HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > NHL Eastern Conference > Atlantic Division > Buffalo Sabres
Notices

Ruff talks lines, the center position after Ennis/Hodgson and Grigs

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
01-09-2013, 10:37 PM
  #1
joshjull
Moderator
 
joshjull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hamburg,NY
Country: United States
Posts: 31,429
vCash: 500
Ruff talks lines, the center position after Ennis/Hodgson and Grigs

http://www.wgr550.com/pages/15231327...entId=12163711

On the lines


Quote:
“It’s no secret we’ll try to keep the Ennis, Stafford and Foligno together and that relationship between Pom and Vanner, keep it together. We’ve got Ott and we’re just weighing some ideas on who we want to use with him and Ville probably, but for the most part the defense is the same and we’re just going to try to build off that late rally we had last year.”
On center/Grigs

Quote:
What about the center ice position after Ennis and Hodgson? Ruff said, “We’ve got Matty Ellis, we’ve got Ott, Ville can play in the middle so we’re going to evaluate as this four or five day camp goes on to see what will work, but I think we’re pretty well set in those top two lines with Hodgson and Ennis.” So where does that leave Grigorenko? Why not try him with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville? Ruff said, “It’s a look we could try. The one thing I want to do if you look at Cody and the way he’s playing I want him to build off the type of year he’s been having down in Rochester and there’s been a little bit of a connection and Van likes playing with him so I’d love to see him, I don’t know if that’s the best thing for us getting ready for our first game, but I would love to see him there a couple of days in practice because that gives you the best idea of where he might play in the future.”
So with the above in mind to start off we're likely looking at

Vanek/Hodgson/Pommer
Foligno/Ennis/Stafford
Ott/XXX/Leino
Scott/Ellis/Kaleta

XXX -> Hecht, Grigs, UFA signing or a trade pick up.

But he would like to see Grigs between Vanek/Pommer for a few days in practice.

At least thats a possible lineup until Gerbe and McCormick return to health


Last edited by joshjull: 01-09-2013 at 11:02 PM.
joshjull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-09-2013, 11:04 PM
  #2
TheyAreGoodScaryGood
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Toronto
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,787
vCash: 500
I'm hoping for:
Vanek-CoHo/-Pommers
FES
Leino-Hecht-Ott
Scrubs

But I sort of expect grigs to make the team and don't really want him playing with leino and ott so that would change everything

TheyAreGoodScaryGood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-09-2013, 11:32 PM
  #3
Rivet52
Sabres & Blackhawks
 
Rivet52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Buffalo, NY
Country: United States
Posts: 5,826
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to Rivet52
Don't totally like the bottom-six still. Thought we could have gotten one more player, whether it be a UFA or trade, before the lockout and still feel that way now. Not comfortable with the third line spot totally up in the air and Ellis playing fourth line center every night. Bottom-six just feels incomplete. At this point I'm really hoping Grigorenko makes the team to allow us to kind of run three scoring lines, as we really don't have too much of a stable checking line.

Still would have liked to acquire a bottom-six guy, preferably center, to use on the third or fourth line. Langkow, Arnott, or Morrison in free agency or try to trade for a Belanger or Reasoner type. If worse comes to worse, re-sign Hecht; he'd be better than pushing Grigorenko if he's not ready or forcing Leino to play center again. Ott can take draws for the third line but as of now with the Gerbe injury, we're still a body short on that line. Only problem with re-signing Hecht, like I said in the Hecht thread, is that he'd likely find his way into the top-six because Lindy loves him. I'd take him for a bottom-six role but unless he's filling in for an injury I wouldn't want Hecht sniffing the top-six at this point.

Right now, we're short bodies with a few injuries and even without McCormick's injury, I think we can all agree we don't want to see him, Scott, or Ellis playing every night. Ellis could if he needs to, but the other two should only be in on specific nights. Unfortunately, if we don't sign or trade for someone else, we might be out of luck and be forced to play them for now. I'd like to see how the bottom-six looks on opening night to make a final judgement, seeing as we still have holes and things could change.

