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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

I know it's early, but the season is lost and the chatter is already started in other threads.
I used Capgeek to put together this primer for easy reference. I'll try to edit it as we move along. If you see any errors and omissions, let me know.
Projected cap is $71.1 million. Floor is projected at about $52 million.


Anaheim: ($3.5 million to spend per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $21.7 million
Players under contract: 17
Key free agents: Koivu, Selanne, Penner, Winnik, Silfverberg (RFA), Perreault (RFA), Hiller
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Souray, Fasth, Allen, Beauchemin, Sbisa,

Boston: ($1.5 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $9.1 million
Players under contract: 17
Key free agents: Iginla, Thornton, Smith (RFA) Krug (RFA), Bartkowsi (RFA)
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Krecji, Campbell, Paille, Soderberg, Boychuk, McQuaid, Hamilton (RFA)

Buffalo: ($3.6 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $34.1 million
Players under contract: 14
Key free agents: Conacher (RFA),Ennis (RFA), Konopka, Foligno (RFA), Scott, D’Agostini, Tallinder, McBain (RFA), Sulzer,
Bad contracts: Leino ($4.5), Stafford ($4)
Pending 2015 free agents: Stafford, Enroth, Stewart,Neuvirth,

Calgary: ($3.2 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $35.5 million
Players under contract: 12
Key free agents: Camalleri, Butler, Russell
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Glencross, Backlund, Brodie, Rammo

Carolina: ($2.1 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $22.5 million
Players under contract: 12
Key free agents: Tlusty (RFA), Gerbe (RFA), Hainsey, PItkanen, Komisarek, Khodubin, Peters
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Sekera

Chicago: ($1 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $7.3 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: none
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Kane, Toews, Kruger (RFA), Saad (RFA), Oduya, Leddy (RFA), Roszival

Colorado: ($3.6 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $29.2 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents:  Stastny, O’Reilly (RFA) Giguere, McGinn, Sarich, Barrie (RFA)
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Hejda

Columbus: ($3.2 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $22.1 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Mackenzie, Johansen (RFA), Nikitin
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Dubinsky, Foligno, Lestestu, Bobrovsky (RFA)

Dallas: ($2.9 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $20.6 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Whitney, Fiddler, Eakin (RFA), Robidas
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Horcoff, Cole, Peverley, Gonchar

Detroit: ($3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $21.3 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Legwand,Alfredsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Eaves, Sheahan (RFA), Tatar (RFA) Quincey, DeKeyser (RFA), Gustavsson
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Nyqvist (RFA), Smith (RFA)

Edmonton: ($2.7 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $33.8 million
Players under contract: 11
Key free agents: Smyth, Schultz, Schultz (RFA)
Bad contracts:
Pending 2015 free agents: none

Florida: ($3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $36.8 million
Players under contract: 11
Key free agents: Gomez, Kulikov (RFA), Gilbert, Gudbranson (RFA), Thomas
Bad contracts: Campbell ($7.1)
Pending 2015 free agents: Fleischmann, Kopecky, Upshall, Bergenheim, Shore (RFA), Bjugstad (RFA), Huberdeau (RFA), Jovanovski

Los Angeles: ($2.2 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $15.3 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Gaborik,Lewis, King (RFA), Frattin (RFA), Mitchell, Greene
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Williams, Stoll, Clifford, Toffoli, Regehr, Martinez, Muzzin (RFA)

Minnesota: ($3.5 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $21.7 million
Players under contract: 17
Key free agents: Neidereiter (RFA), Stoner, Heatley
Bad contracts: Heatley
Pending 2015 free agents: Brodziak, Harding, Coyle (RFA), Grandlund (RFA), Brodin (RFA)

Montreal: ($4.3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $25.9 million
Players under contract: 17
Key free agents: Gionta, Eller (RFA), Markov, Subban (RFA), Bouilon, Murray, Diaz, Vanek
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Fisher, Cullen, Wilson, Smith

Nashville: ($3.2 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $23.7 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Del Zotto (RFA), Ellis (RFA)
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: none

