Zagrapan showing wares in KHL camp

At the advice of his agent, forward prospect Marek Zagrapan is currently skating in a tryout camp for Spartak Moscow of the newly formed KHL. Zagrapan has one year remaining on his three-year entry level deal with the Sabres. It is thought that the Slovakian, chosen 13th overall in 2005, will return to North America for 2008-09 (likely in Portland of the AHL) with the European tryout being more of a preliminary assessment for both sides. In 147 games over the past two seasons in Rochester, Zagrapan has 35 goals and 43 assists and has yet to earn a callup to Buffalo. Staying in Europe, Eishockeynews has confirmed that Philip Gogulla will return to Kolner Haie (DEL) in 2008. The 6'2 left wing will still participate in Buffalo's training camp this fall. In other news, forwards Clarke MacArthur and Mark Mancari have signed their qualifying offers with Buffalo. Both have three professional seasons under their belt, and will be subject to waivers on their way to the AHL if they do not make the Sabres out of camp.
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Anonymous
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008 ×

Any reason why Mancari wasn't at prospect camp and do you think we will we ever see him on our 4th line? I wish Gogulla would just take his 2-way ability and go to Portland so we can put him on a line with Gerbe and Zagrapan just like in prospect camp.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008 ×

I think both Mancari and MacArthur didn't participate because they weren't under contract.

I'm mildly concerned about Gogulla's desire for a North American career, but it's still too early to assess his situation in my opinion. I too liked that line at camp. I think the Sabres knew what they were getting into when drafting him. Not all Europeans are ready to move right away, and he seems comfortable with his family/girlfriend on German soil.

Fans are always insisting on veteran leadership being crucial to prospect development (look at the Amerks last season). You can argue that he's getting that in the DEL for the time being. I'm willing to take it year by year.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 ×

All this talk about Numminen resigning has got me thinking, if he signs, Weber better be our 7th d-man because making Paestch our 7th d-man doesn't make much sense. It's only delaying Weber's developement & he's ready to see significant playing time whether he starts next year or is our 7th d-man next year. His toughness & +/- almost says it all. I'd prefer the 8th defensemen be a prospect, (Butler, Funk, Koska, Card), whoever is doing good in Portland at the time. If Numminen signs, I want Paestch to clear waivers.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 ×

Although Weber getting sent to the minors is better for his developement rather than riding the bench like Paestch did, the 7th d-man still sees significant playing time & unless Paestch is waived, I'd like them both to be sent to the minors & Weber gets the callup before Paestch.

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