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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:45 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Tage is a big kid who may pan out as a third line grinder but not much more than that IMO. He ran pretty hot and cold in the AHL but did little at the NHL Level. He’s a 2016 first rounder so he’s still pretty young but you would’ve thunk he’d be making bigger waves by now.


Got called up early because of his size. Teams are always doing that...

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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 pm 
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I don’t love this article from Mike Harrington (I know he has a bit of a rep but I don’t mind the guy so much), it feels too much like a hit piece, but it reinforces the fact that O’Reilly signed his walking papers the minute he had that brutally honest media scrum about losing his love for the game.

My question: Was it his intention to engineer his own departure? Or was he just trying to be honest? Either way, the ROR camp insisted that part of that mega deal wasn’t just scoring and two way play, it was character as well. Well...when that’s your “character” it sure as hell ain’t worth $7.5 million in bonuses it turns out.

I still think this is a shit trade and Botterill could’ve done much better. In fact this is yet another major misfire by Botterill. He knew he wasn’t keeping Kane, so why did he hold onto him for so long? I suppose the same applies to Lehner but unlike Kane there was never any real “sell high” point to his season.

So...so far pretty much every move GMJB has made has backfired in some way, about the best thing you could say was that he at least got rid of Tyler Ennis’s contract, Marco Scandella isn’t terrible, and hey got some roster flexibility in the long term by dumping ROR, even though they had to take on two enormously overpaid players in order to do it. He’s still new to the game and has had one hell of a mess to clean up but so far I’m not sure Botterill has been much, if any improvement on his predecessors.


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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:46 am 
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“We’re stuck in this mindset of just being OK with mediocre,” normal guy said this morning inside his corporate conglomerate. “I feel too it’s really crept into myself. Over the course of 20 years I lost myself a lot, where it was just kind of get through, being OK with just not making a mistake, and that’s not winning life at all and it’s crept into the entire company. It’s disappointing, it’s sad.

I feel throughout the years I’ve lost the love of the job multiple times and just need to get back to it because it’s eating myself up and eats the other employees too. It’s eating us up, it’s tough.”


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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:33 pm 
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For whatever this is worth- Carter Hutton supposedly took $500k less/year to sign with Sabres than the Isles offered.

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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:24 am 
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Could Tage Thompson be any more perfect for the name of Klay(NBA) and Trayce(MLB) 's kid brother? 3 brothers across 3 different major pro sports would be pretty awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Frustration
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:06 am 
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I would recommend Sabre fans look at it as one more year of strip and build, 19-20 as progress to playoff contender, and 20-21 as the window opens to be a top team. Really they are in a good place right now and if they manage it competently for the next couple of season the "frustration" should pass if not be over all ready. Maybe they haven't crushed it on some recent trades but I'd still rather see a team strip down what doesn't work than keep going back to the same failed mix.


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