The Buffalo Sabres have announced they've waived forward Linus Omark and sent forward Phil Varone and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel down to the Rochester Americans. If Omark clears waivers he can join Varone and Ruhwedel playing in Rochester over the Olympic break. Stay tuned to WGR for the latest from the NHL as this afternoon's Olympic roster freeze approaches.
Sabres waive Omark, send Varone and Ruhwedel down
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Omark, D'Agostini, Flynn
I don't criticize the decision. I would be interested to hear the thinking behind it though. Omark's "pace of production" was nearly equal to D'Agostini's and Flynn's. But Nolan questioned Omark's effort / consistency. And then there is the business about the sixth-round pick. I am not sure sixth-round picks are really valuble. Or are they? . . . Anyway, onward. The end can't come soon enough.
Omark, D'Agostini, Flynn 2
(The end of the season, I mean. Not the world or something. Eesh.)
Omark's recent post game interview really makes one wonder whether he has any energy for life much less for playing professional hockey. He clearly has some potential offensive skills but what he is best at is offending fans, coaches and management first in Edmonton and now in Buffalo. I have a feeling he'll clear waivers since other teams more than likely have his number so maybe Chad can work some magic on him or push him down to the ECHL.
Varone may be a good one ... we will see.
Now I have to dump my #17 jersey
he has always been harder on euros like someone before me said he wasnt any worse than flynn dagostini scott ellis but he has a higher talent level which is something this team does not have enough off.he was actualy pretty decent on point on pp for one game made nice play on pp goal.i guess he didnt show nolan enough enthusiasm
nolan nothing more than average coach
this guy will never win because he doesnt have a clue he coaches on pure emotion which isnt good for the sabres.id rather see the young guys play and learn thats the differance in the sabres now and with rolston. has nolan had anything to do with it really? he wanted veterans and they are no better off. lets all remember if it wasnt for hasek this clown wouldnt have that coach of the year. hasek made alot of people in buffalo look good.(regier,ruff the list goes on)
Omark, Ruhwedel and Varone
Omark has not done anything for the Buffalo Sabres. I do not know if the change in scenery is not having any effect or he is not able to play in the NHL. If he scored and helped on production, I would have a different perception of him.
Ruhwedel and Varone are off to Rochester to stay active. They are getting better one game at a time.
you don't have a clue
To "nolan nothing more than average coach": you really ought to refrain from typing comments when you obviously have NO CLUE!
Is a skill guy, and plays soft in Nolan's mind. If he was lighting it up he'd stick around. I think he passes too much even though the set ups are always good- Stafford should have scored on a perfect feed from Linus last night. Hes got one of the best shots on the team - I hope he clears and makes it back. My guess is he's claimed and goes onto better success with better players. Dont forget, ALL our players are at best 2nd-3rd 4th liners, and some should be in AHL. We dont have a 1st line comparable to rest of the NHL.
now that varone and ruhwedel are down with the Amerks I can't wait to get articles about how great they are from Coller. I'm sure they will both be silently dominant.
i have a clue
im sure i know way more than you,what are you a nolan lover no matter what you were one of the clowns crying when he was let go why do you think he has been out of nhl for years. but you know it all. what about that coach of year do you think he would have it if miller was his goalie no fricken way. you are a bills fan probly
ill make a prediction
that miller never wins a cup unless his team can score five plus g's a game he is a choker. trade him, please do not resign this joker.im sure the people that like miller also thought pommer was a good captain when he is so soft and shys away from hits with his reaching
to "I have a clue"
Are you sure you have a clue? What's your reasoning then for Nolan taking a crappy Islanders team to the playoffs in '07? You probably have no idea that he coached there. Furthermore, he had no Hasek.
I'm starting to think...
