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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:20 AM

The Sabres are 21-21-10 for 52 pts in 52 games and are currently 15th in the East and 27th place in the NHL. They are 6 pts behind Toronto for 3rd in the Atlantic (Tor has 1 game in hand). They are 7 pts behind Philly for the final wild card (with 2 games in hand).

Contracts:
UFAs
G- Nilsson
D - Kulikov, Franson and Fedun
F - Gionta (and McCormick), Grant & COR

RFAs
G - Lehner, Ullmark
F - Foligno, Larsson, Girgensons

UFA's next year - Gorges, Kane, Falk and Delo
RFA's next year - Eichel, Reinhart, Carrier, Bailey, Baptiste, Fasching & Nelson

Cap Situation: (Capfriendly.com)
Projected cap space: 1.689
Deadline cap space: 7.602
FYI: Bettman said recently that the cap looks to be flat next season, but could rise only to $75 mill in best case scenario.

On paper it seems we still have a chance to make the playoffs. However to get to 92 points with 30 games left would mean we'd have to go 18-8-4. That is nearly an impossible hill for this team to climb. This means we are going to be sellers at the deadline.

Draft pick situation
We have an extra 2nd (Minn) and 3rd (Wash) this season (2017), but no 5th.
We have all of our picks for 2018, but nothing extra.

Needs?
1) Scoring: We have the 2nd worst offense in the East.
2) Defense: Is it injuries or a lack of talent in slots 3-7 behind Risto and McCabe. I'm going with a lack of talent.
3) PK - Ours in the 2nd worst in the NHL at a terrible 73.8%
4) 4th line center - Grant and COR have both been waived and sent down. Larsson our for the year. That leaves...... a huge hole in the lineup.
5) Lack of near NHL ready D prospects. Guhle is our best D prospect and he is in Jrs and may or not be ready for full time NHL duty.
6) A sniper to play on the top 2 lines now or in the very near future

So who?
Franson should draw some interest. Kulikov might also if he can get healthy,
Gionta (if he is interested in being traded) would really help a playoff team and should garner some interest.
Kane? He is probably our most value trade-able asset. Is he part of the core and future or is he an asset to trade to fix the D? Might be easier to move in the off-season.

Edited by yse325, 19 February 2017 - 09:11 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:43 AM

interesting article of Atlantic devision needs: https://www.nhl.com/...6?tid=278542340

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:35 AM

The Sabres are 21-21-10 for 52 pts in 52 games and are currently 15th in the East and 27th place in the NHL.  They are 6 pts behind Toronto for 3rd in the Atlantic (Tor has 1 game in hand). They are 7 pts behind Philly for the final wild card (with 2 games in hand).  

 

Contracts:

UFAs 

G- Nilsson

D - Kulikov, Franson and Fedun

F - Gionta (and McCormick), Grant & COR

 

RFAs

G - Lehner, Ullmark

F - Foligno, Larsson, Girgensons

 

UFA's next year - Gorges, Kane, Falk and Delo

RFA's next year - Eichel, Reinhart, Carrier, Bailey, Baptiste, Fasching & Nelson

 

Cap Situation: (Capfriendly.com)

Projected cap space: 1.689

Deadline cap space: 7.602

FYI: Bettman said recently that the cap looks to be flat next season, but could rise only to $75 mill in best case scenario.  

 

On paper it seems we still have a chance to make the playoffs.  However to get to 92 points with 30 games left would mean we'd have to go 18-8-4.  That is nearly an impossible hill for this team to climb.  This means we are going to be sellers at the deadline.  

 

Draft pick situation

We have an extra 2nd (Minn) and 3rd (Wash) this season (2017), but no 5th.

We have all of our picks for 2018, but nothing extra.

 

Needs?

1) Scoring:  We have the 2nd worst offense in the East.

2) Defense:  Is it injuries or a lack of talent in slots 3-7 behind Risto and McCabe.  I'm going with a lack of talent.

3) PK - Ours in the 2nd worst in the NHL at a terrible 73.8%

4) 4th line center - Grant and COR have both been waived and sent down.  Larsson our for the year.  That leaves...... a huge hole in the lineup.

