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#1 Spndnchz

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

Surprised no one started a thread on this yet. Anywho...

Sabres are having a scrimmage tonight at the F'NC.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  No tickets, no cost, parking free, family friendly concessions (meaning long lines like Development Camp I assume).

Players will be out @5:30 and start game around 6.

Lindy said he'll be rolling three lines per team.

Players from Amerks are coming in to fill the lines.  Porter, Adam, Tarnasky, Flynn, McNabb, Biega, Pysyk and Mancari.

The rest of the week (Tues-Fri) practice will be 10:30-12:30

Pinned for the week.  let us know if you went/what u think

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

I may hit one of the practices this week.  We'll see.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

View Postweave, on 14 January 2013 - 11:35 AM, said:

I may hit one of the practices this week.  We'll see.

Tonight's my best bet.  I'd like to see the scrimmage instead of just a bunch of drills.  :yawn:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

I'll be there tonight. Should be interesting to see how game ready some of the guys are who havent been playing. That and seeing if Grigorenko belongs with the big boys or not.

Free hockey and parking is a pretty good way to get me excited for the season post lockout... :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 14 January 2013 - 11:30 AM, said:

Surprised no one started a thread on this yet. Anywho...

Sabres are having a scrimmage tonight at the F'NC.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  No tickets, no cost, parking free, family friendly concessions (meaning long lines like Development Camp I assume).

Players will be out @5:30 and start game around 6.

Lindy said he'll be rolling three lines per team.

Players from Amerks are coming in to fill the lines.  Porter, Adam, Tarnasky, Flynn, McNabb, Biega, Pysyk and Mancari.

The rest of the week (Tues-Fri) practice will be 10:30-12:30

Pinned for the week.  let us know if you went/what u think

I'm pretty sure I'm going tonight.  Where is the free parking?  The ramp?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

View PostEleven, on 14 January 2013 - 11:51 AM, said:

I'm pretty sure I'm going tonight.  Where is the free parking?  The ramp?
The article I read said the arena ramp will be free, similar to the prospect development camp event they had months ago

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

I was just going to ask if anyone knew who from Rochester was coming for the scrimmage.  It's a good opportunity for those guys, maybe Adam actually (finally) shows something.  I'm disappointed (but not surprised) that they didn't opt to give Zemgus a taste tonight.  It sounds like Flynn has been playnig a solid game since his arrival, so glad to see him involved.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

View PostCaptain Caveman, on 14 January 2013 - 12:28 PM, said:

I was just going to ask if anyone knew who from Rochester was coming for the scrimmage.  It's a good opportunity for those guys, maybe Adam actually (finally) shows something.  I'm disappointed (but not surprised) that they didn't opt to give Zemgus a taste tonight.  It sounds like Flynn has been playnig a solid game since his arrival, so glad to see him involved.

Zemgus is injured. Possible concussion

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

good for Biega, started the season a healthy scratch in roch but playing very well now and has never gotten a call up or anything so this gives him a small chance to show what he could do against NHL talent. Wonder if he's replacing Finley since the waiver claim

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

Scrimmage lineups set

Team White
Goalie: Enroth
Forward lines
Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville
Ott-Grigorenko-Leino
Scott-Sundher-Mancari
Defense pairs
Regehr-Myers
Leopold-Sekera
Brennan-Biega
Team Navy
Goalie: Miller
Forward lines
Foligno-Ennis-Stafford
Ellis-Hecht-Kaleta
Varone-Adam-Flynn (McCormick available)
Defense pairs
Sulzer-Ehrhoff
Weber-McNabb
Pardy-Pysyk

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 14 January 2013 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

Any chance this is streamed online? I'm at school in Florida and craving some sabres hockey :(

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

View Postsabre snipe, on 14 January 2013 - 05:10 PM, said:

Any chance this is streamed online? I'm at school in Florida and craving some sabres hockey :(

They've got lots of cameras here. Prolly something up tomorrow.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Lower bowl almost full. A good 5,000.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

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Grigorenko rings one off the post. Back to Quebec, kid. #Sabres

Edited by Punch, 14 January 2013 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

View PostPunch, on 14 January 2013 - 06:13 PM, said:

Eric Schmitz@3rdManIn
Grigorenko rings one off the post. Back to Quebec, kid. #Sabres

Damn...  Ruff's coaching is getting through to him quicker than anticipated.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

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Sabres lead 1-0 on a goal from Flynn. Sabres are going to have to regroup after. Sabres have the momentum now. Sabres reeling. #intrasquad

Jesse Spector@jessespector
Sabres tie it up. Vanek claims credit on deflection. Sabres’ concentration after taking lead an issue. Good to see Sabres bounce back fast.

