The Instigator Podcast 7.35 – Joe Yerdon Returns for a Free Agency Breakdown

Joe Yerdon returns for the second week in a row to breakdown the Sabres action (or lack thereof) on the opening day of free agency. We run down the depth signings that were made, the logjam on defense and in the bottom six and what lies ahead for the Sabres as they attempt to reshape their roster. Along the way we hit on the UFA goalie carousel, the Jimmy Vesey trade and the acquisition of Colin Miller.

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Over-Thought: Lament the Loss of Trouba, Celebrate the Deals

Silly season is upon us and that means a pile of juicy trade rumors in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts. Catch up on the most recent edition here and keep your fingers crossed that the Sabres are able to make some waves over the course of the next few day and weeks.  Continue reading

The Instigator Podcast 5.14 – Vesey Breakdown & the Sabres New Tickets

Chris and Tyler are back to discuss Jimmy Vesey’s decision to sign with the New York Rangers along with the reports that Alex Nylander will be likely playing in Rochester this season. We also take some time to discuss the new ticketing policy for the Sabres while also touching on the viewing party for The Tragically Hip’s final show at Larkin this past weekend. Listen to the podcast here or download the episode on iTunes. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a new episode previewing the World Cup.

Brick by Brick – How We’d Build the Sabres, Part 2

Before we began this venture Jimmy Vesey was still property of the Predators and both Alex Goligoski and Keith Yandle had yet to be moved, let alone signed. That only alters the course for Chris and Tyler so much, which is ideal. Here’s our second piece of how we’d build out the Sabres roster. Continue reading

The Instigator Podcast 5.5 – Vesey and the Draft with Joe Yerdon of

A special thanks to Joe Yerdon of for joining Tyler and I for this week’s podcast. We discuss the Jimmy Vesey trade and the likelihood that the Sabres get the young prospect under contract. We also explore the options Tim Murray will have at the draft. This includes who the Sabres may pick at eight and potential trade targets. We end on a bang with a particularly interesting proposal for Sabres fans to mull over. You can listen to this week’s podcast here or via iTunes by following this link.

Jimmy Vesey Takes – An FJM Story

There’s a small joke running on Twitter on the #NeverTradeAnybody topic as the seemingly annual rite of Sabres fans discussing trade prospects for the club treks along. This particular joke was born from various conversations and posts from Sabre Noise on a handful of players who had been rumored to be connected with the Sabres. It was more or less in good fun than anything else.

However, this article Sabres Should Have Passed on Jimmy Vesey takes it to a new level. The post itself is missing a few key points while also fitting beautifully into the #NeverTradeAnybody narrative. So, I thought I’d add something of a running commentary to the post as I have some thoughts on the subject. The original text will be plain with my thoughts in bold.

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Murray Made the Right Gamble with Vesey, but There is Work to be Done

In case you had forgotten, Tim Murray isn’t afraid to go out and take what he wants. Look no further than yesterday’s acquisition of Jimmy Vesey’s negotiating rights.

Murray swapped the pick obtained from Anaheim in exchange for Jamie McGinn for an additional two months to negotiate with Vesey and his representatives on the Hobey Baker winner’s entry level contract. While Vesey’s agent came out shortly after the trade to claim his client would still exercise his right to explore free agency, you can’t be left without a slight inkling that Murray entered this deal with some idea of what direction Vesey was leaning.

Sacrificing a third round pick may seem like some as drastic overpayment. After all, Keith Yandle and Alex Goligoski only fetched sixth and fifth round picks, respectively. The pick itself was basically free; acquired in exchange for a departing free agent. In addition, Vesey comes as not only a highly touted prospect but a player with a number of club controlled RFA years to come. Bear in mind that far more third round picks turn into very little or nothing at the NHL level whereas Vesey is a known quantity. So from a strict value perspective, the 23 year-old player entering his entry level deal will typically carry more value than an unrestricted defenseman who is beyond 30. Continue reading