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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:34 PM

As per Kevin Weeks tweet:

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Breaking : Expect an announcement within next 24-48 hrs on @BuffaloSabres multi yr contract with Tyler Ennis.@NHL @NHLNetwork.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:38 PM

...and the fight over the no trade clause begins.....

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 16 July 2014 - 01:38 PM, said:

...and the fight over the no trade clause begins.....

Get your popcorn ready :P

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:29 PM

View Post(E5), on 16 July 2014 - 01:50 PM, said:

Get your popcorn ready :P

I love me some free agent popcorn!

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

Kevin Weekes ‏@KevinWeekes 48s
BREAKING : It's believed Ennis deal with @BuffaloSabres is in 5 yr 23 Mil range with a 4.6 Mil AAV.
@NHL @NHLNetwork

pretty much what i expected… hopefully no NTC though

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:51 PM

I'll take it. Good term and small enough to trade away possibly.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:58 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 16 July 2014 - 02:51 PM, said:

I'll take it. Good term and small enough to trade away possibly.

yep, bought some UFA years and we get to see how he fits with the team as we get bigger and better. (well hopefully we will be in 5 years)

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:09 PM

Sounds good for where he is and where the franchise is.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:14 PM

Works for me. Ennis might not be a cornerstone player, but he's a nice piece, especially for when he's surrounded by better players. No complaints.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:20 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 16 July 2014 - 03:14 PM, said:

Works for me. Ennis might not be a cornerstone player, but he's a nice piece, especially for when he's surrounded by better players. No complaints.

Agreed.  Well, maybe slightly rich for my tastes, but the market is what it is.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:30 PM

NHL network says it's done.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:46 PM

View Postubkev, on 16 July 2014 - 03:30 PM, said:

NHL network says it's done.
Did Battista tell them?!?

Edited by DGW54321, 16 July 2014 - 03:46 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

View PostDGW54321, on 16 July 2014 - 03:46 PM, said:


Did Battista tell them?!?

Most likely

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:18 PM

I think it was Kim, who tipped them by baking a note into a pie.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:27 PM

View Postsizzlemeister, on 16 July 2014 - 04:18 PM, said:

I think it was Kim, who tipped them by baking a note into a pie.
Mmmmmm.....Apple pie using McIntosh apples from Niagara County.....Kim did well!  How will she submit their bid for the Bills to Mrs. Wilson?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

View PostDGW54321, on 16 July 2014 - 04:27 PM, said:

Mmmmmm.....Apple pie using McIntosh apples from Niagara County.....Kim did well!  How will she submit their bid for the Bills to Mrs. Wilson?

She'll threaten to leak vital information using her daughter's tookus.

Edited by Tankalicious, 16 July 2014 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:38 PM

Reasonable deal for a guy on the upswing of his career.  He should be a 20 goal, 50 point guy if he stays healthy.  Maybe a little better than that if we surround him with some talent.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

As much as I'm enjoying that Tyler Ennis has been signed to a good contract, I'm also enjoying that, in this thread so far, everyone is in agreement that he is and/or is capable of being a good player.

View PostPotato, on 16 July 2014 - 04:38 PM, said:

Reasonable deal for a guy on the upswing of his career.  He should be a 20 goal, 50 point guy if he stays healthy.  Maybe a little better than that if we surround him with some talent.

Agreed.  I believe he's capable of 60-65 point seasons with talent.  The fit's also good.  He's a high-skill player capable of playing wing on a team that has very few high-skill wingers.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:35 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 16 July 2014 - 05:06 PM, said:

As much as I'm enjoying that Tyler Ennis has been signed to a good contract, I'm also enjoying that, in this thread so far, everyone is in agreement that he is and/or is capable of being a good player.


The thread is young; give it time.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:02 PM

Outside of the Weekes tweet, does anyone have confirmation that he's actually been signed?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:04 PM

View PostHopefulFuture, on 16 July 2014 - 06:02 PM, said:

Outside of the Weekes tweet, does anyone have confirmation that he's actually been signed?

