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Posted 16 July 2014 - 12:14 PM

"The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract.
Ruhwedel (5/7/90, 5'11", 181 lbs) has played in 28 games for the Sabres since signing an entry-level contract with the club in April 2013. While playing for the Rochester Americans in 2013-14, Ruhwedel notched 28 points (4+24) in 47 regular-season games, which ranked him second among the team’s defensemen. He also appeared in five playoff games and recorded five points (2+3), which was second-most on the team.

Prior to joining the Sabres organization, he finished three seasons at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he received First-team All-America honors and was named the 2013 Bob Monahan Defenseman of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers Association. Through three seasons with the River Hawks, he appeared in 110 games and amassed 63 points (15+48).

The San Diego, Calif. native also played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for two seasons, tallying 33 points (5+28) through 113 games."

per sabres.com


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:47 PM

How close is the team to 50 contracts?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:48 PM

View PostEleven, on 16 July 2014 - 01:47 PM, said:

How close is the team to 50 contracts?

Capgeek counts 45 before Ennis and Ruhwedel. So 47 now?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:14 PM

I really don't like this player

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:27 PM

View Postinkman, on 16 July 2014 - 04:14 PM, said:

I really don't like this player

Ouch.

He's small and he's not physical, but he's a decent skater and has pretty good hockey IQ.  If nothing else he could develop into a Chris-Butler-type trade asset.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:32 PM

View Postinkman, on 16 July 2014 - 04:14 PM, said:

I really don't like this player

I'm not a big fan of 5'10 180 lb. defensemen unless they have some serious skill (which Rudy doesn't).

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

View PostPotato, on 16 July 2014 - 04:32 PM, said:



I'm not a big fan of 5'10 180 lb. defensemen unless they have some serious skill (which Rudy doesn't).

Yep, I like the guy, but his ceiling is top AHLer, NHL roster filler.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:06 PM

View Postdudacek, on 16 July 2014 - 05:26 PM, said:

Yep, I like the guy, but his ceiling is top AHLer, NHL roster filler.
He and Brian Flynn represent everything wrong with the Sabres the last 2 years.  No talent, no size, no potential.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

View Postinkman, on 16 July 2014 - 07:06 PM, said:


He and Brian Flynn represent everything wrong with the Sabres the last 2 years.  No talent, no size, no potential.

I respectfully disagree. In the new NHL, guys like Flynn are just what you need in your 11th through 13th forward and Rudy is the perfect 6th or 7th defenseman. The fact that they were asked to be more last year was what was indicative of a lack of 1 through 9 and 1 through 4 talent.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:21 PM

I don't understand why they burned one of NEXT year's contracts on him.

Rudy's a fine young man, I'll bet.  But certainly not an NHL player.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:23 PM

View PostEleven, on 16 July 2014 - 07:21 PM, said:

I don't understand why they burned one of NEXT year's contracts on him.

Rudy's a fine young man, I'll bet.  But certainly not an NHL player.
Exactly.  Roster filler this year.  Fine but what the heck is he doing on next seasons roster?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:24 PM

View PostEleven, on 16 July 2014 - 07:21 PM, said:

I don't understand why they burned one of NEXT year's contracts on him.

Rudy's a fine young man, I'll bet.  But certainly not an NHL player.

I think it indicates an intention to pacakage players for additional picks, or, pacakaging multiple prospects for individual nhl level talent.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:46 PM

I remember hearing he was in pretty high demand throughout the league when he came out of college as a free agent. Did the rest of the league think he had a higher ceiling?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 10:11 PM

I have an irrational dislike of this player. It's not his fault. It all stems from JoBa's tweet in praise of him last year - as being part of the team's future blue liners - that put me over the edge.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 10:16 PM

View PostThat Aud Smell, on 16 July 2014 - 10:11 PM, said:

I have an irrational dislike of this player. It's not his fault. It all stems from JoBa's tweet in praise of him last year - as being part of the team's future blue liners - that put me over the edge.
I couldn't agree more.  He's not a NHL player and for Battista to mention him in the same breath as the other is beyond ignorant.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:22 PM

I don't mind Rudy as a depth guy for a couple of years.  I think Pysyk and Risto make the Sabres this year as rookies, with Rudy and McCabe back in Rochester.  We're still pretty thin on defense until McCabe and Zadorov are ready for the NHL.  And, Rudy has a fair amount of NHL experience which is good in the short-term.

I think we'll probably still sign a veteran seventh defenseman... 1 year cheap contract sort of thing.  Hank, maybe?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:30 PM

What's the problem with the 2nd year?  Can't they send him down to Rochester if he's not good enough to be #6 or #7 in Buffalo?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:19 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 July 2014 - 11:30 PM, said:

What's the problem with the 2nd year?  Can't they send him down to Rochester if he's not good enough to be #6 or #7 in Buffalo?
...but will the Sabres need that contract slot to sign one of their slew of prospects. Only get 50....

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:22 AM

No worries, we are tanking, we need someone alongside weber to let some goals in.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:33 AM

View PostHeimdall, on 17 July 2014 - 01:22 AM, said:

No worries, we are tanking, we need someone alongside weber to let some goals in.

