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#1 WildCard

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:00 PM

Seems to be a pretty big topic of discussion, so have at it



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:02 PM

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:07 PM

I think it's the islanders but that wasn't a choice.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:07 PM

Buffalo  :o



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:08 PM

It's kind of a shame that the NHL doesn't retain team names when they move like the NBA does, although the Islanders are staying put now that it looks like they're going to get a reasonable place to play. In the NBA, Utah Jazz is one of my favorites. In the NHL, how great would it be to have the Utah Islanders, Colorado Nordiques, Dallas North Stars, or if you want to go further back, the Dallas Golden North Seal Stars.



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:13 PM

It's kind of a shame that the NHL doesn't retain team names when they move like the NBA does, although the Islanders are staying put now that it looks like they're going to get a reasonable place to play. In the NBA, Utah Jazz is one of my favorites. In the NHL, how great would it be to have the Utah Islanders, Colorado Nordiques, Dallas North Stars, or if you want to go further back, the Dallas Golden North Seal BARON Stars.


FTFY. ;)

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

It's kind of a shame that the NHL doesn't retain team names when they move like the NBA does, although the Islanders are staying put now that it looks like they're going to get a reasonable place to play. In the NBA, Utah Jazz is one of my favorites. In the NHL, how great would it be to have the Utah Islanders, Colorado Nordiques, Dallas North Stars, or if you want to go further back, the Dallas Golden North Seal Stars.

 

Also ... the NJ Rockies Scouts Devils.



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:33 PM

Also ... the NJ Rockies Scouts Devils.


Don't forget the SJ Golden Baron Star Snarks either. ;)

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:45 PM

If the NHL wanted a reall cool third jersey gimmick, you could have an All Snark Night. The Islanders could wear a Fishsticks jersey. Maple Loafs. Rump Rangers. Butter Knives for us. Every team has one for sure. The LA Queens. And so on.



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:48 PM

If the NHL wanted a reall cool third jersey gimmick, you could have an All Snark Night. The Islanders could wear a Fishsticks jersey. Maple Loafs. Rump Rangers. Butter Knives for us. Every team has one for sure. The LA Queens. And so on.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:48 PM

Buffalo Bandits



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:50 PM

:lol:

Seriously, tell me that wouldn't be awesome. But is the NHL the No Hilarity League?



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:11 PM

Seriously, tell me that wouldn't be awesome. But is the NHL the No Hilarity League?


It absolutely would be, but there is no way in heck that ANY major league would go for it, sadly.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:27 PM

I don't get why there wasn't more than two choices?



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:29 PM

It absolutely would be, but there is no way in heck that ANY major league would go for it, sadly.

The Chicago Bla... Yeah, you're right. Carry on.



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:00 PM

Good poll. I agree that JT will be playing with this guy:

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:25 PM

Don't forget the SJ Golden Baron Star Snarks either. ;)

 

Yup.  And this discussion has lead be to be thankful that the Sabres never relocated.



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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:30 PM

To be honest, if he doesn't sign with the Islanders, I think we have a good shot.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:29 AM

Say it with me...



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:46 AM

Perhaps this is a ploy by Tavares' agent, they all know TP is willing to spend $.  Leak it out that JT is considering Buffalo, knowing TP will spend, drive up his offers from other teams and get one from a team that he really wants to play for.

 

too much tin foil hat?


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:00 PM

Say it with me...

I don't think he's leaving but he is in an interesting situation. 



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:15 PM

Perhaps this is a ploy by Tavares' agent, they all know TP is willing to spend $.  Leak it out that JT is considering Buffalo, knowing TP will spend, drive up his offers from other teams and get one from a team that he really wants to play for.

 

too much tin foil hat?

 

But who's to say that Buffalo isn't one of those teams?  Despite the crappy record, I think the Sabres will have taken a YUGE step forward by the start of this season and the following seasons should see steady improvement.  It may be a good situation for him.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:26 PM

But who's to say that Buffalo isn't one of those teams?  Despite the crappy record, I think the Sabres will have taken a YUGE step forward by the start of this season and the following seasons should see steady improvement.  It may be a good situation for him.

Well, being pretty much the worst team in the league over the last half decade probably has something to do with it.

 

Signing and affording JT without going into cap hell right away will be tricky, we'd need to rid ourselves of one or two of Okposo, RoR, Moulson, Bogosian.  No one is taking Okposo, Moulson, or Bogo.  RoR could be moved, he has plenty of value on the market.  Problem is that we have no capable wingers.  Okposo might regain form being on a line with JT, but who else is there? Reinhart? sure, but he's do a raise, further complicating things towards the cap.

 

Will JT want to come here, not be a captain, and be fine with this being Eichel's team?

 

I just don't see a YUGE step forward this year, baby step for sure, we might be able to leap ahead of Ottawa and maybe Montreal in the division, but thats about it.  



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:34 PM

But who's to say that Buffalo isn't one of those teams?  Despite the crappy record, I think the Sabres will have taken a YUGE step forward by the start of this season and the following seasons should see steady improvement.  It may be a good situation for him.