Nope. I don't doubt Kevin Weekes, though. He's had a good few scoops.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:48 PM

$4.6 average is too much for Ennis. If everything works out as planned, meaning Sabres hit on majority of these top picks, you end up paying a lot of money for a smallish third line winger. It shouldn't be a problem cap wise considering most of the top young talent the Sabres hope to have over the next few years will be on entry level contracts or bridge contracts.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

View PostDeLuca1967, on 16 July 2014 - 07:48 PM, said:

$4.6 average is too much for Ennis. If everything works out as planned, meaning Sabres hit on majority of these top picks, you end up paying a lot of money for a smallish third line winger. It shouldn't be a problem cap wise considering most of the top young talent the Sabres hope to have over the next few years will be on entry level contracts or bridge contracts.

What do you project Ennis's point totals to be on average over the next 5 years. Best/worst/likely?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:13 PM

View PostGlass Case Of Emotion, on 16 July 2014 - 07:56 PM, said:

What do you project Ennis's point totals to be on average over the next 5 years. Best/worst/likely?
Depending on the talent that Ennis will possibly be playing with? I think you can count on 15-20 goals about 40 points low end. High end? 20-25 goals 50-60 points in a single season. IMO, if Ennis is in the Sabres top 6 than the Sabres aren't were we all want to see them at as a franchise in the coming years. Ennis is a decent talented player, I'm not trying to drill on the guy. My end high end hopes and expectations for all these young kids the Sabres are accumulating will hopefully slot Ennis where I mentioned, a third line winger.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:39 PM

Ennis can be a second line winger on a very good team, in my opinion. He's best fit in the middle here, but when the team really starts performing I think he could be a very good second line winger. I do believe he has 30-goal potential, but the playoffs would likely be rough on him when the team gets deep.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

I think I've said here before, but any good team can (and often does) have 1 or maybe 2 small skilled forwards. The problem the Sabres have had in the past is that they've had 4-5 in the top six. Ennis will be an asset, either as a player or a piece in a trade down the road. He's plenty good to stay in the NHL.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:14 PM

View PostDeLuca1967, on 16 July 2014 - 08:13 PM, said:

Depending on the talent that Ennis will possibly be playing with? I think you can count on 15-20 goals about 40 points low end. High end? 20-25 goals 50-60 points in a single season. IMO, if Ennis is in the Sabres top 6 than the Sabres aren't were we all want to see them at as a franchise in the coming years. Ennis is a decent talented player, I'm not trying to drill on the guy. My end high end hopes and expectations for all these young kids the Sabres are accumulating will hopefully slot Ennis where I mentioned, a third line winger.

I think I'm where you are productivity wise, and I'd like his talent level to be on our borderline 2nd/3rd line, but that pay is very much in line with that production. So, he'll either fit in the cap and be value at his pay, or he doesn't fit in the cap (eventually we're going to have to make Chicago-like decisions and let go of good players) but his pay will be in line with his production and he'll be perfectly tradable.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:21 PM

I think Ennis' production will increase as the team gets bigger and better around him.
He hasn't got the goods to be a lead dog, but I think he can be very good riding shotgun for, say, a Jack Eichel.

Very few teams in today's NHL have players as good as Ennis on their third line.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

I like the price and the term.

I also happen to like the player. At his best, he was 'greasy,' as Lindy described him.

Enzo can be a top 6 forward (wing) on a good NHL team.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:55 PM

View PostThat Aud Smell, on 16 July 2014 - 09:27 PM, said:

I like the price and the term.

I also happen to like the player. At his best, he was 'greasy,' as Lindy described him.

Enzo can be a top 6 forward (wing) on a good NHL team.

