Category Archives: Buffalo Sabres
Sabres re-sign Cody Hodgson. RFA pool dwindling by the day.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 11, 2013
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, salacious rumor in NHL circles, that tends to happen in the month of August. But a somewhat juicy one popped up this week.
For a while now the future of Ryan Miller in Buffalo has been clouded. The Sabres made it clear that they were ready to steer in the direction of a rebuild when they traded captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota last season. They reportedly gave some thought to dealing their No. 1 goalie Miller at the time, too, but nothing happened on that front.
Perhaps it could happen sometime soon as Josh Rimer tweeted this on Thursday night.
Been told to NOT be surprised if the Avalanche deal Paul Stastny to Buffalo for Ryan Miller. Stastny/Miller both headed to UFA in summer
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) August 30, 2013
Will Thomas Vanek be a member of the Buffalo Sabres for a while longer or won’t he? Inquiring minds want to know.
Since it became clear that the Sabres were finally going to cut bait on some of their more established players and go the rebuilding route — made clear when Jason Pominville was traded to Minnesota last season — people have wondered about his future in Buffalo (Ryan Miller’s too).
The Vancouver Canucks are not the only NHL club that is facing a peculiar situation when it comes to their starting goaltender.
As with every chat with Regier, the topic of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek came up again and the response was much the same. Asked if he’s getting resigned to the fact he may have both of them at training camp, Regier said, “I think that’s fair. The nature of this business is that as we move through July lineups get more and more settled, there’s less movement. Once training camp starts, things begin to change some again.”
There’s about a 1 in 8 chance those Daniel Briere jerseys stuffed in the closets of Sabres fans will come back in style.
The free agent center, who was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, tells The Buffalo News he’s had contract chats with Buffalo.
The market for Danny Briere is starting to take shape.
When the Flyers bought out the remainder of the veteran’s contract, attention immediately turned to where he might be a good fit. He is certainly on the downside of his career after scoring just six goals with 10 assists this season in Philly and will turn 36 about the time that the season begins. Not to mention he feels right at home in Philly and has been open about not wanting to go too far away; he has his kids to think about.
Luckily, Philadephia is pretty centrally located in the Eastern Conference, leaving a few more options. A few teams are already showing signs of interest.
According to Mike Carver of WFAN, the Islanders have initiated trade talks for Sabres netminder Ryan Miller. Last season, Ryan Miller posted a .915 Save Percentage, a 2.81 Goals Against Average while winning 17 games in 34 games played.
Personally, if I were Garth Snow, I would not make this deal. While Ryan Miller is a solid goaltender and an upgrade from current goaltender Nabokov (sorry Nabby, but I do like you better), I don’t think Miller is worth his cap hit of over six million dollars per season. There are plenty of other goaltenders in the NHL of Miller’s caliber that get paid much less (Halak, perhaps).
Ryan Miller’s future remains up in the air. Will he be a Sabre next season or be dealt elsewhere?
He has one year left on his deal at $6.25 million, which suggests this is the summer when Buffalo has to fish or cut bait with him. If it’s going to deal him, it’ll get more now than at the trade deadline next season.
We’ll see how it all shakes out, but I would be surprised if Thomas Vanek landed anywhere but Minnesota after his seven-year contract worth $50 million expires.
The Sabres were back at First Niagara Center today to clean out their lockers, have exit physicals and meetings with staff that included General Manager Darcy Regier. As could be expected after another non-playoff season, the mood was a somber one. The Sabres have missed the playoffs two years in a row, four seasons out of six and seven years out of 11.
This does not appear to be the Buffalo Sabres’ year. Their attitude heading toward Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline will reflect that.
“The things that we will look to add will focus on things beyond this year,” General Manager Darcy Regier said by phone Friday evening. “It may include this year, but the focus is going to be on next year and maybe even beyond that. So things that we do are going to be with that light in mind.”
The Sabres, who host Washington on Saturday, are 12th in the Eastern Conference. They are four points out of the final playoff spot, held by the New York Rangers, with one extra game played.
The status has Regier looking toward draft picks and prospects instead of acquiring roster players.
“The value of draft picks is probably a little higher, meaning that with the cap going down and the new contracts on the other side that have been signed, I think it’s added value to draft picks,” Regier said. “In some ways, it’s going to be harder to acquire draft picks for players in the event you’re trying to trade a player to get draft picks. I think the value in past years, I think you could probably expect a little higher value in draft picks than you can now.”