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#1 Tankalicious

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:28 PM

Free agency start date: July 1, 2014 (teams can start conversations on June 25th)

Sortable Free Agent Tracker: http://www.tsn.ca/nh...ature/?id=25880


Big names out there (I will try to provide links for info):
Matt Niskanen, D (PIT) -- Interested teams: MIN NYI
Brian Boyle, C (NYR) -- Interested teams: WPG
Brad Richards, C (NYR) -- Interested teams: NYI
Steve Ott, C (STL) -- Interested teams: BUF
Lee Stempniak, RW (PIT)
Radim Vrbata, RW (ARI)
Martin Brodeur, G (NJ) -- Interested teams: PIT CHI BOS TOR
Mikhail Grabovski, C (WAS)
Olli Jokinen, C (WPG) -- Interested teams: WPG
David Legwand, C (DET)
Dustin Penner, LW (WAS)


Re-signings:
Andrei Markov, D (MON) Re-signed for 3 years, $17.25M
Ryan Callahan, RW (TB) Re-signed for 6 years, $34.8M
Marian Gaborik, RW (LA) Re-signed for 7 years, $35M
Milan Michalek, LW (OTT) Re-signed for 3 years, $12M

Signings:
Manny Malhotra, C (MON) Signed one year, $850K
Christian Ehrhoff, D (PIT) Signed one year, $4M
Mark Fayne, D (EDM) Signed four years, $14.5M
Benoit Pouliot, LW (EDM) Signed five years, $20M
Paul Stastny, C (STL) Signed four years, $28M
Mike Cammalleri, C (NJ) Signed five years, $25M
Tom Gilbert, D (MON) Signed two years, $2.8M
Mason Raymond, W (CAL) Signed three years, $9.5M
Dan Boyle, D (NYR) Signed two years, $9M
Dave Bolland, C (FLA) Signed five years, $27.5M
Clayton Stoner, D (ANA) Signed four years, $13M
Brooks Orpik, D (WAS) Signed five years, $27.5M
Ales Hemsky, RW (DAL) Signed four years, $12M
Ryan Miller, G (VAN) Signed three years, $18M
Brian Gionta, RW (BUF) Signed three years, $12.75M
Shawn Thornton, RW (FLA) Signed two years, $1.2M
Jonas Hiller, G (CGY) Signed two years, $9M
Thomas Vanek, LW (MIN) Signed three years, $19.5M
Jarome Iginla, RW (COL) Signed three years, $18M
Matt Moulson, LW (BUF) Signed five years, $25M
Anton Stralman, D (TB) Signed five years

Edited by Tankalicious, 01 July 2014 - 02:25 PM.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:38 PM

Martin Brodeur, G (NJ) -- looking for any role on a contender.

How about assistant skate sharpener?  No doubt one of the best to ever sit between the pipes but he is quickly becoming the Ken Shamrock of hockey.

I wouldn't mind seeing Stastny as a Sabre

Edited by RambosKnife, 16 June 2014 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

Dale Weise won't hit the open market:
@renlavoietva: Contrat de Dale Weise: 2 ans / 1M$ annuellement. #canadiens #tvasports

Two years at one mill each in Montreal.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:06 AM

View PostTankalicious, on 17 June 2014 - 11:05 AM, said:

Dale Weise won't hit the open market:
@renlavoietva: Contrat de Dale Weise: 2 ans / 1M$ annuellement. #canadiens #tvasports

Two years at one mill each in Montreal.
That's a nice deal for the Habs.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:24 PM

Looking at the list of available free agents, one thing is clear...  Paul Statsny is about to become a very, very rich man.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:47 PM

View PostPotato, on 17 June 2014 - 01:24 PM, said:

Looking at the list of available free agents, one thing is clear...  Paul Statsny is about to become a very, very rich man.
He's going to do just fine.

I'm betting Vanek will too.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

@Hope_Smoke: Jeff O'Neill "Dallas, Winnipeg make a play for Ryan Miller. It's like people think he just can't play anymore, it blows my mind"

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:38 PM

@TheFourthPeriod: Sharks announce they've re-signed @Stalock32 to a 2-year contract

@SanJoseSharks: #SJSharks re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Mike Brown to a two-year contract.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Isles GM Garth Snow says he's now shopping Dan Boyle's rights, having been unable to sign the pending UFA defenseman...

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 11:23 AM, said:

@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Isles GM Garth Snow says he's now shopping Dan Boyle's rights, having been unable to sign the pending UFA defenseman...

Gee, didn't see that coming. :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:42 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 18 June 2014 - 11:23 AM, said:

Gee, didn't see that coming. :rolleyes:

Ehrhoff's rights, the Vanek deal, and now this.  Garth has gotten really good at trading for something and then having to turn around nearly immediately and trade that for less.  That's how to build a winner.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

View Postshrader, on 18 June 2014 - 11:42 AM, said:

Ehrhoff's rights, the Vanek deal, and now this.  Garth has gotten really good at trading for something and then having to turn around nearly immediately and trade that for less.  That's how to build a winner.