5) Lack of near NHL ready D prospects.  Guhle is our best D prospect and he is in Jrs and may or not be ready for full time NHL duty.  

6) A sniper to play on the top 2 lines now or in the very near future

 

So who?

Franson should draw some interest.  Kulikov might also if he can get healthy,

Gionta (if he is interested in being traded) would really help a playoff team and should garner some interest.

Kane?  He is probably our most value trade-able asset.  Is he part of the core and future or is he an asset to trade to fix the D? Might be easier to move in the off-season.

At the top of GMTM's list: Fire the current coach. Enough is enough. I don't care who they get or deal (player wise) None of it will matter under this coach. Tiring.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:17 AM

Jhonas is 9-1-0 is the minors :lol: , hell bring em to ROCH. Maybe the Amerks will do something for once.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:40 AM

At the top of GMTM's list: Fire the current coach. Enough is enough. I don't care who they get or deal (player wise) None of it will matter under this coach. Tiring.

 

Looking at the RFA list, I realize that next season is critical.  Both Samson and Jack could leave if they don't see adequate progress on the team.  I don't want to wait until the off season to change coaches.  The Sabres have literally too much to lose.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:52 AM

Looking at the RFA list, I realize that next season is critical.  Both Samson and Jack could leave if they don't see adequate progress on the team.  I don't want to wait until the off season to change coaches.  The Sabres have literally too much to lose.


Time is definitely of the essence. This team doesn't have time to dick around any longer. I don't see a whole lot roster wise happening until the off-season, but bringing in a new coach needs to be done sooner rather than later. Like after the next four games.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:57 AM

Great breakdown yse.

 

I am just about sure they will be sellers.

 

I think most of the UFAs will be sold for picks, which I think is the right decision.

 

I don't think any of the RFAs or next year's UFAs will be traded.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

Well, I guess we could go hire Claude Julien: https://www.nhl.com/news/c-286509024



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:25 AM

interesting article of Atlantic devision needs: https://www.nhl.com/...6?tid=278542340


Interesting Metro primer! Is there an Atlantic one?

No deadline discussion would be complete without an acknowledgment of our prospect pipeline.
1) Nylander LW/C - eta 2nd half of 2017-18 or start of 2018-19
2) Guhle D - start of 2017-18.
3) Bailey RW/LW - currently in Buffalo as a callup. Start of 2017-18
4) Baptiste RW - Start of 2017-18 at best or first callup in 2017-18
5) Fasching RW - callup in 2017-18
6) Peterson - G - AHL next season. I figure at least 2 years in Roch.
7) Borgen - D - AHL next season. Could get a callup in 2017-18.
8) Asplund - C - depends on when he makes the move to NA. If he joins the Amerks next season, could vault up this list. 2018-19?
9) Ullmark - G - Could he get the backup slot if Nilsson traded? Likely the backup next year if not grabbed by LV in expansion.
10) Carrier - LW - currently in Buffalo and likely staying.
11) Pu - C/W - London leading scorer. Not old enough for the AHL. I figure 2019-2020.
12) Fitzgerald - D - likely an Amerk next season. 2019-2020.
13) Estephan - C - following up last year's breakout with another good campaign. AHL next year. 2019-2020.
14) Cornel - C/W - Adjusting to AHL. I expect him to blossom next year in the AHL. Callup late next year?

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:48 AM

There's still a lot of hockey left to be played between now and the deadline.   If they go on some insane hot streak, they might stand pat at the deadline, maybe add a veteran.  

 

If they continue down the same path they've been on, I'd expect guys like Girgensons, Foligno, Gionta, Kulikov, Ennis, etc... to be up for grabs.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:22 PM

