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Sabres Report Cards: Zach Bogosian

Sabres Report Cards: Zach Bogosian

Our report card series continues today with everybody’s favorite team DJ, Zach Bogosian. 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 $5,142,857, under contract through 2019-20 season. Introduction: Brought to Buffalo two years by a now-unemployed man, Zach Bogosian filled the void left by Tyler...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2017
Highlights from the Terry Pegula press conference

Highlights from the Terry Pegula press conference

Owner didn’t say much, but did shed light on some past practices The whole affair, including some badgering and obnoxiousness from the press present, took less than fifteen minutes. At the end of the day we didn’t learn too much about why the Buffalo Sabres really fired former General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma, nor who will be replacing them and when it’ll happen. “As you all know, I have informed General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma that they are no longer members of the Sabres organization. I believe that both men did a good job in their tenure...
Terry Pegula Press Conference Discussion Thread

Terry Pegula Press Conference Discussion Thread

Listen and react to Pegula’s presser live. Terry Pegula dropped a bombshell on the Sabres universe yesterday when it was announced that he had relieved Dan Bylsma and Tim Murray of their duties as head coach and general manager. Seeing as how neither Pegula, Murray, or Bylsma commented any further yesterday, the internet coped by setting itself on fire with hot takes. But today, at 10:00 am, we will hopefully have some answers to what went down yesterday and why. Terry Pegula will be speaking to the media at that time, and he’s got plenty of questions that need answers. Watch Sabres...
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2017
Sabres clean house; who will be new GM and HC?

Sabres clean house; who will be new GM and HC?

All the headlines and stories as the Pegulas look to replace the General Manager and Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabres
Die By The Blade Apr 21, 2017
Sabres Links: Bylsma & Murray reactions, MacIver a strong GM candidate

Sabres Links: Bylsma & Murray reactions, MacIver a strong GM candidate

See all those links down there? There goes your day. Sabres Links The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma yesterday [TSN] Just like Murray’s response to John Vogl, the exit of both Murray and Bylsma came quickly [Buffalo News] A source told the AP Pegula will directly oversee the search for the next general manager [AP] Pierre LeBrun and Marty Biron discussed where the Sabres go from here [TSN] Blackhawks assistant GM Norm MacIver is a strong candidate for the GM position according to Chuck Gormley [Twitter] The Sabres also let go their directors of pro and...
Sabres can’t wait too long to find new GM, head scouts

Sabres can’t wait too long to find new GM, head scouts

The upcoming schedule will force the Sabres to move quickly to find their new GM and head scouts. The firing of Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma came as a huge shock (at least in Murray’s case) to the Sabres universe today. Almost equally shocking was the dismissal of Greg Royce and Rob Murphy, the respective Directors of Amateur and Pro Scouting. This leaves the Sabres organization in a tough spot. With less than 10 weeks to go until both the 2017 draft, the date at which the team will need to submit their protected list for the expansion draft, and the...
Second City Hockey Apr 20, 2017
Blackhawks’ Norm Maciver a ‘strong candidate’ for Sabres GM job, per report

Blackhawks’ Norm Maciver a ‘strong candidate’ for Sabres GM job, per report

The 52-year-old has spent five seasons in his current role with Chicago. Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver is a “strong candidate” to take the next step in his post-playing career and become the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, according to Chuck Gormley. The Sabres cleaned house by firing coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray on Thursday in the wake of another disappointing season. The team finished last in the Atlantic Division with a 33-37-12 record, held down by an offense that was 25th in goals scored. Maciver, 52, would be getting his first NHL GM job...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2017
Poll: Do you approve of the Murray and Bylsma firings?

Poll: Do you approve of the Murray and Bylsma firings?

The Sabres once again are searching for a new identity We’ve had a few hours to digest the news. Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma are no longer with the Buffalo Sabres organization. The search for a new general manager and head coach has already begun, and you can check out some of the options in our story here. Before we look to the future, we have to figure out how we feel right now. The Bylsma move was somewhat expected, but still controversial, while the Murray decision seems out of left field. Murray had just three years to try and turn around the organization, while Bylsma got just two...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2017
Who should be the next Sabres GM and head coach?

Who should be the next Sabres GM and head coach?

With Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma’s firing today, here are some of the names that will be talked about The Sabres just fired Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma this morning, but it’s never too early to start arguing over who should replace them. Here are some of the names that have been brought up in this early spot in the process. General Manager Options Dean Lombardi - The architect of the Los Angeles Kings championship teams, Lombardi was the LA GM from 2006 until the end of this season. He was ousted along with Darryl Sutter after the Kings missed the playoffs. Chris Drury - The former Sabre...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2017
BREAKING: Sabres fire Tim Murray, Dan Bylsma

BREAKING: Sabres fire Tim Murray, Dan Bylsma

A new era is coming to the Sabres organization Yesterday WGR’s Jeremy White said Tim Murray’s meeting with the Pegulas could bring a potential day of reckoning. Well, that day has come. The Sabres have fired both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. “After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties,” Terry Pegula said in a statement. “We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their...
Die By The Blade Apr 20, 2017
Sabres Links: Eichel disputes report, Hamilton doubles down, plus Eichel joins U.S.

Sabres Links: Eichel disputes report, Hamilton doubles down, plus Eichel joins U.S.

