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World Championship update: Eichel, O’Reilly advance, Girgensons out

World Championship update: Eichel, O’Reilly advance, Girgensons out

Three Sabres players have advanced to the playoff round. The 2017 IIHF World Championships are finally through the round robin stage, and the playoff games begin today. Of the four members of the Buffalo Sabres organization participating in the tournament, three are moving on to playoff action. Jack Eichel and Cal Petersen are part of the Team USA squad that finished first in Group A, and will face Finland today at 10:15am ET in the quarterfinals. After losing their opening contest, the ‘Mericans have rattled off six wins in a row, and the team of youngsters are looking strong heading to...
Sabres Report Cards: Justin Falk

Sabres Report Cards: Justin Falk

Let’s talk about one of the Sabres depth defensemen in today’s report card. The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 28 Contract: Cap hit of $650,000, signed through 2017-18 season. Introduction: Justin Falk was brought to Buffalo initially as a depth defenseman, a guy who could help provide experience in Rochester...
Sabres Report Cards: Tyler Ennis

Sabres Report Cards: Tyler Ennis

After a disappointing season, what’s next for Tyler Ennis? The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 27 Contract: Cap hit of $4.6 million, signed through 2018-19 season. Introduction: Tyler Ennis has been a polarizing figure in Buffalo over the last two seasons. Sabres fans of yore remember an exciting, dynamic player...
Die By The Blade May 15, 2017
We’re looking for a new site manager here at Die By The Blade

We’re looking for a new site manager here at Die By The Blade

Maybe it’s you? Die By The Blade, the SB Nation blog covering the Buffalo Sabres, is looking for a new manager. The perfect candidate can express her or his thoughts about the team and the sport in a consistently engaging way. Hopefully you're as big of a nerd about the Internet, social media and sports journalism as you are about the Sabres. You should have experience managing people, the ability to delegate and an insatiable desire to discover and produce work that Sabres fans love. Responsibilities: Write, edit and ensure regular publication of quality Sabres writing / video...
Botterill brings patient, structured approach to Sabres (and Amerks)

Botterill brings patient, structured approach to Sabres (and Amerks)

The new Sabres GM made an impressive debut in his introductory press conference. When a pro sports team hires a new head coach, they often choose a person with a different style than his predecessor. A player’s coach leads to a disciplinarian leads back to a nice guy and so on. The Sabres haven’t found their new coach yet, but if you listen to their new general manager’s first press conference, it seems like the pendulum has indeed swung the other way in Buffalo, only this time in the front office. Jason Botterill made a solid first impression today at the KeyBank Center. He comes...
Die By The Blade May 11, 2017
Botterill named new Sabres GM

Botterill named new Sabres GM

Alumnus is 8th GM in franchise history The Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula today announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botterill will be the new General Manager of the Sabres. The formal announcement and press conference will be held at 4pm today. IT'S OFFICIAL! Jason Botterill has been named General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres. pic.twitter.com/RSyHIGnJ7c— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) May 11, 2017 In a statement released on the Sabres website, he said - "We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family. Jason's hockey knowledge,...
Die By The Blade May 10, 2017
Sabres to play Rangers in 2018 Winter Classic

Sabres to play Rangers in 2018 Winter Classic

New Year’s Day game to be played at Citi Field The NHL have announced that the 2018 Winter Classic will feature the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres, with the game to be played on the afternoon of the 1st of January, 2018 at Citi Field in New York City. The home of the New York Mets will be host to the Sabres’ second Winter Classic appearance, after the first in this current series of events was held in Buffalo’s then-named Ralph Wilson Stadium back in 2008. Photo by Dave Sandford/ Sabretooth at the inaugural event Oddly enough, Buffalo will...
Die By The Blade May 8, 2017
NHL Playoffs Open Thread - Week 5/8-5/12