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This made me laugh.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:45 AM

View PostThat Aud Smell, on 16 July 2014 - 10:11 PM, said:

I have an irrational dislike of this player. It's not his fault. It all stems from JoBa's tweet in praise of him last year - as being part of the team's future blue liners - that put me over the edge.

And Weber, that kid's from right down the street in Pittsburgh. Didya see the way he roughed up Crosby? That took guts, boy.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:51 AM

View Postinkman, on 17 July 2014 - 12:19 AM, said:

...but will the Sabres need that contract slot to sign one of their slew of prospects. Only get 50....

The following are all off the books after this season:
-Stewart
-Stafford
-Mitchell
-Kaleta
-Flynn
-Meszaros
-Neuvirth
-Enroth
-Grigorenko
-Schaller
-Pysyk
-Larsson
-Hackett
-Dalpe
-Strachan
-Samuels-Thomas
-Gauthier-Leduc
-Sundher
-Lieuwen
-Varone
-Ellis
-Bagnall

Some will stay, many will go either through free agency or trade.  There's no need to worry about the number of contracts.  If by some chance he's in the way and we can't find a home for him, he could always be bought out if absolutely necessary.  That would cost the team about 50 cents.  At the end of the day, he's either a 7th defenseman in the NHL or an older guy who can provided a bit of guidance to some of the AHL rookies fresh out of college or juniors.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:47 AM

View Postshrader, on 17 July 2014 - 07:51 AM, said:

The following are all off the books after this season:
-Stewart
-Stafford
-Mitchell
-Kaleta
-Flynn
-Meszaros
-Neuvirth
-Enroth
-Grigorenko
-Schaller
-Pysyk
-Larsson
-Hackett
-Dalpe
-Strachan
-Samuels-Thomas
-Gauthier-Leduc
-Sundher
-Lieuwen
-Varone
-Ellis
-Bagnall

Some will stay, many will go either through free agency or trade.  There's no need to worry about the number of contracts.  If by some chance he's in the way and we can't find a home for him, he could always be bought out if absolutely necessary.  That would cost the team about 50 cents.  At the end of the day, he's either a 7th defenseman in the NHL or an older guy who can provided a bit of guidance to some of the AHL rookies fresh out of college or juniors.

Now I feel much more comfortable.  Thank you.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:50 AM

View Postshrader, on 17 July 2014 - 07:51 AM, said:



The following are all off the books after this season:
-Stewart
-Stafford
-Mitchell
-Kaleta
-Flynn
-Meszaros
-Neuvirth
-Enroth
-Grigorenko
-Schaller
-Pysyk
-Larsson
-Hackett
-Dalpe
-Strachan
-Samuels-Thomas
-Gauthier-Leduc
-Sundher
-Lieuwen
-Varone
-Ellis
-Bagnall

Some will stay, many will go either through free agency or trade.  There's no need to worry about the number of contracts.  If by some chance he's in the way and we can't find a home for him, he could always be bought out if absolutely necessary.  That would cost the team about 50 cents.  At the end of the day, he's either a 7th defenseman in the NHL or an older guy who can provided a bit of guidance to some of the AHL rookies fresh out of college or juniors.

You know the second guy on that list ain't going nowhere.

View PostEleven, on 17 July 2014 - 08:47 AM, said:



Now I feel much more comfortable.  Thank you.

How about now?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:55 AM

View Postdudacek, on 17 July 2014 - 09:50 AM, said:

You know the second guy on that list ain't going nowhere.



How about now?

Jerk.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:55 AM

View Postdudacek, on 17 July 2014 - 09:50 AM, said:

You know the second guy on that list ain't going nowhere.



How about now?

Why would Mitchell staying make him less comfortable?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:10 AM

View PostGlass Case Of Emotion, on 17 July 2014 - 09:55 AM, said:

Why would Mitchell staying make him less comfortable?
Well played

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

View Postshrader, on 17 July 2014 - 07:51 AM, said:

The following are all off the books after this season:
-Stewart
-Stafford
-Mitchell
-Kaleta
-Flynn
-Meszaros
-Neuvirth
-Enroth
-Grigorenko
-Schaller
-Pysyk
-Larsson
-Hackett
-Dalpe
-Strachan
-Samuels-Thomas
-Gauthier-Leduc
-Sundher
-Lieuwen
-Varone
-Ellis
-Bagnall

Some will stay, many will go either through free agency or trade.  There's no need to worry about the number of contracts.  If by some chance he's in the way and we can't find a home for him, he could always be bought out if absolutely necessary.  That would cost the team about 50 cents.  At the end of the day, he's either a 7th defenseman in the NHL or an older guy who can provided a bit of guidance to some of the AHL rookies fresh out of college or juniors.

I don't have time to look but some new guys don't need contracts as they are still in college too.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 17 July 2014 - 10:13 AM, said:

I don't have time to look but some new guys don't need contracts as they are still in college too.

If I had to guess when it comes to our big college guys, the Comphers and Faschings of the world, I would bet that at most one would leave school after this year.

