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A few musings from the Sabres’ first preseason game

Since the game wasn’t on in the Buffalo area, I, along with a couple guys from my school, headed across the border to Fort Erie to catch the Sabres/Leafs game on TV. Here’s what I need to say:

  • If there’s one thing I hate more than anything else I hate, it’s losing to the damn Leafs. Even in the preseason. To hell with them.
  • Marek Zagrapan was clearly the best Sabre on the ice tonight.
  • Jhonas Enroth’s quasi-NHL debut definitely could’ve gone smoother, but other than a few mistakes (like completely forgetting about stopping the puck on Moore’s shorthanded goal) he was pretty solid.
  • The veterans in the game tonight didn’t seem to set themselves apart from the rookies. I don’t blame them for not being up for the game, considering they just reported on Friday, but I don’t know if that should be considered disheartening or not.
  • Ryan Miller looked average.
  • I officially believe that Dylan Hunter has no business ever playing the NHL, and I hope somebody in Sabres management starts to agree with me. He’s a hard worker, but he lacks what we call “talent.” Read the rest of this entry

Could Marek Zagrapan get Radulov-ed out of Buffalo?

Some interesting news for the Sabres as the Nashville-KHL Alexander Radulov saga continues, center Marek Zagrapan is currently participating in a two week training camp with KHL team HC Spartak Moscow.

Slovo dostal aj Marek Zagrapan, ešte stále útočník Buffala Sabres, takže jeho prítomnosť vo výprave spartakovcov bola maličkým prekvapením. „Minulý týždeň som bol na prípravnom kempe nováčikov v Buffale, no hneď po návrate domov mi zavolal agent a spýtal sa ma, či neskúsim aj prípravu s týmto ruským mužstvom. Privolil som, lebo si myslím, že mi môže dať veľa.“

Okay, the story is written in Slovak. So I don’t know what it says. It was posted over on HFBoards, and apparently, it doesn’t say much about Zagrapan’s status, other than that he’s rooming with one of my personal favorite hockey names, Branko Radivojevic.

Zagrapan, 21, has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, and is eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer. Read the rest of this entry

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