Jun 21, 2016|
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Asking questions and go from there. In my case. Tim in the wake of the Jimmy VC transaction yesterday's agents at last night that they fully and do. Stated you have a August 15. What's your reaction to that in general it's a gamble you took that seems more than reasonable thing passes away. Yet. The front of the line and Jack is the recruiting you. I would expect that that would have been their answer and they haven't sat down talked to us so it's. To me it's like a call it free agent recruiting process so we haven't the and it pretty and we just happen to have exposed great mystery so. That's been their planet guest. Accurate statement do I have no issue with the statement whatsoever. Please our property belongs to you and say I said yesterday is somebody. That I'd I'd. It's not a bold move to me it's a gamble. He could sign with somebody else owns fifty but it was a third round pick. And we can debate value there Olympics here. You know there between 3010% of them play depending on your metric and that doesn't include. Timeline for guys become popular. For player but Jimmy's caliber and where we rate human operating since about a third runners put 7% of the time that you can get completely that by air mattress so. And averages include the best trafficking in the worst trafficking so you know. I'm not good they were the best drafting team but we're certainly not the worst about drafting teams so. Tom result there was a lot of numbers that we crunch before we did this. And my philosophy I think if you guys noticed that. You know we try to get equality over and over quantity and I guess this is what I did yesterday. Lower on its objective of DC can you describe what type of players. You write that you acquired with the players you would be signed. And he's a fiber battery power ratings we've watched them time times the last four years. He's so overbay it will be baker finalist a year ago to agree there's a whole big winner this year I mean is is his. Ability in and type areas as well documented. To me he's got toxic potential. We're certainly not going to we do get and sign we're rocketed tell you reasoner chopsticks but that's that's potential that's operated for us. He's a complete forward he's he's big he's strong he can really shoot the puck to score but he also make plays high IQ. He. Before it. It's. The nation's team victory via postseason right. How important Jacqueline you try to get him secure. I haven't I haven't spoken to track the votes. This summer about Jimmy's old. Now that we owners' rights and that's allowed. We might. Potentially used that as a tool can that be a tool not a soul. I didn't think we're gonna talk with this today but. You know we have to draft coming up but yeah I'm an average of Jack obviously and he would. Now that we can talk in. Oh. To help recruiting process but. There's lots there's obstacles and. Greg I know last year and it a couple of things I felt bad about these guys understand it there's that possibility and you sort of care. I'll last year Tim traded a couple of picks and he said he felt bad he did on network are you prepared this year that possibility into doing that again. And it happens it happens whatever whatever is best for the team we can improve the sabres if we trade trade it takes to make the team better. I just wake us. Tim music will be doing that again that's. Is that which I think we have a very good drafting staff here and we have eleven pixel we hit on all eleven picks would do we have no chance of signing eleven exe two years. I mean little facetious there. I five we can try to couple picks and improve our team we're gonna continue to. If. They're Timothy the embassies in news conference Hewitt says you understood the sentiment to have especially with the draft being here a first round pick for the fans of buffalo but that you would certainly consider. I'd trade unions. It worked for the betterment of the hockey where do you stand all that now. And it. If somebody offers us a talk and young left right B and they demand her or eighth overall pick and we feel that makes us better we'll do the rate. And I think the fans might be short term disappointed because we don't make a pit. If we get that we try to move back in the first round somehow but. Long term if we cut. You know it's a dream a franchise left right B that's 25 years all right I don't see anybody in the complaining about that. I don't for that happening I mean that is your ask me hypothetical Russell in a perfect world that we're that that would go. Spreading. It's the fifth in his these Julian. So. Of the day. Which Marie. You see that you'd be. It memory. Number eight I do I think you're gonna talk with the author when we get that the third round pick which illustrated. No way it's I think I think that we've got it narrowed down three guys. So you know people think we're targeting these three guys it's not just that we think's gonna be laughed and not all three will be there were. One of the three or so. We've interviewed those players and I guess if it's if it's a player that we have rated higher than most read it is available at the bonus but. And your job history the draft and try to understand what other teams like him who image taken. We've been I think we've been pretty good. And are educated guesses on who's on before. Did you raise the bar last to treat you may execute trades. On the ground. With that comes high expectations do you feel pressure like now now all I hear people's in the well. He's going to be huge victory again it's almost like people expect to do it all the time now and do you feel pressure from that sense and it came out to be doing. We'll have to we'll read you get your articles and expect that the expectation now that I'm starting to feel pressure yet. I've never felt pressure before. You know at some point at some point we got to be happy with. Are toxic and our top four rate. I'm not and we're there yet completely but. We traded for what we believe is number one goalie laughter we trader for it. Top X guild leadership guy in in Ryan. You know at some point that needs are going to be less than they have been here but let's face it the last couple years. My