What Sabres might be on the move, and why is Lindy Ruff Still coaching?

Some info on two players that might be on their way out of Buffalo and the reason why Lindy Ruff will not be fired…for now at least.

Miroslav Satan and my main man Vaclav Varada are two players that might be on the move out of Buffalo. The Buffalo News recently asked Miro Satan if he wants to stay in Buffalo for the long haul and his reply was, “Those are the questions I don’t like to answer. I don’t know what to tell you.” He certainly has been playing like someone who has his foot in the door. Last year he was the team leader in goals with 37 and had a career high point total of 73. So far this year he has been horrible. He has 5 goals and 16 points in 21 games. When Satan wants to play he certainly can, but he has always been a streaky player in Buffalo. There has been no word as to where Satan might go.

Vaclav Varada, on the other hand, has voiced that he is unhappy with the amount of playing time he has gotten in Buffalo. He hasn’t asked for a trade, but he has hinted at the idea of “play me or trade me.” He said he would be more than happy to play with the New York Rangers, but if he is shipped it will probably be to a Western Conference team.

So everyone knows that Lindy Ruff is a terrible coach and needs to be fired. His glory days in Buffalo are over and his team owns the worst record in the NHL. So, one may ask, why have two coaches that had a better record than the Sabres get fired? Well, because those teams have enough money to hire a new coach. If the Sabres were to fire Lindy Ruff, they would need to pay him the remainder of his salary which is $600,000. This is not a team that can pay for two coaches at once. Maybe after the new owner steps in we will see a coaching change, and of course a name that we keep hearing is Ted Nolan. The media is mixed about Nolan coming back, but the fans would sure love to see him back. This year is over for the Sabres already. All we are playing for now is the first overall pick. (But they’ll find a way to screw that up too.)


26 Responses to What Sabres might be on the move, and why is Lindy Ruff Still coaching?

  1. rooney says:

    how bout miroslav satan and chris gratton for brian gionta, #1 pick, the devils top defensive prospet

  2. habsoverserver says:

    I think the order of change should be ownership, coach then players. I’m sure some team would love to take advantage of the Sabres and steal Satan but there is no way Buffalo gets the better end of a deal. Maybe Varada can move to the Western Conference and play on a line with Brian Marchment.

  3. Fleury_14 says:

    Ya Ok Its a little biased…. Oh hell who am Kidding its all in the flames favour or is it. Anyways….

    To Flames:Satan, Afinoganov, Dumont, Mckee.

    To Sabres:Buzek, Niedermeyer, Saprykin, Round#1 pick, Round#2 pick.

    This would be good.

    Hopefully then Buffalo can have fun with are garbage. You know what looking over the buffalo roster now after my proposal it looks somewhat like the leafs roster…. Full of garbage. HAHAHAHA

    GO FLAMES GO

    leafs suck

  4. Sundinfan says:

    Hmmmm….do we ever stop and think about how this may affect Ruff psychologically? Why don’t we think about his feelings? I’m sure he has some. Poor guy, going to be out of a job. He has my sympathy regardless of how badly his team plays. Going to be out of a job, and possibly a career in coaching since he hasn’t coached up to par in the past. On the other hand, maybe he deserves to get fired. He really isn’t helping the team I don’t think. I know absolutely nothing about the sabres, just what their uniforms looks like, so my analysis is completely random and just trying to put myself in the coaches shoes. Hmmm….Go Avs

  5. SabresFanB says:

    have fun with “our” garbage

    I really dont think that trade will ever happen. But I don’t think the Sabres look like garbage on paper. They “should” have talent with Satan, Dumont, Connelly, Gratton, McKee, Warrener, and Afinogenov, who is still injured. Not to mention their goaltenders. They just suck because the coach doesn’t know how to use the players talents correctly. I mean Ruff is the guy who would play Anderchuk on the 4th line. He was also a healthy scratch on a few ocassions, but he still managed to get 20 goals that season. Ruff is the guy who played Gratton on the 4th line last year for half of the season. Ruff is the guy who…it goes on like this.

  6. SabresFanB says:

    Oh man speaking of uniforms; I wanted to put this in the article, but I forgot. The new owner, Mark Hamister, has said that he would consider bringing back the old blue and gold uniforms. I think that would be an awesome idea. We need to get rid of that ugly goat that we get to see every game. What do you guys think about the old uniforms? Maybe the Islanders will copy this idea and bring out their fisherman jersey. Ha.

  7. habsoverserver says:

    The old uniforms from the mid 70’s were awesome. Not just for the Sabres, but the old Cannucks, Penguins, Kings, North Stars and Atlanta Flames jerseys are all better than the current jerseys.

  8. Kingsfan1 says:

    Miroslav Satan and Chris Gratton to Kings for Storr, Smolinski,Lehoux and #1 pick.

  9. adambuffalo says:

    first off, satan is content with playing for buffalo. i think he is happy there knowing that he is the number one player. is he happy with how they are performing? no, but i think he has loayalty to the team. i could care less what happens to varada. personnally i don’t think the team needs him, but he will not be traded until the playoff hunt comes near to a team that needs some grit. the first sabre to be traded will be curtis brown. he is the only player that buffalo can deal and get the same caliber player in return. plus, until the last week or so, hasn’t had a point this season. the first person they should trade should be zhitnik. for $3.25 million a year buffalo can’t really afford a mediocre defenseman who takes too many penalties at the worst times. a lot of people talk about the sabres trading a goalie. this will not happen because buffalo has always kept their young keepers. for instance, the whole time they had hasek they had biron backing up and noronen in rochester. ted nolan is the cities #1 choice to be coach, however, there will not be a coaching change this year as long as darcy reiger is the GM.

