Good morning Buffalo Sabres fans. Did you enjoy the NFL draft last night? Hopefully the excitement buzzing over the Buffalo Bills will trickle over into the Buffalo Sabres organization. Which team puts a winning franchise together first?
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There are five major story lines to follow in this, the Buffalo Sabres 2014 off season. [Bleacher Report].
It isn’t so much of which Sam is better – but what Sam is better for us? Free agency this year will bring in more depth and role players. The games might still be exciting but how high will the level of compete be? Are we looking at another franchise worse season ahead of us as the team builds from the third and fourth line up? Most of last year you needed a lineup card to figure out who was playing where and what number they were playing. It will most likely look that way again this upcoming season.
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Chadd Cassidy had it made when the Buffalo Sabres called up Ron Rolston to coach the big club, and with a full year behind him as an AHL head coach – will he be back next season? [Rochester D&C].
Tim Murray is serious about making the Rochester Americans just as big a contender for the Calder Trophy as he wants the Buffalo Sabres to be for a Stanley Cup. All things considered, Chadd Cassidy didn’t have a bad year in the AHL this year, and the team won more playoff games this year than the last two years combined, despite getting knocked out in the first round again.
Cassidy might fall victim to the fact that he was a Darcy Regier hire, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the organization wasn’t rebuilding completely, he might have another year to prove his worth. He does have another year left on his current contract, and with no clear decision made on his status, he could be around next season after all.
NHL referee’s want you to believe they have no interest in who will win a game or a series. [Hockey Night in Canada].
I still find it hard to believe that they don’t have a little bit of bias, but there is definitely a “respect” issue that players have to suffer through. Why else would it be that teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins can employ players who take the cheap and dirty shots and they get away with it, while guys like John Scott and Patrick Kaleta get ten games just for stepping onto the ice.
The NHL does a great job of trying to make the referee’s and other officials fairly anonymous. How much longer before their names aren’t even listed on the box score.
Stanley Cup Playoff Tracker
Chicago Blackhawks (2) vs Minnesota Wild (1)
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs Los Angeles Kings (1)
Boston Bruins (2) vs Montreal Canadiens (2)
Pittsburgh Penguins (3) vs New York Rangers (1)