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Columnist claims Sabres have a “recruiting problem”

Jul 25, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington took a look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ suddenly worrisome offseason and concluded that it’s bad news for the Buffalo Sabres.

Most specifically, Harrington believes that high-profile strikeouts by the Flyers and other big market teams could greatly hinder the Sabres’ chances of landing two of the last promising targets: Shane Doan and Bobby Ryan.

It all comes down to the Sabres’ recruiting problem. The word gets around this is a good place to live with a great owner. But it’s not attractive to players who want to win a Stanley Cup — yet. Are you going to go to Pittsburgh, Philly or New York or come to Buffalo, where the team took a step back and didn’t even make the playoffs last season?

If Regier lands either Doan or Ryan, he’ll be pulling a major rabbit out of his hat. The Flyers, meanwhile, think they darn well better get at least one of them.

Of course, a devil’s advocate might argue that the Sabres’ “recruiting problem” boiled down to getting burnt by splashy moves last summer.

  1. suryadihafid - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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  3. earlcpeacock - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    how many times is philthi going to get rejected before they realize nobody wants to play from a bum squad lol. this is so amusing to the soup can army. its like their baseball team, striking out everytime haha CITY OF LOSERS

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      It’s too bad this article is about the Sabres.

      And you wanna talk baseball? Well, I’ll put it in terms you can understand. 1979.

      • letangusespertplus - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:19 AM

        typo there curly sue, 1975*

      • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Ah, no. The Pirates last won the World Series in 1979. The Phillies however won it in 2008. Just wait 4 more years, and you’ll know exactly how 37 years of failure feels.

  4. ray2013 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I read the blog that was linked. I had a good laugh reading Sabres fans insulting their management.

  5. hockeyd40 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    @earlcpeacock your a Pittsburgh hater and Shea Weber signed in Philly the only reason he is not with us right now is because Nashville matched. he wanted to be in Philly. And Bobby Ryan came right out and said he wanted to be in Philly. So go back to your B*tchy penguin blog and start freaking out about your own players health issues (Crosby) before you make idiotic comments with no facts to back them up.

  6. broadstbully33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    1: pitty got smoked in the first round
    2: who have pitty signed? suter and parise didnt go there either
    3: no one wants to go to pitt because of the bankruptcy history
    4: kansas city
    5: lemiux was ashamed and embarrassed by pitty cheap shots and crying during playoffs
    6: u lost
    7: malkin was owned by a 19 year old rookie
    8: crosby was owned by Giroux
    9: pitty lost
    10: pitty lost

    • vismund11 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      He’s right^^^ DId you notice that Suter Parise and Webere all HAD offers with the flyers and at least considered them? That says they at least considered playing in a young team thats concerned with winning and wants to win. A team that consistently makes the payoffs and has the second winningest record in the NHL behind the Canadiens. Franchise, eat a d.

      • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Suter and Parise never considered Philly. A team giving someone an offer does not mean they’re interested.

  7. sabres826321 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    im pretty sure this blog was about the sabres having recruiting problems, not pitt or philly. just saying. and i think the biggest recruiting problem the sabres have is that they have not been a serious contender for the cup since they let both captains leave in free agency in 07 (one of them going to philly). they havnt contended yet under new ownership so players and the league just dont take them as seriously as teams that have won the cup or went to the finals recently like philly and pitt

  8. filthadelphiadivers - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Ok….you beat Pittsburgh in the first round, congratulations. You followed that up with an epic fail in the 2nd round. Flyers 1975

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      How has the second round been for you the last three seasons?

  9. comradeast - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    The state of PA should be carpet bombed.

    Every article has some schmuck from either filthy or arm-pitt talking trash.

    Just die already!

    I’m not even a Sabres fan

  10. coreym1945 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Were the Flyers expected to win the stanley cup while rebuilding their rostor last year? We all know who the EPIC FAIL was last year and so do you! Ha ha ha! I love that Stall trade too! PITs own players refuse $100mil contracts just to get away from PIT! When Giroux turns down a 100mil deal to stay in PHI then maybe you can say PHI is as bad as PIT. But PIT still wont be able to beat PHI so your trash talk is meaningless.

  11. mclovinhockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    God people are idiots. I wish this site just had someone who would delete all the idiotic posts. They are coming from every team.

    • murtdurt - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 AM

      Welcome to the hockey blog my friend

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      they mostly come from PA though

  12. finfan88shark - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Meanwhile Sharks GM Doug Wilson struck out on Nash, Weber, Doan and any other decent players this off season. Wilson and the Sharks are horrible at recruiting free agents as well. The only free agents Wilson gets are older washed up player. Or bad 4th line grinders who has to overpay for them to play in SJ.

