Jan 19, 2017|
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We're back with. Of the instigated it's presented by MP Carol hard. Welcome back to the as the gators Andrew Peters Craig Rivera a WGR Sports Radio 550. And MSG and your television. Gonna shut the call lines down. A man who doesn't need much of an introduction of the heart you wearable will introduce into units Craig button former general manager and actually it's a quick story. Craig revenge. First time I had it did the opportunity to meet. Craig Bowden he was the general manager of the Dallas stars and I was the sure fire NHL at the time. And I was it was a positive that's a joke I was a prospect going into the dress up. And I had the chance to meet Craig up in Toronto and did the whole Dallas Stars you know meet and greet and I can't remember the gentleman's name that drove me home Craig button welcome to the show are you today. That's exactly who was timber and heart thank you very much yeah. Yeah Howard you remember that I mean you've probably done a million of those things but. Do you remember your Andrew Peters. Interview if you don't don't say yes Gregg don't say yes it is gonna go to his head. I cried out I don't want to do remembered I'll tell you why and that your public it is today where everybody at least fifteen to twenty minute. Are you don't interviews whatever you want to call them like purely blog states. We don't just keep our state and federal tell ya I do respect the better part of probably six hours. Yes. Well you know we really what we try to do craters we triggers your little player number one that we thought we had a legitimate Chad I didn't trapped. And number two. Players that we really like. So we. You know we you're we look at it fifty we were standard side with the big guys bought dropped five likewise if a player connect group that we didn't really. They trick well we'll look at. Or we get spent what that meter so we were able look bad guy. Quality kind of what we what was all the tribal players were really direct insult. We were able to adapt to what that would be rewarded he was lucky. No listen I'm gonna tell it things worked out I have I was a very happy buffalo sabre but I'll tell you what sitting at the draft in Boston buffalo Kregg. I remember you guys traded your pick to New Jersey. The last pick in the first round and I guess I always wanted to know was right candidate for that spot. Well why do you were. And let me get what we're trying to do is get more play so we can get more the players that we like we had a whole group player that we really don't. You don't like a week we you don't get a group player that you don't locate you but what we hit him he's got talent and just wanted to. You don't you're trying to expand your your truck and pulled him trying to do so the opportunity to add more player then you all op. We wanted to believe that Cuba but that was what are thinking wanted to try to get through rather watch but absolutely you only get people like the wind will be. See that dragon could have been a great American have been a first round that it and I was in the Tarver. And you guys ended up taking Johnny Ayers and thirty all thirty 36 my let's talk more about leading let's talk about the sabres in the state of that because you know what being a general manager to zero for general manager in Calgary we want to know your thoughts are we have a Twitter pull up but. How many times. We're we're did someone try and dump Craig prevail off funding like I'm not taken that. Local there. All caught the ball I like Greg Craig Rivera was a good solid player. Don't go look at the NHL you look at players that are real competitors. To me I try to look at cat. Our players they how can they help you win how they help you make it or they gave wholeheartedly to play against them. Good guy you have got capable player an employee had a long career and that's why. That's like geez you know they weren't arrested there was an adopted often congregate it was the daughter and other teams to have that the player in the lineup. Oh this is pump the music you holding up the two guys it's grace guys your right now buffalo mr. button in a hotel on we shine in the sunshine in the studio right now I feel like a hall of Famer right now actually I'm. Hello again like real quick view you could have gotten enough to play the play but to have kids. Yeah yeah I you are not getting right now I think you're willing I think yeah I think it got so if you ever had a chance its rate now because all the home he dumped you over here is not quite what it used to be you know. I don't wanna be what I used to be either that OK so Craig Bowden joining us on the line TS and hockey analyst. And TSA director stunning act Craig. Craig we have a Twitter poll out right now today and it's how're you feeling about the current state of the sabres and to the options the only two options are optimistic or pessimistic. And we we heard Neal Smith on with my shall from the Bulldog yesterday and he had some optimistic things to say. And I was just wondering for fans here in. And listeners mull over who receiver fans are where do you see the team and what would you be doing going forward from here on out this season with based on where they are. You know. I'm more optimistic politically at all right off the ballot what the unfortunate thing shouldn't say we're slow. Repeated injuries Putin got Michael. It