SLY NOTES: DEFENSIVE DEPTH
Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 9:30 AM ET
-The competition and depth on the blue line is going to make many teams jealous. Tyler Myers, Robyn Regehr, Christian Ehrhoff, Jordan Leopold, Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber, Shaone Morrisonn and RFA Marc-Andre Gragnani are an impressive stable of defenders. The competition to not be among the guys that sit out as the 7th and 8th defensemen should make everyone better.
-The most common question I’ve been getting in recent days is, “Are the Sabres done with moves?” The answer is no since the roster currently puts the team over the salary cap for the upcoming season (based upon various reports—no, I don’t get to see the books), so a move or two will have to be made to get under the cap. Now, I don’t know what that move(s) will be, but it should make training camp even more interesting and competitive.
|Zack Kassian (IIHF)|
-Congratulations to Patrick Lalime on his recent retirement. Twelve seasons in the league is something to celebrate, even if his best years were not here in Buffalo. He is a class act and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in hockey. He is now going to work for RDS (the French language sports network in Canada) as an analyst, and he will do very well for them. Welcome to the booth, Patty!
-From the suggestion box: “Kevin, since you wrote about the best pancakes in the NHL, can you do that for steaks in the league?” I’ll have to check the budget for this year, but I am up for it!