  10. Gothamcityblueshirts says:

    With 3 young goalies in Biron, Miller, &Noronen why would the Sabres want another goalie in Storr?? Makes no sence, if anything Buffalo has a goalie to deal, not get back.

  11. Sundinfan says:

    you know with the last deal that pierre lacroix pulled off, i bet he could pull off the following trade…

    To Avalanche: Satan, Gratton, Varada

    To Buffalo: Sakic, Forsberg, Vrbata

    hell pierre always wants to make the deal lucrative, better throw in a first and second round draft pick too. ahhh there we go, now the avs get the grit they need like has been talked about, and we pick up some scoring with satan. oh man im really liking that trade, wow. looks almost as good as….the drury trade.

    stupid lacroix

  12. wayne2 says:

    How about these trade proposals:

    To Phoenix:Varada-Satan-Gratton

    To Buffalo:Doan-Lemieux-Briere

    To Colorado:Gratton-Satan-Varada

    To Buffalo:Tanguay-Vrbata-Hinote

    To Los Angeles:Varada-Gratton-Satan

    To Buffalo:Belanger-Smolinski-Schneider

    Just for fun.

  13. nskerr says:

    The went to the fisherman, and when that was bust went back to the classic. Not for nothing, but that blue and gold combo sucked except for the logo.

  14. TaajAr says:

    Anyone who wants Afinoghenov for their 2nd best player can have him, word around here near Buffalo is that his concussion is threatning his career and may not play again. It’s a shame, with the new “rules” I think he has the potential to be a 50+ goal man, hes arguablly the fastest skater in the NHL and also one of the top 10 puck handlers/dekers.

    If theres one player the Sabres need to trade its Connoly. Fans are fed up with him already and I think teammates are now too. In the Anaheim he made 2 pretty nice stick handles got to about the face-off dot made another unneeded one and the puck fumbeled out to center ice. The 2 Buffalo defenseman actually got out of his way, and made his lazy ass get the puck when they were right near it.

    How about …..

    Buffalo:

    Brown, Connoly, Varada, 3rd Round DP

    to

    Edmonton:

    Marchant and Comrie

  15. dereksanderson says:

    To Buffalo: McClaren, Lapointe, Andy Hilbert

    To Boston: Gratton, Satan

  16. Kingsfan1 says:

    True you got me there, ok swap Aaron Miller for Storr.

  17. SabresFanB says:

    I know exactly what you are talking about with Connelly. I was watching the game too, and when I saw him doing those pee-wee moves I just knew he was going to screw it up. Connelly is the biggest showoff in the NHL; he looks like a figure skater out there with all of his fancy moves. Too bad he sucks.

  18. TaajAr says:

    Being a Sabres fan I would cry at that trade but man would the Bruins hit a salary jackpot. Satan and Gratton barely equal Lapointes salary alone. Then you get rid of the overpaid overrated McClaren.

    But seriously Satan is probally staying put. I think management secretely wants him to keep his goal slump (though hes racking up some assists since returning). If they can get Satan for less then $3 million next year and be able to pump $10million into the club from the new owners to get some people to set him up I think Regier would have won big.

    Sabres should trade Zhitnik because they already have better offensive defensemen (Campbell and Fitzpatrick have already showed me more then Shitnik ever did.) I think Zhitnik would be able to get a return, GMs would salavate at the chance to return him to his LAK glory days when Melrose touted him more then Blake. That could free up a few million and maybe Buffalo could take a run at obtaining Kariya with the new Owners ‘win the fans over’ spending spree they may have.

    Satan-Kariya-Gratton

    Dumont-Afinoghenov-Pyatt

    Some nice lines with a sniper, setup guy, and bull on each line.

  19. TaajAr says:

    Being a Sabres fan I would cry at that trade but man would the Bruins hit a salary jackpot. Satan and Gratton barely equal Lapointes salary alone. Then you get rid of the overpaid overrated McClaren.

    But seriously Satan is probally staying put. I think management secretely wants him to keep his goal slump (though hes racking up some assists since returning). If they can get Satan for less then $3 million next year and be able to pump $10million into the club from the new owners to get some people to set him up I think Regier would have won big.

    Sabres should trade Zhitnik because they already have better offensive defensemen (Campbell and Fitzpatrick have already showed me more then Shitnik ever did.) I think Zhitnik would be able to get a return, GMs would salavate at the chance to return him to his LAK glory days when Melrose touted him more then Blake. That could free up a few million and maybe Buffalo could take a run at obtaining Kariya with the new Owners ‘win the fans over’ spending spree they may have.

    Satan-Kariya-Gratton

    Dumont-Afinoghenov-Pyatt

    Some nice lines with a sniper, setup guy, and bull on each line.

  20. OldTimeHockey_28 says:

    I can’t believe anyone that’s a flames fan can honestly insult the leafs?

  21. TrojanMan says:

    They could get more trading their players seperately than by trading them all at once. Thats how I would do it.

  22. TrojanMan says:

    I think you Buffalo fans have been crossing the border much too often to get some good hooch. Theyll never spend the money to get a Kariya.

  23. TaajAr says:

    It’s been rumoured Berman has over $15 million ready to inject into the sabres annual salary…

  24. MossRocks says:

    We talked about this before. I love that old jersey and logo. It had some character, unlike this Disney-crap that everybody seems to use now.

  25. MossRocks says:

    Pure stupidity. Comrie goes nowhere.

  26. TaajAr says:

    Any player goes anywhere if the offers right. This is Edmonton, the team that has made some of the worst trades in NHL history we are talking about.

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