Interesting Metro primer! Is there an Atlantic one?
No deadline discussion would be complete without an acknowledgment of our prospect pipeline.
1) Nylander LW/C - eta 2nd half of 2017-18 or start of 2018-19
2) Guhle D - start of 2017-18.
3) Bailey RW/LW - currently in Buffalo as a callup. Start of 2017-18
4) Baptiste RW - Start of 2017-18 at best or first callup in 2017-18
5) Fasching RW - callup in 2017-18
6) Peterson - G - AHL next season. I figure at least 2 years in Roch.
7) Borgen - D - AHL next season. Could get a callup in 2017-18.
8) Asplund - C - depends on when he makes the move to NA. If he joins the Amerks next season, could vault up this list. 2018-19?
9) Ullmark - G - Could he get the backup slot if Nilsson traded? Likely the backup next year if not grabbed by LV in expansion.
10) Carrier - LW - currently in Buffalo and likely staying.
11) Pu - C/W - London leading scorer. Not old enough for the AHL. I figure 2019-2020.
12) Fitzgerald - D - likely an Amerk next season. 2019-2020.
13) Estephan - C - following up last year's breakout with another good campaign. AHL next year. 2019-2020.
14) Cornel - C/W - Adjusting to AHL. I expect him to blossom next year in the AHL. Callup late next year?

Yeh my mistake... lol

Edited by North Buffalo, 07 February 2017 - 12:24 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:31 PM

He'll trade Gionta if Gionta wants, maybe Kulikov/Franson. That's probably it. Then he'll underwhelm in the offseason, and we'll watch a third full post-tank season with a 4th line that's so bad that they either get 4 minutes of ice time or get totally broken up and each individual player will get shuffled into shifts while we roll the top three lines. As well as a defense that has to play Falk and Bergdorfer after a few injuries, but he could totally trade for a bottom 4 d man any time he wants to, in his words.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:47 PM

I hope to God we can fix the 4th line from within.
I get why Bailey and Baptiste and Fasching have been mostly buried on the farm, but next year it's time.

I desperately want our UFAs parlayed into a promising young AHL d-man.

And I want to trade our first-rounder for a Fowler, or, more accurately, a player who is perceived today the way Fowler was last year.
But that trade is more likely leading up to the expansion draft.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:47 PM

Ghhhhhoooosssstttt

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:36 PM

I hope to God we can fix the 4th line from within.
I get why Bailey and Baptiste and Fasching have been mostly buried on the farm, but next year it's time.

I desperately want our UFAs parlayed into a promising young AHL d-man.

And I want to trade our first-rounder for a Fowler, or, more accurately, a player who is perceived today the way Fowler was last year.
But that trade is more likely leading up to the expansion draft.

I cant believe anyone cares about the 4th line

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:52 PM

Interesting Metro primer! Is there an Atlantic one?

No deadline discussion would be complete without an acknowledgment of our prospect pipeline.
1) Nylander LW/C - eta 2nd half of 2017-18 or start of 2018-19
2) Guhle D - start of 2017-18.
3) Bailey RW/LW - currently in Buffalo as a callup. Start of 2017-18
4) Baptiste RW - Start of 2017-18 at best or first callup in 2017-18
5) Fasching RW - callup in 2017-18
6) Peterson - G - AHL next season. I figure at least 2 years in Roch.
7) Borgen - D - AHL next season. Could get a callup in 2017-18.
8) Asplund - C - depends on when he makes the move to NA. If he joins the Amerks next season, could vault up this list. 2018-19?
9) Ullmark - G - Could he get the backup slot if Nilsson traded? Likely the backup next year if not grabbed by LV in expansion.
10) Carrier - LW - currently in Buffalo and likely staying.
11) Pu - C/W - London leading scorer. Not old enough for the AHL. I figure 2019-2020.
12) Fitzgerald - D - likely an Amerk next season. 2019-2020.
13) Estephan - C - following up last year's breakout with another good campaign. AHL next year. 2019-2020.
14) Cornel - C/W - Adjusting to AHL. I expect him to blossom next year in the AHL. Callup late next year?

 

Does anyone know we'd expose Ullmark in expansion draft ?

 

Why not sign Nilsson to a 1-year extension and expose him ?

 

You also forgot Florentino on your list.  I'd put him around 10, ahead of Carrier.


Edited by Georgia Blizzard, 07 February 2017 - 05:53 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:54 PM

Does anyone know we'd expose Ullmark in expansion draft ?

Why not sign Nilsson to a 1-year extension and expose him ?

You also forgot Florentino on your list. I'd put him around 10, ahead of Carrier.