first copier here that needs have been. Fast so. You know at some point your guys or generate that Tim's pretty happy with demons. We don't for you blockbuster deal and hopefully get there someday. Sure. Tim it seems like. Most talk is 12 and three are locked in even though there's been a little chatter out of Columbus in the draft essentially starts at four. What is your interest level in potentially moving up how much activity has there been along that line do you think that's possible. I don't think it's a possibility. I don't think one and two were being moved at all. I don't think you're almost gonna move three. I call them and asked if you want it straight through and his answer was I don't wanna treat treat so. And these possible but I think he said publicly that you would have to knock your socks off and I. Believe that it would. You have to be on or off off again couple pairs or to get the deal done so. I think. More than likely it. The top three teams that. Depending on the price price and be all eyes and I know we're gonna get it polarity like. You know like they treat players that we think have a chance to be there to artistry or one of the pre. Words extremely happy with. With the sole. I wouldn't pay futures lake big future to make that deal I would I would pay a price there's no question you guys that would. You know not not whenever he young guys. Tim you. Plan to be announcing the pick and believe he's a little bit more vocal and well they'll. You're not that announcing it I may announce the fact it's not going to be any different than any. I'm not thanking. I mean. I think game but he. Just me and but he feels put out wants to meet note. In buffalo downtown Saturday night and get a personal thank you certainly. And what might. And he looked like your reaction be. What you what you think about you know. It. It's the ones on I'm in there will be a lot here. And here now for two record years. I worked in Ottawa for years in. You know I've been around for 24 years soul I don't know why history would change in I would assume that. You know. It's very passionate fan base they have been and lately around and and people oh I can't imagine it would change here. Targeting offers the whole group and he could play. Sooner or later. That's a hard thing to predict that means you can predict the top three guys play for sure. You know like by contrast I don't think any day anybody predicted. First player in Austin. I would play re going to say that. That's the armor that they put in that how they come to training camp that's oh your coaches are too. I like that your team that I've been opening. There positions open for guys like that that I mean. In the right situation. The first. Fifty guys can play. Articles 155. Or six could be college guys are they going to even come training camp. Probably not you know probably an Eagles at least a freshman here well it's so so your eliminated those guys anyway because they're not good either. But in a perfect world I think that. Teams wanna get younger I think teams like entry level contract so I think there are guys. Through the top ten for sure the player's weight whether that organization needs that. They have the ability to. For Reagan brought evaluating this draft class for for what the sabres are looking into how do you how do you foresee how do you break down. The talent wise when you get past the first round and you look deeper into things. I think the first rounds quite deep to fifteen. On second round. We're gonna get a real good player but OB copiers away. Now in third fourth round slow entry here. What makes the difference with these guys I know it's usually kind of a crapshoot with when you get into those later rounds but. Is it just that the talent pool this year doesn't just goes that far but I think that Tom was quite good this year. Getting in the in the later rounds. We're just looking for the exceptional element sorts. The guys in the field and have done their homework and are able to relate with those players and identified that exceptional moment that will make them and until player. Tim as you prepare and go through this week how does it how do you split up your time between dealing with the draft. And the free agency in every period starting where you have. Potentially franchise. Changing. Move guy to be talking about it free agency how do you prepare for that hiring any deal all week with the flood of rumors that are flying around about what your offering a prepared offers themselves. The have dot even got an offer. Or the rumor come from I think everybody. Whoever does laughter that's going to spend a lot of money we have we have a firm offer. Internally I mean. Oh we are no numbers like for at some numbers here. Maybe this morning. Or they came from. We yet. We have to be fearless but to borrowers that they were gonna finalize their list for the most part because father. And and be comfortable with the way we interpreted the com mine tested. We rated all over interviews the way we do or robbery is from one to seven hurt their testing from one to seven on the Columbine. And our analytics. List which combine them all. Now it's a matter of going in kind of find the red at the very few red flags we've had with interviews. A few more red flags that have come up from the physical testing. And then just. We're not gonna change her list programs so the red flags may. May be moved down a couple spots. I'm the Huckabee moved out of their number in your piece of four plus. He's a red flag keep me going the bottom of the four pluses but he's not going to three plus so that that's tomorrow we start our. List. And I think then that frees up the rest of the week too I can flit in and out of the amateur meetings with. Concentrate more on the stuff with my progress. Via free agency and trades or whatever. Tomorrow just hitting infielder with the offseason full swing you're just what are you targets what are your beat me to hear that. Talked quit a bit about the left check the and so forth but. Yeah at dole. That's still the number one. I'd say number one it is and number I mean I can tell you that you know we've wielded a little bit of that. The options all but then. That kind of protects us we don't get that are put it