Buffalo Sabres

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It’s becoming abundantly clear that Jack Eichel has been holding this team back. When Eichel dropped to the ice, grabbing his leg in pain last Saturday night in a game against the Boston Bruins, Sabres Nation experienced the seven stages of grief in the span of a few heartbeats. But since that injury in the
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With less than three weeks until the NHL trade deadline, Buffalo Sabres fans anxiously await a much-needed purge of the current roster. With several players set to hit free agency this summer, Jason Botterill will look to acquire future assets for players on expiring contracts. Leading up to the 2017-18 season, supporters of the blue
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The Buffalo Sabres are going nowhere fast and Evander Kane doesn’t figure to be part of their future. He’s no longer flanking Jack Eichel — well, depending on the day with Phil Housley — and Kane’s cooled off from his scorching-hot start to the season. Still, he’s scored 16 goals and added 20 assists for
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Taylor Leier, Pat Cannone, Charles Hudon, Jakub Markstrom, Brandon Pirri, Ryan Hamilton. What do these men have in common? They’re all fringe players who’ve achieved limited (to no) success in the NHL? Mostly correct, but the answer I was attempting to extract is that they’re the most recent recipients of the AHL All-Star Game/Challenge MVP
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In Nov. 2011, legendary Buffalo Sabres play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. In Nov. 2012, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. These days, he’s going somewhere else: on shelves in hockey fans’ homes everywhere. The Promotion Earlier this week, the Buffalo Sabres announced a special
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During the offseason, the Buffalo Sabres’ captaincy was one of the most fiercely debated topics. A vast majority of the fan base felt that Ryan O’Reilly and Jack Eichel were the only viable options on the roster. O’Reilly supporters cited his veteran experience and leadership ability. Since arriving in Western New York, he has served
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When Phil Housley took to the podium for his inaugural press conference, he promised a fast-paced, high octane offensive approach, the likes of which the fans in Buffalo hadn’t seen in over a decade. Fresh off of a deep playoff run with the Nashville Predators, he was the odds-on favorite to return to coach the
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  Written by former THW contributor Mike Straw and originally published on Oct. 24, 2015. Since their inception in 1970, the Buffalo Sabres have made a number of what appeared to be big moves. Some signings and trades turned out great while others blew up in their faces. Today, it’s time to focus on the latter of
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You can now add All-Star to Jack Eichel’s list of achievements. For the first time, Jack Eichel was selected as the Sabres representative for the NHL All-Star game. The announcement came Wednesday morning. Congrats to @JackEichel15 on being named an #NHLAllStar – he’ll represent at All-Star Weekend Jan. 27-28 in Tampa! ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/YqPqGlxDrF — Buffalo
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The Buffalo Sabres currently hold the NHL’s second-longest active playoff drought (Carolina Hurricanes) and for the past seven seasons, the entry draft is really all fans had to look forward to. As the team finds itself in the league basement yet again, the blue and gold faithful have turned their attention toward the Sabres’ impressive prospect
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Throughout the history of the Buffalo Sabres, the organization has been fortunate with the goaltending position. They’ve had some of the biggest names that have played the position don the blue and gold, as well as the red and black at one point. Thinking back on the history of goalies that have played for the Sabres,
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On Thursday, Linus Ullmark, an up-and-coming goalie with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester Amerks was named to the American Hockey League’s North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. It’s his second consecutive All-Star selection. Last year, he had a sparkling 15-save performance in the Skills Competition, earning him Top Goaltender honors. The two-day
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According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
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As the Buffalo Sabres have meandered at the bottom of the NHL standings this season, fans have understandably shifted their attention toward the future. When speculating which prospects are most likely to crack the Sabres’ lineup in 2018-19, players like Brendan Guhle and Casey Mittelstadt tend to dominate the conversation. Sabres top defensive prospect, Brendan Guhle
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Tis the season… Fa-la-la-la-la-la-LaFontaine! Oh, those were the days…when Sabres’ legendary play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret was calling Pat LaFontaine’s goals for the team back in the 1990s. And there were plenty of them. LaFontaine netted 158 goals in Blue & Gold in only 268 games. Jeanneret’s catchphrases were as plentiful and as memorable as the
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One of the most discussed topics leading into the 2017-18 season for the Buffalo Sabres was the future of Sam Reinhart. He was coming off a disappointing sophomore season after a promising 23-goal campaign as a rookie. Those hoping Reinhart would bounce back in year three have been let down and then some through 32 games
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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