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    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/3...-scoring-help/

    Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts: Should St. Louis target Eberle for scoring help?

    Looks like he thinking a lot about the Sabres.

    7. Trotz isn’t the only Washington coach with a cloudy future. Assistant Lane Lambert went deep into the process with Colorado before Jared Bednar was hired. Assistant Todd Reirden, a finalist in Calgary last year, is expected to be interviewed by both Buffalo and Florida. And there are rumours goaltending guru Mitch Korn would like to retire. It’s possible Scott Murray, who works with AHL Hershey and is a Korn disciple, replaces him. (He interviewed in Toronto two years ago, when Steve Briere got that job.) Those could be significant changes.
    17. Mentioned during Hockey Night in Canada a couple of weeks ago that there was some talk of a position for Ed Olczyk in Buffalo. Not sure where that stands now, but did hear since then there were discussions before last season about Olczyk joining Paul Maurice’s staff in Winnipeg. He has said that he would like to coach again, and I wonder if we’re getting closer to that time. Would the Blackhawks consider him for the opening on the NHL staff or the Rockford AHL job?
    19. Botterill said there have been “no restrictions” on who he can take from Pittsburgh to Buffalo, with one caveat: no lateral moves. So, if he’s taking anyone, it has to be a promotion. He wouldn’t comment on specific names, but two are making the rounds. One is former Ottawa and Florida GM Randy Sexton, who is the Penguins’ director of amateur scouting. The other is Derek Clancey, director of pro scouting.

    20. Best news from the conversation with Botterill: he has texted with Kyle Okposo, and plans to speak to him in the near future. The expectation is the winger will be ready for the start of camp. Okposo missed the end of last year, and spent time in neurological intensive care with a mysterious ailment.

    21. Not surprisingly, Botterill's priority is the defence. “It’s not rocket science,” he said. “We have to address the depth of our D core. Rasmus Ristolainen is a great young player, but we have to help manage his minutes. It’s important. We’re going to look at every possible [method of addition]." He wouldn’t discuss specifics, but the organization has to make a decision on Evander Kane. Do they let him play out his contract, re-sign him or try to move him for that defender?

    22. Over at the World Championships, the vultures circled, wondering if the changes in Buffalo meant defenceman Viktor Antipin would waver on his decision to join the Sabres. But it sounds like he’s sticking with his original decision. Not for lack of trying.

    23. Last one on Buffalo: Botterill was asked if he is comfortable with Robin Lehner and didn’t hesitate. “I have no problem starting next season with him in goal. There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup.” Lehner backstopped the Binghamton Senators to the AHL title in 2011.

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    Antipin looked great versus team USA yesterday.

    He is going to be a very strong addition!!

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    Rather than starting a new thread, I'm just going to dump the off-season rumors here.

    Sabres might be trying to trade Kane, Lehner, and/or Reinhart.

    http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/buf170615.html

    Someone on the NHL XM station said that Lehner could go somewhere like Calgary. Vegas might acquire Marc Andre Fleury from Pittsburgh, then trade him to the Sabres. Fleury has the Sabres on his no-trade list, so Botterill would have to sweet talk him.

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    Per Bob McKenzie, Randy Sexton will be leaving PIT management to work for BUF GM Jason Botterill. Sexton to be AGM in BUF, Rochester GM.

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    why are they trying to trade lehner? i suppose if they got a great trade for him then sure but are they really ready to make ullmark the number one? i like the way lehner played on a crappy defensive team, i liked his leadership, and hes still very young. if they cant get a ransom for him, id prefer he stay. if they trade him, who are they going to get to backup ullmark? and now that theyve lost peterson who are they going to have developing in rochester?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
    why are they trying to trade lehner? i suppose if they got a great trade for him then sure but are they really ready to make ullmark the number one? i like the way lehner played on a crappy defensive team, i liked his leadership, and hes still very young. if they cant get a ransom for him, id prefer he stay. if they trade him, who are they going to get to backup ullmark? and now that theyve lost peterson who are they going to have developing in rochester?
    They took a goalie in the 2nd round, Luukkonen. http://www.wgr550.com/articles/news/...n-second-round
    My AAB is Kyle Williams...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
    why are they trying to trade lehner? i suppose if they got a great trade for him then sure but are they really ready to make ullmark the number one? i like the way lehner played on a crappy defensive team, i liked his leadership, and hes still very young. if they cant get a ransom for him, id prefer he stay. if they trade him, who are they going to get to backup ullmark? and now that theyve lost peterson who are they going to have developing in rochester?
    I agree that Lehner shouldn't be traded UNLESS there's a sign that he's not going to agree to be reasonable contractually OR the Sabres get a huge return for him.

    He kept them in a ton of games last season they had no business being in. He also backstopped a team that was in the bottom of the league in shots against. (37 PG from January 1->)

    A small decrease in shots against and all of a sudden you could have a huge change in the record of this team and how Lehner is viewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foster View Post
    I agree that Lehner shouldn't be traded UNLESS there's a sign that he's not going to agree to be reasonable contractually OR the Sabres get a huge return for him.

    He kept them in a ton of games last season they had no business being in. He also backstopped a team that was in the bottom of the league in shots against. (37 PG from January 1->)

    A small decrease in shots against and all of a sudden you could have a huge change in the record of this team and how Lehner is viewed.
    Did you see what Calgary gave up to get Mike Smith from Phoenix? Mike Smith is 35.

    The Flames acquired Smith in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for goaltender Chad Johnson, defenseman prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round pick.
    Then Phoenix turned around and acquired Raanta from the Rangers.
    Acquired C Derek Stepan and G Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers for D Anthony DeAngelo and a 2017 first-round (No. 7) draft pick.
    Philly might still be in the market for a goalie. Not sure who else.

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    Sabres might be bringing back Chad Johnson.

    Free agency opens up on Saturday. There aren't really any big name players available. The media has Buffalo as one of the teams interested in Kevin Shattenkirk. I'm a little worried about him. He can put up offense, but St. Louis' defense improved after he was traded to Washington. Washington's defense got worse after acquiring him.

    http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/28/bi...abres-defense/

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    Paul Hamilton‏
    Botterill on free agency, "The expectation for tomorrow will be more of positional players and finding the right fit vs a big bang."
    John Vogl‏
    Jason Botterill says contracts on July 1 will be short term because Sabres looking ahead at deals coming for Eichel, prospects.
    So a veteran back-up goalie (Chad Johnson), maybe a left wing, and someone for Rochester?

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