Buffalo Sabres

To say that the Buffalo Sabres require a lot of change and a lot of work to become a competitive playoff team isn’t too much different from saying that a fifth-grader in remedial English requires a lot of change and a lot of work to become a Harvard graduate. Sophomore general manager Jason Botterill promised sweeping
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A major theme that emerged at the end of the Buffalo Sabres’ 2017-18 season was the need to take a close look at team culture. Exit interviews and press conferences shed light on a losing mindset that seemingly plagued the locker room and made its way out onto the ice most nights. The topic has since
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It was no secret that Jason Botterill planned on altering the complexion of the Buffalo Sabres roster this summer, but even the most optimistic fan couldn’t have predicted just how successful he’d be in doing so. After a 2017-18 campaign that the organization would like to forget, there was a wide range of speculation regarding
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All it took was a lottery win and the addition of a generational talent to shift the outlook of the Buffalo Sabres’ defense. What was widely considered one of the worst blue lines in the league last season now resembles a group with outstanding potential. With Swedish sensation, Rasmus Dahlin now in the fold, players
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In today’s rumor rundown, the Buffalo Sabres and Jeff Skinner may be thinking long-term extension behind the scenes but you’d never know it by what they’re saying. Artemi Panarin might be interested in a move back to Chicago, William Nylander isn’t worried about his contract extension in Toronto and Mark Stone’s signing for one year
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An electric atmosphere. Great sight lines. Lively glass panels and boards that would rattle and reverberate from solid body checks. There was so much to love about Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium. Before jumping back in to another Sabres season that’s filled with new front office personnel and an overhauled roster, let’s pause and turn back the
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The Buffalo Sabres met their goaltending needs early Sunday morning as they signed Carter Hutton and Scott Wedgewood to deals that were announced right around the same time. As per Elliotte Friedman, Hutton’s deal is a three-year contract with Wedgewood providing backup as an organizational number three netminder. Hutton will be paid just under $3
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It’s tough to call a draft “uneventful” especially when your team picked first overall, but following a week chock full of trade rumors, the Buffalo Sabres stood pat, for now. Leading up to Friday evening, as many as eight teams had reportedly contacted Jason Botterill regarding a deal involving veteran center, Ryan O’Reilly. Though the
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Entering the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres’ biggest needs were scoring wingers and goaltending. They left with five defensemen and one center. It’s not cause for alarm, but many are second-guessing general manager Jason Botterill’s master plan. Don’t. At least not yet. There’s no need to get antsy. Let’s not forget, the Sabres
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The mob of credentialed reporters surrounded him four deep, hanging on his every word. The cameras–at least a dozen of them–jockeyed for position. And the questions were fired one after another, like shooting practice during a pre-game warmup. Welcome to the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, Rasmus Dahlin. The blond-haired Dahlin, wearing a jet-black
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Jason Botterill has been very busy this offseason, adding a number of young players to the Buffalo Sabres organization. With the likes of Rasmus Asplund, Victor Olofsson, and Lawrence Pilut among others signing with the Sabres, Botterill has flexibility with his roster. The Sabres GM needs to use this flexibility to unload some of the
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It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
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The Buffalo Sabres’ outlook got a lot brighter after the team won the NHL draft lottery. With a certain blue-chip defenseman all but guaranteed to don the blue-and-gold next season, fan interest has been reignited after an abysmal 2017-18 showing. Pair that with the excitement surrounding the continued growth of high-potential players like Casey Mittelstadt,
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The Buffalo Sabres front office has remained busy during the final stretch of the regular season. Over the past few weeks, the team has called up several minor league and junior players in order to analyze their progress. Since the beginning of last month, they have recalled five Rochester Amerks and signed two other players
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With the sun setting on a disappointing season for the Buffalo Sabres, nobody expected them to put up much of a fight on Saturday against the playoff-bound Nashville Predators. After falling behind 3-1 in the second period, the performance looked like more of the same from a Sabres squad that has seldom mounted multi-goal comebacks
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