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Die By The Blade May 21, 2015

Who do you want to be the Sabres next head coach?

There are plenty of names, but only one will be the head man for the Sabres next season. With Babwatch coming to an end, the Sabres will now launch an actual wide-ranging coaching search. There haven't been any serious reports on who the Sabres will talk to, but Tim Murray and staff likely have already have a plan in place. Yesterday we wrote about some of the main names that will come up in the coach search. Now it's your turn to voice your opinion. Who do you think is the best candidate to launch the Sabres into serious contender status? Poll Who do you want to be the Sabres...
Defending Big D May 21, 2015

Mike Babcock Joins Toronto Maple Leafs: What Took So Long?

Mike Babcock finally accepted the coaching job that should have been a no-brainer. Mike Babcock is the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. MIKE BABCOCK is the head coach of the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. That actually happened to the shock of virtually all of the hockey world. Many, including the Buffalo Sabres, thought he was leaving the Red Wings for Buffalo. Why is this surprising? The Sabres are apparently "livid" at how this process played out. Sabres livid for way Babcock handled past few days. Sabres so confident he was coming that they were prepared for Monday news conference. —...

Despite being spurned by Babcock, Sabres future still very bright

They didn't get the $50-million dollar coach, but that doesn't mean the Sabres won't be a team on the rise next season. Over the past few years, the story of the Buffalo Sabres has been one of losing. They've lost star players to trades, they lost some long-time employees in Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier, they lost two consecutive draft lotteries despite having the best odds, and they lost their dream coach in Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Oh, and did we mention the games? They lost a lot of those too. But something funny happens when you do a lot of losing in sports. Eventually,...
Die By The Blade May 20, 2015

Sabres front office "livid" about how Babcock handled last two days

Buffalo was so confident they'd land him that they had a press conference scheduled according to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News says the Sabres aren't too happy about how the whole Babcock situation turned out. In fact, the team feels that they've been "played." Sabres livid for way Babcock handled past few days. Sabres so confident he was coming that they were prepared for Monday news conference. — Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) May 20, 2015 It's not yet known whether Babcock used the Sabres as leverage against the Leafs, or if he ever truly planned to come to...
Die By The Blade May 20, 2015

Mike Babcock picks the Toronto Maple Leafs

They shelled out the money the Sabres were rumored to be willing to pay the former Red Wings coach. Mike Babcock decided to leave the Red Wings after all, but it wasn't for wonderful real estate in Clarence or Orchard Park. He has signed an enormous contract to become the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 20, 2015 Babcock coached Toronto's president Mike Shanahan while in Detroit, and could...
Die By The Blade May 20, 2015

The Sabres are out on Mike Babcock, but there are other options available

The focus has been on Babcock, but despite promising reports this morning he will not be the next Sabres head coach. Mike Babcock will not be the next Sabres coach according to multiple reports, but that doesn't mean that there won't be a coach behind the Sabres bench this season. The Sabres will likely launch a real coaching search, and will have a bit of catching up to with the teams who weren't in the Babcock conversation. Here are some of the names that will likely come up going forward. Dan Bylsma Bylsma has as many Stanley Cups as Babcock - one - but he isn't as highly regarded. Much...
Die By The Blade May 20, 2015

Sabres OUT on Babcock according to Bob McKenzie and Pierre Lebrun

Babwatch is likely over in Buffalo. The Sabres are out on the Mike Babcock sweepstakes according to Bob McKenzie and Pierre Lebrun, meaning it is likely correct. Thus, our dramatic saga may have come to an end. However, it sounds like Babcock may still be leaving Detroit. Aaron Ward is reporting that he will not be returning. There are a few potential candidates, but Toronto seems to be the team most talked about. The Sabres may have to play Babcock plenty going forward.
Die By The Blade May 20, 2015

Buffalo and Toronto in bidding war for Babcock says Darren Dreger

The Leafs were reported to be out of the picture, but that may not be the case. As of last night, it seemed the battle for Mike Babcock was a two team race. Either he'd stay in Detroit or head to Buffalo. However, a third team is reemerging. Bob McKenzie tweeted earlier this morning that Toronto was not completely out of the picture. His colleague Darren Dreger backed him up, saying the Sabres and Leafs are now at the forefront. Toronto and Buffalo in bidding war for Babcock. No decision yet. Hearing Red Wings final offer was 5 years at $4 million per. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May...

