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Sabres Links: Myers heading to Worlds, crazy night of playoffs, new Jr. Sabres coach

If you'd forgotten why you loved the sport after this year's Sabres season, last night likely reminded you. Sabres Links Tyler Myers will be joining Cody Hodgson on team Canada at Worlds [WGR 550] Canada coach Dave Tippett says Myers will likely be paired with Marc Methot [Twitter] Alex Sulzer recovering from his first concussion, open to returning to the Sabres [Buffalo Hockey Beat] John Tucker will be the new head coach and assistant GM of the Jr. Sabres as Michael Peca will now only be GM and head of hockey operations [Twitter] Around The League Ryan Miller and the Blues beat...

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Polls: What do you think the Islanders will do? What do you want them to do?

By John Vogl The Inside the NHL column in Sunday's paper will examine the New York Islanders' options regarding their first-round picks. They have to give either their 2014 or...
Buffalo News Apr 17, 2014

Sabres’ ride reveals a lot in the rearview

To cover the worst season by an NHL club in the last 14 years – and probably the most bizarre campaign of any Buffalo sports team ever – the oddball places I drove through included North Dakota, West Virginia, Florida’s Alligator Alley and Alberta’s Deerfoot Trail while watching the most spectacular sunrise of my life. Airports and hotels were numerous, goals were not, but the whole thing was still one wacky ride.So you think I’m going to stop talking hockey now just because I covered a 30th-place team? Right when it gets good? No chance. I’ve got plenty of ice chips and...

Turd Burger can't match the Slug as Sabres fail to crack Top 25 in jersey sales on NHL website

By John Vogl When the Sabres rolled out radically different jerseys in 2006, fans didn't really like the "slug" design. It didn't stop them from buying them, though, as the...
Buffalo News Apr 17, 2014

Photos: Top prospects for NHL draft

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Buffalo News Apr 16, 2014

Sabres target elite trio in draft

When the Sabres walk into the NHL draft, they will have their choice of every eligible player in the world with the exception of one. With 2½ months to shop around, it’s a good bet they’ll wind up at Sam’s Club. Centers Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett, along with defenseman Aaron Ekblad, head the prospect lists of most scouting services. Bennett is No. 1 according to NHL Central Scouting. Reinhart is tops in the eyes of International Scouting Services. Ekblad is the best according to a poll done by Canadian sports channel TSN.The Florida Panthers, who have the top pick after winning the...
Buffalo News Apr 16, 2014

Sabres making coaching changes as ax falls on Nolan’s assistants

By John Vogl There was no question Sabres coach Ted Nolan would want his own assistants. He has room to add them because the holdovers are out. Buffalo announced today that assistants Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi will not be back in their roles next season. Sacco and Forton have been offered other jobs in the hockey department. Corsi has been let go and Numminen will not have his contract renewed. Nolan took over for Ron Rolston during the season and inherited the former coachs assistants. Though there were no outward signs of struggle within the...

Sabres making coaching changes as ax falls on Nolan's assistants

By John Vogl There was no question Sabres coach Ted Nolan would want his own assistants. He has room to add them because the holdovers are out. Buffalo announced today...

Penguins' Crosby heads list on NHL awards ballot

By John Vogl The ballots for the NHL's top awards are due today. Most awards are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and it has encouraged its members...
Buffalo News Apr 16, 2014

Sabres lose out in draft lottery, will pick second in NHL draft

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – Tim Murray’s expression didn’t change as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly unveiled the Florida Panthers as the winners of the draft lottery. The Sabres’ general manager had played out the scenarios in his head during the drive north from Buffalo, and he figured someone would leapfrog his last-place club and draft first overall.He was right. The Sabres lost all season on the ice, so it’s little surprise they lost a lottery, too. They’ll pick in the No. 2 slot at the NHL Draft on June 27 in Philadelphia.“I’m not disappointed,” Murray said Tuesday night in...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Sabres GM says season ‘was completely unacceptable’

When the Buffalo Sabres convened at First Niagara Center on Monday, they did all the usual things you do when the season is over. Pack the equipment, sign loads of memorabilia for each other and charity and get dressed and pose for the team picture.But they also met with first-year general manager Tim Murray. And he had a stern message to them about the train-wreck of a season they had just completed.“This year was completely unacceptable,” Murray said during the team’s wrap-up news conference in the arena on Tuesday. “I told them it wasn’t all on them. It was on management, it was...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Murray says Sabres need to earn NHL officials’ respect

There’s been constant chatter from fans all season that the last-place Buffalo Sabres have been getting a short shrift from the NHL’s on-ice officials and when the league extends the long arm of its supplemental discipline law.General Manager Tim Murray has heard plenty of it and seems to agree. Murray revealed Tuesday he’s voiced his opinion as well, and it hasn’t been well-received in league offices.“I’ve had some talks with people in the league. We’ve had our ‘pee-pee’ slapped once here so I’ve got to be careful what I say,” Murray said, as laughter filled the press...
Ottawa Citizen Apr 15, 2014
Sabres GM Murray steers clear of five-year building plan

Sabres GM Murray steers clear of five-year building plan

Tim Murray’s vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres involves several things.

Sabres lose draft lottery, will select second overall; Florida gets No. 1

By John Vogl SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – Tim Murray sat expressionless as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly unveiled the Florida Panthers as the winners of the draft lottery. The Sabres’ general...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Panthers win NHL Draft Lottery; Sabres will select second overall

By John Vogl SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – The Sabres lost all season on the ice, so it’s little surprise they lost a lottery, too.Last-place Buffalo will not pick first overall pick in the NHL Draft after the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery tonight. There were 13 non-playoff teams eligible of earning the No. 1 selection, and the 29th-place Panthers won while having an 18.8 percent chance.The Sabres had the best chance at 25 percent.The draft will be held June 27-28 in Philadelphia, and Buffalo will select in the top five for only the second time since 1987. They took Thomas Vanek fifth...

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