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SYLVESTER'S BLOG: MAIR, MILLER AND GM MEETINGS

Wednesday, 11.11.2009 / 11:29 AM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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SYLVESTER\'S BLOG: MAIR, MILLER AND GM MEETINGS
Adam Mair (Photo: Getty Images)
Here are some blog bits (I took my kids for Timbits after skating last night)

Placing Adam Mair on waivers could not have been an easy decision. 

He is a team guy through and through and brings the grit needed.  But the Sabres have gritty players that bring a little more to the ice than Mair did in the few opportunities he had this year. 

Unfortunately the knee injury set him back a bit, and gave someone else the opportunity.  It happens all the time in sports.  Mair will play again, and possibly for the Sabres.  He cleared waivers, but remains with the team. 

It now gives Darcy Regeir more options with the roster, and this shows that the hockey department is constantly evaluating the team and how to improve it.  The evidence is clear with the trading of Dan Paille, and the placement of Mair on waivers.  I am certain the evaluation will continue and if there are moves to be made that make sense, they will be made.

Jhonas Enroth had a decent NHL debut despite the loss.  He looked confident and active and made some solid saves.  He got beat on the Bitz goal, but the others that went by him, were hardly his fault due to screens and tips.

I expect an excellent performance from Ryan Miller vs. Edmonton.   He has demonstrated the ability to move on from below average outings and put them out of his mind. 

It’ll be interesting to see if the Oilers have a chip on their shoulders hatched from last season’s embarrassing loss at home to the Sabres. 

Remember that game? 

The Sabres scored early and often handing the Oilers their worst home defeat in franchise history 10-2.  Drew Stafford recorded a hat trick, while Tim Connolly netted a pair.  Of course the Oilers now have a new coach in Pat Quinn, and a better goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin.  Dwayne Rolosson started that game for the Oil.

The NHL GM meetings are taking place Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto.  Expected to be discussed on the agenda are removing the trapezoid behind the net allow goaltenders to play the puck more, and hits to the head. 

Can I add obstruction at the blue line and in front of the net to the agenda?  Defenseman should be allowed to hit a player dumping the puck in, but they shouldn’t be allowed more than that.  Too often the hit becomes a hold and isn’t called.  And the front of the net is starting to look like a school of piranhas on a dead capybara carcass in the Amazon. 

Thanks to the all the Veterans that have served our country.  I am proud to say my father is one of those individuals, having served in the United State Navy. 

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  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
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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

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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