I'm happy with the defense. I still say we should try offering Weber around the League and see if we can find a trading partner. Reasoner/Belanger for Weber anyone? Could make sense for both teams. Assuming Myers, Ehrhoff, Sekera, and Sulzer (all four were injured during the lockout) are all ready to go:

Leopold - Myers
Regehr - Sekera
Ehrhoff - Sulzer
Weber, Pardy

Waiting to see what happens to Pardy and even Brennan (needs to pass through waivers to go down) but I suspect Weber will be the seventh and Pardy could be waived and heading to Rochester too if everyone's healthy.


Last edited by Rivet52: 01-09-2013 at 11:42 PM.
Rivet52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-09-2013, 11:52 PM
  #4
jamers
Registered User
 
jamers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,326
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheyAreGoodScaryGood View Post
I'm hoping for:
Vanek-CoHo/-Pommers
FES
Leino-Hecht-Ott
Scrubs

But I sort of expect grigs to make the team and don't really want him playing with leino and ott so that would change everything
I actually think Ott would be a great winger for Grigs when he breaks in. Leino, not so sure about. Besides, this is Lindy Ruff, so if he sticks with the club, expect Grigs to play with on the same line as roughly 90% of the forwards throughout the half-season.


jamers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-09-2013, 11:55 PM
  #5
VaporTrail
GOODBYE D'arse !!!
 
VaporTrail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Buffalo
Country: Ireland
Posts: 2,237
vCash: 200
quote from article on wgr55....Lindy when asked about the center situation he said something along the lines "Well we have Matty Ellis"

I haven't even been paying attention...So we really still have him under contract ? Can't believe Ruff and Co. still think this guy is NHL caliber.


VaporTrail is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 02:19 AM
  #6
jBuds
pretty damn valuable
 
jBuds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: NYC Suburbs
Country: Lord Howe Island
Posts: 26,457
vCash: 500
Sabres to scrimmage Amerks???

Ruff apparently said as much...

http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...L-season.html#

Quote:
With no time for the NHL to squeeze in a preseason schedule, Ruff raised the possibility of having the Sabres play a scrimmage against Rochester, their American Hockey League affiliate.
Edit: the Hockey news.


Last edited by jBuds: 01-10-2013 at 02:21 AM. Reason: Ficksed the linckque
jBuds is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 05:20 AM
  #7
Moskau
Registered User
 
Moskau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Western New York
Posts: 9,249
vCash: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
Sabres to scrimmage Amerks???

Ruff apparently said as much...

http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...L-season.html#



Edit: the Hockey news.
Both teams keep alternating 3 goal leads in the 3rd resulting in a 18-17 s/o win for the Sabres.

Moskau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 08:30 AM
  #8
HiddenInLight
Registered User
 
HiddenInLight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,996
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by VaporTrail View Post
quote from article on wgr55....Lindy when asked about the center situation he said something along the lines "Well we have Matty Ellis"

I haven't even been paying attention...So we really still have him under contract ? Can't believe Ruff and Co. still think this guy is NHL caliber.

Matt Ellis! I choose you!

HiddenInLight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 08:37 AM
  #9
HockeyH3aven
#Flynnsanity
 
HockeyH3aven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Buffalo NY
Country: United States
Posts: 6,181
vCash: 500
I really hope they trade a defenseman for a forward. There's basically no depth up front.

HockeyH3aven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 08:47 AM
  #10
Jame
Dream '16
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Country: Scotland
Posts: 32,429
vCash: 500
Send a message via Yahoo to Jame
Quote:
Originally Posted by HockeyH3aven View Post
I really hope they trade a defenseman for a forward. There's basically no depth up front.
I really like the idea of Horcoff (using the new cap eating strategy), I'd take the remaining 3 yrs of Horcoff at up to 4.0 (he has a 5.5 cap)

Jame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 09:42 AM
  #11
HockeyH3aven
#Flynnsanity
 
HockeyH3aven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Buffalo NY
Country: United States
Posts: 6,181
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jame View Post
I really like the idea of Horcoff (using the new cap eating strategy), I'd take the remaining 3 yrs of Horcoff at up to 4.0 (he has a 5.5 cap)
Not a fan. His production fell of a cliff last year and he's already 34. I don't see why Edmonton would be willing to eat $1.5 million of their cap when they aren't even close to the upper limit, not to mention he's their captain and has been an Oiler his entire career.

