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08:19 AM ET 07.26 | On the trade market for nearly a year now, Bobby Ryan may be one of the next significant players to find a new address. The Sabres have wanted him for months. ... They have an overabundance of defensemen they could move, either on the roster now (Andrej Sekera and Jordan Leopold) or on the cusp of getting there (Mark Pysyk) but the Ducks will want a forward. Or two. It all comes down to the Sabres' recruiting problem. The word gets around this is a good place to live with a great owner. But it's not attractive to players who want to win a Stanley Cup -- yet. Are you going to go to Pittsburgh, Philly or New York or come to Buffalo, where the team took a step back and didn't even make the playoffs last season?

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July 26, 2012  08:27 AM ET

2nd Bobby Ryan trade thread today... yippee.
Buffalo has been fairly quiet all summer, so why not make a move now?

July 26, 2012  08:33 AM ET

And Buffalo has all the wings you can eat. Not so sure about their pancakes though.

July 26, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Buffalo has a recruiting problem

Perhaps changing their name to Tatonka?

July 26, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Buffalo has a recruiting problemPerhaps changing their name to Tatonka?

be careful with cross-language puns...somoen might Sioux you

July 26, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Not as bad a recruiting problem as Penn State i bet

July 26, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Buffalo has a recruiting problemPerhaps changing their name to Tatonka?

Good ole two socks

July 26, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not as bad a recruiting problem as Penn State i bet

LMAO. I think you're right!

July 26, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not as bad a recruiting problem as Penn State i bet

I don't know about that. Football players have a real bunker...us against the world stuff.

July 26, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

be careful with cross-language puns...somoen might Sioux you

and if you end up getting something in your eye you will get apache

July 26, 2012  09:14 AM ET

"The word gets around this is a good place to live with a great owner."

Who is drinking this kool aid? I am from the NIagara Region, and Buffalo is definitely not on the "hot" list of places to live for pro athletes. World class shopping? No. Restaurants? NO, unless you wish to eat chicken wings all week long. Entertainment district? I am not hating, I actually visit for wings/Sabres games often enough. But when competing against the New York's, Philadelphia's, Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, Chicagos, Bostons... well, enough said.

July 26, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

be careful with cross-language puns...somoen might Sioux you

I wouldn't Haida. I'd Apache together a good defense.

July 26, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Buffalo has a recruiting problem?

They should talk to Paul Holmgren!

July 26, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

be careful with cross-language puns...somoen might Sioux you

He might win depending on who the Judd is.

July 26, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"The word gets around this is a good place to live with a great owner."Who is drinking this kool aid? I am from the NIagara Region, and Buffalo is definitely not on the "hot" list of places to live for pro athletes. World class shopping? No. Restaurants? NO, unless you wish to eat chicken wings all week long. Entertainment district? I am not hating, I actually visit for wings/Sabres games often enough. But when competing against the New York's, Philadelphia's, Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, Chicagos, Bostons... well, enough said.

Yes, Buffalo is not NYC, Chicago, etc. Will it appeal to younger, single NHL players? Probably not.

Slightly older NHL players with families? It certainly can.

July 26, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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I wouldn't Haida. I'd Apache together a good defense.

well, you'd have to speak up for yourself and not be cheyenne about it

July 26, 2012  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"The word gets around this is a good place to live with a great owner."Who is drinking this kool aid? I am from the NIagara Region, and Buffalo is definitely not on the "hot" list of places to live for pro athletes. World class shopping? No. Restaurants? NO, unless you wish to eat chicken wings all week long. Entertainment district? I am not hating, I actually visit for wings/Sabres games often enough.

Don't you have the Buffalo Bills for entertainment? They're very funny! Aren't they? :-)

July 26, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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and if you end up getting something in your eye you will get apache

don't try to pawnee that stuff off un us!

July 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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well, you'd have to speak up for yourself and not be cheyenne about it

its Erie how good you are at this

July 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Don't you have the Buffalo Bills for entertainment? They're very funny! Aren't they? :-)

not if you root for them I think

 
July 26, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

its Erie how good you are at this

I was hopi someone would notice

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