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We're back with. He instigated it's presented by MP Carol heart. Welcome back to the as the gators Andrew Peters Craig repaid WGR Sports Radio 550. And MSG. Happy to be joined now by a good frank Craig button Craig button welcome to the show you have some explaining. To do sir Craig button is obviously TS and hockey. Analyst and all over the place NHL network and very well known former general manager and he joins us now on the line Craig good morning thanks for joining us. All poppy I'm glad to Jordan to watch what he exploited I have to do first line I. I guess it's not so much explaining what we've been we've been talking about you or projection your playoff projection I think a lot of people all around they're going into. The weekend were kind of hoping the sabres wouldn't come out of the bye week as sluggish as they did and maybe pick up a car a couple points but they didn't. And that leaves you on your to your Monday February 27 2017. Eastern Conference playoff projection. OK while I try to. One assumption just so you know I may want to but generators a lot of definitely you're gonna look at you orchestrate this step to let the teams are. What I look at what a team's current winning percentage is male sixty plus games into the sea salt. You know like you're you're pretty good bad are pretty good look at what he had gotten to the course of the year against good teams are little changed the bottom teams. So the only a sponsor I'd make is that teams. There have been continue to wind at their current winning percentage for the rest of the year based on the games remaining. That I'd look at okay what does that look like in terms of points of what the minimum number. Now today that minimum number and that eastern cooperative 93 point stronghold Boston. He's got my projection bullpen 93 points of the tiebreaker we had deputy ad like that so that I looked at the rust that say OK we started. What the other teams are doing we're at a point two how many teams could have laughed and come out and what the winning percentage I have to be. It becomes important that poetic my projection. So buffalo they're winning percentage is 41 point 94% to that point the feet. Are projecting 93 point they have 62 bit play games like that need to conclude. At 31 point to get to thirty Connecticut 9330. To get the night before. But sixteen out of twenty game gap a little bit when equivalents at me that I went into the 80% equivalent Nolte went to an 80% equivalent. But that's like Dubai projections and quite frankly I think about the sabres brought it. Greg Barton joining us on the line TSN hockey insider NHL network. Can all you know what listen I I don't think I don't think we disagree I think I think it's just one of those things it. Talks tough breaks here and there and we don't listen we'd like Iowa telling you about a month and half again there because I should veto light and make excuses but. You know the team has endured some some rough road but I think I think you're. I think you're standings are our fair credit I mean it it it it looks like to it. And their head to head competition going down the schedule doesn't help they played the leafs a few times but. The need more those Boston gains auto games to try those four point teams do to get in but. But all in all we what do you think of the sabres season so far. Okay yeah and Annika hoopla the cut I'd like I guess I I think that there are popular realistic. We're the Buffalo Sabres didn't check Geico had met the first job much of the seat. Are not on on all the other Craig on the show right now Craig rebate doesn't allow for those kinds of conversations in the excuses he does. That's okay we don't have to allow Ford but but but you couldn't wonder if the highway I wonder about it too. But Jack has been big jacket real good place malicious. Let's put call raw hole at Arizona that's OK okay. Bulletin routine that I go to western caucus got what you got to beat the two worst teams in the league he's got to find a way to win those games in the playoffs. They have this week he six point couldn't get a sixty Q it's a whole different story here now. I believe that it is almost four point George difference maker would what you're running out of world at a yet with respect Jeanne. But you know I think that. The sabres. I've done some really good things here and in terms of how they play a mean one of the things that they got to shore up and it got to find a way to shorten up. They get up to manage about too many great export chat about it happened when you have young forwards. At a younger defenseman on some defensemen that you'll probably need to be upgrade itself. You can make all the most recent can hear what I think Chandler can look at the sheet and understand okay usually areas that I got to approve broad I think he's got to be relatively happy with the latest goaltenders played for the most part I mean that got to eat out in terms of computers but overall I don't think it is then. A problematic letter really shall break options that are gonna. Try to sort out back up addiction but to me I think they got some really good element that I think about what favorite and I think Craig and a group. You can probably younger players come up and play whether that piece that got really. And though there are a couple of guys I mean Kevin torrential wallow repeated a that there are these guys should competent help and I think if you look. Looking ahead in the future I think here's some really good thing for the Buffalo Sabres. You know I think one of the challenges for the favorite that they look up at the role. To get caught Lake Ontario and they see what the automatically to deal. And I