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no chance brooks is reporting anything other than his opinion or a random rumor. since cally isnt a free agent yet it would tampering on the part of buffalo to indicate anything about what they are and are not willing to do, never mind already giving him the C. lets face it, at this moment in time any column that includes the name "callahan" is getting tons of clicks and reads, a fact not lost on brooks (or our blogger friends). in reality, we have no idea what buffalo or any other team is willing to offer. we dont really even know what's going on in house, which is why i personally am taking everything with a grain of salt. as tight lipped as sather normally is about everything, it seems very odd that suddenly every aspect of this negotiation is out for us all to see. there are many moving parts to this, and we probably know none or next to none of it.
1 month ago on Only One Team Calls Callahan; Sabres Willing to Meet His Contract Demands
a "character guy"? come on kevin. he is a 29 year old top pair, right handed, shut down d-man who plays 25 mins a game, never gets hurt, and occasionally chips in a goal. how many more of these can you name? sure he makes some mistakes but you can count on one hand the number of d-men who dont. unless slats has a replacement in mind, and there really arent very many, you have to get this done. the salary cap is rising every year, the number of right handed d-men who play his game is not.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rangers Still Not Making Girardi Available
@Kevin DeLury @carylev i think we're saying the same thing here kevin. my only disagreement with your assertion is that i dont think AV's statement is killing DZ's trade value as much as others (not just you) seem to think. AV seems to be a pretty thoughtful guy, i doubt he's doing anything to undermine his/slat's long term plans here. maybe we get lucky and DZ responds and makes this whole discussion moot? hey, stranger things have happened!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor
have to disagree with all the talk about AV hurting DZ's trade value. if you read his actual quote, he says that DZ is a better d-man than AV has seen during the first quarter of the season. in other words, he is a good player that has not lived up to expectations. another way to read that: perhaps a change of scenery or different coaching staff could get him to realize expectations. underachieving players get traded all the time for their potential, why do people feel the circumstance is different here? i'm not necessarily on the DZ hate train and would just as soon give him more time to show more of the flashes we've seen intermittently over the past few years, but i also dont have a problem with AV's handling of this situation at all.