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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SalamiCheese</b></div><div>Well, this is not a composition for the playoffs, IMO. Cozens may not yet be ready for the NHL, not to mention the role of 2C. Even if he is ready, I would prefer to give him a safer role. Mittelstadt will probably be sold or will spend season in the AHL. Krueger does not trust the youth too much, he even reduced time to Dahlin and did not rush his development, what to speak about Casey and Tage. Thompson has not yet shown himself in the NHL, but maybe he will be on the list and will fight for the fourth line. I would not return anyone Vesey, Sheary, Sobotka, Frolik, Simmonds, these guys are not helpers to us.

What should Adams do in the offseason:

- find 2C
- find RW for top 9
- find another LD
- get away from Hutton and find a partner for Ullmark


Skinner/Olofsson - Eichel - Reinhart
Skinner/Olofsson - 2C - Kahun/MoJO/acquired RW
MoJO/Kahun - Cozens - Kahun/MoJo/acquired RW
Asplund/Arttu - Lazar/Larsson (if stayed) - Okposo/Tage</div></div>

I do not think our visions are that different.
Obviously a different GK would be great, I wonder if Talbot would sign with Buffalo.
Haula or Galchenyuk or both could be cheap insurance in case the kids do not break into to the line up.
My line up is not much different than yours other than you do not think Mittelstadt will be in the NHL.

Olofsson - Eichel - Kahun
Skinner - Cozens - Reinhart
MoJo - Mittelstadt - Okposo/Tage
Asplund/Arttu/Girgensons - Lazar/Larsson (if stayed) - Okposo/Tage

Tage had a great 2019 AHL playoff, a great prospect challenge and a great 24 games in Rochester: 12-9-21.
Dylan scored more pts and goals in 51 games this year as he did in 68 games last year.
Yup Mittelstadt is the big question mark IMO, but he is close. He had 39 pts in 114 games, hardly the stats of a bust who is only 21 years old.

IMO, sign a mid six forward (Haula or Galchenyuk), a new GK (Talbot), and trade a RHD not named Jokiharju for a LHD.
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Of course just my opinion, but maybe as soon as next year Cozens will have more NHL pts than Cirelli does in a year.
I would not make that trade.

Let me also remind every one that Buffalo missed the preliminary round because the team had at least 5 epic fails:
Hutton lost his vision and went 0-8-4 over a 12 game stretch.
Rodrigues, Sheary and Vesey all decided to have career worse years in the same season.
Skinner has a historic bad year.
The PK was deplorable.
The PP was even worse.
If any one of the above does not happen the team is in the preliminaries, if none of the above happen, the team is on the heals of the Leafs.

Let me add, Mittelstadt is not a bust, he has 39 pts in 114 game, Cirelli had 50 in his first 100 games playing for Tampa.
A chair may get 25 pts in 100 games playing for Tampa (his line mates last year were Stamkos, Killorn, Johnson and Palat).

Kahun, has played for 3 teams in 2 years (not a good sign), but in three different systems put up 68 pts in 138 games, nearly 0.5pts/gm.

Thompson looked like he was ready to leap the NHL, then ended his NHL season in his first NHL game.

All four may be on the team next year, I am NOT going to mortgage the future again only to finish last over all.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 8:25 am
Sujet: Next year
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As usual a very complete and thoughtful answer.
I agree, what free agent would want to come to Buffalo with Kim and Terry running the show?
TBH, I was shocked that Johansson signed last year.
While the experiment at #2 center did not work out, his over all performance was about what I would have expected.

You are correct that they are several pieces away from competing.
But it took epic failures among many players to miss the preliminaries:
Hutton went blind and had a stretch of 0-8-4.
Skinner had a dismal season with only 14 goals.
The PK was beyond terrible.
The PP started out great, but then it digressed to 4 players standing around watching Jack play with the puck looking for an open shot.
Sheary, Rodrigues and Vesey all had the worse year of their short careers.
If any of those had not taken place, I am sure the Sabres would have had one more point.
But collectively, if each item had been at least an average performance, then they are near Toronto in the standings

I am not sold on Krueger, how could he think Sobotka was a #2 RW, ahead of Rodrigues, Okposo, Sheary, Thompson, Mittelstadt?
I did not like how he kept Skinner on the second line.
My son thinks Botterill had a two year plan, and Krueger was his Ted Nolan. A rah, rah coach who would help the team to get a better draft pick.
Then bring in a real coach.
But the little I know about Botterill, I think he did not want to fire the staff and Kim and Terry let him go and brought in their sycophant Adams to do their dirty work.
I have no idea how the team will conduct a draft without scouts.
I know analytics are important, but both Florida and Arizona rely on them and they are not exactly Stanley Cup contenders.