Ullmark ain't going nowheres

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:57 PM

I cant believe anyone cares about the 4th line

We should

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:02 PM

We should


If a team is constructed properly, talent will get pushed down to that line relegating any need to address it. Girgensons, Foligno, Gionta would make a heck of a 4th line.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:21 PM

If a team is constructed properly, talent will get pushed down to that line relegating any need to address it. Girgensons, Foligno, Gionta would make a heck of a 4th line.

Well it's still the same thing. You should have enough talent to have 4 lines. I don't mean specifically going and getting 4th line players

If that's not what you meant, my mistake

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:43 PM

I cant believe anyone cares about the 4th line

 

I care that we still have non-NHL talent on it, and it sees ice time.

 

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:05 PM

If a team is constructed properly, talent will get pushed down to that line relegating any need to address it. Girgensons, Foligno, Gionta would make a heck of a 4th line.


Well that was kinda my point.

  

I care that we still have non-NHL talent on it, and it sees ice time.
 
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And this. We need fourth liners who can pitch in higher up the lineup. More Carriers and less DLos

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:38 PM

I'd love to get a Legwand type for the PK.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:58 PM

Well first and foremost, I'd like to see a big shake up in the defensive core.  With Murray already re-upping Falk for another season while at only 650K, it makes me gag.  I don't want to see anymore of Bogosian, Gorges, Falk, Fedun (While he has played admirably, it's paultry to have a 28 year old AHL lifer playing the entire season in the top 6.).  I'm ready to trade off anyone who isn't a significant contributor going forward.  This middling results starts with Bylsma and while I loathe Claude Julian, he'd be a massive upgrade.  



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:49 AM

Does anyone know we'd expose Ullmark in expansion draft ?
 
Why not sign Nilsson to a 1-year extension and expose him ?
 
You also forgot Florentino on your list.  I'd put him around 10, ahead of Carrier.


The Sabres can only protect one goalie and that will be Lehner. Sadly Ullmark is not exempt and will be exposed regardless if we re-sign Nilsson or not.

I didn't forget Florentino. I don't think he has the upside of the others on the list, but I like his physical game and expect the Sabres to sign him this offseason along with Sean Malone, Borgen, Estephan, Petersen and maybe Fitzgerald.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 09:21 AM

Well first and foremost, I'd like to see a big shake up in the defensive core.  With Murray already re-upping Falk for another season while at only 650K, it makes me gag.  I don't want to see anymore of Bogosian, Gorges, Falk, Fedun (While he has played admirably, it's paultry to have a 28 year old AHL lifer playing the entire season in the top 6.).  I'm ready to trade off anyone who isn't a significant contributor going forward.  This middling results starts with Bylsma and while I loathe Claude Julian, he'd be a massive upgrade.  

 

I think you may have some seriously unrealistic expectations. You want to see us get rid of Bogosian, Gorges, Falk, and Fedun and ensure that every replacement is an upgrade all in one offseason? How is he supposed to upgrade 4/6 of the defense in one offseason when we are already close to the cap? I think upgrades for 1 or 2 spots is about the best we can hope for unless you're willing to gut the forward ranks and trade at least 2 of Eichel, Reinhart, O'Reilly, Okposo, and Kane because selling off Tyler Ennis, Matt Moulson, or Marcus Foligno isn't going to net you anyone better than Bogosian and that's only if you're lucky. Maybe if he re-signs Kulikov and/or Franson it will push Falk and Fedun back into being injury call ups from Rochester but it's unlikely we're gonna get the big shake up you're requesting.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:39 AM

The Sabres can only protect one goalie and that will be Lehner. Sadly Ullmark is not exempt and will be exposed regardless if we re-sign Nilsson or not.

I didn't forget Florentino. I don't think he has the upside of the others on the list, but I like his physical game and expect the Sabres to sign him this offseason along with Sean Malone, Borgen, Estephan, Petersen and maybe Fitzgerald.

 

We will not have to worry about Ullmark being drafted by Vegas and I will eat a shoe* if that actually happens. Keep in mind all the other teams need to keep goalies unprotected and I don't think Ullmark will be anywhere close to the top 2 exposed goalies across the league. I can see the Sabres losing Girgensons, Foligno or Larsson to Vegas.

