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Bits and Pieces

June 29, 2009

– With the news that the St. Louis Blues have bought out the remaining year of Jay McKee’s contract, obviously there’s going to be discussion of the Sabres potentially making a move to re-sign Jay. I have to vote no on this one. While Jay was a solid defenseman, the poor dear has been injured more often than he’s been healthy over the course of his career. Those 3-4 shots he’d block per game don’t outweigh the time he could spend on the IR. He’s like a slightly more rugged version of Timmy in that regard.

– The team also announced that it has extended qualifying offers to Stafford, Sekera, Kaleta, MacArthur and Kaleta. With this announcement, the team has effectively secured the rights to any compensation should another team make a qualifying offer. Of the bunch, only Sekera and Stafford could potentially attract offers from around the league. And with Regier’s comments that he’s had discussions with Stafford, but doesn’t foresee him signing before July 1, does this mean the team and Stafford are far apart on a deal, or does this mean that Staffy could be trade bait come July 1 or later? Remember, last year Regier and Co. were quiet on July 1, but made the big move after the fourth with the Rivet deal.

– Any ideas on who Regier was talking about with this comment during his interview with WGR?

There are players we’ve looked at and felt there’s a change that could be good for both the player and the organization. It doesn’t mean the player won’t be back. It doesn’t mean we can’t get the performance we expected from the player, but we would look at some changes.”

Stafford again? Roy? Tallinder?

– Tomorrow USA Hockey announces the invitees to 2010 Olympic Training Camp, to be held outside Chicago in mid-August. Miller is pretty much a lock to be invited, but Gaustad, Pominville and Connolly remain as dark horses. With the comments Brian Burke has made about loving Paul Gaustad’s grit and physicality, I would think he would have a better shot at making camp than some of the other guys.


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