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#1 Teemu Selšnne

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:00 PM

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24. Teams are looking for defencemen and the Buffalo Sabres have eight. But Sabres GM Darcy Regier says he's told teams, "Give me a reason to trade one." So far, he feels he hasn't received a good enough answer.


25. Regier's got to be unhappy right now, though. The Sabres' 2011-12 was ruined after they wilted against the Boston Bruins. Last week, they stood up to them physically, then came back to win after falling behind 3-1. But the weekend -- blown out in Montreal, beaten by Florida at home -- was such a disappointment. All of the momentum was destroyed. They got good return for Paul Gaustad last year, but have to replace him. Buffalo is the worst faceoff team in the league.

http://www.cbc.ca/sp...keep-weiss.html

Regier might not be shopping a defenseman, but there's speculation he's actively looking for help at both ends of the ice. Scouts from 18 different NHL teams took in the Sabres 4-3 loss on Sunday to the Florida Panthers.


http://www.thehockey...-attention.html

It's believed Regier is in the market for a gritty, defensive-minded forward, who can play on the club's second or third line, and a shutdown defenseman.


http://www.thefourth.../buf130204.html

Regier said he's been pondering the trade market but it remains "soft" (there have basically been no big deals yet).


http://blogs.buffalo...-the-coach.html
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:01 PM

In before "Trade Manny"

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

Send them manny
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

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#5 Teemu Selšnne

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Detroit could use defensive depth.. they were a team with a scouting presence at that game, but what could they offer?

Edited by Teemu Selšnne, 06 February 2013 - 11:04 PM.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

Maybe we can trade Kassian for Sulzer?
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

Maybe we can trade Kassian for Sulzer?


Oh hush now .. someone might be listening .. B)
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#8 Teemu Selšnne

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

Regehr, Leopold, Sulzer & Pardy are all UFAs at year's end.

My bet is that Leopold is the odd man out though..
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

Schroeder for Myers :P
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

They need a faceoff man eh? well we've got a ' faceoff specialist'

Malhotra

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:18 PM

Keep Manny, we aren't doing well at faceoffs right now either.

We don't really need a defensemen, we have depth but "a gritty defensive minded forward that can play on the 2nd or 3rd line" sounds alot like Chris Higgins, if they would give us something we could use (a forward) I would be willing to part with him, but not for a defensmen.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:19 PM

kassian for hodgson




























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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

I'd only move higgins for nothing short of Armia
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:25 PM

kassian for hodgson























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We get ripped off..
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:26 PM

If GMDR is looking plainly for a shake-up, him and GMMG already have made a lateral, fair trade in recent history. So, if he's indeed looking for help 'at both ends', maybe there is room for a deal, though I don't really see it.. In theory:

Ballard, Raymond for Stafford, Leopold?

Ballard & Stafford's contracts are similar, Leopold and Raymond are both UFAs-to-be. Stafford - Schroeder - Hansen is much 'stronger' (literally) 3rd line than Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen..
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:37 PM

kassian for hodgson




























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Right, because Hodgson plays defence
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:06 AM

We don't need more defensemen that will sit in the press box.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:16 AM

If GMDR is looking plainly for a shake-up, him and GMMG already have made a lateral, fair trade in recent history. So, if he's indeed looking for help 'at both ends', maybe there is room for a deal, though I don't really see it.. In theory:

Ballard, Raymond for Stafford, Leopold?

Ballard & Stafford's contracts are similar, Leopold and Raymond are both UFAs-to-be. Stafford - Schroeder - Hansen is much 'stronger' (literally) 3rd line than Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen..

get out
he wants a grit player, stop with the raymond ballard..
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:21 AM

Myers coming to Vancouver or Ehrhoff?

If that is the case, we should be trading Raymond or some other depth forward to make this deal come to fruition.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:28 AM

Sekera , Ehrhoff and Regehr are out with injuries currently ..so who to move?
well only regehr seems long term
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:08 AM

Sekera , Ehrhoff and Regehr are out with injuries currently ..so who to move?
well only regehr seems long term

Probably Leopold.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:15 AM

1. The Canucks are not a match here.

2. Hodgson is a pretty big part of the reason their F/Os suck.

3. Umberger, maybe? Like Umberger, Nikitin for Sekeras, Weber, Gerbe, pick?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:19 AM

Leopold likely to move IMO, he and Myers have been playing horrible together as they're both offensive D, he needs a solid defensive guy with him a la Tallinder. Without Regehr they need better balance on the pairings.

There's no surprise he had his best game of the year playing with A defensive guy in Pardy.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:31 AM

Leopold likely to move IMO, he and Myers have been playing horrible together as they're both offensive D, he needs a solid defensive guy with him a la Tallinder. Without Regehr they need better balance on the pairings.

There's no surprise he had his best game of the year playing with A defensive guy in Pardy.