New Jersey: ($2.3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $24.9 million
Players under contract: 13
Key free agents: Bernier, Carter, Jagr, Zidlicky, Fayne, Brodeur
Bad contracts: Clowe ($4.8), Ruutu ($4.7)
Pending 2015 free agents: Ryder, Brunner, Salvador, Greene

New York Islanders: ($3.7 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $34.7 million
Players under contract: 14
Key free agents: Martinek, Nabokov
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Visnovsky, Carkner

New York Rangers: ($2.3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $29 million
Players under contract: 10
Key free agents:  Brassard (RFA), Boyle, Zuccarello (RFA), Kreider (RFA), Girardi, Stralman
Bad contracts: Richards ($6.6)
Pending 2015 free agents: Stepan, Hagelin, Staal, St. Louis,

Ottawa: ($3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $24.4 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Michalek, Phillips, Corvo, Lehner (RFA), Hemsky ($5)
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Spezza, Ryan, MacArthur, Methot, Anderson

Philadelphia: ($1.6 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $12.6 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents: Downie, Schenn (RFA), Timmonen, Meszaros, Gill, Emery, MacDonald
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: none

Phoenix: ($3.2 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $22.5 million
Players under contract: 16
Key free agents: Morris, Halpern, Vrbata
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Vermette, Boedkker (RFA), Michalek

Pittsburgh: ($1.9 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $15.4 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents: Goc,Jokinen, Sutter (RFA), Pyatt, Glass, Orpik, Niskanen, Vokoun, Stempniak,
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Bennett (RFA), Martin, Adams, Fleury

San Jose: ($2.3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $11.7 million
Players under contract: 18
Key free agents: Wingels (RFA), Boyle, Demers (RFA), Hannan
Bad contracts: Havlat ($5)
Pending 2015 free agents: Havlat, Kennedy, Stuart, Braun

St. Louis ($2.9 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $23 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents: Roy, Berglund (RFA), Morrow, Schwartz (RFA), Sobotka (RFA), Elliott, Miller
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Paajarvi (RFA), Tarasenko (RFA), Jackman, Leopold

Tampa: ($2.3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $18.5 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents: Johnson (RFA), Killorn (RFA), Salo, Aulie (RFA), Lindback (RFA), Callahan,
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Malone, Brewer, Bishop

Toronto ($2.1 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: : $21.6 million
Players under contract: 13
Key free agents: Bolland, Raymond, Kulemin, McClement, Ashton (RFA), Holland (RFA), Franson (RFA), Ranger, Gardiner (RFA), Reimer (RFA)
Bad contracts: Clarkson ($5.2)
Pending 2015 free agents: Kadri, Bernier

Vancouver ($1 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $9.5 million
Players under contract: 18
Key free agents: Santorelli, Kassian (RFA), Tanev (RFA)
Bad contracts: Booth ($4.2)
Pending 2015 free agents: Richardson, Booth, Matthias,

Washington: ($5.1 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $10.2 million
Players under contract: 21
Key free agents: Grabovski, Orlov, Halak,
Bad contracts: Erat ($4.5)
Pending 2015 free agents: Ward, Johanssen (RFA), Fehr, Beagle, Green Erskine, Holtby (RFA)

Winnipeg ($3 million per roster spot)
Room under projected cap: $23.8 million
Players under contract: 15
Key free agents: Jokinen, Setoguchi, Frolik, Stuart, Ellerby (RFA)
Bad contracts: none
Pending 2015 free agents: Slater

Edited by dudacek, 10 April 2014 - 11:51 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:19 PM

Offer Sheet Kassian.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:41 PM

Two things jumped out at me:
1) Gary Bettman ###### the Sabres again. The new CBA and TV contract means pretty much every team is out of cap jail.
Every team will have room to sign their key guys this summer if they want to.

2) The Kane dream isn't a total fantasy. The Hawks can sign both guys this summer and probably will. But unless Toews and Kane give the Hawks a discount, Bowman will almost certainly have to dump another one of his key guys to make it work in 2015. Hossa will almost certainly become available.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

View Postdudacek, on 31 January 2014 - 08:41 PM, said:

Two things jumped out at me:
1) Gary Bettman ###### the Sabres again. The new CBA and TV contract means pretty much every team is out of cap jail.
Every team will have room to sign their key guys this summer if they want to.

