6:47 AM EDT, Tue April 23, 2019
Die By The Blade 14 hours ago
Sabres Should Take Their Time on Coaching Search

Sabres Should Take Their Time on Coaching Search

Rushing to replace Phil Housley may not be right move The moment that the Buffalo Sabres announced that head coach Phil Housley’s time with the blue and gold was over, fans and media alike began salivating over the thought of who could step behind the bench next. Over the course of the last two weeks since Housley’s firing, so many names have been popping up - some as rumored to be linked to the Sabres, some as far-fetched hopes and dreams, and some pulled seemingly out of thin air. One day, it seemed like Todd McLellan was absolutely, definitely, maybe coming to Buffalo. Then, all of a...
The Hockey Writers 19 hours ago

The Buffalo Sabres Need Cole Caufield

While Buffalo Sabres fans were hoping in November to not need to care about this year’s NHL Draft, the way the season played out led them to finishing fifth from the bottom of the league. A few lottery balls later and Buffalo now knows that they’ll be drafting seventh overall in Vancouver on June 21. […] The post The Buffalo Sabres Need Cole Caufield appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Die By The Blade 22 hours ago
Is Skinner’s value dropping?

Is Skinner’s value dropping?

As playoffs continue, comparable players separate themselves from Skinner The temperatures in Buffalo have only surpassed 65 degrees a on a couple of occasions so far this spring, but Sabres fans are sweating heavily right now. Since the trade deadline passed on February 25, twitter has been...atwitter with inquisitive minds that all want to know one thing: When will general manager Jason Botterill sign forward Jeff Skinner? It’s a good question, and an important move for the Sabres. The team leaned heavily on its highest scorer. Skinner finished the year with 40 goals. He’s the first...
Times Herald Apr 20, 2019

Sabres prospect Tage Thompson thriving with Amerks

ROCHESTER – The numbers jump out at you. Through nine AHL appearances, Buffalo Sabres prospect Tage Thompson has already compiled seven goals and 10 points. Sure, it’s a small sample size. But Thompson, 21, has often been a dynamic presence for the Americans since the Sabres sent him down March 28. “We’re looking for him to be a big-time player for us,” Amerks coach Chris Taylor said following Saturday’s practice at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex ... Read the full article The post Sabres prospect Tage Thompson thriving with Amerks appeared first on Buffalo Hockey Beat.
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2019
D.J. Smith checks a lot of boxes in the Sabres coaching search

D.J. Smith checks a lot of boxes in the Sabres coaching search

Leafs assistant coach D.J. Smith is an intriguing name in the Sabres head coaching search The Buffalo Sabres coaching search has hit a lull over the last week or so. Right out of the gate we had the rumors connecting Todd McLellan to the club as potentially the next head coach. When all was said and done he ended up accepting the job for the Los Angeles Kings after meeting with Sabres management. Todd McLellan is no longer a consideration to be the head coach in BUF. The Sabres identified McLellan as a candidate and had some dialogue this week but an offer/deal was never...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2019
Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

36-year-old spent parts of season on top line Total Season Stats: 73 GP | 16 G | 15 A | 31 PTS Age: 36 Contract Status: UFA For pretty much as long as he’s been in Buffalo – and then back in Buffalo – Jason Pominville has been a Buffalo Sabres fan favorite. It’s hard not to like him, and many fans were excited when he returned to the 716 last season. From his off-ice personality and what he seems to bring to the locker room, to his veteran presence on the ice and the bench, there’s a lot to like about Pommers. All things considered, it wasn’t a bad season for Pominville. He...
Die By The Blade Apr 19, 2019
The Lightning’s loss could be the Sabres’ gain

The Lightning’s loss could be the Sabres’ gain

The Lightning were shockingly swept in round one and the Sabres could benefit from some tough roster decisions they have The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has given us two surprising first-round sweeps. The New York Islanders knocking out the Pittsburgh Penguins isn’t surprising, but it’s how they dispatched of them in four games that raised some eyebrows. We all know what the other early surprise was. Perhaps it was the biggest first-round upset in the history of the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets swept the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs. The best team in the...
Times Herald Apr 18, 2019

