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[img]http://nhl.speedera.net/image-upload/regier_tallAP.jpg[/img] Picture this: It is July 4th in the United States in Western New York and some Sabres fans get together for a BBQ to celebrate Independence Day. And when Buffalo sports fans have an outing, you can bet the house it is only a matter of time before the conversation turns to either the Bills or Sabres. ...
Since the GM meetings were held this week, I have decided to make this post to fit the scenario IF the gms decide to put in bigger nets- October 4, 2007- The first game of the NHL season in Anaheim has been delayed because they could not get the new bigger net through the zamboni entrance and onto the slushy ice rink. Finally, the game has started at midnight eastern ti...
Darryl2981 writes...

Can GM's do this?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
Someone please tell me if this can be done. There has to be a way to manipulate the cap. So many times there are contracts given with escalating salaries through out the term of the contract, my question is, can there be declining contracts? The reason I ask is because if there is, what is stopping a GM from signing a player, or players to very long Dipietro like deals, an...
leafsownsens writes...

The Babysitter's Club

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
To the best of my knowledge, John Ferguson Jr. is a full grown, educated adult male. So can someone explain to me, why is the hierarchy at MLSE currently headhunting for a senior executive in order to overlook and consult with Mr. Ferguson on his every move as the GM of the Maple Leafs? Circumstances surrounding Jr.'s tenure as GM to date have been anything but the nor...
What i've seen today, was the most disgusting thing i ever see in my life... and that day begin with Dan Brière with a 52 millions contract and first year 10 millions... 10 freaking million... Crosby will ask for 300 millions if Briere worth that, comon why we lose a season if they continue to give contract like this... 3.6 millions to Sarich... SARICH is probably a 6...
I re-edited this post because I thought it was a fun discussion!: I feel bad for Buffalo, because Lowe basically forced their team into overpaying for Vanek, though he did sign the offer sheet. But still, I think if a player signs an offer sheet, let him go. He obviously isn't willing to sacrifice for the sake of his own teams benefit.(Meaning, go into arbitration and...
This has been a fun debate for the past few months. I know a lot of people say things out of anger but really don't mean what they say. So, what do you really mean? Let's find out how many people support Quinn for the actions he has done this past off season with the Sabres. I could show a lot of facts that might sway someone's decision a certain way, but that's not ri...
FLAMESTR writes...

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[img:right][b]IF I COULD TURN BACK [/b][/img]TIME? Boy, if managers only knew! Every manager has made a bad transaction or trade. For this blog, I polled some of my friends to name the most memorable, horrible trades made by our beloved gm’s. I will be using their quotes with permission and of course putting my two cents worth at the end. Jbug That’s real...
TheStig writes...

Mark Bell

Posted Tuesday | Comments 18
This is another classic example of John Ferguson Jr.'s incompetence as a GM, trading a 1st & 2nd round pick in 2007, and a 4th round pick in 2009 for Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell. This trade was dumb from day 1, first off this was the year the leafs finally had a chance to land a decent forward could've snagged Cherepanov or Esposito or many others that were still aroun...
the lines at practive today were... Hagman - Modano - Lehtinen Morrow - Ribeiro - Eriksson Lundqvist - Halpern - Miettinen Jokinen - Barnes - Winchester Fedoruk - Ott - Barch Daley - Zubov Norstrom - Robidas Niskanen - Boucher OK, so I hope this is not the exact example for what will be played in the game tonight.... I dont like Hagman with Mo and Lehts, ...
Apparently PT Sports is saying that one of the top 3 GM candidates for the permanent position is current NSH GM David Poile. He's certainly a man who knows how to build through the draft (Suter, Radulov, Weber, Erat, Hartnell, Legwand, Klein, Hamhuis, Tootoo) As well as one who can find hidden gems from all mediums (Timmonen from Kings trade, Dumont as an FA, Mason ...
BlueBloodPat writes...