also all the sudden you don't you will go to real key offensive weapon in Turkey and ended up with their outlook and he would have been a lot of Ottoman law. I hit it that really set them back. And real significant way she's been trying to gauge that they had. They're trying to move the program have you bit cheeky player like captain and at that it back to secure the you know murdered couple years ago bigotry rot the letter at all think they're trying to wrestle bulls and actually it. You know Robin Wright how does that speak to who who argue. Well what he's got a major real object is probably go back. But try to compare Eddie Belfour but Eddie Belfour had to do it your apartment to. James understood how to give you much settled it understood how to get rich kid. It and it impacted. And he had an edit in a way that took away any right handed and ultimately you know did you get on where you want to get I think rob letter. What gain of only get under yet. She's not only should. I don't know that you wanted and delegate who do you lastly. He he's got it to me how the Lubbock competitive that he loved that fire we've got a better get a lot better. So I think that they had the goaltender. But part of it is it is cool yeah and maturity area where Robert latter. We used to look at their team ever think about some of the good young players they got. Bristol lied about that should act like what actions that brought our military McCain look like he's really cannot figure out a significant role. You know you look at Rhonda wiley bigotry that this bill would achieve this in transition. You know. Younger players. You'll get better what I did it get better and try to hit a lot of albums so. I don't think there's there's the ball well he was a few years ago why don't you think the ball will include every miracle. That they had this the academic bowl there's still maturing in the big worry about what else brought the letter. But also as a group the mature and I can forget it reasonably back to the quote that. My little more difficult because. Of what happened Ronald we can we go you and you don't want rivalries that I think people wonder what do but I but. I think quote clippers. RRR but that spot and we're gonna computer Google. Craig what do you think the biggest need further the sabres are moving forward do you think it's. A top six forward do you think it's depth. On the forward line do you think it's. A number top four defenseman. Where your thoughts on on what they need to kind of pick away at. While we knew what we need picabo what do you tell us right now and I think when you UCL that is how quickly did it. More aboard you can get them pure for Rupert speed and quickness and well certainly. You know skill equipment plunged eager to Rutgers speed and quickness. But or you're probably heard that they can build on the bottom part of their order or. You know what you had gotten fat and on the Blue Line you can always been a bit. You have a problem on more Steelers on the light and that I'm talking about 35 year old 34 year old. And what I did not even that not even a hot war talk she read what you look back. Black you're the expert I would get an added Trevor Daley wouldn't admit it and significantly get together GQ could see he could play. You know eighteen to twenty minutes should kill penalties chief competitor. Even that type of a heck of a guy can really actually younger group I think they'll upload your neighbor. Look at that it was the and I think we're all political especially will. You don't educate and red light it specifically. You know it will be glad I really liked it IT guy like gaelic well. Some more speed and quick. Changing your offensive group and you know there will be used to be. Writing about it trying to figure or more be done quicker or a reason they want. You know what the waiting game played out in which he hopes he didn't quit your your Ford grew to become. Real butter lopsided player. Let me ask you this so we're sitting here painting scenarios rightly what ifs and where the sabres are rap because you know when you talk state of the sabres today and status neighbors at the deadline timing could be two totally different search s.'s circumstances so. I mean I guess my question is. At where with where they're at now. And let's say the deadline rolls around Santa say they closed the gap a little bit say there for five points out couple games maybe here there and and what do you do I mean what's what's your. What's your choice as a general manager meanest what is it there's three of buy sell or others try to just stay aware. Where you are and I'm kind of curious to know if the sabres came close a gap because the parity in the legal show you witness in the standings that you know. A bad stretch for two teams in all of a sudden you could you could LeapFrog three or fourteen so. Just wondering what your thoughts would be down the stretch they triangle Ford as they stand pat. Yeah I know that the black curator at the table and it'll cost but. You know you can improve your keys and they can you make this game you're going to be playing down the stretch post trade deadline more useful. We'll reload what do you do well you hold an opportunity to improve your game and Cuba went out. I think you got a good hey what I. I think what you have to do is make sure they had the Wal-Mart eighteen months. You don't find try to get my. So you're at all like you're