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I still can't get out of my head this NYI connection, especially with talk of how Ryan Miller could be a "splash" for Brooklyn. Why does that NYI owner always barely hit cap floor? [He took Tim Thomas to hit cap floor]. It's because he's running his team like a business [the opposite of what Pegula says he's doing -- "I'll just drill another hole of oil"]... then the Sabres HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION of... "What will you give us if we take DiPietro off your books?"
Or any other team with one of our buyouts.
Charles Wang (NYI owner):
“The team has to be self-sustaining,” he said. “This is not a church that will stay open forever.”
New York Islanders owner Charles Wang says he regrets buying the money-losing NHL team nine years ago.
"If I had the chance I wouldn't do it again," Wang told Newsday.
There are 3 ways that NHL teams can get any player in the league, without questions (note: I'm leaving RFAs out of this because the team can just match that offer):
1. Free Agency
To get a top-tier player, the Sabres unfortunately have to Trade or Draft them, because when they are free agents, they don't look twice at Buffalo. So the Sabres are at a 33% disadvantage (along with many other teams in the league).
But the advantage the Sabres do apparently have is Pegula Bucks. If Pegula's not running the Sabres as a business and if he'll do whatever it takes to bring a cup to Buffalo, then the Sabres need to be exploring their financial advantage -- exploring deals with teams to take players "off the books" that maybe reside in the AHL (like DiPietro). I'd imagine lesser-financial hit deals exist out there for other players as well (like we took Kotalik).
The Sabres need to be buying draft picks.
The Sabres should be throwing common sense out the window.
There's $36 million left over 8 years on the DiPietro contract. Is $36M worth a 1st round pick (#15) in 2013-2014 draft? (Maybe that additional pick gets us in the top 3?) Tavarres + DiPietro for Miller?
Anything should be a possibility.
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Been talking DiPietro for awhile now- NYI owner Wang has said he runs his team like a business, so that contract must kill him. What's $36mm get a franchise these days in return?
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