Don't be Surprised

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
As I write this, John Ferguson Jr. is still the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as far as I know anyways. Of course it is completely possible that Ferguson was fired long ago and MLSE has asked him to hold the position while they search for an interim GM. This would explain why there has practically been no roster changes during this catastrophic slump, w...
Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you might know that the Leafs are in the process of finding a new general manager to replace John Ferguson. Today we learned that the bright minds and the very skilled researchers of our friends MLSE, found that the Cliff Fletcher was still under contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Even though they fired him back in April...
7-4 There isn't much to be said about this game. Dallas dominated a weaker opponent and took care of business. Brad Richards was more than advertised. The top 3 lines were phenomenal. I know Dave Tippett likes to tinker, but if it isn't broken leave it alone. Those 3 lines are awesome. Lines 1. Morrow Ribeiro Eriksson 2. Ott Modano Lehtinen 3. Hagman Richards M...
On the morning of Trade Deadline Day, XM204 played a clip of [b]Buffalo Sabres'[/b] GM [b]Darcy Regier[/b] discussing how the media places a lot of pressure on GMs to get something done at/by the deadline. He's right about that--to a point. In most cases, that pressure comes as a result of what a GM has--[i]or hasn't[/i]--done to deserve it. Some GMs were definitely exp...
This blog is specified between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins -- two teams that have felt the cold and unfair hand of management stamp down on decisions, exiling the General Managers. It is a [i]proces[/i]s which can end a GM's tenure quite easily. The management sees an opportunity, exploits it whether or not the GM sees fit, and the repercussions always ...
Big fan of former LAK GM Dave Taylor. In my mind, to be a successful GM of a rebuilding team you need three strong qualities: 1) The ability to build through the draft 2) The ability to make shrewd trades 3) The ability to pick up bargains in the UFA market In my mind, Taylor has all three of these qualities, and I'll quickly explain why, providing some exam...
I'm afraid fans in Toronto are still delusional. They may have opened their eyes after having them closed for so long, but they are still blinded by the sun. I cannot see any well respected and established General Manager taking a job with the Leafs. The team is currently coming off of a disaster of a season, with little help coming from within the organization. Top ...
As if it wasn't a big enough concern that the team I have all but worshiped for my whole life has missed the playoffs for 3 consecutive years, now I find myself worrying about the whole management situation that is an on-going mess in Toronto. It is very troublesome that with an exceptionally crucial draft approaching, current interim GM Fletcher is apparently focussed ...
Today is one of those days where you almost pray your team does nothing because the amount of money being thrown around is down right ridiculous. There have only been a couple signings where I can honestly say the team got good value. The singings I like today include Fedorik at just over 1 mil per season, Brunette at 2.33mil and Vrbada at 3mil. Jeff Finger by all acc...
While fans around the NHL point and laugh at the US$14-million, four-year deal given to defenseman Jeff Finger, Cliff Fletcher is following a blueprint to ensure the Leafs a more promising future. Let's start with the player that is discussed the most, Jeff Finger. An almost unknown commodity around the NHL, he's somewhat of an underrated player when you take a look at ...
Whenever a building is demolished by implosion the spectacle creates a horde of onlookers, feeding on a basic human attraction toward violent destruction. It is the same depraved impulse that causes so many to further the obstruction of traffic when they pass a wreck on the highway. Though the impact of such rearrangement is immediate and rife with dramatic imagery, few if...
If the 2008 NHL Entry Draft was going to be the linchpin onto which the Maple Leafs commenced its rebuild, then the July 1st free agency free-for-all was going to be a barometer with which to measure the organizations immediate ambitions. Going into the first days of free agency, the Leafs had two options. The first was too play it frosty, pick up some low key, low cap h...
mightyquinn writes...

Will it be JOE??

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
Will it be Burke or will it be Joe?? This is the new question cropping up in Leaf land. With the recent hiring of Joe Nieuwendyk as Cliff Fletchers assistant GM, there are whispers that Joe maybe the Leafs next GM in the next couple of years (if not before the 09/10 season). Mentoring under Cliff for possibly 2 seasons, learning the ropes, everything seems to be in pla...
Leafs1319 writes...

The Toronto Media

Posted Friday | Comments 12
Hey, you guys, yeah I'm pointing at you in the media. It's time you stopped writing the same stuff over and over. I've started to get quite annoyed with the Toronto Hockey media the past few weeks because you continue to read the same things, printed in the paper and posted online, every day and every week. Okay, so Niklas Hagman, Jeff Finger and Curtis Joseph are not goin...
The mystery surrounding the resigning of Restricted Free Agent Ryane Clowe continues. As the summer drags on, no news comes forth about his status. We were led to believe from published reports that he had a "gentelmen's" agreement with Doug Wilson at the end of last season. The only outstanding issue had been length on contract as reported. So what is up? Since no news is...
Well, some of you will argue with me that I'm homer right now when I say that Bob Gainey is tonight the happiest GM in the NHL - see the happiest man in the world -. Well, every single decision taken by Gainey so far have paid a lot for the Montreal Canadiens. There are seveeral parts in a GM's job. But Mr. Gainey has managed his team masterfully in every single way in ...
tml1967 writes...