The Sabres were in the hockey conversation in late April for the wrong reasons yesterday Sabres Links Paul Hamilton shook up our lives yesterday, reporting Jack Eichel wouldn’t resign with the Sabres if Dan Bylsma remained the coach [WGR 550] Eichel did an exclusive Q&A with John Vogl to dispel the report, saying he wants to be a Sabre for a long time [Buffalo News] Vogl broke down his conversation with Eichel in a podcast with Tim Graham [Buffalo News] In lesser Eichel news, he’s heading overseas to play for the U.S. [Buffalo News] Before Eichel talked, his agent made the press...
Die By The Blade Apr 19, 2017
Eichel clarifies his Bylsma comments

Eichel clarifies his Bylsma comments

Vogl contacts the player for a Q&A in aftermath of earlier report Earlier today Paul Hamilton dropped a bombshell that Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel had supposedly said that he wouldn’t be signing a contract extension if Dan Bylsma was going to continue as coach of the Sabres. Another local hockey journalist John Vogl got in touch with the player and asked him to clarify some of the comments that were being attributed to Eichel, purportedly made during his exit interview with General Manager Tim Murray. Here are the notes from Vogl’s Q&A, courtesy of The Buffalo News - Vogl:...
Die By The Blade Apr 19, 2017
Report: Eichel won’t sign extension if Bylsma is still coach

Report: Eichel won’t sign extension if Bylsma is still coach

Paul Hamilton dropped a bombshell in his story today WGR’s Paul Hamilton reported Tim Murray is meeting with the Pegulas today in Florida, but he buried the lede a bit. In the final sentence of his story, he wrote this: “Inside sources have told me that (Jack) Eichel has no desire to sign a contract extension this summer if Bylsma remains the coach, so quite a bit hinges on this meeting.” Eichel is signed through the 2017-’18 season on his three-year, entry-level deal. He will be an restricted free agent. If this is true, it puts the Sabres in a difficult position. Obviously,...
Sabres Report Cards: Justin Bailey

Sabres Report Cards: Justin Bailey

Our annual Report Card series starts today with a Sabres rookie, Justin Bailey. 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: 21 Contract: $670,000, under contract through 2017-18 Introduction: Justin Bailey is a prospect that Sabres fans have long been hoping becomes a contributor to the NHL club. Not only is he a local kid...
Die By The Blade Apr 14, 2017
Sabres Links: Vegas hires Gallant, Petersen heading to Worlds

Sabres Links: Vegas hires Gallant, Petersen heading to Worlds

Cal Petersen will get a chance to show off his skills as a Sabres decision looms Sabres Links The Sabres saw late glimpses of Dmitry Kulikov’s talent [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Cal Petersen was chosen for the U.S. world championships team [Buffalo News] Marcus Foligno hopes to play alongside Jack Eichel again [Buffalo News] Simon: What should we talk away from Tim Murray’s press conference? [WGR 550] Around The League Vegas named Gerard Gallant its first head coach [GoldenKnights.com] Tom Murray scored in overtime to lift Washington over Toronto [TSN] Pekka Rinne shutout Chicago to help...
Die By The Blade Apr 12, 2017
NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/12/2017

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/12/2017

Five games on tonight The Buffalo Sabres season might have come to an end, but the NHL Playoffs will start tonight without them. Five first round series start tonight, with three in the Eastern Conference and two in the Western Conference. Here’s the full schedule for Wednesday’s games. All times Eastern. Wednesday, April 12 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Game 1 New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Time: 7 p.m. TV: CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN Stream: NBCSports.com Game 1: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators Time: 7 p.m. TV: CBC, TVA Sports, NHL Network Stream: NBCSports.com Game 1:...
GMTM: “I’m willing to take the knife”

GMTM: “I’m willing to take the knife”

Sabres GM Tim Murray had plenty to say in his season-ending press conference. The Buffalo Sabres GM, Tim Murray, gave his season-ending press conference today from the bowels of the KeyBank Center, and as per usual, he had plenty of interesting things to say in his season-ending remarks. Let’s jump right in with the things you need to know. On the season Murray put much of the blame on himself for this season, saying that he didn’t build the team well enough to withstand the injuries they suffered this season. Murray: "I stand here and take full responsibility."...
Die By The Blade Apr 11, 2017
The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent

Examining the Relationship Between Terry Pegula and Buffalo Sabres Fans Buffalonians are a hardy stock and we do our best to meet the winter season with courage and resourcefulness. We comb our hair with snow shovels, gargle with rock salt, and tunnel out of our kitchens for periodic expeditions in search of gas and milk and cold beer at affordable prices. Yet even the most courageous among us winds up kneeling in surrender to lake effect snow. Winter in Buffalo is not something to be enjoyed or embraced, it is something one survives. That winter survival instinct tends to heighten our...
Locker Clean Out: We Need More F-U Attitude

Locker Clean Out: We Need More F-U Attitude

All the news that’s fit to print from the Sabres locker clean out day. The Buffalo Sabres season is over, and the team gathered today to give their final remarks to the media and gather their things for summer vacation. Each player had their own take on the season, and here’s the news, thoughts and quotes that you need to hear. We Need To Be Better To start off, there were a number of cliched quotes about not being good enough, which, while being cliche, are also very true. "We fell short." Coach Bylsma's full 15-minute press conference this afternoon: https://t.co/kElQjm48k0...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2017
Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Schedule Released

Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Schedule Released

The back end of the season starts on Wednesday The Buffalo Sabres are out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs yet again, but the second half of the season will continue without them, starting Wednesday. Here is the complete first-round schedule (All times ET, subject to change): EASTERN CONFERENCE Montreal Canadiens (A1) vs. New York Rangers (WC1) Wednesday, April 12, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens | CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN Friday, April 14, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens | CBC, TVA Sports, USA Sunday, April 16, 7pm: Canadiens @ Rangers | NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports Tuesday, April 18, 7pm: Canadiens @...

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