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(I’ll stop doing that now.)

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

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We win!

Fake Darcy@FakeDarcy
We lost.

Kris Baker@SabresProspects
Grigorenko's first "game" action in a Sabres sweater a success in my book. Looked like he belonged. More thoughts later.

John Vogl@BuffNewsVogl
Tough crowd. Fans boo Vile Leino after he loses puck on shootout attempt.

John Vogl@BuffNewsVogl
Sabres' scrimmage ends in 1-1 tie. I'd vote Robyn Regehr, Cody Hodgson and Mikhail Grigorenko as the most noticeable players.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Good stuff, Punch.  Thanks.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Just got back. I'll try and remember but give me some questions to answer?

1) Grigorenko:  huge round of applause for the shootout, obviously a crowd favorite.  Always, and i mean always, in the right spot defensively and offensively.  He went around Pysyk like he was a pylon on one shift. Took two strides, if that and was from one blueline to the other and on top of the net.

2) Vanek:  he's got to stop trying to the toe drag.  He just can't do it.  MOVE YOUR FEET!!!!

3) Most of the first and second they seemed to be going through the paces.  Until 3 minutes left they started hitting and trying very hard to score.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

I guess they played this after a John Scott penalty.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Wish I could have been there.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

View Postinkman, on 14 January 2013 - 08:59 PM, said:

I guess they played this after a John Scott penalty.



Got a good chuckle out of the crowd.

John Scott and Kaleta seemed to have a good relationship.  They were going after each other, playfully. the whole game.  At one point Duffer was interviewing Kaleta by the benches and Scott came over as he was getting off the ice and gave him a stick tap to the boys.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:34 PM

Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville looked good

Foligno-Ennis-Stafford looked good.  You just can't catch Ennis.  To use a well known phrase, "he could stick handle himself out of a phone booth".

Attendance reported during the scrimmage at 10,175 or something close.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

Most of the time they had two lines of NHL guys going up against each other F-E-S vs V-H-P and then the AHL guys (or Scott v Kaleta) matched up, same for defense.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

Good note on the crowd reaction to Grigorenko, chz. Loudest by far. And, yes, Eleven, I was there. The throngs in the various stores were thick as pea soup, and if I get the flu I'll know why. Grigorenko's sweaters were sold out, by the way. Now you wonder if the Sabres keep him away from the bigs because of all the hoopla. It was really quite remarkable, the buzz throughout the crowd for the guy.

My favorite moment was Grigorenko paying back McNabb in the third for two solid hits dished out by McNabb on Grigorenko in the second. Showed me something right there.

Ennis looked sharp, but Vanek's already grimacing after taking a couple of pucks in front of the net. Looked to the rafters after missing a shot, passed up a couple of clean looks -- he's in midseason form.

Loved the booing of Leino. Was he on Taro's potential whipping boy list? Probably.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

Stafford got robbed by Enroth on a great glove save.

Miller has a few "That's another Toyota big save" moments.

They did seem to be a bit off with the puck/stick coordination.  Many times they shot and wiffed or passed and wiffed.  Rusty.

Never seen Biega before but he was throwing it everywhere.  To the point of "what are doing hitting me like that" meme.

And yeah PA.  Vanek took one in the hand and limped off and a shift later took a slapper in the boys.  You could see him saying "oh what the hell"!

May have caught a glimpse of a WTF wave too.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

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Grigorenko on playing with Leino and Ott, "It’s an honor to play with those guys so I’m really happy to be on this line and this team.”

Here's to 9-25-23 developing some real chemistry.

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Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight and watched our scrimmage! #SabresFans

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 14 January 2013 - 10:07 PM, said:

Stafford got robbed by Enroth on a great glove save.

Miller has a few "That's another Toyota big save" moments.

They did seem to be a bit off with the puck/stick coordination.  Many times they shot and wiffed or passed and wiffed.  Rusty.

Never seen Biega before but he was throwing it everywhere.  To the point of "what are doing hitting me like that" meme.

And yeah PA.  Vanek took one in the hand and limped off and a shift later took a slapper in the boys.  You could see him saying "oh what the hell"!

