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07-24-2005, 10:51 PM
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Regier and Quinn on SportsExtra...

Regier:

-Says Vanek is ready for NHL

-Shyed away form talk of Miro, simply saying they have to evaluate and then make a decision by the 31st

-Wants Zhitnik back, and placed a call to his agent

-Plans on being very active in the Free-Agent market, then Quinn added they have prepared greatly for this period and have done their research on all the will be Free-Agents



This is exactly what I wanted to hear from the big guys in the front office!!!

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Regier:

-Says Vanek is ready for NHL

-Shyed away form talk of Miro, simply saying they have to evaluate and then make a decision by the 31st

-Wants Zhitnik back, and placed a call to his agent

-Plans on being very active in the Free-Agent market, then Quinn added they have prepared greatly for this period and have done their research on all the will be Free-Agents



This is exactly what I wanted to hear from the big guys in the front office!!!

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This afternoon on GR


Darcy continued to waffle on Miro.

Talked up Marty, and the point that Miller can go back to the Amerks.


Said Max has a North american Agent, and that usually means the player wants to play in the nhl.

Left a message with Alex's agent. Then got a call that he should'nt be in contact with him yet.

Larry Q.

26-27 million dollar payroll.

Rights to 24 players and they'll make some additions.


The franchise has to pay its own way.

Need to average 14k a game in attendance.

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This afternoon on GR


Darcy continued to waffle on Miro.

Talked up Marty, and the point that Miller can go back to the Amerks.


Said Max has a North american Agent, and that usually means the player wants to play in the nhl.

Left a message with Alex's agent. Then got a call that he should'nt be in contact with him yet.

Larry Q.

26-27 million dollar payroll.

Rights to 24 players and they'll make some additions.


The franchise has to pay its own way.

Need to average 14k a game in attendance.
Marty? ack...

$26-27M? ack...

I'd like to see how they are going to make "some additions" with a payroll like that. Unless they are talking about addition in the Delmore/Bouchard mold again...

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Unless they are talking about addition in the Delmore/Bouchard mold again...
ack...

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Wasn't Amonte just cut loose?

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Darcy expects Hecht and Grier back. He heard from another player that Jochen is back in town now.


Larry Q.

They have to give eight months notice to change the UNI's . As of Yet they have'nt done so.

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$26-27M? ack...

I'd like to see how they are going to make "some additions" with a payroll like that.
My guess is that it starts with letting Satan walk.

They're taking an awfully big risk in slashing the payroll of a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 4 years. People won't be lining up to see another losing team.

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So they're going to operating with a budget of 26-27 million?

Maxim Afinogenov - $1,086,800 (Min. Qual)
Milan Bartovic - $450,000 (Min. Qual)
Eric Boulton - $501,600 (Min. Qual)
Martin Biron - $2,128,000 (Min. Qual)
Daniel Briere - $1,938,000 (Min. Qual)
Brad Brown - $585,200 (Min. Qual)
Brian Campbell - $450,000 (Min. Qual)
Tim Connolly - $1,036,849 (Min. Qual)
Chris Drury - $2,926,000
J.P. Dumont - $1,596,000 (Min. Qual)
Rory Fitzpatrick - $532,000 (Club Op.)
Mike Grier - $1,364,352 (Min. Qual)
Jochen Hecht - $1,596,000 (Min. Qual)
Jeff Jillson - $833,910 (Min. Qual)
Dmitri Kalinin - $1,330,000 (Club Op.)
Ales Kotalik - $837,900 (Min. Qual)
Adam Mair - $450,000
Jay McKee - $1,862,000 (Club Op.)
Mika Noronen - $665,000
Andrew Peters - $450,000
Taylor Pyatt - $989,719 (Min. Qual)
Derek Roy - $782,800
Miroslav Satan - $3,990,000 (Min. Qual)
Henrik Tallinder - $591,762 (Min. Qual)
Chris Taylor - $450,000

Assuming every player accepts the minimum qualifying offer and club/player options are exercised we're looking at a payroll of $29,423,893 for 25 players. Most likely, they won't even offer Satan the qualifier. That alone will bring the total payroll down to $25,433,893. Zhitnik will only be brought back at around 2 million or so. It's a sure bet they're going with the same team from 2003-2004. I'm predicting the only additions will come from Rochester (Vanek, Miller, etc)...Unless Darcy pulls off a few 'financially even' trades.

