Franson Is A Sabre

After several weeks of rumours doing the rounds, free agent and former Maple Leaf, Cody Franson has penned a 2 year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Since making his trade moves before and during the draft, Sabres GM, Tim Murray has openly admitted that he was in the market for an experienced left handed defence man either from Free Agency or by another trade.

Well today Tim got his man, all be it a right handed defenceman, not quite the lefty he was after.  But will that really matter?  

Not really if you ask me, for me Sabres have now got a strong very experienced man on the blue line, he boasts a heavy shot and will quarterback one of the powerplay units I’m sure.

After missing out on Jonny Oduya, despite throwing a stupid amount of money at him, Sabres certainly needed to make a move and looking at some of the depth players we had already picked up in Carlo Colaiacovo and Matt Donovan a trade was really looking like an option but that might have meant giving up a fair amount.

In the end the addition of Franson certainly gives us a top 4/5 defenceman.  I can certainly see him lining up on the right hand side of our defence in October and actually gives us a balance with the depth guys.

Looking at the roster I perhaps wonder if he’ll line up alongside Josh Gorges in our top 4.

Interestingly too in Tim Murray’s interview he also mentioned that a deal with signed FA Pat Kaleta is still not dead in the water.  I’m still hopeful that Tim can find a role for the heartbeat of the Buffalo team I have followed for so long.

Here’s hoping!

Let’s go Buffalo! 

Here’s hoping that the Sabres can reach an agreement with Pat!


A New Venture Into Blogging!

So here we go… my new venture in Blogging!

Several years ago I was part of a blog to do with a group of Nottingham Panthers supporters but after a couple of years it all fell by the wayside! So now I feel the time is right to go back into the world of blogs.

So where do I start with my first piece on my new blog, well how about a brief introductory piece and what you can expect to find on this blog.

Well my name is Mark although most people probably know me better as Sammo.  I live in Nottingham and currently split my time between living in Lady Bay and also at my fiances in Kimberley.

During the summer you will probably find mostly ‘cricket’ related posts on here as I open the bowling for Thrumpton, hence the blog name, in the Gunn & Moore South Nottinghamshire Cricket League as well as coaching 2 age groups in the Leics & Rutland Cricket League.

Then during the winter I spend most of my time following the Nottingham Panthers, Belleville Bulls and the Buffalo Sabres in Ice Hockey.

I am also a very keen NFL fan, supporting the Philadelphia Eagles and have only missed 1 Wembley game (that being the very 1st one)

I have a keen interest in Heritage Railways, N Gauge Model Railways and I’m also in the process of starting a veg garden at home, so expect some project news on these as things progress further.

I’m sure you will also see plenty of mentions and references to my fiance Ellen, who I actually do a hell of a lot of this stuff with and to be honest shes allowed me to rediscover some of my passions that I’d lost in the past.

Hopefully this gives you an overall look into my crazy life and hopefully you will find at least something of interest on here.