trying to work out Rob Ford MathTM all day...nevermind.  Not even close to .500 still have an issue with...
 
2014-01-09 07:06:47 PM

Ishkur: . Last year was a defencemen bonanza - 13 Ds selected in the first round. Edmonton passed on all of them.

 The year before was even better: 11 Ds selected

It's even worse than that.  Two years ago 30 of the top 90 ranked skaters eligible for the draft were defensemen, Edmonton didn't take any of them.  IIRC they didn't take a blueliner that year until the 5th round.  It's not just passing on guys in the first time around, they've been ignoring it completely.
 
2014-01-09 07:15:09 PM
Also in hockey news, Wade Redden, aka the guy Ottawa kept instead of Chara, retired today. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=440773
 
2014-01-09 10:02:06 PM
Nine first and second round draft picks in the next two drafts? Boggles the farking mind.

/prolly more second rounders than first in that bunch
//still, they're the front runners for the #1 pick so far
 
2014-01-09 10:17:53 PM

germ78: Nine first and second round draft picks in the next two drafts? Boggles the farking mind.

/prolly more second rounders than first in that bunch
//still, they're the front runners for the #1 pick so far


On the plus side, the Sabres no longer have Darcy Regier to fark up that whole situation.  I hope the "Darc Ages" are truly over.
 
2014-01-09 10:19:42 PM
I think I'll trademark and copyright "Darc Ages".  It could come into good use in the future...
 
2014-01-10 12:00:25 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: germ78: Nine first and second round draft picks in the next two drafts? Boggles the farking mind.

/prolly more second rounders than first in that bunch
//still, they're the front runners for the #1 pick so far

On the plus side, the Sabres no longer have Darcy Regier to fark up that whole situation.  I hope the "Darc Ages" are truly over.


FWIW, IMHO Regier's weakness wasn't in the draft, nor was it in trading (see all those draft picks as an example, and I'll enter Gratton for Briere as Exhibit A).  It was the fact that he *sucked* at evaluating FAs, didn't have a spine w/r/t stingy ownership, played petty games with his own FAs (see Drury, Briere, Kennedy, et al), and couldn't admit a mistake if his life depended on it.
 
2014-01-10 12:02:23 PM

Doc Daneeka: Anderson's Pooper: Having both goaltenders playing in the Olympics along with a couple young defensemen as Doc said above leaves me with some hope for the future.  I think all the recent hires, including Nolan, have been good for the future.

You really think Murray is going to want to keep Nolan?  I doubt it.

I suspect Murray has his own list of coaching candidates in mind, but Nolan will be permitted to finish out the season before Murray brings his own man aboard.


Glad to know you haven't paid attention then. Murray said he doesn't have a "his guy" for coach and wants Nolan to become "his guy" in the future.
 
2014-01-10 12:04:29 PM

Ishkur: Doc Daneeka: Three first-rounders and six second-rounders in the next two drafts!

Just a cautious reminder: Edmonton had three #1 picks in a row, and in 2007 they had THREE first round picks, two of which have played a combined 47 games in the NHL (Gagne was the other). Look how they're doing.

So good. You got picks. But draft well. Draft smart. Don't do what the Edmonton did. Build from the net out. Get your topnotch defense corp first.


Edmonton's problem is they picked all forwards. Buffalo's problem is they keep picking D men that they don't need (see last year's top 2 picks).
 
2014-01-10 01:33:19 PM

Bullseyed: Edmonton's problem is they picked all forwards. Buffalo's problem is they keep picking D men that they don't need (see last year's top 2 picks).


Actually, it's probably a good move. Get the D-men now, develop a core. Get forwards later.
 
2014-01-10 02:36:05 PM

Bullseyed: Doc Daneeka: Anderson's Pooper: Having both goaltenders playing in the Olympics along with a couple young defensemen as Doc said above leaves me with some hope for the future.  I think all the recent hires, including Nolan, have been good for the future.

You really think Murray is going to want to keep Nolan?  I doubt it.

I suspect Murray has his own list of coaching candidates in mind, but Nolan will be permitted to finish out the season before Murray brings his own man aboard.

Glad to know you haven't paid attention then. Murray said he doesn't have a "his guy" for coach and wants Nolan to become "his guy" in the future.


I've been paying attention just fine.  I've heard Murray say all the right things and the politically-correct things regarding a fairly fan-popular coach who has gotten his team to play a bit better than they were before.  Doesn't change my opinion about what he is actually going to want to do this summer.  What he winds up actually doing remains to be seen.

You'll notice that Murray hasn't made any kind of commitments to anybody, and said that keeping Nolan wasn't a condition on his hiring.
 
2014-01-10 03:32:04 PM

Bullseyed: Ishkur: Doc Daneeka: Three first-rounders and six second-rounders in the next two drafts!

Just a cautious reminder: Edmonton had three #1 picks in a row, and in 2007 they had THREE first round picks, two of which have played a combined 47 games in the NHL (Gagne was the other). Look how they're doing.

So good. You got picks. But draft well. Draft smart. Don't do what the Edmonton did. Build from the net out. Get your topnotch defense corp first.

Edmonton's problem is they picked all forwards. Buffalo's problem is they keep picking D men that they don't need (see last year's top 2 picks).


Before this past draft, their previous three first-round picks were forwards (Grigorenko, Girgensens, and Armia).

They did need more high-end defensive prospects.  In fact, you can never have too many high-end defensive prospects.  Even if you can't end up using them all, they can fetch a very nice return in trade.
 
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