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Sabres Links: Reinhart to debut tonight, Neuvirth discusses mask, Zadorov could be destined for juniors

Sabres Links: Reinhart to debut tonight, Neuvirth discusses mask, Zadorov could be destined for juniors

It may not be real hockey, but hockey is back none-the-less. Sabres Links Not surprisingly Sam Reinhart will debut for the Sabres in the preseason tonight [Sabres.com] Sabres coaches plan to instill structure and discipline during training camp [Buffalo News] Michal Neuvirth gives us a closer look at his mask, featuring a tribute to Dominik Hasek [Sabres TV] Nikita Zadorov could be destined for juniors again [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Ever wanted to see what if would look like to drive the Zamboni at First Niagara Center? Here's your chance [Youtube] Around The League Randy Carlyle is...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 11 hours ago
Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals: Preview and open thread

Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals: Preview and open thread

HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY..... Preseason Game #1 Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals Puck Drop - 5:00pm EST - Verizon Center - Washington D.C. TV - MSG | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Capitals Blog - Japers' Rink The Buffalo Sabres open their preseason today in Washington in the first of six warm-up games, beginning today and ending on October 3. The lineup has not been revealed as of this writing, nor has the starting goalie, but according to Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com, the lines will be different than they've been in...
Die By The Blade Sep 20, 2014
Sabres Links: Reinhart enjoying Buffalo, a look back at the draft, goalie battle begins

Sabres Links: Reinhart enjoying Buffalo, a look back at the draft, goalie battle begins

Buffalo has been kind to Sam Reinhart thus far. He's just one of the players who seems happy to be here at the start of the year. Sabres Links Sam Reinhart already seeing hospitality in Buffalo [Buffalo News] Beyond Blue and Gold is back for another season. This time around they focus on the drafting of Reinhart [Sabres TV] Josh Gorges has new sights following Habs breakup [Sportsnet] Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth set to compete for the starting goalie position [Buffalo Hockey News] Tyler Myers is ready for a new beginning [WGR 550] A look at Neuvirth's new mask, featuring the...

Sabres training camp offers first look at new lines, pairings

We've been speculating all summer, and today we finally got the first glimpse at the lines Ted Nolan and company will be testing out in training camp. The beginning of any training camp marks an important milestone for fans, as it gives us the first chance to see who the coaching staff thinks will work well together, what the pairings might be, and who has the first crack at the starting goaltending gig. Today, a few of those questions were answered as the Buffalo Sabres unveiled new lines and pairings in their first training camp practice. While the lines are split up between three...
Die By The Blade Sep 19, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: A Review

We've come to the end of the road. Here are the full overall rankings as well as how the DBTB team voted. This year's 25 Under 25 list has been completed, and if you take away anything from the list it's that the Sabres have an incredible amount of young talent. But you probably already knew that. It's obvious just by looking at the Top 25 Under 25 lists of other teams' SB Nation sites. Players around ten in most prospect pools are question marks. For the Sabres, those players have a near 100% chance of playing in the NHL. This is all before the 2015 draft, where the Sabres have three first...
Die By The Blade Sep 19, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres' new group optimistic, Sabres ranked 75th among franchises, Selanne rips Boudreau

The Sabres are back in Buffalo and ready to get started on the 2014-15 season. Sabres Links Sabres optimistic that new group of talent will spell success [Buffalo Hockey Beat] ESPN the Magazine ranked all of the franchises in professional sports , and the Sabres came in at 75th [ESPN] Josh Gorges is already liking Buffalo [WGR 550] After healing up, Patrick Kaleta is really to fight for a roster spot [Buffalo Hockey Beat] TSN released their season preview for the Sabres [TSN] The Sabres continued their tradition of delivering tickets to randomly selected season ticket holders in person...
2014 Traverse City Tournament: Stars Defeat Sabres 7-3, Will Play In Tournament Championship

