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Sabres at Lightning recap: New look Sabres get same result in 3-0 loss

The new Sabres look like they're going to be bad. Which, for 18 more games, is good. After the trade deadline was all said and done, the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Cardinals arms race to the bottom was one of the biggest stories of the day, and many Sabres fans were worried that 30th place was in jeopardy. If last night's game is any indication, those who hope for 30th shouldn't have much to worry about. The Sabres were dominated for 30 minutes by the Lightning, and couldn't get anything past Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who earned his first career shutout in the 3-0 Lightning...

Sabres at Lightning Complete Coverage

The Sabres lost, and lost bad. Game #64 Buffalo Sabres (19-39-5) atTampa Bay Lightning (38-20-6) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Three Questions 1. Will the new-look Sabres be able to generate any kind of serious offense? Out are Brian Flynn, Christ Stewart, and Torrey Mitchell; in their place are Tim Schaller, Jerry D'Amigo, Zac Dalpe, and either a returning Tyler Ennis or Mikhail Grigorenko. The Sabres offense looks pretty putrid on paper (check out those practice lines below) but will some new...

Sabres at Lightning preview: So this is what's left at the end of the world

Ravaged by injury and the trade deadline, the Sabres have patched up the most meager of forward lines in hopes of beating the Lightning. Game #64 Buffalo Sabres (19-39-5) atTampa Bay Lightning (38-20-6) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Three Questions 1. Will the new-look Sabres be able to generate any kind of serious offense? Out are Brian Flynn, Christ Stewart, and Torrey Mitchell; in their place are Tim Schaller, Jerry D'Amigo, Zac Dalpe, and either a returning Tyler Ennis or Mikhail Grigorenko. The...
Litter Box Cats Mar 3, 2015

Game 62 StoryStream: Sabres at Panthers - February 28, 2015

Jagr. WHO: Florida Panthers (9th/61GP 26-22-13 65P) vs Buffalo Sabres (19-38-5 43P) WHEN: 3:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 2:30ish WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL WHERE TO WATCH: Fox Sports Florida, MSG-B, Bell TV TICKETS: Single Game via the club HOW TO LISTEN: ESPN 106.3, WGR 550 ENEMY INTEL: Die By The Blade FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 5 of 5 (3-0-1) ALL-TIME VS BUF: 34W-38L-4T 5OTL 2SOL 198GF 234GA PLAYER STATS: Florida / Buffalo TWITTER TAGS: #FlaPanthers, #Sabres, #BUFvsFLA, #InternationalPanthers NOTES: F Jaromir Jagr will make his Florida debut; F...

Sabres trade deadline recap: What's in, who's out?

How did the trade deadline affect the Sabres franchise? We've got a full recap right here. Once again, the Buffalo Sabres had a very active trade deadline day. For the past few years, they've been one of the biggest sellers in the NHL, shipping out franchise stalwarts like Brian Campbell, Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, and Tyler Myers, as well as anyone with an expiring contract. But if all goes according to plan, this deadline day could be their last as sellers. The Sabres made a number of deals today, sending off any and all UFAs for some small returns and to solidify their...

Chris Stewart traded from Buffalo to Minnesota for 2nd round pick in 2017

The deal we've all been waiting for is done. The Buffalo Sabres have been very active in the week leading up to he trade deadline, and the one we've know was coming for a long time is finally complete. The Sabres traded Chris Stewart to the Minnesota Wild for a 2nd round pick in 2017. The return for Stewart is good, even though we'll have to wait a while to see it come to fruition, and Stewart now joins a Buffalo West squad that includes former Sabres Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and Jordan Leopold. The Sabres will retain half of Stewart's salary in the deal. We'll update with comments...

Buffalo Sabres trade Torrey Mitchell to Montreal for prospect, pick

The trade frenzy continues. Tim Murray made a few last minute moves today at the trade deadline,, one of which was to trade Torrey MItchell to the Montreal Canadiens. The return on the trade isn't confirmed as of this writing, but reports have indicated that it's for a pick and a prospect, which would be a phenomenal return if true. We'll update this article with more on this story once the return has been confirmed.
Die By The Blade Mar 2, 2015

Sabres trade Neuvirth to the Islanders for Johnson, third-round pick

The Sabres and Islanders swapped goalies yesterday, with the Sabres clearly getting the inferior player. The Sabres have shipped a second goaltender out in one season. Buffalo sent Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for goalie Chad Johnson and a 2015 third-round pick. Johnson has played 19 games with the Islanders this season, posting a 8-8-1 record, .889 save percentage, and a 3.08 goals against average. He's signed through next season at a cap hit of $1.3 million, meaning he'll likely be the team's backup goaltender next season. Neuvirth played 29 games total for the Sabres since...

Trade analysis: Habs add depth with Brian Flynn

The Canadiens have added some much needed depth at a reasonable price. The first two trades of the day belong to the Montreal Canadiens as the team announced they have acquired Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in 2016. Who is Flynn? The 26-year-old native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was originally undrafted, but has since become an every day player for the Sabres. After a 48 point season at the University of Maine, Flynn signed with the Sabres. As a rookie in 2012-13, he put up 32 points in 45 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL...
Die By The Blade Mar 2, 2015

Sabres trade Brian Flynn to Montreal for a fifth-round pick.