in in reality we need somebody to play left side whether that's a left fraud or right shot. Is yet to be in but. You know I think we have an abundance of right shot he I think we have some quality rate show ID. I think we have a couple quality left right he we just don't we just have a town and so. I think there's an opening on her left side both Indian and and on the way. But it and that we can shuffle or employers around a little bit and the best guys available. That got me the most happens to you right where there for birdie. We've got guys neutral floor Apple's site so. But in a perfect world lecture at number one he would be. It's. Tim can you. Kind of compare. Where. This week is now compared to draft which last year when you made so many moves particularly the night of in the night. Or day before the draft and where the the phone calls are as far as you're concerned the chatter with other GMs trade. Talks can you kind of compared to last year when you made so many moves and what this year in due course. About the end here years. If you were writing and all of you be doing your line right now I mean you have your character names and and stuff like that but you know. It after the second chapter to fly off this way instead of where you thought it was going this way so. I'd say the same there's been a lot of calls there's been a lot of framework. Of the blueprints and it's who you get back to a group gets back cute that you know that you have to it was a mutual fit the guys are calling me or calling 21 in eight other guys rates so. And on June lake place or. To use get back to who you zero in on. Because you had a good feel on the first caller the first two calls old we're not there yet but there were workflow. I'm sure the other GMs there in the same boat. That's fitness. Gym. Everybody says the feet and until the puppy at the game is if that's the case what you get out of what Pittsburgh did. In winning the Stanley Cup finals and how might that. Stack up to your distances. I think they've played fast game. I think they played a pressure game and I think it's the type game that we've said all along that we wanna play. We haven't had the complete roster played that yet but. And command and his staff you know my masters in we wanna play fast cars and oh. To me that's how Pittsburgh played. The good goaltending. But they've played fast and later then. That's been the messenger plus years. Old. I don't think that will be called a copycat that you might see some teams that we played a little differently. Or towards that so whether that's copycat or what do you wanna call it doesn't matter but. To me that's only one. I think you have to play to what yours your your roster is soul. That's what we're trying to achieve here we're not there but that's the type Rosser we're trying to achieve. And we'll see where takes us. Right. Timmy got nicked the glory done yesterday there any update on some other guys moving forward you know your instance crystal one if you. We had her first chat with. Excellent people yesterday. Our second track but it. Worried. We've been having good talks with. On the cape people. We've had a couple talks with Gergen as people. Gross. We know. Nothing yet. But. That. That's not out of no desire and he like that it is. There was arbitration update at one point there that we had no interest in and told them that so. We'll get there with him in with Chad Johnson I don't know. Nothing. We haven't heard from them than in the same way we haven't reached out to them. I think there's a day where I think with a goalie and you know check hectic year there's a there's a period here where he may think that. He'd get. Better than. From someone else that than what we offered liar gave last year willing to offer. When the goal the you know one goalie traded yesterday I think now there's maybe one or two teams looking for goalie. Starting goalie. But we we were quite happy with Chad last year and they may reach out to us we may reach out to him but there's certainly conversation we had. Would there be any update on guys that phone of that group six category that might be off the radar for some like himself. We know we've had don't talk to their six. Possible expansion draft looming in the salary cap babies being fairly even. Is that trading is that changing the way trades are going to be made now or for you would maybe around the NHL. I think that there are more players available that that have to be protected. We were a year away from that dole and sort things change in. But I think that there are teams that have to move guys there's no question about that are eventually will have to move guys all. You're gonna hear some names that maybe you wouldn't normally hurt in the past but. I would just quoted general manager Paul and play the game everyday and who pops up. Put it in the back and Greg how would you rate this year's class of defenseman in the immediate audience that some of those guys coming. And I think there's. Five real good defenseman in the first round. I'm not sure where the sort of fallen to pick eight of its defense report put that. Depending on what they do this summer I I would think the majority of them where there's still a year away. Puts him it. Going back to be and defenseman part any concern when you see the rights against Michael lost did you handle being traded it comes to addressing the free agent market. Sure you know the. They can bring the men show them their facilities meet their coaches meet their owner. Again it's like college free agent recruiting so. They have a headstart. Now off the guy has his may mind made up he once played these goals are you know there's all kinds or play in the West Coast scene straight to these schools to. There's all kinds of variables but. Am I overly concerned Knoll but. I'm sure that they're gonna take a visit but they're also when there. When the window to talk to everybody else and sure there gonna take advantage of you only become a free agent. As a National Hockey League player you know for every so often so they'll probably take it from. Thanks everyone for coming many of the draft stuff coming up check for emails for things for some of the availability for some of the top prospects for the next two days.