Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brian Brohm will each get a start under center before December 1. To decide who will get the call and when, Buddy Nix will set up a Wheel of Misfortune.
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Tim Kennedy's unceremonious departure this week from the Buffalo Sabres won't make the difference between making and missing the playoffs next April. After all, our most prolific spring memory of the kid was him getting rag-dolled by a guy twice his age.
Schobel's not part of the team's "now," much less its future, and he's much better off signing with an on-the-cusp team in need of a weakside defensive end who can release the hounds on passing downs.
Us younger Buffalo folk have often heard our older counterparts wax nostalgic about this town's NBA days, about the Braves, Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, Jack Ramsay, and so on and so forth. But we'd be setting ourselves up for the usual heartbreak if they'd stayed.
There's no question where Buffalo Sabres fans—and other supporters of small-market NHL franchises—should stand in the wake of the NHL putting the kybosh on Ilya Kovalchuk's colossal contract with the New Jersey Devils. And that's directly in support of Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Spiller and the Bills will both drag this thing out until noon on Opening Day, at which point the organization will be forced to hand him way too much cash and term for too little return.
Regier's conveniently forgetting Niedermayer has bounced around from one NHL city to the next. In sixteen NHL seasons, he's cracked the twenty-goal barrier but once ... fifteen years ago.
But here we'll be again in August: Edwards under center, Fitzpatrick preparing to spell him after ineffectiveness or injury, and Brohm ... um, keeping ice in the Gatorade supply?
The Buffalo Sabres' selection of three defensemen with their top four draft picks last weekend is pouring kerosene onto that already tormented firefight. Thanks, fellas.
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