We need a different coach for next year. I was intrigued when he first came back, but Ted's made some quesionable decisions at the very best since he's been here. I semi-understand the thought process with keeping the young guys in the AHL and Juniors, however playing veteran also-rans like Tallinder, McBain, Weber, Sultzer, Ellis, etc,, etc when we have 1st round picks and high prospects playing well in their respective leagues does not make sense. It seems to me like Nolan just wants to field a team of veterans that gives him the best chance to win everynight, so he can keep his job. However that's not the point of "re-building". Re-building means playing the young guys, getting rid of the dead-weight, and bringing in star players to lead the team. This season has been a waste, unless the future of the team continues to be the aforementioned players, . And with Nolan's track record of trusting young players, is he really the guy you want to lead this team? I'm starting to think not.
...also wasn't the greatest idea. To be honest, he was teh most talented guy we had. We just have NOONE with any offensive ability to play him, outside Ennis. And he's not a star by any means. Hopefully he clears waivers, because he could be a valuable asset down the road if/when we get some real #1 line guys in here.
Nolan is just a feel good guy. Why has he not had a NHL coaching job since he left the Island. If Pat wasn't his buddy he wouldn't be here. Pat is a great guy but should not have his VP job. He should be more of a PR guy. Lets stop with the heart warning past guys(TED and PAT) and move on with the future. Where is Pat's resume. Terry had dinner with Pat and right away he can run the team. What a joke
Sabres season is beyond offensive
I think its good
It'll keep him active over the break. I dont think the Sabres are trying to dump him. What's the point. He has potential and it's not like the Sabres are doing well so may as well give him a chance.
Lovely weather you guys are having.
Scotty Bowman would not be able to win with this bunch of 3rd and 4th liners players in the NHL. It is going to take us 2 years to rebuild this mess that Darlene left us. Pegula and Black should also take the blame as they started this mess when they retained this bum. I like Nolan and he needs a fair shake. I also believe in Patty so lets get through this difficult year and start to build after the Olympics.
The title says it all.
Omark's mental game
Omark is talented, but hasn't learned the mental part of the game. He does play soft. He does take shifts off. If he's not willing to put the effort in now in two organizations, then maybe a career in the KHL is what's best for him. He reminds me a lot of Grigorenko. Tons of skill, questionable passion/drive. Varone/Chad - this is so they can continue to play during the break. I'm OK on how the Sabres are handling their young players. They are maximizing their playing time and helping them improve their game.
Bock Off Nolan
You can not get blood from a stone. Nolan is doing his best to evaluate talent and get the most out of a bunch of 3rd and 4th line players with a ton of AHL talent sprinkled in. Omark will clear waivers and go to Rochester to work on his game. Varone and Ruhwedel will get mor playing time also to stay sharp and improve. Hopefully some trades will be made along with a strong draft and a better mix of veterans and rookies will occur between now and the 2014-2015 season. Nolan is not making these decisions solely by himself.
Miller still here
The teams that were interested may have backed out due to Miller's latest meltdown at Colorado and Pittsburgh. Should have traded him when he was playing hot winning a spot for the Olympics. Blame the GM. Just another Regier who wastes time. Cannotbelieve Weber wasn't waived or any trades were made. What a Joke! Same as the old regime. Nothing changes. JOKE!
Just wondering if Laviolette would be interested in coaching here next season after you bulldoze this roster. Move Nolan to Rochester.
why did nyi let him go?
if nolan was so great in long island how come he was gone in two tears? yes i do know about 07 we beat them in the first round and that was a veteran islanders team. how come he has had 3 coaching jobs in the nhl in what 19 yrs? another thing mr lafontaine got nolan that job also he was tight with charles wang then left the islanders because they fired niel smith.if nyi were happy with him i think he would have lasted longer than two seasons, did you know that? when it comes to hockey i know whats going on i live and breath it.
why so soft?
what happened to nolan atleast when rolston coached we got to see some fights nolan doesnt want his players fighting he has gotten soft. if your team cant win cant score atleast entertain the fans let the guys that wanna fight, fight. ive never been offered more free sabres tix then this season and i dont think its worth the price of parking let alone pay tix price
Re: why did nyi let him go?