Maple Leafs moves for 2009?

Posted Thursday | Comments 17
Lets start off by wishing everyone a great 2009 and for Leaf fans a very interesting time as Brian Burke has had just about a month to evaluate the team and could be primed for some moves. The question is who can you see Burkie trade package or waive as he continues the rebuilding process that Fletcher has commenced. Here is a player by player breakdown of what might b...
1) [u]Coaching[/u] – My first engagement in the Flames’ off-season moves would be to make a coaching change. But, unlike most of the outcry from Flames fans and media, I would not fire Mike Keenan as head coach. I know most fans are calling for Keenan’s head I believe that (other than the constant line-juggling and “strong encouragement” to have Kipper play all ...
trueblue98 writes...

a REALISTIC offseason plan

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
Hey everybody, i've been on hockeybuzz for a while but rarely post. But after reading EVERYWHERE about all these "offseason plans" that people are coming up with its just ridiculous. Lets get real. We have no money to spend. The odds of trading Drury, Gomez, Redden and/or Rozsival are very slim to say the least. The only realistic one that could be moved may be Rozsival. D...
The days keep winding down to the open of the 2009-10 season and myself like many Maple Leafs sit pondering who will score this season for the Leafs and will any Maple Leaf actually crack the 30 goal mark? The last time that this has happened in Leafland with a player not named Mats Sundin, we have to go all the way back to the 2002-03 season when Alex Mogilny scored 33. T...
When it comes to having fun, a roller coaster is above all one of the best. I think someone needs to tell the forwards on the Toronto Maple Leafs that the same doesn't apply to a roller coaster of a season. As it stands the Leafs are being led by a defenseman in points. Of course Tomas Kaberle is a very offensive player, but no team should ever be led by a d-man if you ...
Domaju writes...

The Game of Risk

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Earlier this morning the Leafs made one heck of a move. One that could end up being looked at as an incredibly stupid one. Brian Burke was able to take Dion Phaneuf away from the Calgary Flames, and move that I was excited about...until I saw what they traded. I was ok with giving up Mayers and Stajan, but Hagman and White are not sitting well with me. Niklas Hagman ...
Toronto Maple Leafs fans went to bed last night with a bitter taste in their mouths after watching their beloved Leafs blow a 3-0 lead against the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Day in Canada. This morning many started their Sunday as they normally would but what most fans did not expect was to get hit all of a sudden by a Burkie Blast. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke...
In evauluating the trades, any hockey pundit will tell you that you need to wait for an extended period of time down the road to see who 'wins' a trade. I on the other hand see a way to evaluate this trade right now, I think there is a simple way to look at this from a Leafs fan perspective and be more than happy with it. For starters, let me say that I think Phaneuf...
BryanM writes...

Hits to the Head

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
I haven't seen the Matt Cooke hit and I don't care to. This blog is not about whether or not it was a clean hit. With that out of the way what I have seen is a lot of people commenting about how dirty the hit was. What I want to know is how many people would be saying that if Savard had stood back up and skated away. I bet most would ignore it. It's just a fact of our l...
Newman writes...

Hagman Lifts Flames to Victory

Posted Wednesday | Comments 16
The Flames did what they had to do tonight beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. In the process they once again pulled within two points of the Detroit Red Wings for 8th place in the West. Driving the Flames to victory was Niklas Hagman who had his coming out party wearing the red, yellow and black. Calgary also had two point nights from Iginla and Bouwmeester for the Flames ...
No matter what happens tomorrow night in Boston or Wednesday night in Buffalo, the Boston Bruins front office has work to do. You see, whether the Bruins win this series or not is kind of irrelevant. This team might have what it takes to get past these Sabres but probably not Sid the Kid and Pittsburgh, and certainly not Ovie's Capitals. At least not in 2010. But armed wit...
FLAMESTR writes...

Flames Trouble Fix Them.

Posted Sunday | Comments 14
We all know about the bad press that constantly surrounded the Flames last season. I can understand it, with the Flames not making the playoffs. The last time the Flames did not make the playoffs was the 2003 season. I see two major issues that need to improve next season, one being the offense, and the other being too many defensive breakdowns in their own zone. So ...
TML_fan01 writes...