He at least gives solid effort most of the time. Of Hodgson, Myers and Ennis....I'm most comfortable that Ennis comes closest to earning his entire contract.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

View PostMattPie, on 16 July 2014 - 09:02 PM, said:

I think I've said here before, but any good team can (and often does) have 1 or maybe 2 small skilled forwards. The problem the Sabres have had in the past is that they've had 4-5 in the top six. Ennis will be an asset, either as a player or a piece in a trade down the road. He's plenty good to stay in the NHL.

View Postdudacek, on 16 July 2014 - 09:21 PM, said:

I think Ennis' production will increase as the team gets bigger and better around him.
He hasn't got the goods to be a lead dog, but I think he can be very good riding shotgun for, say, a Jack Eichel.

Very few teams in today's NHL have players as good as Ennis on their third line.

I agree with both of these.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

View PostTankalicious, on 16 July 2014 - 06:04 PM, said:



Nope. I don't doubt Kevin Weekes, though. He's had a good few scoops.

I'm very curious to hear the details,  I'm not sure the 4.6 AAV is accurate but what do I  know

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:02 AM

View PostDeLuca1967, on 16 July 2014 - 07:48 PM, said:

$4.6 average is too much for Ennis. If everything works out as planned, meaning Sabres hit on majority of these top picks, you end up paying a lot of money for a smallish third line winger. It shouldn't be a problem cap wise considering most of the top young talent the Sabres hope to have over the next few years will be on entry level contracts or bridge contracts.

By that time the cap ceiling might be like 90 million.   Its a reasonable contract.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:23 AM

It's official.

http://sabres.nhl.co...s.htm?id=726525

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=457373



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:42 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 16 July 2014 - 09:55 PM, said:

He at least gives solid effort most of the time. Of Hodgson, Myers and Ennis....I'm most comfortable that Ennis comes closest to earning his entire contract.
I like the effort too.  He seemed to really respond to Nolan and get after it, problem is his production was still pretty lame. Better teammates should help.  Also from the limited exposure we have to his personality, he seems like a good dude / teammate to have (goofy interview series from a couple years ago, though I still don't get that sport goods store commercial).

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:53 AM

View Postbcardona, on 17 July 2014 - 10:42 AM, said:

I like the effort too.  He seemed to really respond to Nolan and get after it, problem is his production was still pretty lame. Better teammates should help.  Also from the limited exposure we have to his personality, he seems like a good dude / teammate to have (goofy interview series from a couple years ago, though I still don't get that sport goods store commercial).

I thought Rolston's use of Ennis was inexplicable at times. Nolan at least told the guy to just play his game of  hockey.

Ennis is  kind of like the kid in a pick-up basketball that runs the entire court well, but he's not your first pick once it turns into a half-court, no blood no foul game.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:11 AM

View Postbcardona, on 17 July 2014 - 10:42 AM, said:

though I still don't get that sport goods store commercial).
The phony confused faces the workers make annoys me everytime i see it.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:29 AM

View Postbcardona, on 17 July 2014 - 10:42 AM, said:

I like the effort too.  He seemed to really respond to Nolan and get after it, problem is his production was still pretty lame. Better teammates should help.  Also from the limited exposure we have to his personality, he seems like a good dude / teammate to have (goofy interview series from a couple years ago, though I still don't get that sport goods store commercial).

I'm not sure there's much to get. It's a play on those post-game and between period interviews where the player just spouts off some cliches instead of answering the question. Pominville was the king of it, I almost think the commercial was written for him before he left.

Interlocutor: "Tyler, the Bruins really took some stupid penalties out there last period. Is the team looking to take advantage of that and draw them into spending more time on the PK?"

Ennis: "This is a big game and the Bruins are a good team. If we step up and execute[0] our game plan, I think we can win it."

[0] That was a Bills thing a bunch of years ago, right? I remember it was stuck in my head for awhile.

For reference:
https://www.youtube....h?v=jbFMcAiKCaw

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

how many yrs is it?