Sabres captain Jack Eichel to represent Team USA at World Championship

For the third time in his career, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has earned a spot on Team USA’s entry for the World Championship. Eichel, 22, was among 17 players named to the U.S.’s preliminary roster today. Team USA opens its schedule May 10 against host country Slovakia. The center last played in the World Championship in 2017. He won a bronze medal in 2015. Overall, Eichel has compiled two goals and 12 points in ... Read the full article The post Sabres captain Jack Eichel to represent Team USA at World Championship appeared first on Buffalo Hockey Beat.
Die By The Blade Apr 18, 2019
Beyond The Blade | Episode 96 - Amerks Playoff Preview

Beyond The Blade | Episode 96 - Amerks Playoff Preview

This week on Beyond The Blade we preview the Amerks round one playoff matchup against the Marlies There may be no playoff hockey in Buffalo again, but there will be in Rochester again this season. In this week’s episode of Beyond The Blade we focus on the first round matchup for the Amerks. In the beginning of the podcast I quickly touch on some Sabres topics with the playoffs, coaching updates, and the rumors about Arttu Ruotsalainen. After that I’m joined by Keith Wozniak from Lets Go Amerks to preview round one of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Toronto Marlies. You can catch the...
Die By The Blade Apr 18, 2019
Player Report Card: Marco Scandella

Player Report Card: Marco Scandella

Does Scandella break the top six next season? Total Season Stats: 63 GP | 6 G | 7 A | 13 PTS Age: 29 Contract Status: One-year, $4 million cap hit When Marco Scandella came to Buffalo in the 2017-18 season, expectations for the defender were fairly high. He was a solid second pair blueliner for the Minnesota Wild, and was brought here to be a veteran presence for an increasingly young defensive unit. He averaged over 23 minutes a night that season, and his performance was largely average. He wasn’t the worst player on the worst team in the league. Perhaps fans expected more, but...they...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2019
Reports indicate the Sabres could sign Finnish free agent Ruotsalainen

Reports indicate the Sabres could sign Finnish free agent Ruotsalainen

The Sabres may be reaching into Europe to sign a free agent again with Arttu Ruotsalainen The Buffalo Sabres look to be keeping the trend of signing free agent players out of Europe alive. After signing Victor Antipin two years ago and Lawrence Pilut last offseason; this time around they could be going into the Finnish ranks. A report from Miika Arponen indicates the Sabres and free agent forward Arttu Ruotsalainen have mutual interest. The 21-year-old forward play this past season for Ilves in the Finnish pro league Liiga. If you’re unaware, Ilves, is the same team that Sabres prospect...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2019
Eichel nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Eichel nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Jack Eichel was named the Sabres nomination for the King Clancy The NHL announced today that Jack Eichel was the Buffalo Sabres nomination for the King Clancy Memorials Trophy. According to the NHL The King Clancy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Each nomination was elected by the team and the winner will be picked by an NHL executive committee. If you went to a lot of Sabres home games you would have noticed he donated a box to a charity, family, or...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2019
Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

After an inauspicious 2017-18 campaign, Girgensons performed admirably on the fourth line this season Season Stats: 72 GP | 5 G | 13 A | 18 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: Restricted Free Agent Entering a contract year, many believed that the 2018-19 season would be Zemgus Girgensons’ final year in Buffalo. That might still be the case, but the Sabres’ decision regarding the soon-to-be RFA was made a bit more interesting given his performance as primarily a fourth line player this season. While he certainly hasn’t developed into the scoring presence that fans were expecting after being...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2019
Very early 2019 NHL mock draft

Very early 2019 NHL mock draft

Start thinking about the 2019 NHL Draft with a very early top-15 mock draft The NHL playoffs are in full go and the Buffalo Sabres coaching search has slowed down. There’s not much to talk about these days in regards to the hockey team. Therefore let’s look at a super early top-15 NHL mock draft. I’ll probably end up doing three of these in total. This one, another before the NHL Scouting Combine, and one more just before the actual draft. After the top two this draft can go a lot of ways. It’ll be exciting to see how it all unfolds on the stage in Vancouver. 1. New Jersey Devils...
Times Herald Apr 16, 2019

Offering another chance to ex-head coach could benefit Sabres

BUFFALO – Coaches often evolve or reinvent themselves following their failures. Sometimes they swallow their pride to do it. They might return to junior hockey or the minors and start riding buses again. They might take an assistant or development job. Remember that as general manager Jason Botterill searches for the Sabres’ sixth coach in barely six years after firing Phil Housley on April 7. Sometimes the best candidates aren’t the names being bandied about. ... Read the full article The post Offering another chance to ex-head coach could benefit Sabres appeared first on Buffalo...

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