HockeyH3aven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 09:56 AM
  #12
Bobby Bottle Service
Ghost Bouncer
 
Bobby Bottle Service's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Country: Canada
Posts: 1,529
vCash: 500
Depending on your point of view, Matty Ellis either gets too much praise or too much scorn.

If the line-up were purely based on merit, Ellis would be a regular. This comment speaks more to the team's overall lack of consistency, but Matt Ellis has RARELY been the worst player on the ice.

Bobby Bottle Service is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 10:41 AM
  #13
Blitz
With the #2 pick...
 
Blitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Constant Mediocrity
Country: Latvia
Posts: 1,069
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jame View Post
I really like the idea of Horcoff (using the new cap eating strategy), I'd take the remaining 3 yrs of Horcoff at up to 4.0 (he has a 5.5 cap)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HockeyH3aven View Post
Not a fan. His production fell of a cliff last year and he's already 34. I don't see why Edmonton would be willing to eat $1.5 million of their cap when they aren't even close to the upper limit, not to mention he's their captain and has been an Oiler his entire career.
I doubt they eat any of that cap space if they end up moving Horcoff (maybe for a comp. pick???). That said, I would love to have him in Buffalo... I think he is an ideal 3rd line vet 2-way centreman, who is physical enough to get the job done, but not take too many stupid penalties - like a stronger Jochen without the head issues.

Perhaps they would take a guy like Pardy/McCormick back in a package of some sort to at least allow for a couple million $$$ of cap relief. We could always buy Horcoff out in a year or two if Grigs/Girgs/Sundher/Cat are ready to hop into the #2/#3C slot.

I would do it - so long as the deal makes sense for both sides....

He's also buds with Ott - could be a good chemistry move....

Blitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 11:17 AM
  #14
MacOfNiagara
Blue&Gold from birth
 
MacOfNiagara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Niagara Falls
Country: United States
Posts: 2,626
vCash: 500
Would like to see a mid D traded for Malhotra

MacOfNiagara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 11:21 AM
  #15
joshjull
Moderator
 
joshjull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hamburg,NY
Country: United States
Posts: 31,429
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacOfNiagara View Post
Would like to see a mid D traded for Malhotra
Mid D? Is that a mid round draft pick?

joshjull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 11:48 AM
  #16
Jame
Dream '16
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Country: Scotland
Posts: 32,429
vCash: 500
Send a message via Yahoo to Jame
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
I doubt they eat any of that cap space if they end up moving Horcoff (maybe for a comp. pick???). That said, I would love to have him in Buffalo... I think he is an ideal 3rd line vet 2-way centreman, who is physical enough to get the job done, but not take too many stupid penalties - like a stronger Jochen without the head issues.

Perhaps they would take a guy like Pardy/McCormick back in a package of some sort to at least allow for a couple million $$$ of cap relief. We could always buy Horcoff out in a year or two if Grigs/Girgs/Sundher/Cat are ready to hop into the #2/#3C slot.

I would do it - so long as the deal makes sense for both sides....

He's also buds with Ott - could be a good chemistry move....
That's interesting, we could actually trade for Horcoff and take his full salary/cap and fit it in this year (filling our 3rd line need), and then buy him out next year for 4.66 (2/3 of 7 million owed) right?

no cap charge after this year?

If he plays close to his contract we can keep him for another season

Jame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 12:46 PM
  #17
Jacob582
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,528
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jame View Post
That's interesting, we could actually trade for Horcoff and take his full salary/cap and fit it in this year (filling our 3rd line need), and then buy him out next year for 4.66 (2/3 of 7 million owed) right?

no cap charge after this year?

If he plays close to his contract we can keep him for another season
A rental player for this year - interesting concept.

It would help with our lack of depth at forward for this year. There are rumors that Edmonton wants to get rid of him.

Still a lot of cap hit for a third line center. But we NEED more depth at forward (trade, FA, waiver, Hect, Grigorenko?) this year somehow/someway.