I even believe shouldn't have done pretty well this year I think it. They ended up benefiting. From birdie at number. A number of points. And in the overtime area. You know I know that I know what can the thirteen but they'll beat these types of point to make it different and that probably recently the couple more that we guard. I think I think I. You know that the ball close neighbors outlook for the future is pretty good and got ripped a line and you've got Jack cycle I don't. Real top end player to view it in cap Reinhart a better candidate picked it up. A lot I think there's some really good thing Jim Bob while. And I can they can strike or the fees. Joining us on the phone is Craig button TSA an analyst and TS and director of scouting you can also follow on act Craig. Button. You want NASA dot com Craig you're you're. You talked about you know there are some Wright's thoughts. With the Buffalo Sabres and and and people. Every every single team throughout the season identifies that they need to make little tweaks to their line up. That'll that'll give big benefits in the end. On what is the biggest need. That you think the sabres need to address. Either now with this trade deadline or draft or. You know. Under stricter free agency. Q how would you be here is what I would I'd like that again I talked about the young forward and then you know the the younger defense. Inexperienced at not good enough defense of the all the old court together hand in hand. Yeah you've got to spend more time at Gatwick pocket. Ed in the offensive zone you can do without the pocket and he's back sizzle. And I think they're older in the areas that they got to look at improving the older areas. That that they have operate I I think we gotta get quicker on the Blue Line they got there yet those guys got the beat. Guys are construed and move the puck and you know the quicker uniting your resolve the quicker you get albeit track defenseman don't have to be. Guy can contribute points but the got a big guys to concurrent get a pot be pressure that make those quick decisions up the ice. Let it dictate that our past and adopt is now get back up teams teams can't sustain pressure on your result. So I can't get that got to be a real aerial full. For the for the Buffalo Sabres going forward that. You know coming at Bristol while the developers that it Camilo is the real. To meet killer type defenseman and I'd I would really love Jay McKee a lot delete Jake make Jay McKee compete. Everything that goes up but. To me that the golden injured he doesn't really are delivered a lot you know doctor ordered equate to reach record profit but it disappointment. When you start to get that we used a lot big well okay. Who is. The number three but rather came at the start to go OK yeah I don't think it becomes. Our. Left and obvious what what what the challenges are going forward and where they have got great about I really believe that got to be on the Blue Line and they got to ask some support for those two youngster your crystal light and and dot McKee who got that I think those are real too good building block. Greg Barton joining us TS and hockey analyst. When my message last week book coming on the shore wanted to talk to buy your top fifty prospects list and I'm wondering with the trade deadline coming up. First of all he could just tell us. You know who are some of the sabres prospects in the pipeline that you see coming up. That we should be excited about but also letting these prospects be on the mood move come march 1 trade deadline. Yeah well I mean that you're that you're you know without interruption when you talk a vote. You know who could be. Treated at the deadline having what are the things that I really think now I think you got to be really really careful that. He is. You know you need young players. Yeah young players are to be able. It took care of your life. If you don't have old tiger lineup I think you're gonna have a tough time you know with salary cap it and teams are more it seems to me it seems more willing to trade. I think number two while my left. We doubt I IA shake out in the latter I shed that reminds me so much vigil to. He can play left wing right wing cattle point on the power play he can't keep security could make plays competitive and Smart Egypt. Like I guess he saw anything down Saturday Landry gave it your screen is important important player and I think that really be. You know we add more still haven't I like uncle like it upholstery and a real conviction that it. But you Lander where will went and got him in the truck and I would a lot of discussion last year about it that led by. I mean our letter to me. It just got caught them quite rough without wanted a different type of player. But but but he hit you hard and play like he wouldn't start looking at the satellite media player agent. Didn't it wouldn't shake off you know because they should contribute up on the scoreboard. Eat a player that. They're really really I think agenda actual achievement and I talked about players not being in you don't feel about the lineup and get it like use the fake. I can't get you all you gotta collect about what does that be scaled up the line up. You know you gotta stop renting movies are really could he get back then he got a lot from rob attached. Each hybrid development. Despite playing in the NHL this year acquitted himself quite well he neutral ice. It get involved wanted to let the American League whether he could do that actually bubble but but but he is a good. Yeah good good. But here I think that tiger looked at that level spot like we're. You know. You know word of a group wildly at the basket in the quieter so. But clip without a past BP had a lot that he forgot