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Lancaster, NY • United States • 36 Years Old • Male
It’s official, Nathan Paetsch will be a Sabre for 3 more years at a reasonable one million per. He’s a nice 4th dman and I said (blogged) repeatedly that he should have been in the line up during last year’s playoffs.

To me, this signals one thing. Dimitri Kalinin is done as a Sabre. And thank GOD for that!

We’ve heard for WAY too long that this guy has the potential to be a number 1 d-man (see WGR’s Paul Hamilton (Sabres Beat Reporter) for this ongoing silly prognostication). If there was one thing Kalinin was consistently good at it was being inconsistent. Six seasons of “pull your hair out” play is enough for us Sabre-Faithful.

He had his chance in Buffalo. He had LOTS of chances. And on the most important stage of his career during last year’s playoff run, he was a total no-show. A meltdown the likes of which we haven’t seen since Chernobyl. Lindy allowed him only 2 minutes of ice time.

Ship him out. Send him packing. Give him a one way ticket. He’s cheap, he’s still pretty young and some crazy GM’s might think he still has “phenomenal” long-term potential… he’s got to be worth something in a trade. The game is played on a six inch rink between his ears and he ain't got a zamboni for it.
I have an official statement for the Sabres. I can no longer sit by and allow years to be taken off my life from the stress laid upon me by the feeling I get when Kalinin has the puck in our own end. I just can’t take it anymore. Give his giveaways to another team!
Filed Under:   Sabres   Kalinin   Paetsch   cleon  
July 31, 2007 10:09 AM ET | Delete
agreed...Kalinin's downside is not worth his flashes of brilliance, but you'd have to be a pretty crazy GM to even consider him right now (ie-could he help my team?). I can't imagine he's seen much more favorably in a different city. who would take him for the $2.25 mill he is going to make this year? Paetsch is an excellent #6 if there's a way to do it, but I don't think it's a possibility until Kalinin's value increases a bit, which will require playing time. we signed him to the deal, and for a trade to work we have to prove he's worth it. the 2007 playoffs are not a good last impression for any buyer.
July 31, 2007 10:36 AM ET | Delete
but this could be just like when we traded Taylor Pyatt last year. We trade hime, then he has a breakout year.
July 31, 2007 11:24 AM ET | Delete
Hmm, I wonder if you guys would take Gauthier from us. One of the things I think you lacked last year during the playoffs was that mean guy who you were afraid to come over the blue line with your head down. Gauthier is a hitter (even a dirty one sometimes) and could give your blue line a bit of a nasty side. He isn't cheap but Philly is looking to dump salary and Goat is a good locker room guy. What do you guys think?P.S. Another good post Cleon!
August 1, 2007 6:29 PM ET | Delete
To be honest Kalinin takes the blame for the majority of Buffalo's failures. He played fairly well during the regular season especially considering his price tag. I agree that he was a huge bust in the playoffs but then again no one besides Tallinder stood out for me. Each of our d-men has their faults and Kalinin is no exception. I wouldn't mind trading him though I think we will have to package him along with some other players/prospects to get a deal done.
August 2, 2007 3:19 AM ET | Delete
Keep Kalinin, have to keep the faith.
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