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With training camp 2007 about a month away lets take a look at some possible line combinations for the Sabres this upcoming season.

1. Vanek - Roy- Stafford
2. Pomminville- Connolly- Afinogenov
3. Hecht- Gaustad- Kotalik
4a. Paille- Ryan- Mair Extra: Peters (Size & Speed)
4b. Paille - Mair- Paetsch Extras: Peters / Ryan (Size & Strength)
4c. Peters- Mair- Ryan/ Paetsch Extra: Ryan or Paetsch (Ruff & Tumble)

1. Tallinder- Lydman
2. Spacek- Campbell
3a. Numminen- Kalinin
3b. Paetsch- Kalinin
3c. Numminen- Paetsch

Miller
Thibault

As you can see there are many possible comboinations. The only reason I chose Michael Ryan over other prospects ( ie. MacArthur) is do to the fact the Sabres signed him to a 1 way deal this summer. I have also found a way to work Paetsch in as much as possible. He can be used as a winger on the 4th line or give Teppo or Tree a breather. This will also be illustrated below as well.

PP1

Vanek- Connolly- Afinogenov
Spacek - Pominville (ie. replace either w/ Paetsch if PP isn't clicking)

PP2
Hecht- Roy- Stafford
Campbell- Kotalik (same rule applies here as well w/ Paetsch)

The powerplay will go as far this year as the cannons of Spacek & Kotalik will take them. If these two decide to pass on the big shot as much as they did last year. These units will change more than the shades of red in Lindy's face on any given night.

PK1
Paille- Gaustad
Lydman- Tallinder

PK2
Hecht- Roy
Spacek- Campbell

PK3
Pominville- Connolly
Numminen- Kalinin

I decided to make up 3 PK units in honor of Coach Ruff. He tends to use anywhere from 2-4 differnt units on a given night. Heck if Ryan is in the lineup feel free to insert him in where ever you like. He is hard working PK man. If one of the others is hurt, in the bin or needs a breather insert #37.

I thought this would be easy to do. Lindy gets it right more often then not. I wrote these guys names down 4 or 5 different ways before i came up with this jumbled mess. Mr. Ruff you make this look easy. Keep up the good work.
The only way this gets easier is with a trade taking away talent already listed above. Darcy & Lindy have a way of figuring these things out. Better them than me. This has been taxing on the brain.

Peace out. The ole' mellon needs a breather.
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August 12, 2007 2:07 AM ET | Delete
Is Stafford a natural center? I'm really excited to watch this guy play a full season in a key role. He's a very excitting player to watch. Could be a good pick in a pool.....
August 12, 2007 12:18 PM ET | Delete
Intresting lines, SC. Although I would put TC as the 1st line center with Vanek and Afinogenov on his wing and have Roy between Pommer and Stafford. Of the 4th line I think you're 4.b. would be the most effective and ultimately find a nice place in the line-up. What I would REALLY like is signing Peca and put him between Hecht and Kotalik and then do a Paille-Gaustad-Mair line. But, hey.....that's just fantasy. Good blog, SC. Keep it up..
August 12, 2007 1:00 PM ET | Delete
RG- I like your thinking of Peca. But i was going with what was the roster at the time. I really don't see them signing him without removing something first. I think they maybe working on a package deal to free up a place first. They need another center without question. along with a bigger smash mouth d-man. IMHO i think this is the roster they start the season with. Darcy usally only adds 1 guy via free agency, then anther via a trade of some sorts. Maybe he will shock everyone and make a trade.
August 12, 2007 1:50 PM ET | Delete
I like PK1 a ton. I think they are going to give Mair a fair amount of playing time this year. He has grit and talent. Another great article!
August 12, 2007 2:16 PM ET | Delete
SC, I also have a feeling this is the roster they'll start the season with. I was just talking fantasy with Peca, it would be a great addition. As for the D-man, why not sign D.Markov? They can trade Kalinin or Spacek and replace one of them with D.Markov, he hits hard, offensivly gifted, veteran presence and he can handle the up-tempo game Buffalo plays with.
August 12, 2007 3:19 PM ET | Delete
It all looks good on paper, but it will take a creative Lindy to make it work on the ice.
August 12, 2007 5:50 PM ET | Delete
I think buffalo will again be a great team next year, lost a little offence yes, but you guys got rookies who'll step up, and ruff will take this team through the underdog role. Ironic if you guys can take the cup with drury and briere gone, would show them eh. Anyways I really think buffalo's major weakness is the D, mckee was amazing I loved watching him play for you guys, buffalo is a fast team, but two years ago they did well because the grit they played with, players blocked shots it was a whole team effort. I think you can prob ride Miller to the 2nd round at least this year.
August 12, 2007 5:53 PM ET | Delete
There is nothing "ruff
August 12, 2007 5:55 PM ET | Delete
There is nothing "ruff
August 12, 2007 7:30 PM ET | Delete
Very well thought out. It looks good. My suggestion would be Stafford over Ryan.
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