he felt he could get you forgot. That he could be I think it will get your feedback about how good he would bet. But a lot but I thought he looked like a real good prospect that. You know I caught the ball really had bought the Bob that is. Tiger that bought the book a bigger. We had died Robert Eric you develop your. I. The list the line and I told you land there are a lot of heart. Quickly get up like rap and hide a and the ball was able to bat really well he didn't know what I call or player. But a lot of other players to come at a riled up and really contribute to deduct their bill. I wouldn't trade I would trade it when I'm actually regulate. Our fluctuated out Saturday Lander on luxury rap without one. You know there's no way I'd add it to upload it you want to make a really good offer. If you want Clint Cooper I'm not deep jumper or short term right. Yeah how he thought he was what a third rounder sir river he was the third rounder right through. Yeah I mean how what a steal I mean I was I was an absolute steal. Economic. I noticed two guys you got great kids to eat at courageous I saw that he or not long ago thought wouldn't candy every single day. What you and I. What what's the time line on on some of these so. When we had the ability to watch breading glee come up this year he played white nine in nine games or something like that. I can tell you right now you looked as good as any defensemen that we have on our team. And with time to mature. I think physically. You know how much time do you think he's gonna start the minors next year. What ya dig you out or evil and Craig you gold slumped some developing as an assessment of what it takes a that you might be playing in the NHL. Will daughter and certain. But you're worried when you're learning you're you know you're practicing and you're always trying to grab hold a different parts of the game and try to build the temple building blocks in order. I know this sounds stupid. But it Interfax sometimes a player. Player like branding glee might be easier for and the planet national hockey leader that he did in junior hockey because they're gamers more orderly. The game is more structure. And you know he could escape the game get scrabble in June here that he try to do too much. And now he gets out of position and opening up finish. These are scrambling player. But that's how we didn't got being so. Particularly I think Brett and goalie he can he get development. Now. It is that she can prohibit what kind of conditions you would have been on the national level we're gonna get overwhelmed. Where it doesn't get put into those situations where he's backed up against players speech at adult so. That can take place in the National League level that he did he catch geek and yet there is an idiot the good. You know kind of via. That's football game that one yet so but but again Michael's battle those clock where they opt. They act they can't just keep short young defensemen with a with an extra light up because. You're wanted to get overwhelmed at the thirteen to go all the while you've I would try to get. So can Brandon back. Can drag and start of the attitude I think he could but you gotta be a bit bigger or shuttle maybe got a goal. The output times at what not a peak and this week you'd completely overwhelmed. But but he did he is a good prospect it and you're right he does look good because yeah. Let me ask you this is a former GM and and and what we're year what would be your thoughts to bring up branding coolly to claim in your fifth sixth on the and on the sabres. Worries playing 1213 minutes a night or do you think it's more beneficial for a player like that to go to the miners to play eighteen to twenty minutes tonight. You don't I would say album I would say that it does I mean it's beneficial to try to about a white player. Lee you what do you think it ability sort of political situation that you can maximize the talents. Dog eating example that was we can't really young to catch we that there are more of Robert review told him look bad and illegal to ignore young. We haven't updated your Kravchuk and ended up and we had talked gavel and those two guys were incredibly. Important for the young players. Not just because they could handle the rigorous in the demand. But the date this could work with those players dive government help they'll they'll all the Hyatt people so again so. I would have no problem the bread ugliest play to the National Hockey League at the price fixed. And if he's got support a lot of if you got a guy that can get people settle that. You don't work it would haven't taught it would have been helping them become a better player if you just put Gregory coolly and little bisexual. You're actually getting him. You'll playing more bits are equal period to support the tablet that I would put it got to the white. So we don't believe that the airport I think that the real objective here without further Bob what labor is really did try to. At some some lighters they can't really support their and it's not here. Brennan who do it also took Mientkiewicz also wrapped specialist a wide and it fell. Otherwise the author of older guy but I can get the same time you know that's work you know maybe some other forward gaps can. Can vote to allow camera to explore different options but I think that could be it but not only for Brandon but it would also be I think significant reorganization. Craig button and it always awesome as usual full of information we thank you very much for your time today we know your busy doing. Some other things so very grateful for you taking the time. A lot you don't like I really appreciate you guys' category are always my pleasure any kind to go to trade deadline.