2) The Kane dream isn't a total fantasy. The Hawks can sign both guys this summer and probably will. But unless Toews and Kane give the Hawks a discount, Bowman will almost certainly have to dump another one of his key guys to make it work in 2015. Hossa will almost certainly become available.

Bowman proved it once. He keeps the guys he wants to keep and reloads the depth players. The cap could go up another $6 million or more in 2015.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:57 PM

View Posttom webster, on 31 January 2014 - 08:48 PM, said:

Bowman proved it once. He keeps the guys he wants to keep and reloads the depth players. The cap could go up another $6 million or more in 2015.
That's absolutely right. Another $6 million would be about all that he needs.
Right now he is praying for the Canadian dollar to rebound.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:27 AM

View Posttom webster, on 31 January 2014 - 08:48 PM, said:

Bowman proved it once. He keeps the guys he wants to keep and reloads the depth players. The cap could go up another $6 million or more in 2015.
I doubt it.  With the new tv deal and the refresh from fans after the lockout, this year was gauranteed to be the biggest jump.  I bet the cap goes from something like 71mil to 73.5-74

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:36 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 01 February 2014 - 10:27 AM, said:

I doubt it.  With the new tv deal and the refresh from fans after the lockout, this year was gauranteed to be the biggest jump.  I bet the cap goes from something like 71mil to 73.5-74
...and just like every good team in the modern salary cap era, they will keep their major players while moving their depth and young players for cheaper depth and even younger players.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:36 AM

View Postinkman, on 01 February 2014 - 10:36 AM, said:

...and just like every good team in the modern salary cap era, they will keep their major players while moving their depth and young players for cheaper depth and even younger players.
O I agree they will be able to do it.  I just think the cap isn't going to sky rocket again.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:59 AM

View Postinkman, on 01 February 2014 - 10:36 AM, said:

...and just like every good team in the modern salary cap era, they will keep their major players while moving their depth and young players for cheaper depth and even younger players.

Thing is, the Hawks are loaded with upper and lower-class contracts. They don't have much in the middle class to cut.
And in addition to Kane and Toews, they will also have to Saad a good raise.

Even if you replaced four $2 million players with four $1 million players, you only save $4 million.
With those three, you are probably looking at $8-10 million more just to keep them.

Unless the cap jumps by a lot, I still think they would rather trade Hossa for a couple potential Saads. It's just smart cap management.
Should we have any interest?

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 12:12 PM

Well for callahan as well as kane the only thing that can make them sign with the sabres is because they want to play for their local team.
Chances of that happening might be slim because they both have got something good going on with their current teams.  but you can always hope :P

Edited by Heimdall, 01 February 2014 - 12:12 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2014 - 12:55 PM

View Postdudacek, on 01 February 2014 - 11:59 AM, said:

Thing is, the Hawks are loaded with upper and lower-class contracts. They don't have much in the middle class to cut.
And in addition to Kane and Toews, they will also have to Saad a good raise.

Even if you replaced four $2 million players with four $1 million players, you only save $4 million.
With those three, you are probably looking at $8-10 million more just to keep them.

Unless the cap jumps by a lot, I still think they would rather trade Hossa for a couple potential Saads. It's just smart cap management.
Should we have any interest?
As of right now, if the cap doesn't increase between '14-'15 (which it will), the blackhawks have $30 million to sign Toews, Kane, Kruger, Pirri, Leddy, and whatever filler they use to fill in for Handzus, Oduya, & Rozival.  I don't see the issue.

Edited by inkman, 01 February 2014 - 12:56 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

I see at least $9 million each for Toews and Kane. That's $12 million left to sign/replace the six you mention,  plus Brandon Saad, who will be coming off his ELC and may not be cheap. Like I said, they can do it, but they may be better off long-term using Hossa's money on a couple more Saad types. Teams have to guard against being stuck with no one coming when their window closes. The Canucks are there. The Sharks could go either way.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 01:53 PM

Once again, I'm not for Callahan.  If you think/want the Sabres to be serious contenders starting in 2-3 years (who knows, it may be longer), that will put him on the downside of his career (especially with his injury history).  I'd rather spend the money on locking up the players on your roster that you want around for sure (all under 26 years old though) and, depending on how the system works, overpaying for extensions on players you trade for or give offers sheets to for anyone under 26 year old only.

