The Buffalo Sabres are rebuilding. Danny Briere isn’t walking in that door (he finally went to Montreal, where he’s been rumored to go for years). Nathan Gerbe is going out the door. I’m sad to see Gerbe go, but he wasn’t scoring enough to justify being top 6, and as tough as he is, [...]
The Sabres have made some moves. They usually do this time of year, especially since Pegula bought the team. The theme so far has been to get tougher. John Scott, a feared fighter (murdersaurus!) who will probably see limited action, was the first signing of FA for Buffalo. More intriguing is the trade, sending [...]
Look we all know that a 10 year contract for Christian Ehrhoff is kind of ridiculous, but it’s within the rules. In face, the rules were ALREADY modified once to stop cap circumvention, and this is STILL fine, so for that part of it, I have no problem. It’s a risk, but you have [...]
So you are telling me that the NHL has voided the crazy awesome Kovalchuk contract? And is looking into some of the other super-longterm deals? Nice! But hey, there are plenty of other deals that don’t make sense, so I have a proposal:
As part of the next CBA, roll back salaries again and [...]
I had a really long, alliterative title thought up for this but I’ll spare you. What’s important is Patrick Kaleta is back with the Sabres for 2 more years, at the very reasonable price of $1.815 million over those years. When most folks were expecting $1.3 million +, that’s a deal.
Darcy’s arbitration play [...]
You know, I was listening to WGR on the way in to work today, and I was momentarily floored…were they really asking about our favorite Tim Connolly memory? Did we find a sucker to trade for him? But no, it was Tim Conboy, most famous (to us at any rate) for letting a 5’5″ [...]
Derek Whitmore (RFA) signed a 1-year deal with the Sabres, keeping him with the Portland Pirates this year. He was a solid contributor there, scoring 18 times last season.
Beyond that, it’s quiet all throughout the league. A few development camps are keeping the beat writers busy, but everyone is waiting for Kovalchuk to [...]
The Buffalo Sabres came out of nowhere and signed Rob Niedermayer to a 1 year deal today. It’s worth $1.15 million. He is, of course, the brother of somewhat retired D-man Scott Niedermayer. They won the cup together in Anaheim a few years back. Rob (short for Robin, thanks Heather) is 35, and has [...]
Much has been written about the importance of Patrick Kaleta to the Sabres, often including some classic cliches about straws stirring drinks or what not. There have even been statistical analysis comparing Kaleta to Ilya Kovalchuk, quite favorably. So hearing that the Sabres have taken Kaleta to salary arbitration has made some folks nervous. [...]
Meet your new defenseman, Jordan Leopold. He is a 29 year old former 2nd round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks. You may know him best as being on the Calgary team that went to the Cup finals the year before the lockout, which was his best year for point production (33). He bounced around a bit after that, going to Colorado for parts of three seasons, going back to Calgary, then splitting last year between Florida and Pittsburgh. He had a solid season last year, with a career high in goals (11) between the two teams.
As pointed out by Mike Harrington over at the Buffalo News, Leopold’s playoff numbers are not awe-inspiring – 15 points, all of them assists, in 54 games, with 10 of those during that 03-04 flames run (26 games). He got squeezed a bit in ice time, averaging 4 min less per game with Pittsburgh for instance this year. He led the Flames in ice time in the playoffs last year, however, so that’s no excuse. He is more of puck-mover than a big hitter, though he is big enough that it should be part of his game, so that’s a knock against him. Still, he can play a lot of minutes and is young enough that he could get slightly better.
I know a lot of you are thinking 3 years, $3 million per is a bit high, but it doesn’t really bother me. Yes, it’s the same deal that Lydman signed, but Leopold is 3 years younger, and they should be prime years. If Jordan can notch 8-10 goals, nailing down the second pairing and second PP unit, $3 million is just right. A solid, Darcy Regier-type pick. I hope it works out. Hit the jump for a few videos of Leopold: Continue reading Get to know Jordan Leopold