May have caught a glimpse of a WTF wave too.

You're like George Costanza spotting raccoons on the side of the road with those boys sightings!

"Welcome back fans" seemed a little out of sorts. WE didn't go anywhere.

Nice to see the Sabres tossing lots of pucks into the crowd afterwards.

I think it's safe to say all is forgotten already.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 14 January 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

You're like George Costanza spotting raccoons on the side of the road with those boys sightings!

"Welcome back fans" seemed a little out of sorts. WE didn't go anywhere.

Nice to see the Sabres tossing lots of pucks into the crowd afterwards.

I think it's safe to say all is forgotten already.

When a hockey player bends over, grabs his shorts, leans back and takes a big breath in, cringes and bends over again, you get a good idea what happened. lol

So?  Did you buy one of the 18,000 tickets left while you were there?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

FWIW, Kevin Porter and Nick Tarnasky would have been subject to waivers and DR didn't want to risk it so they didn't play tonight.

Note: Snow called DR and gave him the heads up that they would be taking Finley at the waiver wire.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

So will we see a Finley versus Scott bout this year?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 14 January 2013 - 10:16 PM, said:

When a hockey player bends over, grabs his shorts, leans back and takes a big breath in, cringes and bends over again, you get a good idea what happened. lol

So?  Did you buy one of the 18,000 tickets left while you were there?

My sources say he had burritos for lunch. I didn't buy a ticket.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

View Postinkman, on 14 January 2013 - 08:59 PM, said:

I guess they played this after a John Scott penalty.



This just HAS to stick all season - sooo good. On a side note, I was taking my daughter to a tennis lesson and told her that I was thinking about taking her to the scrimmage (but didn't). Her response - "Awwww, that would have been the first time I could have seen John Scott." I bet she is the only 7 year old girl to say that!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:01 AM

HockeyBuzz lowdown on the scrimmage with post-game Grigorenko, Otter, and Lindy videos:

http://www.hockeybuz...p?post_id=48470

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:40 AM

I wanted to post my intial thoughts last night following the scrimmage, but the SS Gold fantasy draft went late and I didn't have time.

Here are my random observations from yesterday:

Enroth looked very sharp and you could tell he had been playing well over in Sweeden. I hope he gets a good share of games. Looked better than Miller IMO.

Grigorenko looked like he belonged. There was no real sign of him floating around or giving half effort (which was his rep from the draft). he has some sick hands and it was apparent that he had the skill offensively. The Ott/Grigs/Leino line was very effective and had some serious chances. Grigs beat Miller clean on a high stick side that clanged off the post. The one negative is he definitely needs work on the faceoffs - he went against Ennis most of the time and won 1 out of 5 on average.

John Scott is a massive man. He was a giant amongst men and was not as bad of a hockey player as I expected. Much better hockey skills than say Ellis or a Andrew Peters. Was mixing it up with Kaleta all game (for a scrimmage).

Hodgson makes a lot of plays with his passing and positioning that make it look effortless. There were many times last night when I was in awe of how he fit in passes into spaces and his vision. Vanek missed multiple chances where Hodgson set him up for a one timer and he fanned. Hopefully that will come with practice/time.

Ennis is noticebly faster and more agile than anyone on the ice. He was able to stickhandle out of tough spots in offensive zone and make plays and chances. Was the best center at faceoffs as well.

Luke Adam didn't get many shifts or maybe I didn't notice him but when he did have the puck he showed some good awareness and skill in the offensive zone. Set up a easy tap in for an AHL teammate in the first on some nice stickhandling and a pass across the crease that Enroth had no chance on.

Vanek stuck out like a sore thumb with his floating/lack of effort compared to the rest of the team. He had multiple chances set up by Hodgson where if he was ready they were easy goals. One bright spot was his deflection goal off a wrist shot from the point - but we knew he could do that. He did take a slap shot to the leg/groin late in the second so that may have contibuted to his lackluster effort. Based on last night he is my early favorite for team whipping boy.

Sabres fans are going to love Steve Ott. He was very enthusiastic in the pre-game interview with Brian Duff. During the game he had no problem mixing it up and seemed to be the stabilizing factor on the Leino/Grigs line. Said Grigs was going to be a "superstar" and had real talent. Hoped they could develop some early chemistry with 23/25 so that Grigs can stick.