 

For the deadline I'm not expecting much from Murray, move Gionta and Franson if you can find a buyer and the return isn't going to wow anyone.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

A big part of the reason we don't score more goals is beyond Risto and to a lesser extent Franson & McCabe, our defensemen contribute nothing offensively. They can't shoot, they don't pass well, and they generally lack puck skill. Gone are the days of the "defensive defenseman"... Bogosian (team worst -13), Kulikov (second worst on the squad at -8), and Gorges all need to go. Fedun can go too.

 

I'd throw Gio a one year contract since he is still playing at a high level. And, I'm not sold on RFA forwards Larsson, Girgs and Foligno... I'd probably let Larsson walk.

 

 



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:22 PM

I can see a scenario where Ullmark is picked: if I'm the Knights, I'm grabbing a solid veteran to be number one and an unproven talent to groom and back him up. The best emerging talents will be protected. How many guys at Ullmark's age and skill level will be available?

McPhee's plan in Vegas will be interesting to watch unfold. He has so many players to choose from, he has to take on a certain amount of salary, is limited to one player per team and a put together a balanced roster. He also has his exclusive free agent window and the ability to make a bunch of wink-nudge deals.

Every pick is going to be depend on other picks.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:29 PM

I can see a scenario where Ullmark is picked: if I'm the Knights, I'm grabbing a solid veteran to be number one and an unproven talent to groom and back him up. The best emerging talents will be protected. How many guys at Ullmark's age and skill level will be available?

McPhee's plan in Vegas will be interesting to watch unfold. He has so many players to choose from, he has to take on a certain amount of salary, is limited to one player per team and a put together a balanced roster. He also has his exclusive free agent window and the ability to make a bunch of wink-nudge deals.

Every pick is going to be depend on other picks.

 

Murray from the Pens. Fleury has to be protected.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:31 PM

Murray from the Pens. Fleury has to be protected.


You don't think Fleury (or, if push comes to shove, Murray) is going to be dealt?
Teams will not let guys that valuable walk for free.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:38 PM

You don't think Fleury (or, if push comes to shove, Murray) is going to be dealt?
Teams will not let guys that valuable walk for free.

 

Is there a team for Fleury?

 

I agree teams don't let that talent walk for free, but I think there are better 'prospects' than Ulmark out there.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

I'm thinking you're probably right, but I bet there are fewer than we think.

If I get time, I'm going to take a look. Emerging, cost-controlled goalies have value in this league.
It depends on whether a GM thinks Ullmark - or others like him - have number one potential.

I'm willing to bet there will be a bit of a goalie carousel heading into the expansion draft.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

Is there a team for Fleury?

 

I agree teams don't let that talent walk for free, but I think there are better 'prospects' than Ulmark out there.

 

I just can't see a team trading for a goalie that's making close to 6mil, especially with the cap staying flat. Teams know that Pittsburgh would want to get rid of him so his value would be low as well. I think Fluery would be a great pick for Vegas considering the cap hit and all that. I think Vegas will have the mindset of "draft the best player available" and that is going to be Larsson or Girgensons or maybe Ennis or (fingers-crossed) Moulson.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:12 PM

I can see a scenario where Ullmark is picked: if I'm the Knights, I'm grabbing a solid veteran to be number one and an unproven talent to groom and back him up. The best emerging talents will be protected. How many guys at Ullmark's age and skill level will be available?

McPhee's plan in Vegas will be interesting to watch unfold. He has so many players to choose from, he has to take on a certain amount of salary, is limited to one player per team and a put together a balanced roster. He also has his exclusive free agent window and the ability to make a bunch of wink-nudge deals.

Every pick is going to be depend on other picks.

 

IMO there is a minute chance Ullmark gets picked in the draft considering one or more of Girgensons, Larsson, Gionta, Ennis, Foligno, Moulson, Bogosian will be made available.  My money would be on Girgensons or Larsson.    I really hope they don't protect Larsson, they don't miss him at all since he's been out... you could argue offensive production from the 3rd line has improved since he's been out.  



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:32 PM

IMO there is a minute chance Ullmark gets picked in the draft considering one or more of Girgensons, Larsson, Gionta, Ennis, Foligno, Moulson, Bogosian will be made available.  My money would be on Girgensons or Larsson.    I really hope they don't protect Larsson, they don't miss him at all since he's been out... you could argue offensive production from the 3rd line has improved since he's been out.