First off, how can anyone take you seriously? "when it comes to hockey I know whats going on I live and breath it" - you speak, or at least write, with 4th grade grammer. All I know is, back in '97 and again now, the players want to play for him. The third game after Moulson got here, he was benched for the third period and was not happy about it. After a game about 6 weeks ago he said both him and the other players would "go through a wall" for Nolan. That's all I need to here.
All you hear is the word improvement
I don't see it. I think it has gotten worse. If this team would have gotten to .500 since Nolan took over from Rolston, then I could say that's improvement. What it is is what it is...A Train Wreck. The players that should be waived are stillon this roster. What the heck are they doing over there? I get it: Omark is the problem and not Leino, Weber, McBain, Flynn, Scott, or Max 2.
drew stafford matt ellis
get outa dodge !!!
how come someone hasnt snatched him up yet, i think rochester is a little more nolans speed, but i dont think he is a better coach then what we have. they can always give nolan a job at harborcenter,because if they let him go its gona be a public relations mess again did they really need the baggage that comes with this guy
Wheres the talent??
Need talent bottom line not wishful thinking!!
hello boys and girls.
well he is a keeper. why you may say? Because he knows what it takes to win. Know this for the whiner club for next year. Its call light,camron,action. lets go ruff buff.
Sabre's gave Linus a chance because he could not break into the NHL on the 2nd worst team this year. Now he cannot stay with the club which is the worst in the NHL. All the talent without motivation equals Linus.
This article in my opinion is just stating that the Sabre's have the opportunity to send two players to Rochester so they can continue to develop. Nothing more.
I personally cannot wait for the hammers to drop at the First Niagara Center so we can swing this rebuild into hyper-drive. Picks, and picks, and hopefully some prospects...Oh My!
Good move. He was not going to amount to anything here. It is better to cut our losses now and not let it go any farther.
re; to buffalo weather.
What was that another crack about our city. Well here a news flash for you; the whole country is a deep freeze not just buffalo. And beside the skiers are not fussing about it.
Why all the love for ted noaln ???
I do not understand why people love Ted Nolan. The guy is a BAD coach, losing lifetime record. He has literally done NOTHING in NHL. He hasn't done anything for Sabres... Please explain.
The sabres will be just fine in a few years. It SUCKS bottoming out but this is not teds or pats fault. Give them a few yrs and you will notice a significant difference in a positive direction.
To the guy knocking "I have a clue"
Hey idiot, the guy obviously knows what he's talking about and having you trying to take shots at him just makes you look stupid.
Nolan is not that great of a coach. The history speaks for itself.
And for those fools who consider Darcy's work to be the problem here, think again. Darcy should be on Murray's Xmas list for all the material (picks and prospects) he gave him when he arrived here.
Stop reading the garbage Sullivan (a real "Mr. Hockey" if I ever saw one) and Gleason write. They're hacks. Think for yourself and you will see the good work done by the people who preceded the current regime.
I couldn't believe I was listening to a radio show about sports, when Sal went into boohoo mode, telling a story about being DINKY in Fla and deciding to leave it for Bflo. Then he brought Ryan Miller into it. Really?! I know you'd "punch me in the throat", using your words, but Why the heck would you do that!! No taxes, no snow, no problem. If those are the kind of things that you analyze for "sports talk", go back to teaching... in Florida.
re: re: to buffalo weather
The weather does suck this winter.
re:re: to buffalo weather.
I know its cold as hell this year. but you know just make the best of it. But the truth is it feel even colder because the sabres are not going anywhere. Because if they were winning everybody would be at the game. And you wouldn't mind the cold so much. Man oh man i hope they do something right in the draft, The offseason, obtaining some new vets i mean do something. because the clock is on the sabres to do something now. And one thing i do agree with everybody is. How in the hell our team get to suck this bad. I been watching the sabres since the french connection days. And i have never seem our team this bad. Could somebody tell me who is really the blame for this hell.
