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I am starting a new Sabres thread. I will try to keep the thread title updated like 26CB did.

 

 

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https://www.nhl.com/fans/all-star

 

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2019 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend

NHL All-Star Skills, Jan 25, 9pm ET │ NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS 

Honda NHL All-Star Game, Jan 26, 8pm ET │ NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

 

 

https://www.nhl.com/news/key-advanced-statistics-for-all-star-game-standouts/c-304173292?tid=277549086

 

“Skinner, Crosby, Josi, Burns stand out from other all-stars”

 

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Skinner has scored 30 goals this season which is tied for second in the NHL.....

He is also second in the NHL in goals per 60 at 2.04 (minimum 45 games)....

Part of Skinner's all-star caliber season has been his ability to score at even strength, where he ranks fourth with 23 goals... Skinner also is tied for second in game-winning goals with seven. However, the difference between Skinner and other top goal-scorers is his shot volume. He's tied for 25th in the NHL with 153 shots on goal, but his 19.6 shooting percentage is ninth among skaters to have played at least 45 games.

 

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Thanks for doing this. Not sure if 26CB is coming back but that thread title was old. 

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2 hours ago, BringBackFergy said:

Thanks for doing this. Not sure if 26CB is coming back but that thread title was old. 

Ha, the irony!! you calling something old!!!

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Just out of curiosity, is there really a need to update the thread title constantly?  Why not just keep it simple?

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I have no issue just keeping the thread title simple if that’s what everyone wants. 

 

I just remember some people saying in the old Sabres thread that they relied on the thread title to know when the next Sabres game was, that’s why I did it that way. 

 

Let me know what you all want me to do. It doesn’t matter to me either way. 

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2 hours ago, shrader said:

Just out of curiosity, is there really a need to update the thread title constantly?  Why not just keep it simple?

Please take this to the controversial topic thread. 😁 

 

I like it, I am lazy, like knowing when next game is.

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There is a Rochester Americans game being broadcast on MSG tomorrow night (at 7pm) for anyone interested. 

 

It is 1 of only 3 games MSG is broadcasting this year. 

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21 minutes ago, BillsFan4 said:

There is a Rochester Americans game being broadcast on MSG tomorrow night (at 7pm) for anyone interested. 

 

It is 1 of only 3 games MSG is broadcasting this year. 

*****, wish it was tonight, I need an excuse to drink on Thursdays..Fridays are built in!!

Plus, I could come up with more trade scenarios to piss off @JohnC

 

Trade the whole lot of em

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37 minutes ago, ExiledInIllinois said:

Please take this to the controversial topic thread. 😁 

 

I like it, I am lazy, like knowing when next game is.

 

Not lazy enough apparently.  The truly lazy person (me) stops reading the thread title after the second word.

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38 minutes ago, plenzmd1 said:

*****, wish it was tonight, I need an excuse to drink on Thursdays..Fridays are built in!!

Plus, I could come up with more trade scenarios to piss off @JohnC

 

Trade the whole lot of em

You are becoming more irascible and more of a curmudgeon as the season advances than I am. That's quite an achievement! And, I'm waiting for one of your hallucinogenic trade scenarios that you are great at that will knock me out. How about having an auction for Okposo and Sobotka? Do you think we can get a bag of stale bagels for these two dynamos? :)

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3 minutes ago, JohnC said:

You are becoming more irascible and more of a curmudgeon as the season advances than I am. That's quite an achievement! And, I'm waiting for one of your hallucinogenic trade scenarios that you are great at that will knock me out. How about having an auction for Okposo and Sobotka? Do you think we can get a bag of stale bagels for these two dynamos? :)

damn, your posts make me laugh!!! I have too look up most words, but all good!

In all seriousness, if you can find a way to trade those two, you should immediately take over for JBotts. I really don't know right now,, is there any squad out there struggling to get to the floor that we could trade Kyle, Sobotka and a first for 6th?

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1 minute ago, plenzmd1 said:

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damn, your posts make me laugh!!! I have too look up most words, but all good!

In all seriousness, if you can find a way to trade those two, you should immediately take over for JBotts. I really don't know right now,, is there any squad out there struggling to get to the floor that we could trade Kyle, Sobotka and a first for 6th?

 

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2. one; anyone; people in general: a tiny animal you can't even see.
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11 minutes ago, plenzmd1 said:

Your 

damn, your posts make me laugh!!! I have too look up most words, but all good!

In all seriousness, if you can find a way to trade those two, you should immediately take over for JBotts. I really don't know right now,, is there any squad out there struggling to get to the floor that we could trade Kyle, Sobotka and a first for 6th?

I aim to serve. :)

 

With respect to your trade question especially for Okposo what weighs him down is his contract and the length of time it still is in effect. I just don't see any organization dumb enough to bail us out. That's why I hector him so much about his lack of roughing it up in front of the net in the offensive zone. He is actually a tough hombre who is difficult to knock off the puck when he has it. But that's the problem with him in that he refuses to change his style of play to help us in an area that is lacking i.e. muck it up in front of the nest. If we have to be stuck with him it might be useful to get more utility out of his game. 

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Hold the fort on trading Okposo; he’s doing well with Angry Larry and Girgs on the mucker line. Yes, we are paying nearly six times what a typical winger on such a line usually commands, but he’s not the offensive force he once was and that contract prevents us from moving him to a team not in the market for a 4th line mucker.

 

He may be a grossly overpaid mucker, but he’s our grossly overpaid mucker.

