12:18 PM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014

Kane beats Miller twice, including in overtime, as Chicago evens series with Blues

By John Vogl Patrick Kane obviously doesn't care if the Sabres get another first-round draft pick. The Buffalo native scored twice Wednesday night, including the overtime winner, to give Chicago...
Buffalo News Apr 22, 2014

Foligno faces higher expectations

Marcus Foligno, probably more than anyone else on the Sabres, learned that Ted Nolan uses ice time as a reward and punishment. During the final week alone, Foligno bounced from the first line to the fourth to the second and back to the first.The coach had his reasons.“We expect big things from Marcus, so the expectations are going to be a little higher,” Nolan said. “We’ve got to push him.”While the yo-yo treatment could be considered a valuable lesson on its own, Nolan and former assistant coach Joe Sacco supplemented it with lengthy chats. Buffalo hopes Foligno takes advantage of...
Buffalo News Apr 21, 2014

Conacher looks to rediscover scoring touch, help rebuilding Sabres

Cory Conacher had it made at the start of his career. Surrounded by All-Stars Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa Bay, Conacher was a point-producing machine.That seems a lot longer than 14 months ago. The Buffalo forward is now on his third NHL team. The offense that made him a rookie revelation and minor-league MVP has disappeared.Conacher wants to be a difference maker with the Sabres as they rebuild, but to do so he’ll have to rediscover his scoring touch and refine his competitiveness.“I want to be with this team longer than I’ve been with Tampa and...
Buffalo News Apr 19, 2014

Girgensons amazed by ‘A’ on jersey

Zemgus Girgensons knew something was up as soon as he walked into the Sabres’ arena. His smiling teammates kept teasing him with jabs about his shoulder being weighed down, about walking a little lopsided.Once Girgensons went to his locker stall for Buffalo’s season finale, he understood what they meant.“I went and looked at my jersey, and it had an ‘A’ on,” the newly christened alternate captain said. “It was just an amazing experience to wear the ‘A’ at age 20. I was pretty shocked. “It was pretty amazing to wear it for just one game. It didn’t matter if it was the...

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...

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