The first preseason game is in the books and the Sabres have a host of players vying for a select few roster spots. Chris and Tyler discuss exactly who has the inside track to lock down spots in the bottom six and on the blueline. The blueline was a little more straightforward while Seth Griffith, Johan Larsson, Justin Bailey, Nick Baptise and Evan Rodrigues were at the center of the debte over the potential makeup of Buffalo's bottom two lines.
Our summer break is over and the Sabres are back in action. Chris and Tyler chat about the results of this past weekend's Prospects Challenge, the changes to game presentation and giveaways for the coming season and offer our reaction to the Winter Classic logos released at last week's press conference.
The Instigator Podcast 6.5 - Discussing the Bright Spots at Development Camp and Key Sabres Contracts
With yet another Development Camp in the books, Chris and Tyler sit down to talk about which Sabres prospects fared well and showed promise for the future of Buffalo's pipeline. We touch on Casey Mittelstadt, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Rasmus Asplund and many more. We also discuss the contract status of Robin Lehner, Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel after Jason Botterill's comments on each of them.
Hot on the heels of the Sabres acquiring Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville, we offer up our thoughts on what looks to be a massive coup for Jason Botterill's efforts to rebuild the blueline but also how it will affect free agency and the Sabres outlook heading into 2017-18.
Protected lists are in and in just over 24 hours George McPhee will have his roster selected. We get together to share the teams we'd select given the players Vegas has to choose from. We both considered the deals that have been reported (minus the recent Newsday report) in an attempt to follow as close to what McPhee will be. We also break down the weekend's trades and share a couple of interestng trades in Won the Deal.
With just days until expansion proceedings begin, Jason Botterill has a number of items on his to-do list including finding a new head coach and exploring a number of trade options. This includes rumblings of Robin Lehner and Evander Kane being shopped by the new GM. We discuss what options lay in front of Botterill along with a host of additional news items from around the league as Vegas gets ready to kick off the offseason.
Chris and Tyler drop the first episode of season six as the Sabres inked Jonas Johansson, have hit the 24-hour mark on getting Giorgio Estephan signed and Cal Petersen declared pro. Meanwhile we circle around the newest rumors regarding Vegas and the expansion draft and how the defenseman market has shifted in the past two weeks.
We wrap season five of The Instigator Podcast by rapping on Phil Housley, Rick Tocchet and Ralph Kruger along with what Botterill's plan of attack might be after early revelations from radio hits and 30 Thoughts.
With Jason Botterill's hiring appearing to be all but formalizd, Chris and Tyler discuss his reusme and what makes him appear to be the lead candidate for the Sabres general manager job. We address the biggest items on his to-do list if/when he takes the job along with what the plans could be for Buffalo's eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Far too many Sabres fans want to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs and what the Sabres need to do in order to catch them. Tyler and Chris have held the opinion that less time needs to be devoted to caring about the Leafs and spent on the Sabres. We discuss the numerous storylines that should be taking precedent over Leafs takes throughout Sabres Nation.