NHL Playoffs Open Thread - Week 5/8-5/12

What to watch and when, including Hockey Worlds Finally some direct rooting interest for the Buffalo Sabres fans, with four players in action at the Hockey World Championships having started in Germany - Jack Eichel, Cal Petersen, Ryan O’Reilly and Zemgus Girgensons. Meanwhile, in the NHL playoffs three series are yet to be decided with two game sixes and one game seven coming up (as of Monday afternoon). Monday, May 8 Group B: Canada vs Belarus 10:15 AM ET, TSN Group A: USA vs Sweden 2:15 PM ET, NHL Network Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins (series 2-3) 7:30 PM ET, NBCSN, CBC,...
Die By The Blade Apr 29, 2017
2017 NHL Draft Lottery: How To Watch and Open Thread

2017 NHL Draft Lottery: How To Watch and Open Thread

Sabres slated to pick sixth in the Draft if nothing changes The Buffalo Sabres are going to find out whether they will still be drafting at sixth spot in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, or whether they’ll be moving up or down. The Lottery itself will be happening behind the scenes, with the results announced a little after 8pm tonight on NBC, Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports, just before the marquee Washington vs Pittsburgh game tonight. Here’s the only information you need for the Lottery tonight - the composite odds chart for all the teams. The preview earlier today has a lot more technical...
Die By The Blade Apr 29, 2017
2017 NHL Draft Lottery preview: Odds, time, TV coverage and live streaming

2017 NHL Draft Lottery preview: Odds, time, TV coverage and live streaming

Everything you need to know about the lottery Buffalo never wins The Buffalo Sabres are currently slated to pick sixth in what is widely considered the weakest NHL Entry Draft class in years. The needs for the Sabres remain the same as last season - a couple of top four defensemen, scoring wingers and a hefty injection of skill and pace across the board. The Draft is still a couple of months away and this is not a bad thing this year because the Buffalo front office is in turmoil with no GM or Head Coach in place yet. However, the usually-anticlimactic Lottery to determine the order of the...
Sabres interview Bill Guerin for GM, who could be next?

Sabres interview Bill Guerin for GM, who could be next?

A look at who has, and hasn’t interviewed for the vacant Sabres GM position. Ever since the search for the new Buffalo Sabres general manager began some days ago, it’s been overshadowed by the ongoing NHL and NBA playoffs, this weekend’s NFL draft, and having to vote in our Sabres season GIF contest. But over the past few days, some news has trickled out about who the Sabres have already interviewed, who they’re expected to interview, and who they can’t, or won’t, interview. Already interviewed The Sabres have interviewed Pittsburgh Assistant GM Bill Guerin, and if that name...
Sabres Report Cards: Nic Deslauriers

Sabres Report Cards: Nic Deslauriers

Our report cards roll on with today’s subject - Nicolas Deslauriers. The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 26 Contract: Cap hit of $775,000, under contract through 2017-18 season. Introduction: When Nicolas Deslauriers was brought to Buffalo in 2014 (in one of Tim Murray’s first trades as GM) the former...
Sabres sign Devante Stephnes to ELC

Sabres sign Devante Stephnes to ELC

Another promising young defenseman is in the fold. The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they've signed defenseman Devante Stephens to a three-year entry level contract. Stephens, who plays for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft and has had a nice year at Kelowna after showing some promising talent last season. The 20-year old Stephens is a very good skater, and saw his point totals increase by leaps and bounds this season as he grew more confident in his role and playing time with Kelowna. He is expected to start next season in Rochester,...
Sabres Report Cards: William Carrier

Sabres Report Cards: William Carrier

Our report card series rolls on with a look at another Sabres rookie, Will Carrier. The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 22 Contract: Cap hit of $690,000, under contract through 2017-18 season. Introduction: As one of the pieces brought to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller deal, it was hoped that William Carrier would be one...
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2017
The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Five Takeaways From Black Thursday How would you describe the events of last week to someone who doesn’t follow the Buffalo Sabres? Business as usual? A shake up that was long overdue? High treason against all that is righteous and true in Sabreland? Here are my top takeaways from two of the more fascinating days in recent Sabres history; Why Was Murray Fired? Tim Murray’s termination came as a surprise to many and there has been a good deal of speculation related to how and why he lost his job. The narrative that makes the most sense to me is that Murray joined the Sabres with the...

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