Buffalo Sabres coaching search

Now that the team's rebuild is on the way back up, who will sit behind the bench and coach the Sabres next season? 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:...
Winging It In Motown May 19, 2015

Mike Babcock Talking With Sabres and Red Wings On Potential Deal

It appears that it has come down to the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings for head coach Mike Babcock. DETROIT, MICH -- Today has been chocked full of updates regarding Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, and his ongoing negotiations between the Detroit club, and the Buffalo Sabres. I will say that I admire Babcock's unwillingness to drag this entire event out longer than it should be, it sounds like we will have a definite answer by tomorrow at some point. My opinion remains that Buffalo will ultimately give Babcock whatever he wants in terms of money, and personnel control, and while...
Die By The Blade May 19, 2015

Sabres reportedly landing Babcock, in contract talks

The story changed very quickly today, and it now sounds like the Sabres are close to closing the deal on their new coach. Reports this morning said that Mike Babcock was leaning towards returning to Detroit. As the day went along, reports began to conflict. The tide turned, moving more and more in favor of the Sabres. Now, it sounds like Buffalo is incredibly close to getting their man. John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports that the Red Wings and Sabres are the final two candidates, and a coaching source tells him he is very confident that the Sabres high money offer will win Babcock over....
Die By The Blade May 19, 2015

Babcock reportedly leaning towards short-term deal with Detroit

The coach is expected to make his decision by tomorrow. The Mike Babcock saga will likely come to an end tomorrow, and it seems that Sabres fans may not be too happy with the result. The sought after coach is leaning towards returning to Detroit on a short-term deal according to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. This is supported my TSN's Bob McKenzie, who tweeted "As an analyst, based on what we've seen/heard, the prevailing sentiment is Babcock will stay in DET. That appears to be conventional wisdom." However, he did leave the door open for Buffalo. "But I have to tell you, based...

Sabres and Leafs file for permission to hire Mike Babcock

It's certainly now a three-team race to hire Mike Babcock, and he says he'll make his decision by Wednesday the 20th. During yesterday afternoon's game between the Rangers and Lightning, some big news was revealed about two teams far from the playoff picture. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet dropped some Babcock knowlesdge during the intermission of last night's broadcast, and according to the insider, we're officially down to a three team race between the Sabres, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings. BabWatch looks like it's heading towards its conclusion, we're expecting it this week. As of last...

Sabres 2015 draft order now set

With the second round of the playoffs over, the Sabres draft picks are now locked in. The Buffalo Sabres will, once again, have a boatload of draft picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, and now that the second round of the playoffs is completed, we know exactly where those picks will be. The Sabres obviously have their own pick at #2 overall, and their second first rounder, the one they got from the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek trade, will happen at #21. Their other first rounder, the one from St. Louis acquired in the Miller/Ott deal, is set at #25 and will be sent to the Winnipeg Jets per the...

World Championship update: USA, Eichel into knockout round

The stakes are higher, and Jack Eichel is just getting better. If you haven't been following along with the IIHF World Championships, then you've been missing out on two things: the Jack Eichel love-fest as he shows how well he can play against professionals, and Team USA's somewhat surprising dominance in group play despite not having much NHL-caliber talent on their roster. After the group stage, the US came out the winners of Group B with a 6-1 record, and will now play Switzerland today in the quarterfinal round. As for Eichel, he's been one of the best players on Team USA, and has been...

Design a New Sabres Third Jersey: Round 4, Day 3 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 to vote, then feel free to comment on the jerseys in the body of your comment. Voting will be open for 24 hours, at which point we'll tally things up and post...

Mike Babcock meeting with Sabres today, per WGR

The hottest man on the coaching market has already started interviewing just days after receiving permission to do so. Mike Babcock was recently given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to meet with other teams regarding their head coaching positions, and according to Matthew Coller of WGR, Babcock is meeting with the Buffalo Sabres today. I'm hearing Mike Babcock is meeting with the Buffalo Sabres today — Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) May 10, 2015 The Sabres are Babcock's second meeting of the weekend, as he met with the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday after receiving permission...

ESPN ranks top 100 draft picks

Corey Pronman offers his thoughts on the top 100 prospects of this year's draft. The 2015 NHL Draft is drawing closer every day, and with an abundance of picks in their war chest, the Buffalo Sabres are in a position to be one of the prime players on draft day. ESPN's Corey Pronman has ranked the top 100 draft prospects for the dot com (Insider required) and has a lot of great things to say about a lot of good young players, many of whom will be Buffalo Sabres at the end of the process. But the crown jewel in the Sabres draft arsenal is the #2 overall pick, which will almost certainly be...

2015 IIHF World Championship Sabres update: Ennis, Eichel both with points

The Sabres representatives are performing well on the world stage. With the 2015 IIHF World Championships underway, it's time to check in on the Buffalo Sabres representatives. Both have played three games, all wins for Teams USA and Canada, but how exactly are they performing? Tyler Ennis has a goal and an assist on five shots playing for Canada, while Jack Eichel has a single assist with five shots of his own. It's no surprise to see Ennis performing well with better teammates - just take a look at what he did on the worst team in the league if you need proof of that - but what's great is...
Die By The Blade May 1, 2015

Sabres fire Americans head coach Chadd Cassidy

Just like the Sabres, Rochester will have a new man behind the bench next season. The house cleaning continues. The Americans announced today that head coach Chadd Cassidy has been relieved of his duties. "I'd like to thank Chadd for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Amerks," Tim Murray said in a statement on Amerks.com. "With the organization as a whole continuing to move forward into a new chapter, we have decided to make a change at that position and will begin the search for a new Amerks head coach immediately." Cassidy took over the helm in Rochester in...

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