Am I wrong? Is this the first offseason with us in complete control of the Amerks?
If it is, I would give them this offseason as a pass. Not only can they possibly not fix all the problems in one offseason, but there is concern to keep spots open in case of an NHL lockout. After this coming season maybe they will put more emphasis on a successful Amerks team as well a a top development stop for prospects.
No, they had control last summer too. The emphasis need not be mutually exclusive -- the Amerk-Sabre relationship historically churned out plenty of quality NHLers while still having a contending team on the ice. We're talking 9 trips to the Calder Cup Finals and three Calder Cup wins since the affiliation started.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said center Travis Turnbull, a restricted free agent who played his first three NHL games last season, likely won’t be back.
“We have not spoken with Travis, in part because of a shift of some other needs in Rochester,” he said. “We’re beginning to fill up there. I won’t say he’s off the page, but there are probably some other needs ahead of what he provides.”
The Sabres summoned Turnbull when they needed some toughness
So Regier was quoted in the D&C on June 26th, that he wanted five forwards, a defenseman and a goalie to round out what he had in Rochester.
Porter on the 2-way, Mancari, Schofield, Roy and of course Girgensons makes five forwards signed since that comment.
Probably Pardy on defense.
Leggio in net.
I know he's got this thing for finding some retreads in August when everyone else has an NHL deal (Bouck, Parrish and Larsen as training camp invitees) but is this it?
You would certainly hope he's got another forward or two left. Only 2 of those 5 were veterans. Even last summer he signed 4 veteran forwards and they had more of a foundation to begin with. If this is it, as usual, he gets low marks for his work with the Amerks.
Picard signed in Europe and Aucoin just signed with the Leafs on a 2 way, so the Amerks will see him all year. Great. They're falling even further behind.
Last edited by sabrefan27: 07-21-2012 at 10:39 AM.
What kind of setup/line structure did Rolston use last season?
The last playoff lineup was something like this:
Originally Posted by Woodhouse
71 Marcus Foligno - 38 Paul Szczechura - 14 Corey Tropp
72 Luke Adam - 22 Phil Varone - 15 Evan Rankin 19 Michael Ryan
10 Colin Stuart - 11 Travis Turnbull - 21 Derek Whitmore
18 Igor Gongolsky - 27 Mark Voakes - 29 Maxime Legault
2 Joe Finley - 17 Ryan Grimshaw
3 TJ Brennan - 4 Alex Biega 26 Shaone Morrisonn
20 Nick Crawford - 7 Brayden McNabb