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#1 Tankalicious

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:18 PM

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

The Habs need a new captain. Brian Gionta signs with the Buffalo Sabres.


Kevin Oklobzija @kevinoDandC

Brian Gionta signs a 3-year deal with a $4.25 AAV (average annual value) with the #Sabres.

Edited by Tankalicious, 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

When was the last time we had a free agency day that was this fun?

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:

When was the last time we had a free agency day that was this fun?
July 1, 2007 :ph34r:

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

!!!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

Too good.
We grabbed Montreal's heart and soul.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:

July 1, 2007 :ph34r:

:lol: :lol:




:death: :cry:

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM

I mean neither guy is a stud, but they are exactly the kind of players Murray said he was looking for.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM

Got the Habs captain... got their assistant captain... who is next?  Moulson is my wish.  But, he'll have a lot of good options I'm sure.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM

GeeEmTeeEm is having a nice afternoon.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:21 PM

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Brian Gionta signs a 3-year deal with a $4.25 AAV (average annual value) with the #Sabres.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:21 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 01 July 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:


July 1, 2007 :ph34r:
You're grounded. Go to your room.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:21 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM, said:

GeeEmTeeEm


Is that the Phil Sims school of pronunciation?

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

Overpaid, but We knew we would have to.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM, said:

Got the Habs captain... got their assistant captain... who is next?  Moulson is my wish.  But, he'll have a lot of good options I'm sure.

traditionally it is alternate captain...

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

Suh-weet!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 01 July 2014 - 12:20 PM, said:

GeeEmTeeEm is having a nice afternoon.

It's not like we're signing sure all-stars...  But, comparing last year's roster to this year's we should be significantly more competitive.  Gorges is better than McBain and Gionta is better than D'Agostini/Conacher.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

Well we now know the name of the next Captain to be traded off of the Sabres.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

View Postdudacek, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

Overpaid, but We knew we would have to.

A bit, but he was getting $5 million per in Montreal.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

View Postwjag, on 01 July 2014 - 12:23 PM, said:

Well we now know the name of the next Captain to be traded off of the Sabres.

Drew Stafford? :ph34r:

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

He's too small to play in the NHL.

View PostdEnnis the Menace, on 01 July 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

Drew Stafford? :ph34r:

:lol:

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:



It's not like we're signing sure all-stars...  But, comparing last year's roster to this year's we should be significantly more competitive.  Gorges is better than McBain and Gionta is better than D'Agostini/Conacher.

The Sabres need a room. Gionta with the forwards and Gorges with the blue line set a tremendous work ethic.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

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Tim Murray was right: he will have no trouble spending the money to get to the cap floor. Like the Gionta signing. Will help young players.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:27 PM

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

It's not like we're signing sure all-stars...  But, comparing last year's roster to this year's we should be significantly more competitive.  Gorges is better than McBain and Gionta is better than D'Agostini/Conacher.

Definitely.

View Postdudacek, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

Overpaid, but We knew we would have to.

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

A bit, but he was getting $5 million per in Montreal.

Potato beat me to it.  And a relatively short term too.  It's not an outrageous Orpik-style overpayment.

View PostJJFIVEOH, on 01 July 2014 - 12:25 PM, said:

He's too small to play in the NHL.



:lol:

Very nice.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

God I love Tim Murray.

Edited by Tankalicious, 01 July 2014 - 12:28 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

A bit, but he was getting $5 million per in Montreal.

Compared to some of the other deals being done - not too bad of an overpayment.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

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Other teams wanted Brian Gionta, too. The #Sabres were able to offer years and more money.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

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Other teams wanted Brian Gionta, too. The #Sabres were able to offer years and more money.



Oklobzija was in Gionta's agent's office blogging as a fly on the wall
http://www.democrata...gency/11900167/

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

View Postdudacek, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

Overpaid, but We knew we would have to.
3 years is what I'd expected.  Thought he'd get the $5MM/ he had in Moe-ray-all.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

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As per @SCGscott, Gionta gets NMC in first two years and limited NTC in Year 3.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

View PostPotato, on 01 July 2014 - 12:22 PM, said:

It's not like we're signing sure all-stars...  But, comparing last year's roster to this year's we should be significantly more competitive.  Gorges is better than McBain and Gionta is better than D'Agostini/Conacher.

Ehrhoff is better than Gorges.  Does Gionta and Stewart mark an improvement on Ott and Vanek/Moulson?  I don't think so.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:31 PM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 01 July 2014 - 12:30 PM, said:

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As per @SCGscott, Gionta gets NMC in first two years and limited NTC in Year 3.

Now I don't like this as much.  He is trade deadline fodder, or was.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

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Gionta can still provide 20 goals and 45-50 points. Get him on a line with Reinhart and let the kid grow while learning how to be a pro.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:42 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 01 July 2014 - 12:30 PM, said:

Ehrhoff is better than Gorges.  Does Gionta and Stewart mark an improvement on Ott and Vanek/Moulson?  I don't think so.
I'll take the player that waived his NTC over the player that didn't want to be here.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

View Postwjag, on 01 July 2014 - 12:31 PM, said:

Now I don't like this as much.  He is trade deadline fodder, or was.

True, but being traded to a team heading to the playoffs is often a good enough reason to waive one's NMC.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

View PostDeLuca1967, on 01 July 2014 - 12:42 PM, said:

I'll take the player that waived his NTC over the player that didn't want to be here.

Yessir.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:45 PM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 01 July 2014 - 12:39 PM, said:

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Gionta can still provide 20 goals and 45-50 points. Get him on a line with Reinhart and let the kid grow while learning how to be a pro.
There is a bigger picture that needs to be stated. The Sabres just signed the Captain of the Montreal Canadians and a solid NHL defenseman with plenty of career left just waived his NTC to play for the Sabres. That has to account for something going forwarded. I would not be surprised if these two moves open up other possibilities, with players looking at the Sabres a little differently.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:47 PM

View PostDeLuca1967, on 01 July 2014 - 12:45 PM, said:

There is a bigger picture that needs to be stated. The Sabres just signed the Captain of the Montreal Canadians and a solid NHL defenseman with plenty of career left just waived his NTC to play for the Sabres. That has to account for something going forwarded. I would not be surprised if these two moves open up other possibilities, with players looking at the Sabres a little differently.
Peca is on GR talking now. He said he ran into Toews awhile ago who asked where he lived. Peca told him Buffalo and Toews said, "Yeah I heard that's a great place to live."

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:50 PM

View PostKelly the Dog, on 01 July 2014 - 12:47 PM, said:

Peca is on GR talking now. He said he ran into Toews awhile ago who asked where he lived. Peca told him Buffalo and Toews said, "Yeah I heard that's a great place to live."

No doubt.  Buffalo is looked upon much more favorably by hockey people than by the average Buffalonian.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:51 PM

View PostKelly the Dog, on 01 July 2014 - 12:47 PM, said:

Peca is on GR talking now. He said he ran into Toews awhile ago who asked where he lived. Peca told him Buffalo and Toews said, "Yeah I heard that's a great place to live."

So we're getting Kane and Toews at the end of this season?? Sweet

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:51 PM

View PostCampy, on 01 July 2014 - 12:50 PM, said:

No doubt.  Buffalo is looked upon much more favorably by hockey people than by the average Buffalonian.
it is family friendly. good fans. cheap as hell to live. only 2 hours from Toronto. in the eastern conference so less travel. has a billionaire owner.  good schools (suburbs)