Good morning -- are you today. I'm Greg Jack it's -- -- draft mode but there's. There's so much thought that our favorite week of the season of those torture bill. A -- to date used to be invite them in the first two days until deterrent but. He got based -- are people -- to trap and then NBA players beginning in a week. That's great. I expect a big column about the knicks which -- gets a little bit later in the segment on I'll be waiting for that once. Well -- -- -- on last Sunday. You're on the optimistic. Basically saying that there's this is not limited to girls too. The papers the next eight and other domestic product. And having her role grundy a place I get the gonna seven. And it's that and the game is more fun when the mixer in the White House and the NBA let's face -- America -- And remember watching Carmelo Anthony and nurse Jackie not a bad back that let's they're not gonna wanna play out all right that I I think you know what. You're ever up after number 84. You're old enough when they were electric clear underdog. And took the Celtics to seven by winning at three all game and our average went up 40 am in the city. A similar thing with Cromwell. But it is not good enough. No I know that but. Enacting a member one year Bernard -- like maybe a fifty point game and they played the pistons in the playoffs I'd just. Came in there and I've been so I've been kind of a comatose Knick fan I've really for years. Kind of stopped falling lemons said Sully -- ever -- much eastern -- NBA games and going to see him at the garden we saw -- against Atlanta couple months ago a kind of rekindled that for me so I've been watching their games and I watched their game against Atlanta in and out what the hockey playoffs yesterday and Carmelo is on fire Stoudemire looked good I mean they're they've got a lot of flaws but at least there and I mean that's it's just nice to see him in the playoffs again. -- -- -- -- Gain in eleven years -- days things will have receivers and eleven years I believe it was he would eventually lost the raptors. The only series the raptors have ever won if you don't start the ball and embarrassed. Onboard and built troubling. -- -- This lull the raptors winning that series this playoffs -- an NBA -- up all help in a target a rapist and by the I didn't buckle and yeah I think. Metal world peace should be suspended the residencies in the playoffs that that might be -- hockey it and I've seen every dot yet but that was brutal well -- On net on that on that elbow and I drop the Tories at some point these leagues have I think have to say. You don't bring anything to our league you are bad for our league you're not playing here anymore and I mean it. -- and started never truck. An embarrassment for the league keep it -- understand and -- an interesting guy is that the Smart guy I would. Them off you know off the court interest beyond that nobody in my case. And if you if you're capable. He talked. The first big shot he probably made since the final two years ago on the Celtics had to go into a personal celebration. About -- -- everybody anywhere near him yes it's intentional. And it they just don't need -- world he. And I -- containment that a lot art. The name of an embarrassment. I think you know what he's got he's got a checkered not just the thing with this this they're going into the stands he's had other suspensions he's got. A history with the National Basketball Association off the court. I'm I'm with. Would Jerry on this one you wanna throw Torres that a league fine I've I would I would throw Matt cook out of the league. I would've thrown years ago I would've thrown Chris Simon now the league I think at some point. Steele I think Chad Pennington it's a privilege and at some point you lose your privilege to play in this professional sport if you just go and act above and beyond the rules all the time. And let it cook got the message he's he's been in the eggs that are up. It actually wasn't even a factor and all -- the -- and -- maybe maybe it did work maybe what they're going to Torres will send a message and and more player of the who realize. I might have missed the entire lineup but think. But in particular. Right the end of the player to pick -- and you know win every series in seven games. That's adaptability come a long way from them. The -- 500 dollar fine if it's going to be about games not about pines. Yet another finds -- never I finds -- wasted time selling these guys can afford that stuff it's it's taking away the games has taken away. Playoff games right I mean right now you're gonna suspend -- world peace. He's gonna miss playoff games right it should be a big long suspension got two games left in the regular season. Yeah that's the decision and I think Thursday it that they've got to do something. Significant. Nobody notices the same team Bynum elbow. In the player you're suspended him for the first part of this year. And that would have been that was the final game of the playoffs so they have to do something in my I think it is in the before the playoffs. It's going to be adjusting -- NBA. You know work this guy because look stated they would not want Kobe Bryant to go up the first round and met does have some value of that team so. It's going to be tough for them to -- -- determination not but also that the at least the first round. I think both leagues at the same problem because if that's in L a Torres gets 25 games nobody's gonna miss that -- a fine whatever he he did his job we took out Marian -- that the trade they'll take every time. NBA two. Karl Malone Jerry's throw some pretty vicious elbows I remember one against. The sparse he elbowed David Robinson face I'm not sure he got suspended -- Ian -- always considered to be dirty players and it's an -- to me it's it's. It's a problem but it's more of the same when you see win at all cost and so much pressure you know part of me says these players that's irresponsible the other part thinks. I don't know shouldn't they wanna do anything to win mused that -- Torres. Knocks out -- and they when that series and wanna win the cup. He did its job right -- what else is there to deal. Well you know leaving a patent on but he -- this is not acceptable. And as I understand that and I think it's despicable hit but at the same point like I think that's why they have it is to do stuff like that he's a repeat offender if they didn't like what he did. They wouldn't have on the team. I'm in and that there there is popping that ball and is the difference between you know