I guess my theme is, if you have to spend to get to the floor, ONLY on players 26 or younger.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:35 PM

So what are the Sabres going to do with their own free agents?

I think every single one of our UFA's will be allowed to test the waters.
D'Agostini, Scott and Tallinder could be back if we don't find upgrades.
Konopka and Sulzer are gone.

As for the RFAs, Foligno and Ennis will be re-signed, as will Deslauriers and Ruhwedel, but the rest of them are very questionable.
Luke Adam should be allowed to walk.
I'd be happy to see McBain walk as well. That said, I'd rather see him in the 6/7 role than McCabe or Risto or Pysyk next year.
I don't see Corey Conacher in Buffalo's long-term future, but he could placehold a roster spot in Buffalo and would be a helluva weapon for the Amerks.
Matt McKenzie and Nick Crawford might be needed in the AHL but do you waste an NHL contract on them?

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:37 PM

Scoot.

Sabres need to re-sign that guy.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:43 PM

Bit early for this. But I think Ennis will get a solid deal. Foligno better get a prove-it deal because he's been pretty bad for a while now.
Scott should be gone. Tallinder is either or.
McBain is either or.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:54 PM

I forgot Hackett. Are we going to give him another shot, or do we go with Makarov and Lieuwen in Rochester next year?

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:57 PM

View Postdudacek, on 10 April 2014 - 11:54 PM, said:

I forgot Hackett. Are we going to give him another shot, or do we go with Makarov and Lieuwen in Rochester next year?

That'll be an interesting conundrum this offseason. I think Lieuwen should go if any of them go. Makarov could go back to the WHL for another year.

Edited by Tankalicious, 10 April 2014 - 11:58 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:58 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 10 April 2014 - 11:57 PM, said:

That'll be an interesting conundrum this offseason. I think Lieuwen should go if any of them go.
Except Lieuwen and Makarov have contracts.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:12 AM

View Postdudacek, on 10 April 2014 - 11:58 PM, said:

Except Lieuwen and Makarov have contracts.

Yea. Doesn't mean they can't be moved.

Edited by Tankalicious, 11 April 2014 - 12:12 AM.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:09 AM

2015 will be very interesting looking at things, might be able to not only bring in kane, but nick foligno as well.

Callahan in 2014.   Can you imagine a 3rd line of Foligno - Girgensons - callahan starting 2015 ?

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:31 AM

I mentioned this on another thread. Lieuwen has had concussion issues. He's only 22 and on at least his 3rd concussion. From what I've read, one of the concussions set him back a long time and at one point was concerned about getting back to form to move up the ranks. Now that he just had another one they might have to look at the possibility that he'll never play again.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:48 AM

View PostHeimdall, on 11 April 2014 - 01:09 AM, said:

2015 will be very interesting looking at things, might be able to not only bring in kane, but nick foligno as well.

Callahan in 2014.   Can you imagine a 3rd line of Foligno - Girgensons - callahan starting 2015 ?

Part of signing Callahan and giving him the money that he wants would mean top line minutes.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:08 AM

View PostAndrew Amerk, on 11 April 2014 - 01:48 AM, said:

Part of signing Callahan and giving him the money that he wants would mean top line minutes.
Good for Callahan, wanting top line minutes.  That seems like a shutdown line that would get minutes against other teams' top lines, anyways..  That's not a diminished role.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

View PostTankalicious, on 10 April 2014 - 11:57 PM, said:

That'll be an interesting conundrum this offseason. I think Lieuwen should go if any of them go. Makarov could go back to the WHL for another year.

Did you mean the ECHL?  Makarov will be 21 in a couple days and is too old for junior hockey.  Anyway, they'll keep all 3 of them.  They'll need that many in the system anyway and it is far too early to give up on a 24 year old Hackett.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:54 AM

View PostTankalicious, on 11 April 2014 - 12:12 AM, said:



Yea. Doesn't mean they can't be moved.

