The Buffalo Sabres add more defensive depth to the roster by signing Andre Benoit. [USA Today].
You had to think that Ted Nolan was chewing on Tim Murray’s ear about defense leading up to the draft and free agency. The general manager and coach tandem are heading into their first full season together, and neither one of them wants a replication of how the team was last year.
With Nikita Zadarov still ineligible to play for the Rochester Americans – it is likely that Benoit starts the year in roster, and could spend much of his time with the red, white, and blue. It all depends on training camp, injuries, and who wants to play in the Ted Nolan system.
Either way – its going to be a fun ride.
If there is a position battle to keep an eye on in training camp, its on defense. [NHL.com].
Thank you, NHL.com for giving us the understatement of the season and it hasn’t even arrived yet. The Buffalo Sabres defensive corps had quite the overhaul from last season – and the depth has increased significantly. We no longer have to worry about Henrik Tallinder holding Tyler Myers hand – or cringing when McBain touches the puck.
NHL ready defenseman and high prospects set the bar high for the defensive corps at development camp, and watching the defense battle it out for the top six spots should be interesting. But wait, there’s more!
Not one position is safe as the Buffalo Sabres players start trickling into town to skate on their own or with each other in front of training camp in September. Sure, you have some locks to make the roster like Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson etc. But exactly where they will fit in is anyone’s guess at this point.
Ted Nolan wants no one coming in feeling comfortable – and Tim Murray has proven he can ship you out if he wants to.
The NHL could learn a lot from the World Cup on overtime. [Sports Media 101].
The NHL could learn a lot from every other league when it comes to overtime. The fans seem to get it. Those who deal with advanced metrics seem to get it, but for some reason the NHL wants to stick with gimmicks, and award points for “trying”.
Everyone gets a trophy and there are no winners. It isn’t about winning or losing, its about how you play the game.
Don’t even bring in the talk about three points for a regulation win, blah blah blah. Keep it simple. You get two points for winning a game. You get no points for losing a game.
Other sports use shootouts to end Championships – so I am not opposed to seeing them. But count the stats. If two teams are tied 3-3 at the end of regulation and a shootout, and Team A scores all three times and Team B scores twice, then the game ends 6-4, and the players get the goals added to their stats, it counts against a goalies statistics, and then everyone is happy.