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by Kevin Sylvester / Buffalo Sabres

Where have I been? Why haven’t I written a blog in a while? I had been waiting for some developments to write about. I have too much material now!

Everywhere I go now, fans are asking what I think about the new additions. How can you think anything other than great?! The defense received major upgrades with veteran bruiser Robyn Regher and the offensive-minded Christian Ehrhoff. Getting one of the two would have been a success in my eyes, but both feels like a major coup. As for Ville Leino, I’m excited to see him bring his pace to the Sabres offense. I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know or have heard about the guy, but I will tell you that Danny Briere is going to miss him in Philly. It was Leino’s ability to handle the puck and slide over to the middle of the ice that allowed Briere to cherry pick at the blue line and park behind the net.

Ville Leino Christian Ehrhoff

For those that are worried the team paid too much money to Leino and Ehrhoff, worry about the cap hit and not the actual dollars. The cap hit is what matters most. Did I just write that? I hope my wife doesn’t read this, because I basically just said, “Don’t worry about the money.”

I was in Rochester the day the Pegulas announced the purchase agreement for the Rochester Americans. It was a golf tournament (no surprise for those that know me), and all the participants were genuinely excited at the news. It’s a great move for both cities, the hockey department, the players and the fans. Portland was obviously a great affiliate with how well the players did there, and they had nothing but good things to say about the city. But getting Rochester back just made too much sense.

Belated congrats to Kevin Dineen on his new job coaching the Florida Panthers. It’s well deserved. And it looks like he might have a decent team to work with after GM Dale Tallon went shopping last week. Adding players like Brian Campbell, Ed Jovanovski, Scottie Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Jose Theodore brings experience and more credibility to the dressing room.

Thanks to all the kind comments and congratulatory handshakes on being given increased play-by-play duties this season. I’m very excited for the opportunity, and look forward to having Danny Gare riding shotgun.

I was at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. It was interesting to see the event live as opposed to live on TV. I’m a Jay Mohr fan and hope he continues as host, as he’s really funny. I also realized Harry Neale knows everybody, and that came in handy at the after-party when in search of a beer.

If you’ve seen my hockey gloves and stick, let me know. I think we still have a few floor hockey games in us.

Coming soon. Pancakes of the NHL!

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