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Tuesday, 03.01.2011 / 12:59 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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- Phew, another year that I was not traded. 

- The trade deadline was a bit of a dud as compared to last year across the league, but I think Darcy Regier was right yesterday.  Too many teams are still in the playoff hunt, so the price of poker was high.  There were too many buyers and too few sellers.  The laws of supply and demand were at work. 

Brad Boyes (Getty Images)
- I wrote on my Facebook page that I liked the move of acquiring Brad Boyes.  Here’s why:  They acquired an offensive player that will be around for another season in exchange for a 2nd round pick.  To me, it’s as if the Sabres drafted Boyes in the second round.  Considering that Boyes is a former first rounder, has scored over 40 goals in the past, and currently has 41 points, it looks like a great move.  It also helps with options for the summer as Boyes is on the roster for next season and is a threat from the right side, which may be big since RW Drew Stafford is a restricted free agent.  Assuming Stafford stays (I hope he does), right wing is a position of considerable strength with Boyes, Stafford and Jason Pominville.  Of course, Thomas Vanek works over there on occasion, and all are of “Top 6” quality, so somebody will be on the left. 

- If the Sabres had traded Luke Adam (the last 2nd round draft choice of the Sabres) for Brad Boyes, then I might not like it as much. 

- Kudos to Tim Connolly for meeting with the media after practice on Monday and answering questions about his immediate future.  It had to be uncomfortable for a guy who has been carved up in the media all season.  He could have refused, but faced the music like a professional.  Can he play better? Yes.  With the deadline passed and the distraction behind him, let’s hope he does.

- I saw Derek Roy last week and he’s in good spirits while rehabbing.  He’s thinking about becoming a movie critic since he saw everything while he was immobile for six weeks.

- It was exciting last week with the Pegula family taking over ownership of the Buffalo Sabres.  I think everything that can be written about them has been, so no need to waste space here.  However, I will say they could not have made a better first impression publicly or privately. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82