clear out in the post and it well bowl. And what was meant it did yes and then there's announced the policy didn't connect and hard to do at Lockheed. You know it's appropriate in the playoffs is going to be it's hard to appreciate it's hard to control. All -- limbs in congested areas but you have to receive something as blatant and opened formula price. You have to act and -- the -- BA wants there. The player has to be about violence because that isn't one of the things that so -- -- -- got a pretty -- I -- or does he someone you follow a lot closer than I do what is Stearns and the league's record and when it comes to discipline because we don't seem to have that discussion quite often about the NBA right. Whether dirt dirt supplemented debated were talked on the our -- that the diplomats and a big -- it came down. Very hard on him I can't remember exactly but it was long to get suspended -- a year of depth at a major PR problem than a minute and they go. They've had little brawl and things each suspended. You talk about not caring how it affects the -- typical of the bundle Meyer. -- against that Paris right for leaving the bench when he when he walked who steps up. -- against seven I was it was you can lose faith and -- spurs of people all the boring. And more by the way but up. That was -- that was a significant move by commissioners said I I don't care our rules. And we're gonna hit it hear them and you're out and that was huge very controversial. Decision Stearns saudis you spoken to beat up within a debate. Like -- You know well I still haven't heard -- I'm I'm. Listen that closely. Enough. As he made any comments here. But this whole situation and who's been quiet. About all of the hits Batman best he said something to the effect of you know fans are passionate because of I forget exactly when it -- density deep he really I don't know he really talked down the fans as if you you know whats that talking doesn't pay as you get upset about the suspension but then you get upset about the -- everybody is gonna be upset either way it's passionate hockey like. I think he's the kind of just brushed it off. After that you know you know that would start to the postmortem it's. It's been just as reading about. Vancouver they're they're able goalie problem. -- have a backup goalie who actually replaced along those 33 it makes a lot of money announcing apparel the buffalo. Well is a major difference -- and that's the length of the contract. Miller has not -- I don't think as this animated by USA he hasn't been as as great as he should be Longo I think it's -- Contra accounts like another. Ten years so his cap it is much much. Law it's slower but it's longer so they have a bigger problem I think and they also have. And they have a franchise that has has bailed on him in the Buffalo Sabres have not by any stretch bailed on Ryan Miller society gets a major difference. I was senator Carl would jump in their. They're talking about maybe they could trade Longo a very -- it and let you could play him in their differences or court. And rather -- -- had a chance to prove himself you know the savior -- playoff series. And played very well -- my point which is that you have this back up. One minute when you find out and dropped into tigers stunned and when does it become. An issue outlook and betrayed them I -- -- tennis. And this may be the sabres should. You know get ahead of the game and and not -- it reaches that point and in shop Miller and find out that their backup. And plot well Braden -- that it but I think after in this game that you'll. You know you look around the league I think Braden -- -- you think in Saint Louis they're doing with a pair of guys that were essentially you know other teams deciding they're gonna go different corrections. -- an an Ottawa yet and it's just it's an Ottawa was playing well Ben Bishop the other played well at different guys -- I'd. I'd be surprised at the sabres. I don't know -- my my thought is that they say okay we know this for his next contract right now it's not a problem I don't think it restricts them in any way. Because you've got an owner that's willing to spend past the Kapanen and put guys in Rochester and between their two goalies they spend about seven million which is not crazy. In terms of what the league spends on goalies as much as Vancouver. Turns to Schneider they pay their two goalies about 78 million sold as Boston -- New York's go to the blues but it it to about six for their two. So I don't think it has to be anything that presses them. But I would be surprised I'd be shocked if that is next contract. Or any next -- the sabres pay top dollar furcal. -- let me ask you this -- it's supposed to -- connect the question is were on this topic you and Jeremy. I saw the story Mike and Mike Babcock basically said the wings are going to be spending a lot of money. The of twenty million dollars boldly and cap room they're talking about making a run at Zach Parise and either -- or Weber from the -- The sabres according to Paul Hamilton had twenty guys under contract about little under five million cap room. You wanna go after big time free agents get a senator Wallach a draft -- their. But boy after a big name offensive player free agency would you move Miller's contract out when he might be able organics on twelve Roy could -- that's four million right there you got about one or two of the. Anybody as a -- -- I I just. I don't know Jerry and on this point I don't know how Internet bird era under repair -- and I was gonna ask you I don't know if they would be intent on moving Miller. I -- I don't think they'd be against that though. You're going to keep bringing up because your favorite point combined goalie salaries and album what the sabres then you like a lot of these fine lot of teams have. Globally -- in the sabres though and are makes an excellent point that. Cap wise right now they're more restricted them a lot teams and -- -- -- -- go -- -- you improve your airport -- -- -- position. And become one -- where it looked forward to actually start in the playoffs I don't know but. -- I did love never even -- Jason -- type that honesty may have to think about that it dark scenes. Post. -- -- You know talk you know that this. Discussing that -- position albeit through the draft great -- going to be great down the road and it's not it's not great on one of the -- to -- you all that and maybe Munich and help but I I think that he meant. Really need to a proven veterans honor they're gonna win in the next couple