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Die By The Blade 19 hours ago

The Sabres didn't win the lottery, but they still aren't losers

Buffalo, Jack Eichel is coming for you. It's hard to not be a little disappointed that the Sabres didn't win the lottery this weekend. After months and months of imagining Connor McDavid putting on a Sabres jersey for the first tim, and you didn't have to do that much imagining, since many already had McDavid Sabres jerseys stitched, it is a strange feeling realizing odds are that he never plays for Buffalo. The Sabres lost the lottery, and the instant reaction is a feeling of dread. I felt it. It stings. But now we move forward with the new face of the Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel. It's...
Die By The Blade 20 hours ago

Sabres Lose Lottery, Disappointment In Drafting Second

It was a tough season for Sabres fans, and losing the NHL draft lottery is just another defeat. I waited 24 hours to see if my feelings on the NHL draft lottery results would subside, but they haven't. When the Willy Wonka card was pulled to announce the Edmonton Oilers the winner of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, my reaction could have been filmed and posted on YouTube, potentially garnering an obscene amount of views. My response may have been incredulous and ridiculous to the passive browser. Maybe I am a pessimist. Maybe I am greedy. I wanted the Buffalo Sabres to win the rights to...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 21 hours ago

Design a New Sabres Third Jersey: Round 2, Day 6 Voting

A few weeks ago we asked for your submissions for a new Sabres third jersey, and with over 60 submissions, it's time to vote for our favorites. We're going to be voting on four jerseys per day and we've broken the submissions up into two divisions (current modifications/goatheads and custom jerseys/butter knives) to find the winner. Voting on your favorite jersey is easy - in the SUBJECT LINE of your comment, simply type either 1 or 2 for the first pairing of the day, and 3 or 4 to vote on the second pairing, then feel free to comment on the jerseys in the body of your comment. Voting will...

Edmonton wins NHL draft lottery, Sabres will pick #2 overall

All the worry about finishing in 30th place paid off, as the Sabres will still get to draft one of the two generational players in this year's draft. Tonight, the future of the entire NHL and the team we all love was altered forever when that golden envelope was opened and it was announced that the winner of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery was...the Edmonton Oilers. Again. With that result, the Sabres will now have the #2 overall selection in the 2015 draft which features two generational prospects in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. McDavid will almost certainly go #1, which means the Sabres...

NHL Draft Lottery Freak-out Thread

The draft lottery is tonight, and we're not even a little nervous, right? After months, even years, of piloting their ship to the bottom of the ocean, the Buffalo Sabres and their general manager Tim Murray will finally find out where they will draft in the most important draft of the past ten years. The 2015 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight, and the Sabres will pick either #1 or #2. When: Saturday, April 18, 8:00pm ESTWhere: NBC, CBC, TVA Sports Odds: While the Buffalo Sabres have the best odds to win the lottery, it's still an unlikely scenario based on the numbers. NHL.com has this...
Die By The Blade Apr 18, 2015

A Final Word on the Amerks Season

The Amerks fell to Utica in their last home game of the 2014-15 season, but the future looks good. The end of the 2014-2015 Amerks season drew, at home, to a bitter sweet end Friday night. Bitter because, well, the Amerks aren't making the playoffs by any stretch of a miracle and, overall, they had a rollercoaster season. Sweet due to Sam Reinhart's AHL debut. "Don't worry about a thing - 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright." (Bob Marley & the Wailers, "Three Little Birds") I may not know much (that's not even remotely true) but I know that Sam Reinhart is good at hockey. He...

NHL releases Sabres lottery ball combinations

And now you can simulate your own heart-pounding lottery drawings! The NHL Draft is still months away, but the draft lottery, perhaps the most exciting night of the year for fans of the Buffalo Sabres, is taking place this Saturday. You can read all about the lottery rules and get the viewing info here, and this short video explains how the lottery drawing works, in all it's ping-pong ball glory. Today the NHL released the combinations of numbers that each team gets before the lottery begins. If the balls come up with your 4-number combination (in any order) you win. It's that easy. You...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2015

Sabres Links: Reinhart playing wing, Hodgson vows to improve, Detroit surprises Tampa

Sam Reinhart is finally making his AHL debut, and it looks like he'll be in a different spot than usual. Sabres Links Sam Reinhart will be on the wing tonight in Rochester, playing on a line with Phil Varone and Johan Larsson [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle] Cody Hodgson says he can't explain what happened to his play this season [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Joe Yerdon took a look back at the bizarre Sabres season [Yahoo!] Around The League The Rangers held off Pittsburgh to win game one [NHL.com] Anaheim spoiled Winnipeg's playoff debut by handing the Jets a loss [Sportsnet] The Red Wings...

How does the NHL Draft Lottery work?

This short video explains everything you need to know in order to understand this year's NHL Draft Lottery. A few days ago, we posted an article detailing the rules and viewing info for this year's NHL Draft Lottery, and the comments section quickly included some very informative and thorough text blocks explaining the mathematics and statistics behind the draft lottery. If you're more of a visual learner, however, check out this video created by Buffalo-based Blue Creative, which explains everything you need to know about how the draft lottery works in just under 100 seconds. Is it...
Die By The Blade Apr 15, 2015

Former Sabres competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The playoffs begin today, and surprise! The Sabres aren't in them. If you're looking for a team to root for, choosing a team with familiar faces might be the way to go. While Sabres fans anxiously wait for Saturday's lottery, other teams will actually continue to play hockey. Tonight the playoffs begin, featuring four different games on national television. There is no obvious choice for Sabres fans to root for, but familiar faces are always an easy choice. Of the 16 teams in the playoffs, ten have at least one former Sabre. Some are Sabres fan-favorites, others spent only months in...