Jacob582 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 12:58 PM
  #18
Jame
Dream '16
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Country: Scotland
Posts: 32,429
vCash: 500
Send a message via Yahoo to Jame
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacob582 View Post
A rental player for this year - interesting concept.

It would help with our lack of depth at forward for this year. There are rumors that Edmonton wants to get rid of him.

Still a lot of cap hit for a third line center. But we NEED more depth at forward (trade, FA, waiver, Hect, Grigorenko?) this year somehow/someway.
With the trading of cap space, and the 2 buyouts over the next 2 offseasons, it's hardly the "i wouldn't touch that contract with the 10 foot pole" scenario.

When you add in "pegula bucks"... acquiring players like Horcoff becomes more likely

Jame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:00 PM
  #19
MacOfNiagara
Blue&Gold from birth
 
MacOfNiagara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Niagara Falls
Country: United States
Posts: 2,626
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by joshjull View Post
Mid D? Is that a mid round draft pick?
No, sorry, I meant a non Myers, Sekera, Erhoff Dman. Leopold, Weber, TJ, Pardy, etc. Something comparable to the worth of Malhotra, which would not be Myers, et al.

MacOfNiagara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:00 PM
  #20
sabresandcanucks
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,694
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacOfNiagara View Post
Would like to see a mid D traded for Malhotra
Canucks have a center shortage of their own to deal with...Malhotra's value to them is more than they are going to get via trade.

Thanks,

Josh

sabresandcanucks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:06 PM
  #21
Rob Paxon
Z E M G U S
 
Rob Paxon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: corfu, ny
Country: United States
Posts: 14,247
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to Rob Paxon
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jame View Post
With the trading of cap space, and the 2 buyouts over the next 2 offseasons, it's hardly the "i wouldn't touch that contract with the 10 foot pole" scenario.

When you add in "pegula bucks"... acquiring players like Horcoff becomes more likely
I understand it from Buffalo's end but I don't really see why they'd eat salary to move Horcoff just yet. Down the line they're going to feel the cap squeeze with all these top-end youngsters, but right now a guy like Horcoff is valuable to their young roster. That's my assumption, anyhow.

Rob Paxon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:08 PM
  #22
MacOfNiagara
Blue&Gold from birth
 
MacOfNiagara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Niagara Falls
Country: United States
Posts: 2,626
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by sabresandcanucks View Post
Canucks have a center shortage of their own to deal with...Malhotra's value to them is more than they are going to get via trade.

Thanks,

Josh
Ah, sorry, thought I read that they might be wanting to move him.

MacOfNiagara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:31 PM
  #23
DixonWard15
Registered User
 
DixonWard15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 875
vCash: 500
Brennan is either going to be traded or make the roster and if he makes the roster then another NHL defensemen will have to be traded. Can we parlay Brennan or Pardy into a bottom 6 forward?

DixonWard15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 01:32 PM
  #24
indigoo
Registered User
 
indigoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 642
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by HiddenInLight View Post
Matt Ellis! I choose you!
Ah yes, it's good to be back!

Needless to say I'm very excited to see what happens with the C spot this season.

indigoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
01-10-2013, 02:16 PM
  #25
Jame
Dream '16
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Country: Scotland
Posts: 32,429
vCash: 500
Send a message via Yahoo to Jame
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Paxon View Post
I understand it from Buffalo's end but I don't really see why they'd eat salary to move Horcoff just yet. Down the line they're going to feel the cap squeeze with all these top-end youngsters, but right now a guy like Horcoff is valuable to their young roster. That's my assumption, anyhow.
yea, they could very well not want to move him, and not want to eat space.

i'd be open to trading for him, and taking the entire contract. knowing that we could buy him out if it didn't work out.

we have the cap space this year, and we can make space next year by buying out him or Leino (whichever one proves capable of locking down that #3 center spot)

that to me is the most interesting aspect of the 2 buyouts... we only have 1 potential guy (leino), so we could acquire a "bad contract" from a small market team that maybe doesn't want to spend the cash, or can't afford to... we take the risk hoping for the rebound, but can afford the buyout if necessary....

wait : does that work? Or does the crazy Luongo rule apply to a traded for player who then gets bought out?

Jame is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:44 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2014 All Rights Reserved.