I would be surprised if KO, ROR, Kane, Foligno, Girgensons, Larsson, Carrier aren't the seven protected.
Losing Moulson benefits us capwise and unless Ennis really perks up in the next six weeks, protecting him is too much of a risk at his cap hit.

Risto, McCabe and Bogosian will be protected unless they sign Kulikov or acquire another D, then Bogosian and his horrible return on cap hit are exposed.

As it stands, I see Vegas picking between Ennis, Moulson, Gorges, DLO, Ullmark and AHL tweeners like Falk.
Of that group, in a vaccuum, I'd take Ullmark.
Who they pick really depends on what their needs are, but the Sabres are in excellent shape for the expansion draft.
Guys like Foligno and Girgensons are going nowhere.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:52 PM

I'm actually looking forward to the Vegas draft and having it take a player that I don't want on the roster. Some would argue "why would you be excited about losing a player for nothing?" but I can't imagine the return of a player being very high for someone you don't want on one of the worst teams in the league. I'd love to see Moulson or to a lesser extent Bogo go mostly for cap reasons.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 01:08 AM

I'm thinking you're probably right, but I bet there are fewer than we think.
If I get time, I'm going to take a look. Emerging, cost-controlled goalies have value in this league.
It depends on whether a GM thinks Ullmark - or others like him - have number one potential.
I'm willing to bet there will be a bit of a goalie carousel heading into the expansion draft.



So I checked and I don think Ullmark will be in Vegas.
And not because there are a ton of better options unprotected.
I'll explain on the expansion thread.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 01:24 AM

I would be surprised if KO, ROR, Kane, Foligno, Girgensons, Larsson, Carrier aren't the seven protected.
Losing Moulson benefits us capwise and unless Ennis really perks up in the next six weeks, protecting him is too much of a risk at his cap hit.

Risto, McCabe and Bogosian will be protected unless they sign Kulikov or acquire another D, then Bogosian and his horrible return on cap hit are exposed.

As it stands, I see Vegas picking between Ennis, Moulson, Gorges, DLO, Ullmark and AHL tweeners like Falk.
Of that group, in a vaccuum, I'd take Ullmark.
Who they pick really depends on what their needs are, but the Sabres are in excellent shape for the expansion draft.
Guys like Foligno and Girgensons are going nowhere.

 

You do realize that Ennis is finding his game.  He has 1g and 3a in th 4 February games and is +3 in those games.  Protecting players with concussion histories and long-term contracts is a significant risk.  But protecting an easily replaced 3/4 center like Larsson  vs a talented and proven top 6 scorer doesn't make much sense.  I agree that offense has improved with Girgensons playing the 3rd line center over Larsson.  

 

If our available talent is as below, who are you taking?  I'm still taking Ullmark.  He is young, cheap, talented and has shown he can play in the NHL.  I wouldn't be surprised if LV takes 3-4 goalies.  Remember they are going to stock an AHL team as well.  

G- Ullmark

D - Gorges, Falk

F - Larsson, Delo, Moulson

 

If GMTM is smart, he uses one of our extra picks and maybe a prospect to get LV  to by pass Ullmark.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:16 AM

In a vacuum I take Larsson.
He's of an age and a mindset he could eat up a lot of tough minutes on an expansion team and has some room for growth.
But there could be salary cap incentive for taking Gorges or Moulson, along with the fact they can help a young Knights team the same way they have a young Sabres team, as mentors to the young guys, plus they are the types of guys that might have value at the deadline.

You certainly could argue that Ullmark has the best upside though.
But there will be better goalies available.
Another thing about Linus, I like him, but he's not an essential piece to the pipeline. Lehner is one of the youngest starters in the league. Nilsson is young and we should be able re-sign him, or failing that someone serviceable. And Peterson succeeds Ullmark as our young guy in waiting.

I'd love it if you were right about Ennis, because I really used to enjoy his game.
I just don't see it right now though. Larsson and Girgensons together have a lower cap hit, are playing better, and seem like better fits for this team's stated style.

Edited by dudacek, 09 February 2017 - 02:29 AM.