This Tyler Ennis goal was ESPN's NHL play of the year

The only time all season a Sabres player was #1 in anything, and it's very well deserved. In a season where hardly anything went right for the Buffalo Sabres, their one consistent, productive performer was Tyler Ennis. Voted MVP by his teammates, Ennis managed once again to have a few highlight reel plays despite spending much of the season paired with AHL players and underperforming wingers. Last night, ESPN ran their Top 10 NHL Plays of the Year on SportsCenter,  and guess who ended up with the #1 play? Congrats to Ennis on an amazing goal, and I for one can't wait to see what he can do...

NHL Draft Lottery Rules and Viewing Info

The most important day of the year for the Buffalo Sabres will be this Saturday, when the ping-pong balls will determine the order of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Buffalo Sabres will soon be able to add a massive piece to their team in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but whether that piece will be Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel will be determined by the result of this year's draft lottery, which will take place this Saturday, before Game 2 of the Pittsburgh/New York series. When: Saturday, April 18, 8:00pm ESTWhere: NBC, CBC, TVA Sports Odds: While the Buffalo Sabres have the best odds to win the...

Ted Nolan fired as Buffalo Sabres head coach

The coach of the worst team in the league has been relieved of his duties. Over the course of the season, Sabres head coach Ted Nolan has been the source of much controversy, from his motivational tactics to his dismissal of more advanced stats to the simple fact that he kept trying so dang hard to win in a year that the organization wanted to finish dead last. And today, he received his reward for piloting the Sabres to a 30th place finish. The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Nolan and much of his staff have been relieved of their duties. NEWS: #Sabres GM Tim Murray today announced...

Sabres vs. Penguins recap: A fitting end as Fleury shuts out Sabres 2-0

There's no more appropriate way to end the season than with the Sabres getting shut out for the 14th time. After all the heartache, all the confusion, fans turning on their own team and one another, and months of pent-up anxiety, the Sabres season mercifully ended with an appropriate whimper - their 14th goalless game - as they were shut out 2-0 by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The final day of the regular season began with some of the most positive energy seen in the First Niagara Center in maybe two years. It was a beautiful Buffalo day, and the excitement for the future...

The Buffalo Sabres clinch 30th place with loss to Columbus

We really did it. After month and months of agonizingly above-their-status hockey, the Buffalo Sabres have finally done the thing that they set out to do more than two years ago, by losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight 4-2. The Sabres have clinched 30th place. thus guaranteeing themselves last place and one of at least Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. We f*****g did it. The Sabres made us sweat it out, and looking back, it wouldn't have been a Sabres game if it didn't cause you to be a nervous wreck for most of the night, but in the end, the third period would see Columbus score two...
The Cannon Apr 10, 2015

Game Day #81 - Blue Jackets vs. Sabres

It's the final home game, and a chance for the Jackets to salute the fans in style. Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets April 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm EDTNationwide Arena - Columbus, OhioRadio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports OhioOpponent's Blog: Die By The Blade We know there can't possibly be as much drama as last year's final home game, but the Blue Jackets have made this one worthy of attendance. Think about it: as bad as this season has been in stretches, this team--THIS team--finishes with 40+ wins for just the third time ever. The other two times were the two playoff teams. The 2009...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2015

Sabres at Blue Jackets Complete Coverage: Game #81

Nick Foligno, you have the chance to become our favorite Foligno tonight. Game #81 Buffalo Sabres (23-49-8) vs.Columbus Blue Jackets (40-35-5) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nationwide Arena | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon Two Questions 1. Can the Sabres clinch 30th tonight, so it doesn't have to go to the final day of the season? I can't handle this anymore. I can't sleep. Please, Sabres. Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Tyler Ennis, you guys get to play with this kid, you know that right? He isn't taking your job. He's just making your...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2015

Sabres at Blue Jackets Preview: Everybody freak out

It's been a stressful week, just waiting for the Sabres to take the ice tonight and tomorrow. Game #81 Buffalo Sabres (23-49-8) vs.Columbus Blue Jackets (40-35-5) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nationwide Arena | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon Two Questions 1. Can the Sabres clinch 30th tonight, so it doesn't have to go to the final day of the season? I can't handle this anymore. I can't sleep. Please, Sabres. Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Tyler Ennis, you guys get to play with this kid, you know that right? He isn't taking your job. He's...
Die By The Blade Apr 9, 2015

Sam Reinhart assigned to Rochester Americans

After being eliminated from the WHL playoffs, Reinhart was eligible to play in Buffalo or Rochester for the remainder of the season. The Sabres second overall pick in last year's draft will be returning to the professional ranks. Sam Reinhart has been assigned to the Rochester Americans, according to his former WHL team the Kootenay Ice. Kootenay was eliminated in the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter Final by the Calgary Hitmen, ending his junior career. Reinhart played 47 games with the Ice this season, scoring 19 goals and 46 assists. He made waves on the first line of the gold medal...
Defending Big D Apr 9, 2015

Who Bears Responsibility For Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes Tanking?

Teams take a lot of heat for tanking, but some of that can be misdirected at the players. Tanking: the art of trying to be as bad as humanly possible in the hopes of landing an 18 year old kid who can come in and remake the image of your franchise. Teams have probably always done it. If you think a little bit you can likely think of a few situations that seemed a little tank-ish throughout your hockey watching careers. The situation this year though is performance art quality tanking. The Buffalo Sabres have made no bones about what they're doing. Sure, they spent a little bit of money in...

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