This is a man who once tried to trade his entire draft for Ryan Murray.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:03 PM

@DarrenDreger: @Real_ESPNLeBrun.  Told Boyle is intrigued by Isles offer and interest, but remains undecided. Still firm on a 2 year deal.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:06 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 12:03 PM, said:

@DarrenDreger: @Real_ESPNLeBrun.  Told Boyle is intrigued by Isles offer and interest, but remains undecided. Still firm on a 2 year deal.

If he is this close to Free Agency he has to test the market right?

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:08 PM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 18 June 2014 - 12:06 PM, said:



If he is this close to Free Agency he has to test the market right?

Always what I think, too.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 11:23 AM, said:

@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Isles GM Garth Snow says he's now shopping Dan Boyle's rights, having been unable to sign the pending UFA defenseman...

C'mon, tire fire!  C'mon!

In all seriousness:  if Boyle signs elsewhere, this will be yet another log on the Islanders-are-a-loser-franchise fire.  Combine it with last-year-in-LI empty building, embittered fans and general malaise, and maybe, if the Sabres are lucky, Tavares not fully recovering right away, and it really could be a debacle of a season for the Islanders.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:30 PM

View PostEleven, on 18 June 2014 - 11:59 AM, said:

This is a man who once tried to trade his entire draft for Ryan Murray.

...and the other GM said no. I can't imagine turning that down. Scott Howson everybody!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:33 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 18 June 2014 - 01:30 PM, said:

...and the other GM said no. I can't imagine turning that down. Scott Howson everybody!

Actually, that's a better point!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

For someone who is a stickler about starting threads being discussed elsewhere and re-posting stuff...

This couldn't go in the Free Agency thread opened three weeks prior to this one? Lol. :nana:

http://forums.sabres...abres-strategy/

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

View PostBob Malooga, on 18 June 2014 - 04:25 PM, said:

For someone who is a stickler about starting threads being discussed elsewhere and re-posting stuff...

This couldn't go in the Free Agency thread opened three weeks prior to this one? Lol. :nana:

http://forums.sabres...abres-strategy/

No, it couldn't. Someone requested a Free Agent Frenzy thread which is what we had last offseason, too, and that thread is about the Sabres strategy. Not the same topic.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 05:47 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 05:26 PM, said:

No, it couldn't. Someone requested a Free Agent Frenzy thread which is what we had last offseason, too, and that thread is about the Sabres strategy. Not the same topic.

As the author of the other thread, I agree.  In that one, I just wanted to know what people thought our team should do, not what everyone else's team is doing.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:32 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 05:26 PM, said:



No, it couldn't. Someone requested a Free Agent Frenzy thread which is what we had last offseason, too, and that thread is about the Sabres strategy. Not the same topic.

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 18 June 2014 - 05:47 PM, said:



As the author of the other thread, I agree.  In that one, I just wanted to know what people thought our team should do, not what everyone else's team is doing.
Fair enough, my bad, I actually JUST saw that conversation in the other thread...I was just busting balls anyways.

Question though...if the Sabres could get anyone who is realistically available, who would you want them to get? Do you offer-sheet a Linden Vey, Jeremy Morin, or somebody like that...it is what Murray always talks about, right? (Someone a few years into their development, that hasn't caught on with their NHL team?)

Edited by Bob Malooga, 18 June 2014 - 08:36 PM.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:50 PM

View PostBob Malooga, on 18 June 2014 - 08:32 PM, said:

Question though...if the Sabres could get anyone who is realistically available, who would you want them to get? Do you offer-sheet a Linden Vey, Jeremy Morin, or somebody like that...it is what Murray always talks about, right? (Someone a few years into their development, that hasn't caught on with their NHL team?)
doesn't this sort of discussion belong in a different thread? :ph34r:

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:55 PM

View PostBob Malooga, on 18 June 2014 - 08:32 PM, said:


Do you offer-sheet a Linden Vey, Jeremy Morin, or somebody like that...it is what Murray always talks about, right?


I hope we NEVER offer sheet anyone. It's garbage and we of all people know it. The hockey gods will be coming around for us instead of against us very soon.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:00 PM

View Postbeerme1, on 18 June 2014 - 08:55 PM, said:



I hope we NEVER offer sheet anyone. It's garbage and we of all people know it. The hockey gods will be coming around for us instead of against us very soon.

I absolutely hate the unwritten rules about not offering RFAs. "Free agent" is in there for a reason. So is restricted. Don't low ball but pay what you value that player as. If their team won't ante up it's not your fault. There are compensation system, too.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:33 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 18 June 2014 - 09:00 PM, said:



I absolutely hate the unwritten rules about not offering RFAs. "Free agent" is in there for a reason. So is restricted. Don't low ball but pay what you value that player as. If their team won't ante up it's not your fault. There are compensation system, too.

