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GM Gibs For A Day

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What would I do if I were GM?

First, I’d call all my friends and then have a crazy pick up game going at the First Niagara Center.

After the dangle, snipe, and celly session, I’d get down to brass tacks.

Ron Rolston told the media after practice that he’s thought about breaking up the Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville line. In my opinion, that’s a very smart move. For those of you who think I’m crazy, allow me to explain.

This hockey team isn’t going anywhere. They don’t put out a consistent effort every time they hit the ice, they’re in 28th place in the NHL (two teams are actually worse), and to reach eighth place is a miracle. So instead of having your three best players on the ice for 90 seconds at a time, why not spread out that talent a little bit.

Who would go where?

Ville-Leino-570x320What I would do is keep Vanek and Hodgson together, and stick Pominville on a line with Tyler Ennis and Ville Leino. Then I’d have Drew Stafford hop on with Vanek and CoHo. The reason for the move?

Trade stock.

Ville Leino is a good hockey player. He’s not going to score 25-30 goals a year, but he will create plays in the done and do a good job along the boards. Having Jason Pominville on Leino’s line would give him more freedom and space which would allow him to expose his talent. Leino’s got a set of mitts on him, and when he was with Briere and Hartnell, had all the space in the world.

Drew Stafford is another player that has failed to live up to his contract. Stafford has scored 20 plus goals in only threeAR-130219519.jpg&maxW=602&maxH=602&AlignV=top&Q=80 seasons. His highest total was 31 goals in 2010-2011, which is the last time the Sabres reached the playoffs (that was the year he had four hat tricks, two of them came against he Bruins). That 31 goal season brought Stafford a four year 16 Million dollar deal. The year after signing his contract, Stafford posted 20 goals in 80 games, and so far this season he’s been irrelevant. He’s got four goals and eleven points through 29 games, and has looked terrible most of the time. Two of those four goals have come in one game, and one of those goals was one of the biggest fluke goals you’ll ever see.

If you put Stafford on a line with Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek…I think it’s safe to say Stafford will find the net a lot more than he has this season. Not only that, but he’ll look a lot better than he does when he’s skating with Jochen Hecht and Nathan Gerbe. He failed to do anything on a line with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, so if you stick him on a line with your number one Center and best scoring forward, positive results are more than likely to come.

Instead of trying to convince yourself that this year is a fluke, which is what Darcy Regier really thinks, you should try and be the best team come April 3rd.

I’d be open to any ideas as long as Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers, and Mikhail Grigorenko aren’t part of the discussion. Jason Pominville, Ville Leino, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis, Steve Ott, Nathan Gerbe, Jordan Leopold, Andrej Sekera, Robyn Regehr, and Mike Weber are all on the table if I’m the GM. If you got a first round draft pick for Paul Gaustad, I’m sure you can get another first rounder for Pominville or even a top six forward in return. Tyler Ennis is another first round draft pick caliber player for a trade.

The reason you keep Vanek, Hodgson, and Miller is because you can build a very good team around that. I understand Miller is 32 and is a big cap hit, but he’s still one of the best goaltenders in the world and he’s showing it this season. He’d be in the Vezina discussion if it weren’t for one of the worst defenses in the league playing in front of him.

thomas vanek sabres austriaThomas Vanek is your ‘get it done’ player, and in my opinion, he’s the only ‘get it done’ player on the team. He had a great start, but as somewhat cooled off after he suffered a lower body injury a quarter into the season. Cody Hodgson is having a very strong sophomore season, and hasn’t even reached the surface of what he can potentially become. Grigorenko’s obviously a young prospect that you don’t trade away.  Christian Ehrhoff wasn’t listed because of his monster contract, and also because he’s a top tier defensemen that you want to have on your rebuilding team.

Moving some players around also gives you room to think about who you might be able to pick up in free agency over the Summer.

Check out GM Gibs: A Look Into Free Agency, which will be posted soon.

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Sabres Recall Adam Pardy

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Adam Pardy, who’s played in 183 NHL games, thought he would have a starting job with the defensive unit. With a plethora of defenseman within the organization, he was denied a spot.

Now with injuries to Andrej Sekera and Robyn Regehr, and the rest of the defense playing horribly, a spot has opened up. Pardy’s name has been called. He has one goal and three points in five games down in Rochester.

