Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sam Reinhart puts on a team cap after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: Draft Recap, Christian Ehrhoff, Draft Lottery

Buffalo Sabres draft recap and analysis.  [Die By The Blade].

Ok, so here is the thing about recaps and analysis.  For a team like the Buffalo Sabres, they all say pretty much the same thing.  The Sabres went bigger, meaner ad focused on the up front part of the game.

What it doesn’t tell you is that we won’t really know the future of how these draft prospects turned out.  I unfortunately had a busy travel weekend, right during the draft, so I missed everything except the few TSN updates that filtered through my phone.  What is unfortunate there is I got more instant updates from TSN during the NBA draft than I did for the NHL Draft.

I like that we picked up Sam Reinhart – out of the three potential number ones (Ekblad and Bennett being the other two options) I think Reinhart does the Sabres more justice in the short and long term.  I was disappointed to find out that a midst all the talk of teams wanting to move up in the first round, and the Buffalo Sabres wanting to move back into the first round, there was little trade movement, teams content to pick where the chips fell.  Oh well, you can’t win them all right.

Christian Ehrhoff bought out by Buffalo Sabres.  [CBS Sports].

The cap recapture had to be the biggest and deciding factor in the decision to use their second compliance buyout afforded to the Buffalo Sabres.

Another, I don’t want to call it a disappointing move by Tim Murray – but for a guy that has been somewhat transparent in what he is doing here – what is the plan?  You know have to replace the salaries of Ehrhoff and dud Ville Leino just to get to the cap floor.

You wanted to trade Ehrhoff, but couldn’t.  Maybe the contract wasn’t tradeable, given the fact that Ehrhoff could retire from the NHL at anytime – but there were still a lot of miles left on that wagon – and he was one of the best players on the Buffalo Sabres roster.

It looks like the quest for McDavid has begun, and the excitement from this draft hasn’t even waivered off yet.

Buffalo Sabres targeted by league, as rules to the draft lottery changed for next year.  [Yahoo Sports].

Tim Murray is upset, and rightfully so.  Let’s count all the things that probably give him heartburn on a daily basis:

1)  Darcy Regier signed Ville Leino to that ridiculous contract that never paid off.

2)  Darcy Regier signed Christian Ehrhoff to a contract that was well worth it, but given the state of the rest of the team, made it difficult to swallow.

“Greedily, I’m upset. –Tim Murray

3)  Darcy Regier left this team is such a sate of chaos that last place was inevitable for several seasons.

4)  Darcy Regier stockpiled so many draft picks for two seasons that the league changed the policy on the draft lottery.

I would be pretty upset too.  But just chalk this one up there with No Goal.  The league produced a memo stating they changed the rule and it was a good goal – and Gary Bettman says the Buffalo Sabres were not the concern of the league when they presented these changes.


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