Lower bowl and 200's were pretty much full by the time the scrimmage started. Cool to see fans come out.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Thanks for all of the updates on here guys!  If anyone has a video of the game it would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, I'm loving the potential of Grigs/Leino/Ott.  I think if the Sabres plan is mainly to roll 3 lines and use the 4th line as a specialty unit then it is worth having Grigs up in the lineup this season.  Third line may take some pressure off of him and I absolutley love that Ott is on the kids line.  From the sounds of Ott's game he'll keep the attention away from Grigs and not allow any funny business when the young gun is on the ice.  Maybe Grigs will even make Leino a better player and not have that huge cap hit sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:15 AM

I'm excited to see Coho and Grigs play. These players sound to be pretty damn good. Leino - Grigs - Ott sounds like an awesome line, got the two vets helping the new guy and clearing space for him to move

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

I heard merch is 50% off at the store now until after the philly game. How much is for example a Pominville Jersey with "C" on the chest now? Anyone who checked that?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

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Is tweeting pictures from btw the benches at todays practice.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

View PostDerrico, on 15 January 2013 - 10:11 AM, said:

Thanks for all of the updates on here guys!  If anyone has a video of the game it would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, I'm loving the potential of Grigs/Leino/Ott.  I think if the Sabres plan is mainly to roll 3 lines and use the 4th line as a specialty unit then it is worth having Grigs up in the lineup this season.  Third line may take some pressure off of him and I absolutley love that Ott is on the kids line.  From the sounds of Ott's game he'll keep the attention away from Grigs and not allow any funny business when the young gun is on the ice.  Maybe Grigs will even make Leino a better player and not have that huge cap hit sticking out like a sore thumb.

Sabres website has video highlights from the scrimmage broken down by period along with Brian Duff interviews with Foligno and Otter.

View PostTouched by Boyes, on 15 January 2013 - 09:40 AM, said:

I wanted to post my intial thoughts last night following the scrimmage, but the SS Gold fantasy draft went late and I didn't have time.

Here are my random observations from yesterday:

Enroth looked very sharp and you could tell he had been playing well over in Sweeden. I hope he gets a good share of games. Looked better than Miller IMO.

Grigorenko looked like he belonged. There was no real sign of him floating around or giving half effort (which was his rep from the draft). he has some sick hands and it was apparent that he had the skill offensively. The Ott/Grigs/Leino line was very effective and had some serious chances. Grigs beat Miller clean on a high stick side that clanged off the post. The one negative is he definitely needs work on the faceoffs - he went against Ennis most of the time and won 1 out of 5 on average.

John Scott is a massive man. He was a giant amongst men and was not as bad of a hockey player as I expected. Much better hockey skills than say Ellis or a Andrew Peters. Was mixing it up with Kaleta all game (for a scrimmage).

Hodgson makes a lot of plays with his passing and positioning that make it look effortless. There were many times last night when I was in awe of how he fit in passes into spaces and his vision. Vanek missed multiple chances where Hodgson set him up for a one timer and he fanned. Hopefully that will come with practice/time.

Ennis is noticebly faster and more agile than anyone on the ice. He was able to stickhandle out of tough spots in offensive zone and make plays and chances. Was the best center at faceoffs as well.

Luke Adam didn't get many shifts or maybe I didn't notice him but when he did have the puck he showed some good awareness and skill in the offensive zone. Set up a easy tap in for an AHL teammate in the first on some nice stickhandling and a pass across the crease that Enroth had no chance on.

Vanek stuck out like a sore thumb with his floating/lack of effort compared to the rest of the team. He had multiple chances set up by Hodgson where if he was ready they were easy goals. One bright spot was his deflection goal off a wrist shot from the point - but we knew he could do that. He did take a slap shot to the leg/groin late in the second so that may have contibuted to his lackluster effort. Based on last night he is my early favorite for team whipping boy.

Sabres fans are going to love Steve Ott. He was very enthusiastic in the pre-game interview with Brian Duff. During the game he had no problem mixing it up and seemed to be the stabilizing factor on the Leino/Grigs line. Said Grigs was going to be a "superstar" and had real talent. Hoped they could develop some early chemistry with 23/25 so that Grigs can stick.

Lower bowl and 200's were pretty much full by the time the scrimmage started. Cool to see fans come out.

Thanks for the summary.

Ott may take faceoffs for the line until Grigorenko gets better at it.