Burke Type of Players...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
[b]Do you honestly think "[quote]Burke"[/quote] type of players will win the maple leafs a cup?[/b] I don't think so. Okay so Burke loves players with a lot of grit and toughness. First of all he signs Colby Armstrong a third line player to a 3mil/Season. Thats outrageous for a player that plays on the third line. Wouldn't you love to see elite players on the leafs team...
Chadavitch writes...

Feaster or Famine?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Hmmm... Jay Feaster is the new Flames assistant GM... or is that assistant TO the GM? Could it be that after swapping out the amateur scouts they've now realized that Sutter is at the very least in need of some "assistance"? Perhaps his first order of business should be to show Darryl where the door is and pass on the old axiom about letting it hit him on the way out. ...
Newman writes...

Niklas Hagman: A Good Fit

Posted Friday | Comments 9
Coming over in “The Trade” from the Toronto in late January of last season, Niklas Hagman was considered to be the most highly skilled player that took the westbound trip to Calgary. A six foot tall, quick, Finnish forward with loads of unused potential was bound to help the Calgary offence going forward. The following 27 games didn’t exactly yield the projec...
Hagman... injured? Apparently Hagman had the flu but came back and played one game in the pre-season, scored a goal and has promptly fallen off the map again. When Langkow hurts his neck we are told, "He hurt his neck". When Stajan Separates his shoulder we are told, "Separated shoulder, out indefinitely". Hagman get injured and we're told ... nothing? Maintenance. hmmm. T...
Has it already been a year since the infamous PANIC button was hit? Who won this deal? Come on over to TSR and weigh in on who YOU think won this deal. http://www.thesportsroundup.com/2011/01/year-ago-today-dion-was-dealt.html Newman www.thesportsroundup.com www.thecheckingline.com twitter.com/TSRNewman
[b]Heritage Classic[/b] Let's get something straight right off the bat. There are two reasons for the Heritage Classic: 1) It makes the NHL a helluva lotta cash. That much we know for sure. but, more importantly to you and me; 2) The fans LOVE it. And that might be an understatement. Reading the Globe and Mail this morning, I was quite disappointed bu...
[img]http://1.cdn.nhle.com/flames/images/upload/2011/07/109844431.jpg[/img] Today Calgary finally managed to land defenceman [b]Anton Babchuk[/b] back in a 2 year contract worth $2.5 million per year. It is believed that this negotiation was stalled until now because Calgary was trying to keep Cap room for Brad Richards. Saturday night news spread of New York Rangers si...
Is a team about ownership or the fans? This question on if the Jets will honour the jersey numbers retired before them is perplexing in my mind. If the team came back as The Winnipeg Storm or the Winnipeg Mosquitos (trust me they are terrifying) then I could see why they wouldn’t honour the old Jets. Winnipeg people loved their Jets so much any other name would have b...
saneopinion writes...

WHY SO SAD??

Posted Monday | Comments 12
Why so sad Flames fans? The Flames have been reflecting on their season, hitting the golf course and lamenting on what could have been. It’s obvious to most Flames fans the Flames would have run rough shod over the playoff competition, especially the Canucks. Especially them. Now we look forward on the next season but I sense from most of you a pessimism in lieu o...
The issue I feel we run into since the new collective bargaining agreement came into effect is that our internal G.M. often argues with the real life scenarios that take place. I read trade ideas, in fact I am guilty of making them, and hear how simple it would be to fix this team. We Blame Sutter for quite a bit, maybe rightfully, but we also seem to forget what he did...
Newman writes...

Hagman Claimed by Ducks

Posted Monday | Comments 2
It's over. Hagman is finally leaving Calgary. Come to the The Sports Roundup to find out what it means and a little more about his run in cow town. http://www.thesportsroundup.com/2011/11/hagman-claimed-by-ducks.html Newman
Dear Molson Family, I am hereby informing you of my intention to apply for the post of the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Although my experience is very limited, I plan to explain why I would be by far the best GM the Canadiens have had in the cap era. It is difficult to truly know what the team would look like under my guidance over the last few years. ...
jymie writes...

