"Sports Talk Sunday" with WGRZ's Adam Benigni and The Buffalo News' Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan tackled the two major sports topics on the minds of Buffalonians: the Sabres' moves at Monday's NHL Trade Deadline and the Buffalo Bills' draft projections after this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine.
Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci checks in with the show from Indianapolis, while WGRZ's Jonah Javad chimes in on his NFL Mock Draft 2.0 during the second segment.
Here are the five major topics from the Feb. 28 show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. every Sunday on WGRZ - Channel 2:
1) Sully and Bucky are not impressed by Tim Murray's moves so far: The Buffalo Sabres' GM has added Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane -- as well as drafted Jack Eichel -- but Sully challenges Murray, described as a "genius" at evaluating talent, to make a deal like John Muckler's 1995 trade for Michael Peca. So far, Sully believes that "a monkey could have made the moves" that Murray has.
Bucky reevaluates the Evander Kane trade, stressing that it was not a 2-for-2 deal. Gleason points out how Joel Armia has scored five points in his last five games, while Brendan Lemieux and a first-rounder were also included in the trade that shipped Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford out of Buffalo in exchange for Kane and Zach Bogosian.
2) What to do with Jamie McGinn? Benigni reads off the Sabres' list of unrestricted free agents after the season: Jamie McGinn, David Legwand, Carlo Colaiacovo and Chad Johnson. All three hosts agree that McGinn will draw the most interest, though Bucky says that he's sound in his role but not viewed as particularly valuable around the league. Sully suggests that Murray find a younger, cheaper version of the winger who came over in the O'Reilly trade.
[Read John Vogl's McGinn update from Sunday night]
3) How should the Bills approach the NFL Draft? Vic Carucci's short interview from Indy posits that Buffalo should weigh their needs heavily at the NFL Draft, even though Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley have said publicly they don't want to reach for a "need" position.
[Read Tyler Dunne's profile of Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper]
WGRZ's Javad joins the hosts to highlight players he thinks the Bills will pick in April's draft. You can read his Mock Draft 2.0 here -- 3.0 is due out later this week -- but Javad's hunch is that Buffalo will take Shaq Lawson, a defensive end from Clemson who ran a 4.7 second 40-yard dash at the combine. Check the article to see what QB he sees the Bills taking a flyer on late.
4) Does Mario Williams have a future in Buffalo? Rex Ryan said this week that he would love to have Williams back but admits there are other contributing factors in the decision. Benigni points to the Bills' salary cap woes as well as Williams' poor fit in Ryan's scheme, while Bucky advises the Bills to "call the divorce lawyers" to end this "bad marriage."
Sully believes there's a better chance of Peyton Manning returning to Denver than Williams staying in Buffalo; he thinks Rex is simply posturing in the video clip.
5) Extra Points:
-- Sully: With Selection Sunday two weeks from today, Sully talks about his trip to Cincinnati to visit his son and watch Xavier, which knocked off No. 1 Villanova. The News columnist highlights the parity in the NCAA -- 21 of the 25 teams in the Associated Press poll have five or more losses -- as a contrast to last year when Kentucky was perched at No. 1 the entire regular season.
-- Bucky: Mesmerized by Stephen Curry's 2015-16 season, Bucky marvels at not just the dramatic game-winner Saturday over Oklahoma City, but the overall production of the Golden State guard. "He shoots from 30 feet the way Sully shoots from three feet!" he remarks. Curry's 288 three-pointers have broken his own record of 286 last year -- and there are 24 games left in the season.
-- Benigni: For a coming feature, the WGRZ host visited Miami with Shawn Kennedy, the 4-year-old from Niagara Falls suffering from brain cancer, to see Stephen Curry play. Benigni was thoroughly impressed by Curry's character -- his graciousness in meeting with "Baby Shawn" and how he asked about Kennedy after the game, in which he dropped 42 points on the Heat.
Tune in at 11:30 p.m. March 6 for the next "Sports Talk Sunday."
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