Except there is zero reasons to move a prospect under contract.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:56 AM

View PostNumark, on 11 April 2014 - 08:54 AM, said:



Except there is zero reasons to move a prospect under contract.

Except when you can get value for them and have a logjam. I was saying if anybody had to go... Wasn't saying somebody had to.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:26 AM

McBain should not be tendered, he needs to go away. I have a feeling Scott will be back on a one or two year contract. Tallinder will sign for one more year as well. It's not as if Adam has earned a spot on the Sabres but I'm willing to bet he will be on someone's roster next year ala Clark MacArthur

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:13 AM

Dan Boyle is a free agent??? Dare I dream?

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:20 AM

View Postbob_sauve28, on 12 April 2014 - 09:13 AM, said:

Dan Boyle is a free agent??? Dare I dream?
What would a rebuilding team do with a 37 year old (38 by start of the 2014-15 season) blue-liner?

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:38 PM

View Postdeluca67, on 12 April 2014 - 09:20 AM, said:

What would a rebuilding team do with a 37 year old (38 by start of the 2014-15 season) blue-liner?
trade him for picks and prospects at the trade deadline

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:52 PM

View Postdrnkirishone, on 12 April 2014 - 03:38 PM, said:

trade him for picks and prospects at the trade deadline

This made me laugh. I dont know if it was a joke or not. If it was, well done sir!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

View Postbob_sauve28, on 12 April 2014 - 09:13 AM, said:

Dan Boyle is a free agent??? Dare I dream?

Boyle isn't what he once was. Still steady, but he doesn't change much for this team.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 04:07 PM

View Postdrnkirishone, on 12 April 2014 - 03:38 PM, said:

trade him for picks and prospects at the trade deadline

yep. Giving a few vets a place to park until the next market opens isn't a bad idea.
Teams with kids need veterans, they learn more from the vets than the coaches.
The more veteran partners a young player has in his career, especially on D, the better they will become.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:11 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 12 April 2014 - 04:07 PM, said:



yep. Giving a few vets a place to park until the next market opens isn't a bad idea.
Teams with kids need veterans, they learn more from the vets than the coaches.
The more veteran partners a young player has in his career, especially on D, the better they will become.
I love this idea! We could tell the veteran they will be traded at deadline to a contender. Do it three years in a row and we would be loaded with young talent!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 12 April 2014 - 04:07 PM, said:

yep. Giving a few vets a place to park until the next market opens isn't a bad idea.
Teams with kids need veterans, they learn more from the vets than the coaches.
The more veteran partners a young player has in his career, especially on D, the better they will become.
Keep signing Ott to one year deals until he can finally play in the playoffs on our team.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

My guesses for the Buffalo-related free agent names that get mentioned here a lot:

Steve Ott ends up in San Jose
Matt Moulson ends up in Los Angeles
Thomas Vanek ends up in Minnesota
Ryan Callahan ends up staying in Tampa Bay

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:34 AM

View Postdrnkirishone, on 12 April 2014 - 03:38 PM, said:

trade him for picks and prospects at the trade deadline

What dallas did with jagr last year.    Also i wouldn't give Callahan 6.5 mill a year, but maybe he takes a hometown discount never know.
Also might be a reason he put his asking price so high, knowing nobody would go into that , he doesn't come out as the bad guy in new york while wanting to come to buffalo.  

Still say Ott and callahan sign with us, we can dream no ? :D

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:49 AM

View PostHeimdall, on 13 April 2014 - 12:34 AM, said:

Still say Ott and callahan sign with us, we can dream no ? :D

I don't think that's much of a dream. We've had plenty of players like both of them, and they've gotten us nowhere. I'd rather get the types of players that you need at the top of your team before worrying too much about guys like them.
We have Callahan types in the system right now.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:29 AM

I really hope McBain leaves because I cannot stand to watch another season of him...

I figure we'll take a stab at Ott or Moulson.  Not sure we'd get either though.





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