It's a terrible situation for him here. There is nothing here for him. We are a garbage team with a garbage record that will, within 3 years, be unable to afford him without putting us in such serious cap trouble we can't yet again ice a competitive team. We are a new GM with a new HC nowhere near ready to win now. What's he gonna do? Come here and throw on the Assistant Captain so he can lose for the next 5 years in the oh so glamorous city of Buffalo? 



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:35 PM

We he hoists the Cup in the Blue & Gold next spring you'll be sorry for that little rant.  :angel:



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:37 PM

We he hoists the Cup in the Blue & Gold next spring you'll be sorry for that little rant.  :angel:

I'm either living or dying on this hill :lol:



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

I'm either living or dying on this hill :lol:

It's kind of an annoying topic to have an opinion on, because there is a LOT of nuance to this particular free agency situation, and yet there are only two possible results, so somebody is going to have a particularly annoying "yeah... you're right, but still" :P



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:45 PM

It's kind of an annoying topic to have an opinion on, because there is a LOT of nuance to this particular free agency situation, and yet there are only two possible results, so somebody is going to have a particularly annoying "yeah... you're right, but still" :P

Really it goes back to the whole Stamkos debate. I was right then and dammit I'll be right again. I don't want either of these players, I didn't want Stamkos and I don't want Tavares. That then just led to me saying why am I even arguing this, they're never leaving anyways



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:47 PM

He wants to get the band back together.  He wants to come here and play with KO and Moulson.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:54 PM

He wants to get the band back together.  He wants to come here and play with KO and Moulson.

They gonna skype Matty Mo in?



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:56 PM

It's a terrible situation for him here. There is nothing here for him. We are a garbage team with a garbage record that will, within 3 years, be unable to afford him without putting us in such serious cap trouble we can't yet again ice a competitive team. We are a new GM with a new HC nowhere near ready to win now. What's he gonna do? Come here and throw on the Assistant Captain so he can lose for the next 5 years in the oh so glamorous city of Buffalo?


The "Because Buffalo" is strong with this one.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:57 PM

They can't be his next team if they are his current team.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM

They can't be his next team if they are his current team.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:00 PM

It's a terrible situation for him here. There is nothing here for him. We are a garbage team with a garbage record that will, within 3 years, be unable to afford him without putting us in such serious cap trouble we can't yet again ice a competitive team. We are a new GM with a new HC nowhere near ready to win now. What's he gonna do? Come here and throw on the Assistant Captain so he can lose for the next 5 years in the oh so glamorous city of Buffalo? 

 

I think you are underestimating what Dahlin coming here means. Risto gets pushed to the 2nd pairing where he belongs, Tavares plays #1 Center, Eichel is #2, Mittle is #3 and you trade O'Reilly to Montreal for some other really good stuff (he becomes expendable). Add in Guhle, Reinhart and possibly a bounce-back year from Okposo? 

 

If Tavares did come here, it would not be long before Buffalo is not only in the playoffs (next year), but probably contending for Cup by 2019. The vision is pretty easy to see if you add him to the mix.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:02 PM

I think you are underestimating what Dahlin coming here means. Risto gets pushed to the 2nd pairing where he belongs, Tavares plays #1 Center, Eichel is #2, Mittle is #3 and you trade O'Reilly to Montreal for some other really good stuff (he becomes expendable). Add in Guhle, Reinhart and possibly a bounce-back year from Okposo? 

 

If Tavares did come here, it would not be long before Buffalo is not only in the playoffs (next year), but probably contending for Cup by 2019. The vision is pretty easy to see if you add him to the mix.

You are going to pay 3 guys around $30M. I don't care how good they are, that's never going to work. We've already seen how Eichel and Tavares cannot carry a team of scrubs. Together they still can't carry a team of scrubs


Edited by WildCard, 17 May 2018 - 01:03 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:04 PM

You are going to pay 3 guys around $30M. I don't care how good they are, that's never going to work. We've already seen how Eichel and Tavares cannot carry a team of scrubs. Together they still can't carry a team of scrubs

Who's the third guy?



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:04 PM

I think you are underestimating what Dahlin coming here means. Risto gets pushed to the 2nd pairing where he belongs, Tavares plays #1 Center, Eichel is #2, Mittle is #3 and you trade O'Reilly to Montreal for some other really good stuff (he becomes expendable). Add in Guhle, Reinhart and possibly a bounce-back year from Okposo? 

 

If Tavares did come here, it would not be long before Buffalo is not only in the playoffs (next year), but probably contending for Cup by 2019. The vision is pretty easy to see if you add him to the mix.

Still have no top line wingers, hoping Okposo gets back to form is a big hope, Reinhart is probably our best winger, but probably wouldnt be on the top line of any of the teams left in the conference finals.  You're assuming Mittelstadt is ready to rock, and make a difference on the third line, who's he playing with, Wilson, Bailey, Baptiste etc etc, none of them have proved they are ready to make an impact in the NHL



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:04 PM

Who's the third guy?

Dahlin



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:15 PM

Dahlin

Doubt his first contract is $10mil



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:17 PM

Doubt his first contract is $10mil

Eichel $10M

Tavares $12M

Dahlin $8M