Buffalo Sabres

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After last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Blackhawks dropped their record to 7-17-5, the most glaring hole on this year’s Buffalo Sabres continues to be their lack of grit and toughness. When they traded Marcus Foligno in the offseason, few of us could have imagined how badly this team would miss him. Now some would
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And the misery continues. The Buffalo Sabres lost both ends of their home-and-home series this weekend with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve now dropped four straight and have won just a single game of their last 12. The Sabres sport a dismal record of 6-17-4 for the season. Of their six wins, only five are in
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In the first season following the 2004-05 lockout, the on-ice product in the NHL had shifted drastically. Gone were the days of the “clutch and grab” that allowed slow, lumbering defensemen to drape themselves on smallish, skill-players. The league experienced a renaissance of sorts, dubbed the “New NHL”. Whether it was unprecedented organizational foresight or
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The losses keep piling up for the Sabres. After 25 games, Buffalo is officially tied for dead last in the league with a record of 6-15-4. The team is in the express lane to the golf course – its seventh consecutive season without seeing postseason action. They’ve become boring, depressing and unwatchable. The atmosphere in KeyBank Center
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Take a moment and think about the great captains in NHL history. Players like Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, and Joe Sakic probably come to mind, but what made them great leaders? Perhaps it was their skill level, or maybe they were just natural motivators. Very few men have had the chance to share a locker
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Groan. Crash! Thunk! Yesterday marked the 21-year anniversary of the 20-ton, 23-foot high Jumbotron crashing down to the ice in the Sabre’s new venue, Marine Midland Arena. The electronic scoreboard became a mangled mess of metal, plastic, and lights. The Sabres Jumbotron collapsed in Marine Midland Arena, Nov. 16, 1996 (Photo from Reddit courtesy of
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This month marks the six-year anniversary of Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic steamrolling then-Sabres’ franchise goalie Ryan Miller. More than the hit itself, it marked the anniversary of no one making him pay for it, revealing a void of pride, character and leadership. Andrej Sekera, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Jason Pominville and Paul Gaustad were
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There Are Some Silver Linings to the Buffalo Sabres’ Sluggish Start “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1730() { var xhrq_1730 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1730.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1730&aba_wid=AA6363D7-7B56-47CE-A6AE-D650285A0D29&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1730.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1730.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1730.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1730.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1730.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check
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There’s a similar theme to the Buffalo Sabres 2017-18 season carried over from 2016-17. What’s the issue I’m talking about you ask? It’s secondary scoring. One of the main objectives on the offseason agenda was to rectify this concern. New general manager Jason Botterill did make some moves to fix the scoring problem, but there are no
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Burning Question: Can Connor McDavid & Auston Matthews Keep up with Jack Eichel? “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1730() { var xhrq_1730 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1730.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1730&aba_wid=AA6363D7-7B56-47CE-A6AE-D650285A0D29&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1730.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1730.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1730.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1730.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1730.send(null); } if
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The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night, 3-1 for their first win of the season. On one hand, the goose egg in the win column is officially gone; the monkey is off their back. Phil Housley has his first win as a head coach. After being called up from Rochester, Justin Bailey infused
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The sky isn’t falling in Buffalo. It’s not time to panic. Then again, that all depends on your expectations. If you thought players brought together who were jettisoned by other teams, deemed expendable and not part of their future, would somehow flourish in the birthplace of chicken wings, you were a cockeyed optimist. If you
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Last year was supposed to be the season that we saw real growth from the Buffalo Sabres. With a roster that includes Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane, and Rasmus Ristolainen, the team was going to break the drought of five playoff-less seasons. And then, just as Eichel fell in practice the day
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One of the first changes Phil Housley made to the Sabres’ lineup was moving Sam Reinhart to centre. Reinhart was a centre in junior and a good one, drafted 2nd overall in 2014. But when he arrived in Buffalo, Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly were already established as the top centres under Dan Bylsma. Reinhart
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Surrounded by family and friends at Thanksgiving, before most of us gorge on turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, we pause and let others know that we’re thankful. Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo couldn’t wait until November. Kyle Okposo (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The hard-working Sabres winger couldn’t wait to express his thankfulness for
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Believe it or not, the 2017-18 NHL season is less than a month away. The Buffalo Sabres will open the season on October 5th and will start training camp in about a week on September 15th. The organization went through a lot of change from a roster and management standpoint. New general manager, coach, scouting
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The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender of all time, the Sabres
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The Buffalo Sabres haven’t seen the playoffs since the 2010-2011 season. For some of those seasons, they were so awful that a telescope was the only thing that might have given them a glimpse. Owner Terry Pegula cleaned the front office at the end of last season, ushering in new general manager Jason Botterill and
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When the calendar turned to August, all eyes slowly started turning towards the world of hockey. As days pass, heading towards September, players will quickly start returning to Buffalo in anticipation for training camp ahead of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. In an offseason filled with changes from the top-down, optimism is at a
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Free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey chose dirty-water dogs, Broadway lights and the New York Rangers. Free agent goalie Cal Petersen opted for the film industry, Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Kings. For Sabres fans, let’s hope with defenseman Will Butcher, the third time is the charm and he opts for chicken wings, Canalside and the blue and
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For the first time in several seasons, the Sabres defense will not be the glaring weakness of the team. The lack of depth caused some major problems with the team over the past few seasons, forcing players on defense to play larger roles than necessary. In addition, there was a lack of organizational depth. There
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Judging by the comments on social media and around the water cooler, it’s easy to get the feeling that Robin Lehner could win the Vezina Trophy and still be hated in Buffalo. He continues to be a focal point of fan frustration. Murray’s Man Fans can’t seem to look past the fact that former Sabres general
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The Buffalo Sabres have signed Robin Lehner to a one year deal for an unconfirmed $4 million AAV and avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week. This deal is another smart move by new GM Jason Botterill. The key is that, remarkably, Lehner will still be an RFA when his contract expires. Lehner will become