To all the Ted Nolan Haters. You need to observe and watch a little closer. The consistant moves of players back and forth to Rochester are auditions for trade packages. There is no player by himself on this team worthy of an even player for player trade. This includes Miller, Ott and Moulson. They are going to have to package some players or picks together in-order to get some talent to balance this team out. Nolan is not the sole decision maker. There is a front office and I believe they are involved in these player moves also. So, you Nolan haters might want to back off. He is not a bad coach and has prove he can get some average to below average players to produce.
I can say Sully knows what he is talking about. He speaks the truth. He'd be a good beat reporter for the Sabres. He tells it like it is.
The hardest working team in hockey would have made Crosby disinterested. Both Crosby and Malkin would have been roughed up a bit. This current team never touched them.
Linus Omark is not good enough to play on the last place Buffalo Sabres
Re: Nolan Haters!
"Interim" coach Nolan is set up to be the organizations fall guy or patsy. There is no chance in hell that he, or anyone else, can win with the personal the front office puts on this team. And Pat LaFontaine knew that when he gave Nolan the job. Since all the wgr on-air personalities are convinced the team is purposely in the middle of a two season tank job, safe to say Nolan keeps the job through next season. Then after two of the worst seasons by any team in NHL history, thanks to the front office, Nolan will be fired like they always planned on doing since the moment he was hired.
Re: Jerry Sullivan
You are wrong about sullivan. He is a hater of the highest order. And since Buffalo's pro sports teams have been so pathetic for so long, it makes all the haters look like they know what they are talking about. "sully" is a mercenary who could not get a job in his hometown so he came to Buffalo for mam job when the Bills were at their best. And now he is a bitter, angry old man stuck covering sucky teams he never liked in the first place. But he gets to rub our faces in it by still praising his home town teams while working in Buffalo.
There are few, if any, legitimate NHLers on the Sabres.
Weber still here. He should have been waived. FIRE EVERYBODY!!!
Re: And Weber.........
I second the motion!
Sullivan is a clown...and about the weather
Jerry Sullivan is a hack writer. He hates hockey and so loves dumping on the Sabres organization - whenever he gets around to writing about hockey, that is. I ignore his column. It's a waste of space.
BTW the weather here is just fine. FINALLYwe get a real winter. When I was a kid in the 50s this was what all winters were like. I love it. Summer lasts too long in this town and winter usually runs about a month or so. It's about time we got some REAL weather!
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT...
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The glasses he wears sort of worries me. They resemble Darcy's.
Now that the NFL will have its gueens, how many on the Sabres also like to toss the salad?
Last year 2013 Howard Simon's time off totaled 95 days. What is wrong with that picture? It is ridiculous if you ask me. I couldn't run my business having an employee like that. I'd have to fire that person for too much time off. What seems to be the problem over there at WGR? Guess what...he's off again this morning. What are we up to now this year so far? Is it seven? It may be time to have a meeting for attendance.
Quietly dominating. LOL! I'm thinking all these guys are "Captain" material in the near future!
The guy who always types "fast fact", is a mental patient who takes great pride in douchebaggery. He is excctly the type of person the world is waiting for to die off. derp derp Walmart, uhhhhhduhhh.
It does not matter...
It does not matter who coaches this team. Whether it be Nolan or Laviolette there is not enough talent on this team to even be a .500 club. The young players on this team are at best AHL players. The veterans anre tired and on the down sides of their careers. Hopefully the new front office and coach can bring in some quality veteran talent to help shape the next two years draft picks and any prospect in Rochester or Juniors that may make the team. You can not win with no talent especially defense.
linus wants his blanket back!!!!!!
another player that cant SCORE!!! KEEP GIRGENSENS AND TRADE,WAIVE evryone else!!! he will end up leaving when his contract is up and become a LUCIC!!