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10-22-2008, 12:58 PM
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So you think Boston or Ottawa is better?
Yes, I believe Boston is superior to Buffalo.

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10-22-2008, 01:38 PM
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I really like Lindy Ruff's coaching style. I believe this is a big part of their success.
Agree totally...Ruff is an awesome coach!

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10-22-2008, 01:50 PM
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I'm not suprised about Buffalo's sucess. Great skating and offensively gifted team with a great goaltending.

However, the fact that Craig Rivet is their number 1 defenseman will hurt them in the long run (no offence to Rivet).

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10-22-2008, 01:56 PM
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Rivet is out after knee surgery.
That's why you go for those in October, when your team is doing well.

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However, the fact that Craig Rivet is their number 1 defenseman will hurt them in the long run (no offence to Rivet).
Rivet is not their #1 guy. Tallider and Lydman are ahead of him. He's what he was in Montreal - #3.


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I'm not suprised about Buffalo's sucess. Great skating and offensively gifted team with a great goaltending.

However, the fact that Craig Rivet is their number 1 defenseman will hurt them in the long run (no offence to Rivet).
I don't see Buffalo keeping the pace until the end of the season either. They are still a couple of pieces short of what they were two years ago, they don't have as much depth, as the depth has now become the regular contributors. They will fare well, but I still think one of Ottawa or Boston will pass them.

It's the typical "what have you done for me lately" mentality of HF.

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10-22-2008, 02:14 PM
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So you think Boston or Ottawa is better?
I do too.. (well Boston. Not Ottawa)

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Rivet is not their #1 guy. Tallider and Lydman are ahead of him. He's what he was in Montreal - #3.
Jaroslav says hi.

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10-22-2008, 02:16 PM
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Rivet is not their #1 guy. Tallider and Lydman are ahead of him. He's what he was in Montreal - #3.
Jaroslav Spacek says Hi.....


Edit: Damn you AD

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10-22-2008, 02:16 PM
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I do too.. (well Boston. Not Ottawa)



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10-22-2008, 02:49 PM
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I said it before the season, way to many people are underrating the Sabres. They have a good team.

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10-22-2008, 03:07 PM
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I said it before the season, way to many people are underrating the Sabres. They have a good team.
They were good last year too... didn't win one goal games though.... but thats what happens when you lose two captains they way they did... they lost a lot of leadership in the summer of 07.... now one season later the leadership gap has been made up as young players matured into the roles... Teppo Numminen came back from injury and Craig Rivet was brought in....

The Sabres are still a good team.... not as good as they were with Drury, Briere (the leadership was replaced... the talent wasn't)... but still a team to be reckoned with.

If their young players continue to grow and they can ever get Tim Connoly to be healthy they are scary.

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10-22-2008, 03:09 PM
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They were good last year too... didn't win one goal games though.... but thats what happens when you lose two captains they way they did... they lost a lot of leadership in the summer of 07.... now one season later the leadership gap has been made up as young players matured into the roles... Teppo Numminen came back from injury and Craig Rivet was brought in....

The Sabres are still a good team.... not as good as they were with Drury, Briere (the leadership was replaced... the talent wasn't)... but still a team to be reckoned with.

If their young players continue to grow and they can ever get Tim Connoly to be healthy they are scary.
exactly!!!

thats why i dont understand why so many people here were writing them off before the season.

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10-22-2008, 03:12 PM
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exactly!!!

thats why i dont understand why so many people here were writing them off before the season.
Whishful thinking ?

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10-22-2008, 04:38 PM
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Sabres are a good team...Ryan Miller needs to play less for them to succeed this year...

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10-23-2008, 09:21 AM
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One thing to take into account with Buffalo's start is that they're missing 3 centers in that Roy hasn't shown up to play this season, and that Hecht and Gaustad are injured (not counting on Connolly for anything).

The Sabres aren't close to performing at their best offensively as Roy and Stafford aren't playing like 1st liners. Pominville is hardly at his best as he's missing Hecht so that line isn't anywhere near as productive as it could be. Mair is playing on the 3rd line vice teaming with Kaleta to cause havok on an energy line and that's impacting on Kotalik's and Afinogenov's offense.

I agree that Montreal's defense is better top to bottom than Buffalo as the Sabres are primarily comprised of 3s and 4s, but offensively the two teams are about as close as you could get.

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10-23-2008, 09:26 AM
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I'm not suprised about Buffalo's sucess. Great skating and offensively gifted team with a great goaltending.

However, the fact that Craig Rivet is their number 1 defenseman will hurt them in the long run (no offence to Rivet).
Number one defenceman?

Sekera, Spacek, Numminen and Lydman all get more ice time there, and there is almost two minute gap there.

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10-23-2008, 09:28 AM
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Some real good discussion in here, guys.



Miller, yes. Vanek, no. I can't use the word "underperformed" for someone who scored 36 goals. I'd say he was definitely playing below what he was capable of, but he was still performing, still producing. Miller wasn't.

edit: I guess what I just described is kind of the same as "underperforming"... so maybe you're right.
yea I agree, it's not like Vanek was horrible last yr.. it's just that expectations for him were pretty high. He picked up his game late in the season when it was too late...

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