years not a problem when when you have you know all too little money and well I think that there's gonna become patent that's right accuses name because he's not a guy like go back -- you've gotten station the company had. All that's not true at all an -- not true at all. Talk about Spezza -- we've been campaigning for Spezza for two years. Plus. Maybe it maybe other people on -- they don't like them but it just seemed like you know well and that's what happened and our own market since -- have been. Killed in Ottawa -- not becoming a superstar note that student is killed or not loading up his reputation is this right now have a break have a senator who. Who stood up and upload actually be held to that standard. Is this right point out the irony that if you were writing about Spezza you'd be the one leading the charge that he's not good enough. Well beyond my thought -- open our standard right now I I -- I think. I would criticize him -- will be -- I think they -- that that kind of guy I mean you can you know you can talk about other clothes because. After the 5678 -- might win and that other I don't think the quote I'm probably very close until they are close every other players who. Who could really put it over the top and a plug a series we'll answer glossy you're scroll DiMarco -- more -- realized that it. -- just not constructed that way -- but I think they'd they'd have big problems and there's spending a lot of money for in the immediate. And he's still fifteen year that would have -- him and we we need to compete partner while that's great. To answer rest and I heard -- Robert quickly very short term you draft a senator you claim right away Tyler Sagan and his second -- played and he played early on Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent Hopkins these guys come into play right away and they're very cheap. That's the perfect answer for the sabres try to trade up and draft the centuries -- -- effective immediately. Well I'm I I agree if you -- right guy and actually played him right away rather than you know conceivable lead you to between. To perk up please do. Need to be in right just endless drafted very highly last and the sabres had a -- high traffic it was manic you on the play in Rochester because of a lock out. Like that barrier arthritic hip -- current -- it's already a flight he was talked about the number one liberal prospect. -- in the year and then they would have -- maybe late in the playoffs to show people what prospects they had -- in that from Brooks and Ellen. That started that two years ago that's -- -- right we're gonna we're running out of I'm gonna under the that the red carpets. Today but Myers in Rochester Gerri I wanna annihilate this reputation it just it's not true. The one tactic they -- he's he's. Come to realize that in -- again I was both impressed conference. Under the granted to some people and not others that. Yes I mean the league is getting younger and -- think -- as a little odd thing he's only that but -- the draft next Nugent Hopkins. Yes that probably will rub off on picture. And it's not -- usual I was actually live up to lose. You know live up to interpretation. I didn't -- look at -- -- -- get back and -- for fifteen years. Begin -- allotment generation and I think they're they're not there aren't. He'd be up. They're they're they're aging in their possession and -- government and we -- happy about that you've got a -- is that now I've -- players questioning it a bit. It's -- mind you know with like a hole. Three guys on record even suggesting that the -- is a problem into the lot of other guys behind them who are also questions. But a lot of people on the leader question -- -- -- like that and if you want start your year depict that I wouldn't be an expert says that a good luck he. I agree with your point about lending in the people making comments about them but in terms of drafting record -- it's. Pretty good at that so I I don't I had a problem with darts are geared for that matter Kevin DeVine who's really with a one makes levels picks up up high. On the -- scouting department I don't know much of a problem with that because like I think that they do have good people position that'd doubled their scouting staff as well. And they're putting more money into that than ever before in -- they had their first ever top prospect camp last year. In on that they brought in players to do that that's that's the franchise spending money that other franchises don't spend in an effort to get better at that so. Yes I do have faith in that. Portion of it the coach point I want the same thing you know the players that you mention -- -- have come out publicly. There are players that have set up behind closed doors we know -- those players are so I think as welfare points etc. -- other great Jerry and telling it's not all you know. Doom and gloom. -- -- what are you working on in the columns this week where can you share with us. -- -- We'll -- all the time -- and Rupert you know. Over the complex preview section nanny or -- it covered it -- looking forward what do you want first round. I'm I'm all was up but I would really this year that -- Were between you know reaching for a Spiller and have a -- that would there I concede receive record. Collectively linebacker. And then -- Michael cornerback. I really. Don't know what they're gonna do. -- what I hear about you know what I. And that the bank. The most important thing right now yeah it ceased to stop -- and -- -- and keep that in fact I'm not -- safety. No because I'm I'm reading this guy Mark Barron -- Alabama somebody I forget what summit over the weekend road. The bill should draft the safety because you've gotta match up against gronkowski and Hernandez. I think that. The want to have been taken this just but a lot of talk about linebacker I think it didn't. They get better at linebacker at Barnett but they've been brutal lot -- several years and maybe it's still not -- -- pulled -- well Eric at the position but but that would. And that's in the back my mind but like I also I ask. -- way over now but I asked whether the don't know what that -- and your quarterback and new coach. Think get a better number two receiver. And he I don't know the man they may get paid but I I think that the it's a serious problems in. And a lack of downfield receiver. That's what I want receiver -- five. Yet what -- are well listen thank selling. Art factories Sullivan comes in the Buffalo News a little overtime with Sally to world ticket that features that.