2014 Traverse City Tournament: Stars Defeat Sabres 7-3, Will Play In Tournament Championship

Dallas jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back, setting the stage for the tournament final on Tuesday night. The Dallas Stars' prospects continued their perfect run so far at the 2014 Traverse City tournament, cruising to a dominant 7-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Brendan Ranford, Matej Stransky, Julius Honka and Gemel Smith were the key Stars players involved in the victory, although contributions came from all over the lineup, judging by the sheer number of names that kept popping up during the live radio feed. Philippe Desrosiers got the started in net and stopped 21 out...
Winging It In Motown Sep 15, 2014

How to Hate the Atlantic: Buffalo Sabres

As we prepare for the Wings' second season in the new Eastern Conference, we take a closer look at the teams with whom they share their division, the Atlantic. Join us as we guide you through the hate. Buffalo Sabres It's hard to remember that the Sabres have won a President's trophy in the last decade and made two straight Conference Finals appearances in that time as well, but they actually were good at one time. Unfortunately, the chase for the ultimate trophy in hockey has always been a thorn in their side and a foot in their crease. They were purchased in 2011 by Terry Pegula, who...
Die By The Blade Sep 14, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #3 - Zemgus Girgensons

Gus' point totals weren't through the roof, but he made quite a few fans in his rookie season. Zemgus Girgensons Position: Center Age: 20 Height: 6'1" Weight: 190 lbs. 2013-14 team: Buffalo Acquired: Taken in the 1st round (14th overall) in the 2012 draft Last year's ranking: 6 After a so-so year in Rochester, Zemgus Girgensons took a pretty big step forward with the Sabres this season. Although his scoring ceiling is still a bit unknown, Girgensons showed flashes of the incredible talent that led him to be drafted in the first round in 2012. 2012 was Girgensons first year of professional...

Murray speaks on Girgorenko

Even though he didn't draft him, Tim Murray is already showing he understands how to use Mikhail Grigorenko better than Darcy Regier ever did. The Buffalo Sabres prospects are currently competing in the Traverse City tournament, and while things aren't going great as of yet (the Sabres have lost their first two games, one in OT), one positive note came out regarding a player who isn't involved in the tournament - Mikhail Grigorenko. ESPN and Hockey Prospectus writer Corey Pronman caught up with Sabres GM Tim Murray, and asked him about the most misused product in the Buffalo pipeline....
Die By The Blade Sep 14, 2014

Sabres Links: Buffalo eliminated from title with loss, Blandisi scores goal, Canucks ticket interest down

The Sabres have been eliminated from title contention, but they aren't done playing yet. They'll be back in action Monday against Dallas. Sabres Links The Sabres fell to the Rangers 2-1 in overtime at Traverse City [Sabres.com] Here's video of the Sabres only goal, scored by invite Joe Blandisi [Twitter] Around The League Demand for Canucks tickets is down 40 percent according to one broker [News 1130] Ruslan Fedotenko will attend Devils camp according to Rich Chere [Twitter] Leon Draisaitl is concerned after cramping up in prospects game [Pro Hockey Talk]
Die By The Blade Sep 12, 2014

Sabres Links: Training camp schedule released, Zadorov feels he can earn a spot, Tallinder gets tryout

The offseason is pretty much over now that Traverse City kicks off. We have hockey to talk about again! Sabres Links The Sabres announced there training camp schedule and roster [Sabres.com] Nikita Zadorov believes he can earn a spot on the Sabres with a strong camp [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Around The League The Maple Leafs have invited Henrik Tallinder to camp on a try-out basis [TSN] Minnesota signs Nino Niederreiter to a three-year deal [Minnesota Star-Tribune]

Sabres training camp opens September 18, roster announced

The Sabres will open their training camp one week from today. Hockey is close! Today in Buffalo, the temperature dropped about 15 degrees during the day. Why? Because the weather just realized that Sabres hockey is only one week away, obviously. Thursday, September 18 marks the opening of the upcoming season's training camp for the Buffalo Sabres, and the first chance to see what the 2014-15 squad might look like. Will Sam Reinhart make the team? What about Rasmus Ristolainen or Nikita Zadorov? And does Josh Gorges look as beautiful as his name implies? All those questions and more will be...
Die By The Blade Sep 11, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #5 - Rasmus Ristolainen