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10 hours ago, K-9 said:

Hold the fort on trading Okposo; he’s doing well with Angry Larry and Girgs on the mucker line. Yes, we are paying nearly six times what a typical winger on such a line usually commands, but he’s not the offensive force he once was and that contract prevents us from moving him to a team not in the market for a 4th line mucker.

 

He may be a grossly overpaid mucker, but he’s our grossly overpaid mucker.

would you trade him and 1st for a 6th? I would consider it

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4 hours ago, plenzmd1 said:

would you trade him and 1st for a 6th? I would consider it

Nah. He's found his niche. Finally. Albeit the exact opposite niche he was expected to find here. Then again, Angry Larry and Girgs, regardless of who fills the other wing, have been driving play all season, so he may not be as valuable there as I think. 

 

JohnC is right about Okposo in that he doesn't want to park his big, strong frame out front and engage often enough. I wonder if he's a little shell shocked after that concussion and subsequent threat to his life. Can't say as I blame him if that's the case. 

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24 minutes ago, K-9 said:

 

JohnC is right 

 

Those words shall never be spoken again, here or anywhere else.

 

(but i do agree)

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2 minutes ago, plenzmd1 said:

Those words shall never be spoken again, here or anywhere else.

 

(but i do agree)

JohnC is right about a lot of things, including this Sabres team. Not selling our prospects for a (miniscule) chance at the playoffs, for instance. 

 

I'm hoping he's right about a 20 point increase in the standings over last year, but I can't see it since the Sabres have to play .500 hockey to get there. Outside of that fluky streak, .500 hockey is something Housley and Co. haven't come close to achieving. 

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On ‎1‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 11:11 AM, shrader said:

Just out of curiosity, is there really a need to update the thread title constantly?  Why not just keep it simple?

Too many participants here are punctilious. I'm too imprecise to fall in that category. 

2 hours ago, plenzmd1 said:

Those words shall never be spoken again, here or anywhere else.

 

(but i do agree)

Your are a rascal and a provocateur. :ph34r:

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6 hours ago, K-9 said:

Nah. He's found his niche. Finally. Albeit the exact opposite niche he was expected to find here. Then again, Angry Larry and Girgs, regardless of who fills the other wing, have been driving play all season, so he may not be as valuable there as I think. 

 

JohnC is right about Okposo in that he doesn't want to park his big, strong frame out front and engage often enough. I wonder if he's a little shell shocked after that concussion and subsequent threat to his life. Can't say as I blame him if that's the case. 

I don't subscribe to the theory that he is shell shocked from the peril he was subjected to last year. When you watch him play when has the puck he is tough to knock off the puck. He also is willing to battle behind the net and along the boards either to pursue the puck or maintain the puck. He can be a bulldog. That's what is so baffling about him. I don't any player other than Reinhart who consistently mixes it up in front of the goalie. When Sam doesn't have the puck that is the location he usually claims. From a physical standpoint Okposo is more suited to do what Reinhart does. 

 

I have not been much of a critic of Housely because in general his team plays consistently hard. That's not to say that his players always play smart. What has crushed them is not their effort so much as their egregious lapses. How many times has a Sabre lost his man leaving him free for an open net? Hockey is a fast moving sport so you can't always be on your man but that doesn't mean that it is acceptable to be oblivious and  lose sight of your man/responsibility in the high scoring zone.

 

Housely has shown that he is not afraid to sit players. He has constantly preached the necessity to get traffic in front of the net. Well when your words don't resonate with the players then scratching a player from the lineup will get the recalcitrant player's attention. Okposo is built like a bulldog. He has a squat build with a muscular arse. He needs to either do what needs to be done for his team or be dispatched to the team's box in the stands and forlornly watch the games from there. The irony is that Okposo is now playing better than he previously has. That's not good enough for me. He needs to more frequently muck it up in front of the net to be a bigger asset for his team. 

 

I agree with you that the Larsson and Girgs line has played it role as well if not better than any of the other lines.  

 

 

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Reminder that the Amerks game is on MSG (channel 28 on spectrum cable).

It just started. 

 

 

 

 

NHL all star Skills competition also starts at 9pm. 

 

Eichel will I’ll be in the fastest skater event ans Skinner will be doing the puck control event. 

 

https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/01/25/nhl-announces-2019-all-star-skills-participants/

 

Happy that Eichel gets another crack at fastest skater. He got a bad start last year and then blew a wheel coming around a turn. I’d like to see what he can do with another chance at it. 

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1 hour ago, BillsFan4 said:

Reminder that the Amerks game is on MSG (channel 28 on spectrum cable).

It just started. 

 

 

 

 

NHL all star Skills competition also starts at 9pm. 

 

Eichel will I’ll be in the fastest skater event ans Skinner will be doing the puck control event. 

 

https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/01/25/nhl-announces-2019-all-star-skills-participants/

 

Happy that Eichel gets another crack at fastest skater. He got a bad start last year and then blew a wheel coming around a turn. I’d like to see what he can do with another chance at it. 

If you watch the Amerks game would you give a report on Nylander's play. Please don't say anything too bad about him because Plezmd would go into one of his spasms of rage about the necessity of trading prospects for expensive old goat third liners with long term deals. Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether he has better judgment when he is sober or has his regular night time buzz? :)

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18 minutes ago, JohnC said:

If you watch the Amerks game would you give a report on Nylander's play. Please don't say anything too bad about him because Plezmd would go into one of his spasms of rage about the necessity of trading prospects for expensive old goat third liners with long term deals. Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether he has better judgment when he is sober or has his regular night time buzz? :)

He's been unnoticeable tonight, but so has the entire team. 

 

Not NEARLY as bad as Scandella, though. :ph34r:

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