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It’s Buffalo Sabres day on PHT

Aug 2, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Buffalo Sabres.

Things haven’t exactly gone how owner Terry Pegula hoped they would when he bought the team. Instead of challenging for and winning a Stanley Cup, the team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

Now the team enters a season where they’re still not sure how long they’ll have Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek to kick around. Both guys are unrestricted free agents after the season and will have trade rumors floating around them all year. Who said Buffalo was a boring place?

Offseason recap

Instead of diving head-first into the free agent pile, GM Darcy Regier instead bought out forward Nathan Gerbe (who signed with Carolina afterward). One deal Regier did make was with New Jersey to bring back Henrik Tallinder to try and recapture the chemistry he had with Tyler Myers. Considering how many more years and dollars they’ve got committed to him, it’s not the worst move to make.

In the NHL Draft they went with big Finnish defender Rasmus Ristolainen who may end up challenging for a job in the NHL right away. Buffalo’s blue line is a crowded house, but they love Ristolainen’s style.

All eyes will stay on Miller and Vanek, however. Buffalo better hope they show something in the new Atlantic Division to make both guys think about staying in Western New York.

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  1. ktoools - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I’m here for the OK Cupid ads, yet I dont see them. Don’t worry, I’ll keep refreshing.

    • rsmaggiemae - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Just so the Wild get Vanek as he lives here in the off season anyway and that way he can play with Pomanville but the Wild have got to rid themselves of Heatly first at 7.5 mil a year what a waste of money …… never was a fan of his.

      I was not pleased with the trade with Buffalo in giving up Larrson and Hackett they both were very promising players and we were told over and over that none of the younger players would be dealt/ We could use Hackett now, with the issue with Harding which is no fault of his …. but we have a older goalie and no one with experience to back him up
      not good…….
      I wished they would have traded Granland instead of Larrson… as I really dont think he is going to make it in the NHL

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Not gonna get much from miller, not the same goalie from 3 years ago, but vanek will bring more value.

    • randomcommentator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Hate to be that guy, but Miller is pretty much the same guy. He’s older, so Vanek will get more value, but the numbers don’t lie.

      2010-11 .916sv% 2.59gaa
      2011-12 .916sv% 2.55gaa
      2012-13 .915sv% 2.81gaa

      the only reason his gaa went up this year is because he led the league in shots faced…which isn’t a goalie’s fault since his defense was THATbad this year (and last year too).

      You park a good defense or system (look at those shot-blocking crazy Tortorella) in front of Miller, I guarantee he’ll end up with another Vezina nod

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        for a randomcommentator you sure do know your stuff.

  3. timiscynder - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    “Who said Buffalo was a boring place?”

    oh….snap!

  4. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    More like Miller and Vanek day

  5. stepanup - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    The past couple drafts have loaded the Sabres with young talent. It makes sense to move Vanek and Miller. If they can’t now, can you imagine the trade deadline haul?

  6. bullwinkle88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    They made a big mistake in not drafting Nichushkin. They are badly in need of scoring wingers. They will regret it.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      on what planet are you from. are you forgetting about armia, ennis, stafford, flynn, leino, foligno, and vanek. not to mention the guys in rochester and the plethora of centers we have who can transition to the wing, like grigorenko, giregensons and larsson.

      we needed defensmen to you know, to take care of millers problem where he faced the most shots in the league.

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