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2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 19 Contract: $925,000, under contract through 2017-18 Introduction: When was the last time the Buffalo Sabres had a superstar forward? A true superstar, not just a local hero, a guy that other teams plan for and other fanbases tune in to watch. You'd have to go back to the early 90's and the days of Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny to find that...
Die By The Blade May 4, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 5/4/16 - 5/6/16

Looking forward to the next three days We're getting deep into the second round of the NHL Playoffs and the games are starting to mean more by the day. Here's a preview of the upcoming games for Wednesday - Friday. Wed 5/4/16 Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8pm EST (NBCSN, CBC, TVAS) The Pens are leading the series 2-1 and have an opportunity at home to put some daylight between them and the Caps. Washington for their part have been underwhelming in this series so far after leading the League for most of the regular season. Expect another explosive showdown with plenty of...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Nicolas Deslauriers

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 25 Contract: RFA ($637,500 cap hit this year) Introduction: The defenseman-turned-forward found himself playing all over the lineup this season, from fourth line energy guy to top line winger thanks to a rash of injuries. While he didn't quite fit all of those roles as well as he could have, Deslauriers is very good at the things he does well -...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Carlo Colaiacovo

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Contract: UFA ($900,000 cap hit this year) Introduction: When the Buffalo Sabres signed Carlo Colaiacovo this offseason, the first thing most Sabres fans did is resign themselves to the fact that they would never spell his name right. Their second thought was on where Vowels would fit in the lineup. As it turned out, Colaiacovo played the role of...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Zach Bogosian

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that hjelped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Contract: Signed through 2019-20 at $5.14 million per year Introduction: When Zach Bogosian came to the Buffalo Sabres in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets, it was thought that a change of scenery might help him break out of his middling performances and finally achieve the potential of his #3 overall draft position. While I don't think that happened this...
Die By The Blade May 1, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 5/1/2016

Two Western Conference duels today Yesterday we saw both Eastern Conference series get tied up 1-1. Today will be game two in both of the Western Conference games. Dallas Stars won the first game of the series against the St. Louis Blues, and will look to go to St. Louis with a 2-0 lead. That game is at 3pm EST (NBC, TVAS, SN). And then at 8pm EST the San Jose Sharks will attempt to reprise their game one win over the Nashville Predators at home. Join us for a chat.
Die By The Blade Apr 28, 2016

Getting to know the Sydney Bears

We spoke with a couple of people in the Bears organization As part of Die By The Blade's Sydney Bears coverage, we asked a few questions about the team to the club's Marketing Manager Bianca Musico and the team's gameday commentator Julian Daw. DBTB - With the Wilson Cup already under their belts, are the Bears looking like contenders for the championship this season? BM - Absolutely! The Bears have a really strong core group of Australian talent. With Cameron Todd, Richard Tesarik and Michael Schlamp all representing Australia in the IIHF Division 2 Group B World Championships. Not only...
Die By The Blade Apr 28, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread - 4/28/16

One game a night is a calm, steady pace The NHL Playoffs Round One is over, and surprise surprise, three of the heavily-tipped Western Conference perennial contenders are enjoying golf vacations - the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are all out. Joining them from the East are the Florida Panthers, who had a great opportunity to supplement their meager ticket sales by going far in the playoffs, but it won't be this year. 4/28/16 The New York Islanders, who knocked out the aforementioned Panthers, started off last night with another upset at another Florida team,...
Die By The Blade Apr 26, 2016

How's your playoff bracket looking after Round One?

Mine's shot to pieces Before the playoffs started we had asked you to join DBTB's 2016 NHL Playoffs Bracket Challenge, and we ended up with 237 entries in the DBTB group. The Buffalo Sabres fan group has 2670 entries. With Round One of the playoffs almost over, here's the leaderboard - If you're playing in the Bracket Challenge, identify yourself and your position on the leaderboard in the comments below, for bragging rights.
Die By The Blade Apr 25, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread - 4/25/16 to 4/27/16

The first round is drawing to a close After three teams booked their tickets to the next round, there's just two series that are still waiting for a conclusion, and both could be decided tonight. The Anaheim Ducks are leading the Nashville Predators 3-2 after coming back from 0-2 down. Tonight at 8pm EST the Preds are hosting, and trying to stay alive in the series. In the latter game of the night, it's Game Seven time. The St. Louis Blues are hosting the Chicago Blackhawks with that series tied at 3-3. The Blues led 3-1 but failed to put away the defending champions twice, and that series...

