Jason Botterill was quiet on the free agent market as the annual swap meet opened but he's been very active on teh trade front since the draft. He set the table by acquiring Conor Sheary and then pulled off a massive deal with the Blues by dealing Ryan O'Reilly. We discuss the big return Botterill brought in for O'Reilly, especially the outlook on Tage Thompson. We also touch on the Sheary deal while highlighting what will come next for Botterill and the Sabres this summer.
Joe Yerdon of NHL.com joined the show to talk about the myriad of goaltending options available to the Sabres this summer. Joe and I chat about the pros and cons of this year's thin free agent market and just who makes sense for the Sabres to sign or trade for this offseason.
The draft has finally arrived and although there's no question about who the Sabres will select first overall, there's no clear picture on who will be selected at pick 32. We discuss some of the players who ought to be available at the top of the second round while working our way through the news of the week. Including Barry Trotz's resignation, the Domi-Galchenyuk trade and Mike Hoffman's departure from Ottawa.
Now that the Capitals have locked up their first Stanley Cup Championship the offseason can kick into full gear. There are a lot of rumors floating around and the Sabres are right in the middle of it all. We touch on the many rumors regarding Ryan O'Reilly while also touching on potential targets Jason Botterill could work to acquire in an attempt to turn the Sabres into a contender once again.
With the Cup Final upon us we decided to try a little different style of series preview. Rather than simply weigh the pros and cons of the Golden Knights and Capitals we look deeper into everyone's favorite talking point, Vegas' roster makeup and exactly how difficult they will be to knock off. We also touch on the new acquisitions for the Sabres as Rasmus Asplund, Victor Olofsson and Lawrence Pilut were all announced in recent weeks, giving a great deal of help to the team's pipeline.
Good friend of the pod Rob LaLonde was back in town and we got together to talk about how things are going with his company, Buttendz, as more and more NHL pros can be seen using Buttendz's awesome grips. We also discussed Rob's trip to the 2018 Winter Games and the work he's been doing with growing hockey programs in Korea, Japan, China and other growing hockey communities in Asia. Other topics include the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament, the Let's Play Hockey Expo and how influencer marketing is so effective in a sport like hockey.
I had the opportunity to meet up with Matt Keeler who is the founder of a Buffalo-based hockey lifestyle clothing company called Just Dishin Hockey. We spoke about how he grew Just Dishin from his dorm room at St. John Fisher into the company it is today while also discussing various topics from around the hockey world including different levels of collegiate club hockey and how so many people underestimate the product offered in those leagues.
Rasmus Dahlin is poised to become a Buffalo Sabre after the lottery balls bounced Buffalo's way, winning the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery. We discuss our reaction to the Sabres winning the lottery and what the implications of adding a player like Dahlin means for Buffalo from a talent and roster construction perspective.
Very excited to present the newest Instigator Interview with former Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre. Jean-Luc joined the show to discuss his time in Buffalo, what it was like to transition to an expansion franchise and some of the work he's doing with youth hockey and the trends in youth hockey development today. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with him about these topics as he shared some excellent stories from his time playing professional hockey and even dished on his love for goaltending - a position he's taken up since retiring from the professional game.
The playoffs are here and the Sabres are heading for the golf course. But that won't stop us from offering up our thoughts on the playoff field for 2018 and who we have as our Cup picks. Editor's note: We reserve the right to change our picks once it turns out our original predictions are incorrect.