not going to. Truly try to dig real far there are or something significant. In the whole. You know and that's it ultimately got actually the 1218 box. The only thing that they're trying to acquire tray. There have been required Google had an acquired dagger cake that was that was retreated I don't think you look at it will bullied ordered all. Don't regret how I portrayed but it actually. We're stronger up there and Dmitri Young prospects. You hope for a player that you only get approved you slightly. A lot of I think it well or your doctor or the gold and I don't think it would be a lot of. All right so old that beings well okay. I don't wanna spin their topic in the other direction we have Craig button on the line here. I TS and hockey analyst and TS and director of scouting Craig. You wanna follow him on Twitter. Kind enough to join us today while taking a break from the ski slope I think if I'm not mistaken but that's all right. Well I definitely believe you're not clear whether the epic powder. Hey hey quit bragging you let us be a lot of break for Eric got there. So so on the opposite end of the spectrum here let's say the sabres don't climb out they say they go the other direction and it. It very well could happen because the hockey gets a lot harder the games get tougher. Points or more valuable this time of the year so you never know what can happen selects. Let's just look at that a couple of number one picks because I don't wanna see draft lottery something to talk to right now but. But it is something that is you need to keep an eye on because if you miss the playoffs are definitely candidates forehead and there's a couple top players right now vying for the number one pick in. Is there much of a gap between and ribbon are having how overtime trying to pronounce his kid's name is sure. All right Fisher and Nolan Patrick. Nephew of Jean Patrick deserve huge gap between those two dollars. But after this whole you know goal and an. Real good and he revived a lot of air ball the way he plays good. Because if you're like a lot of theater category. So look at you different types of players but you know two birds with what it would respect the matter which they play so. You don't it would really thinkable achieved what they're looking for every. I think that's a pretty good walk out of it yet Jack I want you to speak openly echoed what the middle we don't want actor Google or or supported legal future well. The older good soldier good auction. Cabot like you got to be all want to play sure other. I can get all credit he got outlook upholstery but you know. So what you are we do have good strong building block placed. Did that I really doable we appreciate Apple's good it'll blocks in place if you're perfect apple took a younger player. All of a tropical law and explain it better. You know what will surely you know we're. The other shall so you know what we get the good pieces to bolster pieces are. Travel all the like there was a real threat excited. It will continue to shoulder vocal ally and I think how you look at the draft look at all stupid supplier. We can to drug look at that it got fighter gets better than usual walk away. It a couple of Panetta in the building well you're you're certainly be real people you might be a lot like you're sure shall we don't go picture so you're you're. But those are what you have good player and play. You watch. You know you're trying to let them pick the best player you just try to go that route I think this paper. Couple opportunities that they can choose Belmont or real healthy group of players to player. Yeah I agree media obviously that's I think that's such it's such a crucial thing to with with building the depth as well. Quick question for him before and we got to hit the slopes Hoosier cup holder and winner this year right now cause of great right now this season Craig button on the block analyst who's your Colbert winner. You know what's it talked about yeah I think he he's played on a rookie. People are that it will be what he's accused to do not you know I don't need to respect on the line is that correct. I have to a guy I'd really like this afternoon. Why she got a rescue plane now becomes the jacket I think the extracurricular on the Blue Line that Nike girl. That's not needed to play beside it an act slightly. Period but you're a bigger role you're playing that well we'll get a three Geithner right now are out here. But again we are quoted the wide gap goal the play dead yet but right now that's what I. I don't wanna sit number Telecom an expert when it comes to Zach weren't ski but I would say that just based on Columbus and there are. They're standing right now he's a huge piece to that I think it's it's harder to play defense in this league than it is to play center especially as a as a young player. And he's done a tremendous job echoes overlooked but. Kregg Baden thank you very much for your time and enjoy a what do you do for the all star break anything. Going to lightly and all soccer have some of that. I don't know if you are ribbed you go red black or green when you play roulette. And it's. I have no idea. All right it's all the feel it's all the feel when you're in Vegas they'd. Throw 52 dollars on red for river would you and then wolf I'll let you know we'll sort that out later that. All right thanks very much your time Craig asked Greg thank thank you very much have a great YouTube.