BTW, I am giving up my season tickets now.
I was so excited when Pegula bought the team.
He brought in Terry Murray and Craig Patrick to help with the hockey decisions.
Ted Black to help market the team.
Of course Ted Nolan to help secure the first OA pick.
Then Tim Murray rushed the rebuild only to have the team get the first OA pick finally.
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 11:19 pm
Sujet: Next year
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jdfitz77</b></div><div>Roslovic is a 3rd liner
Can we please stop bringing in guys &amp; playing them above where they should be???
Risto should be worth more than that- if not, keep him

Why are we trading Montour for picks?
At least use him to get a real RW2, add if necessary

I’d attempt to trade for Domi after the draft
Don’t really wanna give up pick8

Don’t think there’s anything we can do with Okposo. We’re pretty much stuck with him. He won’t be on the bench though. Even though he’s obviously very overpaid, he played well in his 4th line defensive role for us</div></div>

Hello my friend, I have not seen you on in<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jdfitz77</b></div><div>Roslovic is a 3rd liner
Can we please stop bringing in guys &amp; playing them above where they should be???
Risto should be worth more than that- if not, keep him

Why are we trading Montour for picks?
At least use him to get a real RW2, add if necessary

I’d attempt to trade for Domi after the draft
Don’t really wanna give up pick8

Don’t think there’s anything we can do with Okposo. We’re pretty much stuck with him. He won’t be on the bench though. Even though he’s obviously very overpaid, he played well in his 4th line defensive role for us</div></div>

Hello my friend, I have not been on for a while.
I hate nearly every Montour trade I see a Sabre AGM propose.
If I were building a team, I think there may be some interest from Calgary to swap Montour for Hanifin.
If compares them on revolving hockey, they are very close.
If one also considers RH gives higher scores to players on good teams, they maybe even.
But let's say Buffalo needs to add a small amount.
Then went to FA and signed Haula or Galchenyuk or both.
They get their #2 LHD and #2 center without giving up a ton of assets.
I anxiously await your comment.
Forum: Armchair-GM29 avr à 15 h 03
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>coga16</b></div><div>dont disagree with you there, just didnt have our thoughts aligned, no worries
Yeah buffalo tore down and gained all that draft capital, and went crazy making win now trades. Didnt really seem like they knew what kind of team they wanted to build and just got guys who were available hoping for best.</div></div>

OMW, that is exactly what my son said! He said it a little more harshly, Murray traded for the trash the Avs, Jets and Sens wanted to unload. While the value for each (except for Lehner) was reasonably fair, the team had no chemistry and could not make a loser into a winner. Every team they went to had recent playoff experience and they did not mess up their new teams winning attitude.
I think most NHL owners know that Murray totally messed up the rebuild. Three years after being released and he is not offered a job in any capacity by any club. Even Ruff found a job as a PK coach with the Rangers.

IDK when this team will win. Back to back seasons the team has great 10 game streaks, then they implode.
Botterill picks up a speedy young center and a hard hitting RW at the TDL and the team loses 6 in a row.
I think the Sabres have 4 good top 6 players, then the talent drops off.
Eichel has demonstrated that he is a top center, then there is nothing to back him up.
Johansson looked good at first then bombed.
Rodrigues was never given a chance to perform.
Kruger gets the team off to a great start but Skinner fizzes. IMO Kruger did not utilize the talent he had and was not always on the same page as Botterill. I am not in the locker room, nor in the front office, that is my opinion as a season ticket owner.

