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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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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
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The Buffalo Sabres have made some bold moves this offseason. Jason Botterill’s first order of business was to boost the defence, with three new starters. One of the biggest acquisitions was Marco Scandella from the Minnesota Wild. Going the other way were left wingers Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. This has left a hole on the roster
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Last season for the Buffalo Sabres and their fans was weird, to say the least. Like straight out of an episode of Stranger Things, the 2016-17 season was chock-full of freak injuries, aberrant statistical inconsistencies, and an overabundance of drama that would give any primetime show a run for its money. You could even give
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Reinhart Needs to Have a Big Season this Season to Impress Botterill “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1735() { var xhrq_1735 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1735.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1735&aba_wid=F2C14FBF-A837-476F-A1B7-225A1C8BB528&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1735.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1735.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1735.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1735.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1735.send(null); } if (typeof
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In less than two weeks, Joywave will drop their sophomore effort, “Content”. While awaiting the release of their new album, lead singer Daniel Armbruster, a Buffalo Sabres fan and Western New York native, took an hour to sit down and talk hockey with The Hockey Writers. Who Are Joywave? Joywave consists of Daniel Armbruster (vocals),
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One of the most memorable phrases in the 1996 romantic comedy Jerry Maguire is now coming to life between phenom Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres: “Show me the money!” Eichel’s entry-level contract is set to expire after the 2017-18 season. With Sabres general manager Jason Botterill in early talks with Eichel’s agent about a
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Several prospects who attended development camp this year will wear a Buffalo Sabres uniform throughout the season. However, only a select few will be in the starting lineup against Montreal on Oct. 5. The goal of any development camp is for players to mature physically and mentally. The veterans of these development camps are taking the initial
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Heading into another training camp with new faces in the front office and behind the bench, there are opportunities for prospects to prove their worth to the Buffalo Sabres organization. With the way the roster is currently made up, it appears there will be a few battles in camp and with that, an ability for prospects
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The Buffalo Sabres reacquired Jason Pominville from the Minnesota Wild as part of the trade that saw Pominville and teammate Marco Scandella head to Buffalo in exchange for Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis. A few draft picks were involved in the deal as well, but the players were the big parts in the free-agency-eve deal. The
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The Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville and a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno as well as a third-round draft pick. The deal was originally announced by TSN’s Bob McKenzie after it was reported that the Sabres and Wild had
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Forget about defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and his long-term, big-money deal. I want the ageless Jaromir Jagr in blue and gold next season. Jaromir Jagr (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) Signing the 45-year-old Czech wouldn’t be a public relations move akin to the Buffalo Bills’ signing high-maintenance Terrell Owens to a one-year deal back in 2009 —
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The Fairest Deals For Sabres RFAs “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1735() { var xhrq_1735 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1735.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1735&aba_wid=F2C14FBF-A837-476F-A1B7-225A1C8BB528&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1735.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1735.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1735.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1735.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1735.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check === ‘undefined’) { if (typeof
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When the Buffalo Sabres lost winger Will Carrier to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, the task of Sabres’ General manager Jason Botterill to take a mediocre roster and guide it to within spitting distance of the playoffs became that much harder. Not because Carrier was an integral part of the Sabres’ future,
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The Montreal Canadiens. The Arizona Coyotes. The Chicago Blackhawks. The Columbus Blue Jackets. The New York Rangers. The Minnesota Wild. The Dallas Stars. The St. Louis Blues. The Philadelphia Flyers. The Pittsburgh Penguins. The Edmonton Oilers. The Calgary Flames. The New York Islanders. The San Jose Sharks. The Vancouver Canucks. The Los Angeles Kings. The
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With the Eighth Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Buffalo Sabres Have Selected Casey Mittelstadt From the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. About Casey Mittelstadt There were some concerns about Mittelstadt heading into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His skill is unparalleled and his ability is unquestioned. The issues circle around the fact
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Heading into the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, many fans and pundits believed that the Buffalo Sabres would use the eighth overall pick to bolster their blue line. Instead, the Sabres passed on available defensemen such as Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Chychrun and drafted the Swedish sniper, Alexander Nylander. Now, as we head into the 2017
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The expansion draft is right around the corner and we’ll finally have a roster for the Vegas Golden Knights to talk about. General manager George McPhee has said he has multiple deals in place while teams scramble to keep their rosters intact and dump salary. The Buffalo Sabres are one of a few teams in
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Prior to the roster freeze for the expansion draft, the Buffalo Sabres made another move to improve the defense. They acquired Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick (68th overall selection). The 24-year-old is a left shot defender who was a first-round pick of the Canadiens in the 2011 draft.
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The Buffalo Sabres headed into another uncertain offseason filled with large question marks, both offensively and defensively, as the team turned its ship in a different direction with general manager Jason Botterill at the helm. In his first trade as general manager, Botterill improved arguably one of the team’s biggest weaknesses on Saturday when he
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It took six years, but Sabres owner Terry Pegula appears to have made some smart, calculated hires for his hockey toy called the Buffalo Sabres. With rising stars Jason Botterill as general manager and Phil Housley as head coach, the franchise has injected youth, passion and legitimacy. Botterill, who has been an assistant general manager
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The clock is ticking for Jason Botterill. Over the next few weeks, the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres needs to hire an entire coaching staff, figure out who to select with the eighth-overall pick in the upcoming draft and, just as important, determine which member of the team will be sent packing to
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On Wednesday, Notre Dame goaltender and 2013 fifth-round Buffalo Sabres draft pick Cal Petersen announced he will leave school to turn pro. The decision gives the Sabres and new GM Jason Botterill 30 days to sign Petersen before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, a la Jimmy Vesey. Cal Petersen (Notre Dame Athletics) Starting Friday, June 30,
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Last week, I suggested that new Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill absolutely should consider finding out what it would cost to acquire backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. My reasoning was simple (at least in my mind): Grubauer will be the best player left unprotected by the Capitals when the expansion draft
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What was considered to be one of the worst kept secrets in Buffalo was finally confirmed Thursday afternoon when the Buffalo Sabres announced the signing of free agent defenseman Victor Antipin. NEWS: The Sabres have signed defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year, entry-level contract. pic.twitter.com/0nrkOF37tn — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) May 25, 2017 Who Is Victor
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If the Buffalo Sabres wish to put an immediate end to their current six-year playoff drought, there are two holes they need to fill this offseason. The first is obviously defense, and even though the team should be improved with the anticipated additions of Viktor Antipin and Brendan Guhle, newly-hired general manager Jason Botterill would
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If the Buffalo Sabres were to re-sign Evander Kane this summer, how much would it take to keep him on the roster? Kane has 300 points in 496 career NHL games since being drafted fourth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009. The 25-year-old is coming off a season where he scored 28 goals and
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It has almost been a week since the Buffalo Sabres named Jason Botterill as the eighth general manager in team history. Now that the team has filled that sizeable gap in the front office, it is time to turn our focus behind the bench and take a look at another pretty large gap – the head
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Now that the Buffalo Sabres officially have their new general manager in Jason Botterill, the focus turns to the coaching search and other items on the to-do list for the team this summer. A lot of decisions lie ahead for the Sabres who are coming off a disappointing season. A few members of the Sabres