Three things the Sabres can learn from the first round of the playoffs

Playoff hockey is a different beast. Here's three things the Sabres need to do to take on that beast next season. The first round of this year's NHL playoffs has featured everything you want to see from a great opening round - excitement, drama, unpredictability, multiple overtimes, and plenty of  nail-biting finishes. It's been a ton of fun to watch no matter who you're rooting for. As a Buffalo Sabres fan, I'm watching the playoffs with one eye towards our team, and what the Sabres need to do in order to compete in the playoffs next season. After watching almost every game in the first...
Die By The Blade Apr 25, 2016

Sydney Bears weekend recap 4/25/16

Bears off to a bad start The Sydney Bears kicked off their 2016 AIHL season with a false start, losing at home 6-3 to the CBR Brave in their only game of the weekend. Here is the boxscore from the game - And the Bears player stats - Click here for the full box score. After the game, Geoff Irwin spoke to the Bears media after making his first appearance for the Bears. Irwin is a Canadian import, with the veteran having captained Minnesota State University Mankato where Buffalo Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson also played. There was no video from...
Die By The Blade Apr 24, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/24/2016

Three games on today There's three NHL playoff games on this fine Sunday, starting at 12pm EST with the Capitals at the Flyers, leading the series 3-2. Then at 3pm the Stars are at the Wild, also leading the series 3-2. In the final game of the day, the Islanders are at home and have a chance to eliminate the higher seeded Panthers, with that series at 3-2 too. Last night we saw the Penguins dump the Rangers out of the playoffs with a 6-3 win, and 4-1 in the series. Then the Ducks won their third straight to take the lead 3-2 in their series with the Predators. Finally, the defending...
Die By The Blade Apr 23, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/23/2016

Three games today, starting in the afternoon Last night we saw the LA Kings exit the stage as the Sharks were finally able to put them away in a playoff series 4-1. All three other series from yesterday are at 3-2: Capitals lead the Flyers, Islanders lead the Panthers (after a double overtime win) and the Stars lead the Wild (after an overtime loss). Today we have three games, starting at 3pm EST. The Penguins are at home against the Rangers, leading the series 3-1. Then at 6pm the Predators are at the Ducks, the series is tied 2-2 with every single game so far won by the visiting side....
Die By The Blade Apr 22, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/22/2016

Happy Hockey Weekend! With the Detroit Red Wings being unceremoniously dumped out of the playoffs by the Lightning, the curtain comes down on the NHL career of one of the greats of this era - Pavel Datsyuk. Celebrate his legacy with this compilation from a couple of years ago of his top ten goals. Did I hear "more dangle"? Here's another video before we resume normal service. Also last night, defending champions Blackhawks stayed alive with a Patrick Kane winner in double-overtime against the Blues, the series is now 3-2 to St. Louis and headed back to the Windy City. The Penguins...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/21/2016

Four games on tonight The Flyers clawed back some respect last night, making the series against the Capitals 3-1, while the Islanders and the Panthers are tied at two. The Stars and the Sharks are one game away from the clinching a berth in the next round, winning last night against the Wild and the Kings respectively to go up 3-1 in their series. Tonight the Lightning are at home looking to put the Red Wings (and any unfortunate octopi) out of their misery at 7pm. The Penguins are in the Big Apple taking on the Rangers also at 7, leading the series 2-1. The Predators are at home against...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2016

Sydney Bears News Links - April 21st 2016

It's like Jack's Links, only from Down Under So the first order of business - this article needs a name. We're going to be posting links of Sydney Bears news twice a week, and would like a catchy name for the piece. Let's hear your beary best and worst selections in the comments below. Bears Links - The Bears have finalized their roster for the upcoming season. Saxon Air is on it - yes! [Sydney Bears] The head coach for this season is Ron Kuprowsky, after Vladimir Rubes stepped down due to personal reasons. [Ice Hockey News Australia] Bears eager for Goodall Cup success. [AIHL] Time to...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/20/2016

Another four games on tonight A couple of teams took steps towards the next round last night, with both the Lightning and the Blues taking 3-1 series leads. The Penguins won to edge ahead 2-1 against the Rangers, while the Ducks regained some pride but are still behind the Predators 2-1. Tonight the Capitals have a chance to complete the sweep in the Flyers barn at 7pm EST. Needless to say Philadelphia will not be handing out (throwable) freebies to the fans in attendance tonight. The Panthers are at the Islanders at 8pm, down 2-1. In the Western Conference, the Stars are back in Minnesota...
Die By The Blade Apr 19, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/19/2016

Four games again tonight, get your popcorn It'll be another busy night in the NHL with four playoff games on ice tonight. Probably will not be as eventful as last night though, with the bad-tempered game in Philadelphia taking center stage. After starting off the night with a beautiful tribute to the late Ed Snider, owner of the Flyers, and an early goal, the night quickly went south for the home team. Penalty after penalty, followed by fans tastelessly throwing commemorative bracelets onto the ice, and even having the PA announcer plead for 'some class', resulted in a 6-1 win for the...
Die By The Blade Apr 19, 2016

Die By The Bears! DBTB picks the Sydney Bears!

Welcome to the Bears' Den, Sabres fans! After what became an unnecessarily difficult selection process for what team to support in the AIHL, Die By The Blade have chosen to back the Sydney Bears. We took into consideration what our fans and readers had to say, as well as the limited interaction we've had with the social media of the team. So here's what the upcoming AIHL season is looking like, along with the NHL blogs that are covering them - Adelaide Adrenaline: CBR Brave: Second City Hockey (Chicago Blackhawks)Melbourne Ice:Melbourne Mustangs: Stanley Cup of Chowder (Boston...

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