On to next year, let's try Reinhart at center. When he was drafted we were told he is a great passer, give him either Skinner or Olofsson to set up.
We are paying Okposo $6,000,000 a year, move him up to the top 6, give him a chance to earn his salary.
Give Vesey a one year contract and give him more quality ice time with either Jack or Sam.
At first the Johansson at center experiment looked good, but he would be better at LW.
I love Girgensons and Larsson, but if we need to pay them more than $1,800,000 for fourth line minutes, we need to move on from them.
Ullmark, IMO appears to be ready to take over the #1 role.
One of our RHD could be traded, but I am not sure if we will get the value for them.
I like Botterill, but I wonder what BriseBois offered him for Ristolainen back in 2019. I think Jason thought he was close to a deal and picked up Montour at bargain basement prices. I will be really upset if he was offered TJ Miller and turned it down. Any way, that is Tampa's luck. They get Shattenkirk for nothing and get a first for Miller.
Well that is my rant. This team is better than the one Botterill inherited, but it still cannot win.
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Forum: Armchair-GM17 déc 2019 à 11 h 48
Does it really matter? I doubt Joe would trade Nate for Jack nor would Jason trade Jack for Nate. I will say that I only got to watch Nate in the playoffs last year and he was quite impressive. Let me close by adding, only last year did Jack start to play a 200 foot game. I do not know what was holding him back, maybe his captain who lost his love of the game was showing Jack how collect a paycheck without working?
<a href="/users/MikeyThePensFan" target="_blank">@MikeyThePensFan</a> Great post, one of the best conversation starters I have seen.
<a href="/users/CD282" target="_blank">@CD282</a> How dare you use statistics to make your point! That is out of line in a discussion based on opinions. TBH, I did not expect that to be the case either, thanks for sharing.
<a href="/users/Leafboy101" target="_blank">@Leafboy101</a> Actually rated just about correct in previous years, never considered one of the elite NHL forwards.
<a href="/users/CapFriendlysFinest" target="_blank">@CapFriendlysFinest</a> Jack has played on even worse teams than Nate, and the AVS have gone to the playoffs three time in Colorado, so obviously there were good players around him at that time.
<a href="/users/Ledge_And_Dairy" target="_blank">@Ledge_And_Dairy</a> Yes, similar but Nate has had the better supporting cast his entire career, as the Avs made the playoffs 3 times in his career while the Sabres never did. If you want to look at a bad roster, check out Buffalo’s defense in 2016-‘17 Kulikov, Gorges, Fedun, Falk, and Franson all played more the 27 games..
<a href="/users/palhal" target="_blank">@palhal</a> Let’s not get an inferiority complex here. He has certainly played as a team leader this year. It is not only a Buffalo thing but any good player on a bad team usually gets ignored.
<a href="/users/bigZ98" target="_blank">@bigZ98</a> I agree, but Jack is also very good at making his wingers look good. Skinner gets his 40, Reinhart gets his 25, Pominville scored only 2 goals last year when he was not with Jack and does anyone not think that the quick passes Jack was making to Olofsson on the PP helped Viktor to be Rookie of the Month in October.
<a href="/users/Jambo" target="_blank">@Jambo</a> Yes, a good chance for an MVP is the Sabres can make the playoffs.
@ Eklund I agree, Nate has had a better supporting cast than Jack his entire career. As I said several times earlier, the Avs made the playoffs 3 times and the Sebres 0 times during their respective careers.
Forum: Armchair-GM14 déc 2019 à 11 h 03
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Shibbal18</b></div><div>Connolly has well, would have been a hige improvement over Vesey. I wish he would stop taking flyers on guys that are cheap, like the current Galchenyuk rumors. Not that i dont want him, its just low risk for a guy whos struggled now on 3 franchises, cant say hes a lock for a top 6 wonger. Him and Mitts would make for the most disappointing 3rd line in the league though, so maybe that lights a fire</div></div>

TBH, I never thought Connolly would sign here, but you are correct he would have been a good signing. Considering how the Sabres finished last year, I sort of think there were not too many decent free agents who entertained offers from Buffalo.
I presume you are talking about Johansson, Vesey and Sheary as cheap.
I was really happy that the Sabres signed Johansson, as I had him pegged as the team's #2 center as soon as I heard of the deal.
I thought Sheary played about as well as I had expected and who would have played wing if we did not have him last year. You are correct maybe he expected more out of Sheary, but I was not unhappy to give up a 4th when the team only had Reinhart, Okposo and Rodrigues as possible top 9 wingers (Skinner was added 2 months later).
Vesey was a good trade and he adds PK depth (unfortunately our PK really is bad this year). I expected more scoring but he may have found his groove now.
Finally, Galchenyuk has hardly struggled in his career. He has been remarkably consistent, especially if one removes his 30 goal season in '15-'16. If we did pick up Chucky, I would put him on the top line and move Reinhart to RW with Johansson and Skinner. Chucky is not Sampson but over the last 5 years (including this dismal year) he has only 12 fewer goals and 29 fewer points, and he has never played for a center as Jack.
Considering Betterall had so much junk to unload and so few assets to start (no extra picks and one of the worse prospects pools in the NHL), it is amazing that the team is in second place after finishing dead last just 18 months ago.
I know you do not appreciate Betterall as much as I do, but look at the Rochester roster for evidence of his capabilities. Eight of the top nine scorers are his additions, and they are in second place in the north division. Remember they missed the playoffs every year Murray was the GM and he blamed Regier for not drafting well.
When he took over the Sabres we had 2 reliable NHL defensemen, McCabe and Ristolainen (here the list who were on that team: Casey Nelson, Brady Austin, Brendan Guhle, Erik Burgdoerfer, Dmitri Kulikov, Josh Gorges, Taylor Fedun, Justin Falk, Zach Bogosian, Cody Franson, that is a sad assortment of defensemen). Now we even have 2 ex NHL defensemen in Rochester (Redmond and Gilmour) who are better than at least 8 from that collection.