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Thursday, 08.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Wiggle Room

August 11, 2005

Rick Jeanneret has seen it all during his 34-year career in the National Hockey League, so when the NHL’s free agency period became a bidding war for the best talent available, he was not too shocked.

"(Contracts) seem to be going back in the direction I thought they were leaving, but on the other hand, I guess the superstars in the game - the best players in the game- should get paid a lot of money", stated Jeanneret

Jeanneret has always believed in a "the cream will rise to the top" philosophy concerning unrestricted free agents.

"If this free agency thing that we just went through for the last couple of weeks reflects the best players in the game, then we shouldn't be surprised," he continued.

Contracts for such players as Peter Forsberg (Philadelphia), Glen Murray (Boston), Brian Leetch (Boston) and Adam Foote (Columbus) have reportedly exceeded $4.0 million each. Although each is an extremely gifted athlete, their individual contracts would equal at least 10 percent of their team's total salary.

"I just think that a lot of teams have eaten up a lot of their salary cap and have really not left themselves much wiggle room to make any moves in the near future, which could turn out to be at the trading deadline," stated Jeanneret.

Predicting the Team's Success in 2005-06
Jeanneret would not even venture a response when asked his thoughts on the Sabres success in the 2005-06 season. He believes the mass personnel, schedule and rule changes in the NHL this season make it nearly impossible to speculate on the upcoming season.

"I honestly have no idea," stated Jeanneret. "I just don't know, because of all the changes that have been made by other teams. Now the team has to play less against the West and more against the East, staying more with the teams you have to beat out in order to get to a playoff spot. Ask me this two months into the season and maybe I'll have some kind of an inclining. But at the moment, I'm a dumb dodo."

Fewer Frequent Flyer Miles
One area of change that the Sabres broadcaster likes is the NHL's new schedule format. Buffalo travels to meet a Western Division foe just three times this season: Edmonton on January 16; Vancouver on January 19; and Calgary on January 21.

"I like it and I wish (the league) had gone a step further and we didn't play the West at all. Just stay right in the East, which would not bother me at all," boldly stated Jeanneret. "This is a very personal thing with me because I'm at a point in my career where traveling is not very much fun. I would prefer to stay on this side of the Mississippi and then just cross over for the Stanley Cup."

Quote of the Day – Concerning the Rule Changes
"Right now, I like them on paper but let's see them in action," stated Jeanneret. "I guess I'm going to be from Missouri here and be the "show me" state. I think the preseason will give you a little clue as to how things are going to work."

SCHEDULE

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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