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“The Finnishing Line”

You heard it here first (unless you follow me on Twitter, then you heard it there first).

That could be the most excellent name for a line including the Sabres newest Finns, Ville Leino and Joel Armia. Of course, the Sabres need to complete a transfer and a contract to get Armia across the pond, but he’ll be here sooner rather than later.

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Is it October 7th yet?

As we mused earlier, an addition of fellow Finn Teppo Numminen to the coaching staff could complete the trifecta, and give Lenio and Armia perhaps their best chance to succeed in Buffalo.

Armia The Finnishing Line

Get that "Armia's Army" banner ready for the 300 level.

As Regier has stated, we’re likely done in the UFA market, so we can all settle in and get ready for next season. Oh, and as for next season, I think Leino said it best as to what we are in for:

“To be honest with you I think they (Sabres) deserved to win (the playoff series). It will be a good fit for me. I think it’s going to be a good team in the future, a lot of young guys. They made some good adds, good defensemen lately. It’s a great hockey town, and I think we have a good chance to win next year. I’m really excited.”

Meanwhile, the Sabres’ additions of Regehr, Ehrhoff, Leino, and their re-sigining of Cody McCormick, puts their salary cap number at $66 million, above this year’s set limit of $64.3 million. They can remain over the cap by 10 percent% until the season opener. So maybe, we’re in for some more summer surprises through the trade market.

Darcy – well done, sir!

Go Sabres.

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Coach Teppo?

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Coach Grier. Coach Drury. Coach… Nolan?

NO. (Sorry, Teddy, we still love you).

Since the dismissal of Brian McCutcheon from the Assistant Coach ranks of the Buffalo Sabres, there’s been a lot of chatter about his replacement. Chalk me up for “Team Teppo.” Before we get down to the nitty gritty though, first, let us take a skate down memory lane.

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From this...

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...to this... (Hey! Isn't that "Blue Steel?")

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...to this?

The Sabres, of course, already enjoy picking the brain of the defensively minded James Patrick behind the bench, but there is no denying the “calming effect” Teppo had on the defensive troops when he wore Blue and Gold. He is also one of the best (and one of the most cerebral) defensive dynamos to ever come out of Finland.

Oh, and the Sabres just picked up Joel Armia in the first round – one of the better offensive phenoms to come out of Finland since Teemu Selanne (according to Armia’s coach in Assat). If the Sabres want to garner Armia’s full potential, it sure would help to have a fellow Finn around, and one who has already been through national stardom in Finland and North America.

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And as more than one female associate of mine has pointed out, A Numminen-Patrick tandem would be one of the more pulchritudinous in the NHL. (Look it up kids, that's a SAT word.)

Be it for Rochester, or for Buffalo, Darcy Regier must have Teppo at the top of his list of coaching interviews.

Your move, Darcy.

Go Sabres.

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