The Buffalo Sabres; woe is me

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
On paper this Buffalo Sabres team should be challenging for the top spot in the league. After starting the season with two wins in Europe, This team looked like it could not be beat. Then on November 12 the Bruins Milan Lucic slammed into Ryan Miller giving him a concussion. Simply put Ryan has not been the same since. Jhonus Enroth stepped in to take over for him whil...
perezje writes...

Cheat Sheet for Future Habs GM

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
[b]The best way to build a contender is through the draft so we'll start here.[/b] Habs have the #3 pick, it's simple if he is available, draft Alex Galchenyuk. We need wingers on fwd more than anything but that doesn't matter Gally is a game changer, they won`t have many chances at a player like this. [b]Sort out the contract mess[/b] Re-sign Price at a reasonabl...
nategoalie writes...

Overrate / Underrate : Nash

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Lets talk about Nash in terms of what he brings to the table and what he doesn't . Overrate: Nash is a stud power forward with soft hands and a hard accurate shot. Nash makes any team he goes to a contender ( mostly due to the list of teams he wants to be traded to ) . Nash on a line with a play maker could net you 40-45 goals. The only real impact scoring winger still...
nategoalie writes...

Overrate / Underrate : Nash

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Lets talk about Nash in terms of what he brings to the table and what he doesn't . Overrate: Nash is a stud power forward with soft hands and a hard accurate shot. Nash makes any team he goes to a contender ( mostly due to the list of teams he wants to be traded to ) . Nash on a line with a play maker could net you 40-45 goals. The only real impact scoring winger still...
When I first saw this on the blocks I thought to my self "no way that was a good deal for the caps"! I saw some people posting their arguments. They said that Forsberg, still only 18 only plays in the second league of Sweden and also that since he is so young there is still many years left before we know his NHL caliber My comeback would be: [b]Yes [/b]- still young...
[b]The Draft…[/b] I guess you could blame the roof that is coming down and all the minding of whom to buyout for this years draft being kind of a boring one. Nothing to hype, the media try to make a hen out of an egg of the “Jones getting picked at nr 4”-kind of thing. That issue was really nothing to debate, teams seems to address their needs and so the shuffle jus...
Buffalo_Boy writes...

On the Edge of the Sabre

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
Although this season was somewhat predictable when it comes to how the Sabres would finish, last nights win against the Maple Leafs was a step moving forwards. The Sabres finally started playing with life and emotion. Ted Nolan has really changed the culture here, regardless of his record as Head Coach. He promised back at his first press conference that the culture in Buf...
Its no surprise to anyone that the Leafs roster will look significantly different come the start of next season, I thought it would be fun to throw my couch potato GM’ing out there for others to read about. Not all of these would work together but all would be improvement for both teams. New York Islanders: Target: Griffin Reinhart + Josh Ho-Sang + Nikolai Kulemin ...
The year will be fun as so much can play out. Leafs could potentially be competitive shortly now that we have Babcock and keep Phaneuf and Kessel but that will involve many ifs and the tea eventually doing another rebuild shortly as the team will deplete its prospect depth way to soon. For long term and guaranteed success they need to be traded as they are Toronto's best a...
Cyras18 writes...

GM Mode - Buffalo Sabres 2015

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Welcome to the GM Mode[code]Today I will be taking a look at the Buffalo Sabres and analyze a series of “hypothetical” moves that the Buffalo Sabres should make.Buffalo Sabres GM; Tim Murray is faced with many decisions since after the NHL Draft of 2015. He may not have had the first overall pick but the second pick (Jack Eichel) is a great starting point for a team t...
The LA Kings roster needs little tampering--their management, little explanation. The Kings’ roster, and the threat they convey to every other team in the league, has been consistent since Darryl Sutter took the reins in December of 2011. Amidst the Voynov and Richards contracts, Dean Lombardi has authored a master class for the craft of GM'ing. Anze Kopitar is one ...
In a recently written article by "Down Goes Brown" on The Hockey News, Sean McInode writes who are five general managers besides Chuck Fletcher of the Minnesota Wild to be on the hot seat. The very first one he mentions is Jarmo Kekalainen, stating: (via THN) "On the one hand, you could argue that Kekalainen hasn't been given enough time in Columbus....
zjmac writes...

CBJ---Everyone Extended

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
In this today, we will hit the news and noteworthy information on the contract extensions on the front office and coaching staff, and tournament and training camp notes. Front Office staff and management were all given new contract extensions, including President John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, and associate general manager Bill Zito. Davidson has be...

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