It's for weasels. It should not be allowed. It even got Weasel Darcy fired up for what happened and he would never stoop to that level to use it. The GM's that done it, without knowing off the top of my head are also probably no longer employed.

Edit: I'm sure we would have given Vanek his proper worth at the time. What he got was a joke. Looks good on the Oil that they have managed to screw up so bad even with all those number 1's.

Edited by beerme1, 18 June 2014 - 09:34 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:33 PM

Now Brad Richards is back in the game too.

We won't get him or go for him, but I would love to have his veteran presence and experience on board.

But Ott and or Callahan would be great too.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:39 PM

View PostLaLaLaFontaine, on 20 June 2014 - 02:33 PM, said:

Now Brad Richards is back in the game too.

We won't get him or go for him, but I would love to have his veteran presence and experience on board.

But Ott and or Callahan would be great too.
Hey if you could add Richards, Moulson, Callahan....suddenly Nolan could start making some lines.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:40 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 20 June 2014 - 02:39 PM, said:

Hey if you could add Richards, Moulson, Callahan....suddenly Nolan could start making some lines.

Which is why that situation needs to be avoided at all costs!

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:54 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 20 June 2014 - 02:40 PM, said:



Which is why that situation needs to be avoided at all costs!

You're a bad man.  Bad.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:01 PM

Just an unbiased question:

Are all those tank "preachers" owner of season tickets?

I would suggest they are'nt, but I would love to hear from those who are season ticket owners.

If I would not be living in Germany but in Buffalo I believe I would, depending on my salary, own season tickets.
But then I would like to see a competetive team instead of a tank galore and would pray for a big splash from GMTM.

What do you think?

Edited by LaLaLaFontaine, 20 June 2014 - 04:01 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:50 PM

View PostLaLaLaFontaine, on 20 June 2014 - 04:01 PM, said:

Just an unbiased question:

Are all those tank "preachers" owner of season tickets?

I would suggest they are'nt, but I would love to hear from those who are season ticket owners.

If I would not be living in Germany but in Buffalo I believe I would, depending on my salary, own season tickets.
But then I would like to see a competetive team instead of a tank galore and would pray for a big splash from GMTM.

What do you think?

I'm pro-tank.  If I lived in Buffalo, I would own season tickets.  I do not live in Buffalo; I do not own season tickets.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:04 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 20 June 2014 - 04:50 PM, said:



I'm pro-tank.  If I lived in Buffalo, I would own season tickets.  I do not live in Buffalo; I do not own season tickets.

Same, but if I  lived in Buffalo I'd surely only split seasons with someone. I had season tickets in my mid 20s with no responsibilities and even then it was too many games.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:36 PM

If I'm going to pay $200 for 60 minutes of sucking, 41 times a year.....it sure as hell ain't going to be at the arena......

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:49 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 20 June 2014 - 05:36 PM, said:

If I'm going to pay $200 for 60 minutes of sucking, 41 times a year.....it sure as hell ain't going to be at the arena......

Maybe in one of those private boxes with the Sabre Booster guys and gals?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:58 PM

View PostSabres Fan In NS, on 20 June 2014 - 05:49 PM, said:



Maybe in one of those private boxes with the Sabre Booster guys and gals?



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:15 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 20 June 2014 - 05:36 PM, said:

If I'm going to pay $200 for 60 minutes of sucking, 41 times a year.....it sure as hell ain't going to be at the arena......

Quotes like that are the reason why I joined this board.  Oh yeah, and to talk about the Sabres.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:23 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 20 June 2014 - 05:36 PM, said:

If I'm going to pay $200 for 60 minutes of sucking, 41 times a year.....it sure as hell ain't going to be at the arena......

It's more than marriage will get ya.

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:52 PM

View PostLaLaLaFontaine, on 20 June 2014 - 04:01 PM, said:

Just an unbiased question:

Are all those tank "preachers" owner of season tickets?

I would suggest they are'nt, but I would love to hear from those who are season ticket owners.

If I would not be living in Germany but in Buffalo I believe I would, depending on my salary, own season tickets.
But then I would like to see a competetive team instead of a tank galore and would pray for a big splash from GMTM.

What do you think?

Season ticket holder here. I've said this before but I'll say it again. No way we are finishing last in the second year under Nolan.
With some interesting moves we could seriously improve. While I would like to win the prize at the end of next season by winning draft lotto, this past season was simply to much to endure as a season ticket holder. So I renewed my tickets! The arena experience was worse than stepping in steaming hot dog ###### with no shoes on.

If we do finish last I expect to see far more entertaining hockey next season and think it will be a goalies fault if we end up dead last. I would be quite happy with a season like that. If we end up with another first for this draft tank nation is over.