Makes sense.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:38 AM

If GMDR is looking plainly for a shake-up, him and GMMG already have made a lateral, fair trade in recent history. So, if he's indeed looking for help 'at both ends', maybe there is room for a deal, though I don't really see it.. In theory:

Ballard, Raymond for Stafford, Leopold?

Ballard & Stafford's contracts are similar, Leopold and Raymond are both UFAs-to-be. Stafford - Schroeder - Hansen is much 'stronger' (literally) 3rd line than Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen..


That doesn't fit, they need a gritty forward and Stafford is more valuable (Unless he value as dropped)

In that case I would be interested in something around Higgins for Stafford. But that doesn't seem like a step forward from them, rather a laterial move or maybe even one slightly backwards.

Either way it is something I would be interested. Made a proposal last year to bring Stafford on board. Would love a line of Booth - Kesler - Stafford
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:46 AM

Don't see how they can afford to trade away a D-man considering how inconsistent their D-men have been, defensively at least.

Ehrhoff, Myers, Sulzer and Leopold all seem to be struggling a bit.

They were counting on guys like Stafford, Ennis and Foligno to step up big in the secondary scoring department but it hasn't happened.

Don't think they can improve unless the guys within the organization step up.

Edited by Canuck919191, 07 February 2013 - 05:47 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

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Darcy Regier has dialed up other GMs this week to talk trade but his hope is that the solution resides in Sabres' room, http://es.pn/WRmbaO

Darcy Regier has dialed up his GM counterparts this week with his Buffalo Sabres squad collecting only three wins in 10 games to begin the season.

But there are no magic pills lying out there right now in what appears to be a soft trade market.

"I’ve talked to some GMs the last few days," Regier told ESPN.com Wednesday afternoon. "It’s a pretty quiet market right now. A number of teams have very small things they want to do, quite honestly, with the hope that whether it’s with their players or our players, they’re going to get them on track because of their previous history of them being a lot better. That kind of leaves it where we’re saying, 'Let’s touch base again later in the week or later on.' Teams sitting in positions similar to us are hoping to turn it around with the group that they have and then in the event they don’t, looking at the trade market. But as you said, it’s pretty soft right now."

And so while Regier works the phones, he’s hoping the answer comes from within the roster he assembled. The 3-6-1 Sabres, who began the season 2-0, host the rival Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in what amounts to a must-win even just a quarter into this shortened season.

It starts with playing a little defense. The Sabres are dead last in the NHL in goals against, allowing an average of 3.70 a game.

"We have to focus our efforts on the defending side, more on stopping goals than scoring goals, and that’s from the goaltending position on out," said Regier. "It’s a team effort. It hasn’t always been the same reasons but they’re linked. The good thing is that, that’s something Lindy’s good at, fixing the defensive side of the game. That’s work we have to do and that’s how we’re going to get better."

Lindy Ruff has been the head coach in Buffalo since 1997. A growing number of Sabres fans -- growing further from last season, when Buffalo missed the playoffs -- would like to see a change behind the bench. But that’s not the plan, Regier said.

"We’re working hard to get this turned around after 10 games," said Regier, who was signed to a contract extension last month. "And we’ll continue working on it as a team. I have full confidence that the work Lindy and I will do will get it done."

According to the Buffalo News, Wednesday was slated to have been a day off but Ruff asked the players to come in for a video session followed by practice.

How can this team be so bad right now?

We asked that question to an Eastern Conference team executive: "When you’re depending on Miller to always save games, you take that for granted, I think," he said. "The defense group, on paper, should be better than it is playing right now. They haven’t played well back there. The other thing is with this short season, teams play so many games in a short period, when you get on a bad streak the losses really pile up in a hurry. A slump is really magnified. One bad week really jumps out at you. Whatever the reason, that team just isn’t clicking right now. They should be better than this."

Olympic MVP Ryan Miller obviously has to step up: his .906 save percentage is 21st among NHL netminders, his 3.11 goals-against average 31st.

Hot goaltending is the fastest cure for a slumping team, but on top of that he’s the undisputed leader on this team. He needs to lead and knowing him, he will snap out of it.

"We’re counting on it," said Regier. "And I say that knowing Ryan, knowing how competitive he is and what his skill set it. I’m confident in that regard."

On defense, an NHL scout told me before the season that Buffalo's blue-line was "too soft."

It’s a comment I passed on to Regier.

"I probably would disagree with you on the physical side," Regier, always classy, said politely. "It’s very difficult to separate it right now individually and say it’s you or it’s you, or it’s this defense group or that pairing, it’s very team-related where we’ve had just short periods of consistency but way too much inconsistency, and most of it is on the defensive side. The reality is that you can’t pin it all on the goalie, you can’t pin it all on the defense and you can’t pin it all on the forwards.

"It’s a team effort. It’s something where we collectively have to get out of it."

The pressure’s on in Buffalo. Time to win.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

Tyler freakin MyerZ for KassianZZZ ZOMGZOMG
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

Schroeder for Myers :P


As a follower of the Sabres as well, I'd give up Myers for less! He's awful.
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