Another thing to keep in mind is that while a guy like Zadorov has a contract, it doesn't count against the limit if he gets sent back to the OHL (correct me if I'm wrong on that one).  That will be important to keep in mind next year if we do use all 3 of our first round picks.  McDavid/Eichel would obviously be in the NHL, but those other two picks probably wouldn't be (unless the Isles really suck this year).

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:22 AM

After last season my bad feelings towards stafford have faded somewhat though :)

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:33 AM

View PostHeimdall, on 17 July 2014 - 11:22 AM, said:

After last season my bad feelings towards stafford have faded somewhat though :)

Yeah, prior to last season he was the poster child for everything that was wrong with Darcy's Sabres.
But with all the changes and a steady diet of Omarks, Konopkas and McBains he's just kinda faded in terms of being a focus for the fans at all.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:33 PM

View Postinkman, on 16 July 2014 - 04:14 PM, said:

I really don't like this player

I'm in the same boat.

View Postshrader, on 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM, said:



If I had to guess when it comes to our big college guys, the Comphers and Faschings of the world, I would bet that at most one would leave school after this year.

Another thing to keep in mind is that while a guy like Zadorov has a contract, it doesn't count against the limit if he gets sent back to the OHL (correct me if I'm wrong on that one).  That will be important to keep in mind next year if we do use all 3 of our first round picks.  McDavid/Eichel would obviously be in the NHL, but those other two picks probably wouldn't be (unless the Isles really suck this year).

I really hope I'm wrong but I don't think we land either of those guys unless Murray unloads some players on the roster during the season. I just have this strange feeling that Darcy started this tank for high picks and a solid chance at McDavid and now that he is with the Coyotes I just have this feeling that because this team has hardly any offense that they somehow land McDavid. That would be huge for a struggling fan base. And it's just out luck!

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 July 2014 - 04:27 PM, said:

Ouch.

He's small and he's not physical, but he's a decent skater and has pretty good hockey IQ.  If nothing else he could develop into a Chris-Butler-type trade asset.

I might be in the minority, but I kinda like his game.  This team in the long run is not going to be able to afford to have a full set of  $4 million to $6million dollar per year studs on the blue line.  Ruhwedel to me is/can be a pretty decent puck-moving D man that would be a very good #5 or #6 guy that won't hurt you much if you have to move him into a #3 or #4 role.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

Cheap and competent depth.

He's not a world beater - but he plays a pretty safe game and skates well with his head up. Decent enough up-ice passer.
No problem with him being the 8th or 9th guy.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:35 PM

View PostX. Benedict, on 17 July 2014 - 04:29 PM, said:

Cheap and competent depth.

He's not a world beater - but he plays a pretty safe game and skates well with his head up. Decent enough up-ice passer.
No problem with him being the 8th or 9th guy.

As long as he is slated to be a #8 guy I am comfortable.  #7 is pushing it as far as I am concerned.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:05 PM

If we are in a contract crunch, can't we give a team our worst player and a 6th round pick or something to make room?  I don't understand the worry about 50 contracts impacting any real player development.

Or we could trade 4 for 2 and take on salary?  Pegula has been nothing but willing in terms of taking on money to give us a significant advantage.  I think that will always be our ace in the hole - Pegula is willing to burn real money to gain future assets.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

Ruhwedel is a poor man's Pysyk.  Not sure if that is good, but I spelled both names correctly.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

View Postmjd1001, on 17 July 2014 - 04:25 PM, said:



I might be in the minority, but I kinda like his game.  This team in the long run is not going to be able to afford to have a full set of  $4 million to $6million dollar per year studs on the blue line.  Ruhwedel to me is/can be a pretty decent puck-moving D man that would be a very good #5 or #6 guy that won't hurt you much if you have to move him into a #3 or #4 role.

I agree. He has a tenacious attitude and a good hockey IQ. He doesn't have that ultra-hyped expectation which could be a good thing. He doesn't net tons of goals but does a good job in his own zone. Nothing wrong with a defenseman who does his job behind the blue line and can move the puck north. Not everyone is a super star. We need guys that work well and don't demand top dollar if we ever want a run at the cup. IMO. Which of course means nothing.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:44 PM

View PostSabresBillsFan, on 17 July 2014 - 12:33 PM, said:



I'm in the same boat.



I really hope I'm wrong but I don't think we land either of those guys unless Murray unloads some players on the roster during the season. I just have this strange feeling that Darcy started this tank for high picks and a solid chance at McDavid and now that he is with the Coyotes I just have this feeling that because this team has hardly any offense that they somehow land McDavid. That would be huge for a struggling fan base. And it's just out luck!

He's an assistant GM! It's not like he is going to be calling any shots for that team. Hell, his addition came after most of their work for this season was done. Stop floating this idea that Darcy will destroy them, especially in one year.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 06:11 AM

View Postshrader, on 17 July 2014 - 10:44 PM, said:



He's an assistant GM! It's not like he is going to be calling any shots for that team. Hell, his addition came after most of their work for this season was done. Stop floating this idea that Darcy will destroy them, especially in one year.

And the Arizona Kaiyoots can't afford to tank, their existence is tenuous enough already.