  13. letangusespertplus - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    remember when shero offered staal 100 million?

    neither does anyone else. that coreym1945 character probably got drunk with holmgren and confused the gas and brake pedals. knocked some screws loose.

  14. billsin20xx - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Sabre’s will always have trouble recruiting while they have a coach like Ruff who the players can’t stand to play for.

  15. filthadelphiadivers - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    @28giroux38….who talks baseball in a hockey blog? Especially when the pirates have won 5 pennants and phillies have won 2….shall we move onto football next?

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Well as your fellow “SCA FOR LIFE SID’S DONG IS HUGE” member brought up baseball I talked about it. Two pennants? Are you retarded (don’t answer that)? The Phillies have 7 pennants and two World Series titles.

  16. rabidbillsfan - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    First off, I dont understand how this turned into a philly/pitt post, however their fans are just as idiotic as the Sabre “fans” who post here as well. Where did the basis of this article come from? When did the Sabres come out publicly and let us know they were even trying to go after Doan or Ryan? I dont recall any comments like that. Doan may want to play for a contender, but putting Doan on this team doesn’t make us a contender, so whats the point? Any team besides PHX that he goes too, he more than likely will not get the “c”, and will be an afterthought on the offensively powerful teams that are intrested. Next, what would have to be given up to get Ryan. Ennis? Foligno? McNabb? The guys we can move won’t be enough to get him, so were kind of stuck. Sure, Buffalo didn’t make the playoffs last season, but they were extremly banged up. Lets roll with a healthy cohesive squad before we start trying to shove square pegs in round holes.

    • elemeno89 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      finally a buffalo fan that understands. i think what it is is that people see promise and hope for this franchise under the new ownership. but with that hope comes a price, and to them anything associated with the “old regime” is a failure.

      “the fans” want a new coach, a new gm, when there simply isn’t anyone that comes to mind out there to fill the shoes of either position. and when it comes to players, buffalo fans are probably some of the most uneducated, only seeing what they want to. they don’t understand markets, family situations, or personal preferences of the players and assume that anyone that was available (doan, semin, etc.) and didn’t sign with us was a failure on the organization. they just assume we have a load of money so why wouldn’t players want to come here.

      and this mentality extends to trades as well. “trade miller for this guy, enroth can play. Get rid of this guy this guy and this guy for bobby ryan.” no understanding whatsoever of player skill progressions or the needs of a gm for the franchise.

      the if it didnt work then we have to change mentality has to stop for the fans of buffalo. the team as a whole got better, without doan or ryan. we didnt spend this off season, fine by me. we drafted extremely well, make a trade that improves our tenacity, and have some prospects looking to make a dent in the show by making the roster. looking at our team now and our team in 2007, i like where we stand. it’s time for a enw era in buffalo, and dwelling on the loss of our captains does not help. the franchise won’t be the same, and that’s fine, if we stayed the same chances are we wouldn’t even compete nowadays. if our players stay healthy, our goaltender back to form, and our scoring improve, we can become a threat in the conference.

    • justpunkin - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      The Sabres did report (I believe it was an official report, not sure though) that they offered Doan a 4 year deal. I also heard/read/saw that they told Parise they’d give him a $100 million contract – he wasn’t playing anywhere other than NJ or Minnesota.

      I recall last year that Buffalo strongly recruited Ehrhoff, and that recruiting was part of what brought him to play here. And, that being said, I am very willing to let this team have another chance. Yes, I would LOVE (and what fan wouldn’t) to get a high powered scoring forward here. Let’s give our guys a chance to become that before we trade them away for someone who might or might not be that.

  17. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    haha vismund you are delusional. i love how u think they at least “looked into” philthy. hahha i guess after u consistently lose for 37 years in a row an “almost” gets the job done. lol pathetic

  18. pkswally024 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    The pennant is champions of a league not WS.

  19. rickb57 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Harrington is a donkey. Do not listen to his BS. Neither Doan or Ryan are make or break players or a big score for a team. The Sabres have a good team right now without either of them. Take a hike Harrington and join your other stupid journalist that hit the lottery getting a job as a journalist, Matthews.
    Buffalo Rick

  20. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    u know ur franchise is in shambles when the only thing u can say in the past 37 years is how was the second round last season lol god that makes me feel so proud to be a fan of the franchise.

  21. filthadelphiadivers - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Well since you wanna talk other sports, 5 world series, 6 superbowls, and 3 Stanley copse says we win in every sport. And the best part is you have a professional basketball team which Pittsburgh does not , even taking those championships into consideration Pittsburgh is still superior in every way. Before those 2 2nd round exits we made the finals 2 years in a row winning it all once. Do yourself a favor and don’t post you just make everyone that reads your posts more dumb by the end.

    • earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      you sir are a true SCA member. nice to have u on our side.

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