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Buffalo Sabres Daily: Ville Leino, Buffalo Prospects Headed To Camp

Well Buffalo Sabres fans, we are finally here.  I can’t really say that I feel differently about it yet, but we are officially all in life after Ville Leino.  [Puck Daddy].

I am not sure who I want to fault for the Ville Leino situation, nor do I really care at this point – but since we are here and much has already been said about it lets go down that road.  I don’t honestly think that Terry Pegula is at fault for Ville Leino.  I think Pegula was a new owner with money in his first free agency and he wanted to spend it on someone, anyone.  The Buffalo Sabres were going to give that contract to someone.

Ville Leino just happened to win the sweepstakes.  I don’t think Terry Pegula knows enough about hockey to make an informed decision about what free agency he wants to spend his money on.  I think when the 2011 free agency period rolled around the Buffalo Sabres were targeting Brad Richards.  Surely a fantastical pipe dream.  Once he was off the table – the Buffalo Sabres turned elsewhere, and good old Darcy Regier said hey, how about that guy from Philadelphia that just scored on us in the playoffs.

Fancy thing about it – Brad Richards is being labeled as a possible buyout target as well with the New York Rangers.

It’s going to be another long year ahead of the Buffalo Sabres, and admittedly, it is not going to be any better than last year.  Brighter days are ahead.  [WIVB].

What makes it so easy to say that brighter days will be ahead?  Well they can’t get much darker – but that isn’t the case.  The Buffalo Sabres are sending five players to Lake Placid for Team USA’s initial camp in August.  Yes, that’s right – camp in August.  It’s Team USA’s first look at who might be going to the IIHF World Juniors Championship in December.

Sean Malone, a local product out of West Seneca will lead the pack of Buffalo Sabres prospects at the training camp, where all five guys try to earn a spot on Team USA.  How many members of the Buffalo Sabres organization will be on the final roster?

Joining Sean Malone are prospects J.T. Compher, Hudson Fasching, Connor Hurley, and Anthony Florentino.

Hudson Fasching has two silver medals, J.T. Compher has two silvers and a gold; Sean Malone has a silver medal, and Connor Hurley has a gold medal in international competition.

Anthony Florentino, the lone defenseman in the group is the only one heading into camp without a medal.


Tags: Buffalo Sabres Lake Placid Team USA IIHF World Juniors Ville Leino

  • davidmuscalo

    I disagree, I think the Sabres will be a better team next season because! 1. They will have the same coach throughout the season – a motivational coach at that. 2. Unless Murray is a total flop as a GM, he should improve the team through free agency and trades. Hopefully, he will add some experience, aggressiveness and talent. The only place where I see a potential problem is at goal. If Neuvirth does not work out, the Sabres will not have an NHL quality goalie.
    I do not expect much in the way of help from Rochester. There are no outstanding talents there, only wannabes. As for the draft, it should provide the Amerks with additional players; it will not provide any Sabres for next season.

    • Rust Cohle

      we aren’t poised to make a playoff splash until about 2-3 from now. that gives ullmark more time to keep being the stud he is in the swedish leagues while enroth hones his craft here.

      • davidmuscalo

        If Enroth (inconsistency and can’t steal a game) is any indication of what the Swedish league produces for goal tenders, there is little be optimistic about with respect to Ullmark.

        • wolfdoctor

          I guess Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t count as a Swedish League produced goal tender.

          • davidmuscalo

            In his case the exception proves the rule.

          • Rust Cohle

            watch tim murray’s interview from yesterday about the draft. when asked about areas of need he said everything but goal tending. if you think you know more about hockey and the sabres’ prospects then be my guest and tell timmy.

          • davidmuscalo

            Wait until midseason and see what he has to say then!

          • Rust Cohle

            well im sure our D will be horrendous (as it should be for a team looking to grab McDavid) and that will attribute to the GAA. but im not really too concerned about this year. enroth only needs to be alive so we can say we dressed a tender for the night. he doesn’t have to stop any pucks for all i care.

        • Mike Flynn

          Wow just wow ya don’t any stock in the guy who was the best goalie in the Swedish league because enroth is Swedish and he’s not dom hasek I guess any player coming out of there is crap u need to tell TM this right now so he doesn’t draft the next lundqvist… Sheesh

    • Vic Soga

      The biggest area of concern for the Sabres this year is scoring again and goaltending. Defence us solid for now. You are correct, we do not gave any scorers in Rochester. Free agents do not want to come to Buffalo unless they win the Leino lottery.

  • qwicwted

    I think the Sabres will be slightly better than last season – I agree having the same coach will help, but I also believe that Nolan is going to have to integrate more of our youngsters into the lineup – Armia, Larsson, and Grigorenko instead of playing Ellis, Scott, Konopka and D’Agostini. I would like to see Murray sign a UFA or 2 – moreso for leadership and mentoring – Callahan, Boyle, Ott – additionally you open up the pool of players if Bflo could do a compliance buyout – Lecavalier, Laich or Mike Richards. Buffalo could trade a prospect and 2nd rounder for the buyout and 1st rounder.