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My guess is that it starts with letting Satan walk.

They're taking an awfully big risk in slashing the payroll of a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 4 years. People won't be lining up to see another losing team.
An interesting phrase Darcy used in regards to Satan.

"Miro still has a Value in this league"

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An interesting phrase Darcy used in regards to Satan.

"Miro still has a Value in this league"
I don't see the Sabres getting anything more than picks and prospects for him. This team will be reducing payroll unfortunately, and I don't foresee them bringing in any bodies that will put them over the budget.

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They were also on WKBW's weekend sports show at the same time. I was flipping back and forth to see if there was any difference. There wasn't much. Looks like they choreographed it very well. On WKBW, Regier said that Vanek and Miller look ready to make the jimp, with the caveat, we'll find out in training camp.

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07-25-2005, 06:19 PM
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Marty? ack...

$26-27M? ack...

I'd like to see how they are going to make "some additions" with a payroll like that. Unless they are talking about addition in the Delmore/Bouchard mold again...

And "last year's" payroll was set at $30 mil, was $32 mil when the season started and almost $34 mil at the end of the year.

I don't believe that number, not for one second.



If the Sabres can't average 14k this year that's a serious serious problem. Heck, they averaged 15,343 "last" season.

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2004's team minus Satan and Zhitnik makes me pretty nervous. If that salary number holds up with that roster we will likely miss the playoffs, in fact I doubt the Sabres will be anywhere near the playoffs.

Satan and Zhitnik were two of the top 5 players on the team. Anyway you cut it, you don't replace that with call ups from rochester or by hoping some journeymen defensemen will somehow put together a solid season...I'll with hold judgement for now, but I am not optimistic

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2004's team minus Satan and Zhitnik makes me pretty nervous. If that salary number holds up with that roster we will likely miss the playoffs, in fact I doubt the Sabres will be anywhere near the playoffs.

Satan and Zhitnik were two of the top 5 players on the team. Anyway you cut it, you don't replace that with call ups from rochester or by hoping some journeymen defensemen will somehow put together a solid season...I'll with hold judgement for now, but I am not optimistic
I think you are right. Our current team minus Z and Miro will not make the playoffs. Especially if the game is speeded up and more focused towards offensive play as expected.

I get the feeling i am either going to be very pleased, or very disappointed in the events over the next month or so. There will be no middle ground.

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Look at the payroll structure.....ack!

We are the New England Patriots of the NHL, minus the great coaching, dynamic franchise player and championships.

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Look at the payroll structure.....ack!

We are the New England Patriots of the NHL, minus the great coaching, dynamic franchise player and championships.
You forgot to add dynamite amatuer and professional scouting to the minus column....

Sounds like Miro is being shopped. No surprise there. It sounds like status quo, hope to slip into the now expanded playoffs and make a little money.

As for minimum qualifying offers, there is the possibility of using the new team arbitration to lower salaries. I expect Regier will be using that to the best of his ability.

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I was flipping between WKBW and WGR so fast I'm not sure which one I heard it on, but when Quinn was asked about the payroll, all he would say is they expect to be in the middle of the pack as they were the previous season. Did he actually state a figure on WGR? I thought he left himself a lot of leeway the way he stated it. Middle of the pack it could mean anywhere from $25-34 million.

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I was flipping between WKBW and WGR so fast I'm not sure which one I heard it on, but when Quinn was asked about the payroll, all he would say is they expect to be in the middle of the pack as they were the previous season. Did he actually state a figure on WGR? I thought he left himself a lot of leeway the way he stated it. Middle of the pack it could mean anywhere from $25-34 million.
Quinn stated that payroll will likely fall somewhere in the 26 to 28 million dollar range.

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It sounds like status quo, hope to slip into the now expanded playoffs and make a little money.
I tought they werent expanding the playoffs?

I coulda swore that got shot down...

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I tought they werent expanding the playoffs?

I coulda swore that got shot down...
The 20 team playoff format is a 'no go' for this season. It's being looked at as something that could be implemented in the future.

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The 20 team playoff format is a 'no go' for this season. It's being looked at as something that could be implemented in the future.
Thank God, I do not like the idea of having 20 teams in the playoffs at all...

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Thank God, I do not like the idea of having 20 teams in the playoffs at all...
I also thought that it was happening for this season, and i'm glad its not.

IMO, they should cut the regular season to about 50 games, and keep the 16 team playoffs.

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