The 6 foot 4 226 pounder will play his first game as a Sabre tomorrow night in Ottawa. Ruff has yet to announce who will come out of the lineup.

Pardy will provide reinforcement for a blue line struggling without Robyn Regehr and Andrej Sekera. There’s a good chance that Christian Ehrhoff is hurt, which is the worst news Sabres fans can hear right now. Ehrhoff has been their best defenseman hands down through the first nine games. Lindy Ruff said two of the five players who skipped the optional skate today in Buffalo — Jason Pominville, Cody Hodgson, Steve Ott, Jochen Hecht and Ehrhoff — are doubtful for Tuesday.

Ehrhoff, however, played the entire game Sunday against Florida, including the last shift of the game.

Buffalo has given up 33 goals in their nine games…so they could use Pardy’s help.Pardy1

I’m excited to see what Pardy will bring to the table. I liked what I saw at the Blue/White scrimmage before the season started, and I believe Pardy will be a positive addition to the lineup.

You can’t coach size or NHL experience. If Pardy plays well enough, he’ll stay in the lineup. Let’s face it, nobody on that blue line has really played well enough to stay on the roster with the exception of Christian Ehrhoff.

WGR Sports Radio 550’s Matthew Coller, who cover’s the Amerk’s, made a comment about Pardy via Twitter. — You can follow Matt on Twitter @MatthewWGR

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Sabres – Panthers Recap

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Buffalo’s top line stays hot by grabbing the early lead for the Sabres, but the Panthers score the last three goals of the game to complete their comeback.

After getting embarrassed in Montreal Saturday afternoon, the Sabres had a chance at redemption on home ice when they played host to the Florida Panthers: the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers came into Buffalo 0-5 on the road, and at the time, the worst goal differential record in the NHL at -11. Still, Buffalo found a way to lose the game. Continue reading Sabres – Panthers Recap

Grigorenko Stays

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Sabres GM Darcy Regier has announced this morning that Mikhail Grigorenko will stay with Buffalo, and play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Grigorenko’s five game tryout didn’t bring any goals or assist’s, but his play on the ice showed Lindy and Darcy that he belongs in the NHL.

Now that Griggy is staying up with Buffalo, he enters his entry-level contract. He’ll earn $925,000 this year. After this season he will become an RFA (Restricted Free Agent), and if he plays at least 23 games this season, he will become a UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent) a year early.

When the 18-year-old found out he was staying with Buffalo he had a huge smile on his face and said, “It’s really amazing news, I’m really excited.”

Grigorenko is the first 18-year-old regular on the Sabres since Pierre Turgeon.

The Sabres will welcome back TJ Brennan and Mike Weber to the lineup tonight, and Thomas Vanek will return afterBuffalo+Sabres+v+Philadelphia+Flyers+AjTgCVfDev-l missing Sunday’s game in Washington.

Brennan and Weber will be filling in for Sulzer and Regehr. Sulzer is a healthy scratch, while Regehr has an undisclosed lower body injury. Lindy said earlier this morning that it’s a short term injury, and that it’s nothing serious.  With Vanek back, Nathan Gerbe is the odd man out tonight.

I’m interested to see if Brennan can ignite a spark in the Buffalo offense. Lindy said this morning, “His shot from the point on the power play is second to none in the AHL.” Brennan leads the Amerk’s with 35 points (14G + 21 A) in 36 games.

The Sabres face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the First Niagara Center. Puck drop set for 7:05.

Sabres Blue/White Scrimmage

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t energetic, but it didn’t matter. The Sabres were playing at the First Niagara Center last night. For those of you who thought that Sabre Nation would send a negative message to the organization by not showing up, you were dead wrong.

Over 10,100 fans were in attendance to watch an intersquad scrimmage between their beloved Sabres. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised to see the lower bowl of the arena packed with fans.

So what did we see?

The hot topic of the day/night was Sabres rookie sensation, Mikhail Grigorenko.

The hype over the skilled
Russianstarted in the morning at the Sabres store. If you went to the Sabres store any time after 11:30 in hopes of
purchasing a Mikhail Grigorenko jersey, you would’ve been severely disappointed. If you walked into the First Niagara Center around 6:00 pm in hopes to see Mikhail show off his skill set, you were probably very pleased. Continue reading Sabres Blue/White Scrimmage