He had an impressive season in North America right out of the draft. Does he need more time in the AHL? Rasmus Ristolainen Position: Defense Age: 19 Height: 6'4" Weight: 219 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Taken in the 1st round (8th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: 8 He's big, he can skate, he's incredibly intelligent on the ice, and we've already seen him grow as a player in just one season. Those are some of the reasons that many project Rasmus Ristolainen as a top-pair defenseman. Ristolainen was a part of the youth core that joined the team at the start...
Die By The Blade Sep 11, 2014
Sabres Links: Players react to Pegula's winning bid, Koivu retires, Baptiste injured

Sabres Links: Players react to Pegula's winning bid, Koivu retires, Baptiste injured

Sabres players are excited about Pegula's big purchase, while one Sabres prospect will be sitting in the press box the next few weeks. Sabres Links Sabres players are excited about Pegula's purchase of the Bills [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Equipment manager Rip Simonick remembers the first post 9/11 Sabres game [Sabres.com] Nick Baptiste was injured on Friday and will be out at least a few weeks [Sudbury Star] Around The League Saku Koivu announced his retirement from the NHL [TSN] The Ducks extended coach Bruce Boudreau through 2017 [Orange Country Register] The NHL officially announced...
Die By The Blade Sep 9, 2014
Pegulas release statement regarding purchase of the Bills

Pegulas release statement regarding purchase of the Bills

Now that the final sale has been completed, Terry and Kim Pegula are ending their silence for the first time. The Bills and the Pegula family have made it official. Terry and Kim Pegula will be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills. Here is the statement released by Terry Pegula: "Kim and I are humbled and honored that the Wilson family has chosen us to be the second owner of the Buffalo Bills. Pending the NFL approval process, being the next owner of the Buffalo Bills would be a great privilege for our family. Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community and we will strive every...
Die By The Blade Sep 9, 2014

Sabres Links: Benoit's long journey, Traverse City roster released, analyzing the tourney

We are only a few days away from some sort of hockey with Traverse City coming up. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Sabres Links The Sabres announced their full Traverse City roster [Sabres.com] Sportsnet made it to the Sabres in their season previews, and not surprisingly they expect them to finish near the bottom [Sportsnet] Andre Benoit paid his dues to make the NHL [Buffalo Hockey News] Sizing up the Traverse City competition [Sabres Prospects] Around The League Sidney Crosby fully healthy for the start of the season [NHL.com] An NHL team in Toronto could be yours...
Die By The Blade Sep 9, 2014

Terry Pegula "on verge" of buying the Buffalo Bills

You can get used to calling Terry Pegula the Sabres and Bills owner. According to multiple reports, Terry Pegula is about to become an owner of two Buffalo sports team. Multiple reporters, including Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport, Joe Buscaglia, and Adam Benigni, say that Pegula is close to a deal and that the announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. Yesterday was the deadline for the final bids to be submitted. If that is the case, Pegula will have beat out the Toronto-led Jon Bon Jovi group and Donald Trump, as well as possibly other unnamed bidders. Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is...

Sabres announce Traverse City tournament roster

You'll be able to watch 24 Sabres prospects play meaningful hockey in just four more days. Before the NHL preseason gets started, fans of the Buffalo Sabres will get to see 24 of their most promising youngsters play in the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament. The Traverse City tournament begins this Friday, September 12 through Tuesday the 16th, and the Sabres are one of eight teams that will be participating, along with Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, Carolina, St. Louis, Columbus, and the New York Rangers. This year will be the third time Traverse City has hosted a prospect tournament, and...
Die By The Blade Sep 8, 2014

Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #7 - Mark Pysyk

Pysyk has shown signs of becoming one of the Sabres most stable defensemen. Mark Pysyk Position: defense Age: 22 Height: 6'1" Weight: 192 lbs. Acquired: Taken in the 1st round (23rd overall) in the 2010 draft 2013-14 team: Buffalo/Rochester Last year's ranking: 3 You could argue at points last season Mark Pysyk was the Sabres best defenseman. He doesn't do anything that jumps off the page, but he's the type of player where it's usually a good sign that you don't notice him all that much. He's smart, he's a good skater, and he's sound. The one thing he has't really done in the NHL thus far...

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