The Sabres have made their first move of the day. And the Sabres are off. Buffalo has traded Brian Flynn to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick according to TSN and The Fourth Period, the team's first move of the day. Flynn has five goals and 12 assists this season in 54 games with the Sabres, four points higher than his previous career high. He originally signed with the Sabres in 2012 as an undrafted free-agent from Maine. He is a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Updates to come.
Die By The Blade Mar 2, 2015

NHL Trade Deadline Primer: Sabres look to finish the job, selling to finish the rebuild and get to last

The day has finally arrived, and it is time for Tim Murray to work his magic one last time this season. It's been a tough two years for Sabres fans. The hoards have been left to argue on Twitter, the radio and in the comments section of this very site about the ethics of manipulating your roster in the attempt to lose, about setting up the team for the future with top draft picks. Fan favorites have been sent packing. Players like Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Jhonas Enroth, all shipped away with the future in mind. The continual trading of the team's top...
Die By The Blade Mar 2, 2015

Buffalo Sabres Trade Deadline Open Thread

Come chat with the DBTB community about today's trades, if there are any left after the flurry of action the past few days. Welcome to NHL Trade Deadline Day, a holiday of sorts for hockey fans, and especially Sabres fans since the start of the rebuild. If the Sabres make any moves today (which they likely will) we will have posts up individually about those as well, leading to more separate discussions. This thread is the main home to discuss the general moves from the Sabres and around the league. We'll be updating the thread as the day goes along with the latest trades, and be sure...

Sabres at Panthers recap: Bullet dodged

The Sabres got out to a roaring start, but the Panthers dominated the last two periods to earn a 5-3 win. With only 19 games left in the 2014-15 season, and the race for 30th as tight as ever, the Buffalo Sabres seemed like they might disappoint their pro-tanking crowd last night when they came out to a 2-0 lead against the Florida Panthers. For those on board with 30th place, it hurt even more that the goals came from Cody Hodgson and Andrej Meszaros, two of the head tank drivers this season. The Sabres finished the first period with a 2-0 lead, and with Michal Neuvirth once again looking...
Die By The Blade Feb 28, 2015

Rochester Recap: Every night is an audition

Amerks fall 4-3 in overtime to Toronto with trade deadline day looming. A few years ago, the Toronto Marlies ran an ad campaign with the tagline "Every game is an audition." I know this because I have a zamboni-shaped bank with the Marlies logo and that line on it. I don't know what the Marlies' tag line is this season, and I don't much care, but with the trade deadline on the horizon, I can't think of anything other than that sentence. "I'm moving on, to where I belong." (Nickle Creek, "Destination") If every game is an audition, I am sure that eyes were on Rochester Friday night....
Nucks Misconduct Feb 26, 2015

Torrey Mitchell scores two goals as Canucks waste golden opportunity in 6-3 loss to Sabres

A game against the Sabres means an easy two points, right? Not so fast, my friend. Going into Thursday's game against the Sabres, the Vancouver Canucks probably didn't factor Torrey Mitchell into their game plan. They should have. Mitchell, who hadn't scored in his last 28 games, delivered two goals, including the game-winner in the third period to lead the Sabres to a 6-3 win over the Canucks on Thursday night in Buffalo. Brain Gionta capped off the win for the Sabres with an empty net goal at 19:58 to go along with his two assists on the night. Michael Neuvirth let in three goals, but...
Die By The Blade Feb 26, 2015

Sabres vs. Canucks recap: Vancouver lacking in goal, as Sabres win 6-3

In a game where the lineup looked possibly the worst it has all season the Sabres looked the best they have all season. Peculiar. Who needs your two leading scorers anyways? Despite Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis, the Sabres exploded for six goals, one of which being an empty netter. It wasn't the best day for Eddie Lack, who was starting for Vancouver in place of the injured Ryan Miller. The two teams alternated goals up to 3-3, but the Sabres took over in the third period. Torrey Mitchell scored the eventual game-winning goal, his second on the night. This was only his second career...

Sabres vs. Canucks preview: Eddie Lack doing his best Ryan Miller impression

Miller's injury hasn't effected the Canucks, as Eddie Lack has been red hot since taking over. Game #62 Buffalo Sabres (18-38-5) vs.Vancouver Canucks (35-22-3) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, SNP | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Canucks Blog: Nucks Misconduct Two Questions 1. How will the injuries to Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis change the Sabres offense? As if the Sabres didn't have enough offensive problems, their two most productive offensive players were injured against the Blue Jackets. With 2/3 of their top line now on the shelf, who...
Die By The Blade Feb 26, 2015

Sabres Links: Neuvirth fined for diving, Kane out three months, Sekera traded to LA

With all these trades thus far its apparent that it is a sellers market. However, lets hope there are trades left for the actual deadline day. Sabres Links Michal Neuvirth became the first goalie fined for diving yesterday [Pro Hockey Talk] The Americans held off a late Syracuse rally to win 4-3 [Amerks.com] Tim Murray talked at the Rochester game about the frequency of trades yesterday [WGR 550] Prospect Report: Sam Reinhart gets an assist in a loss [Sabres Prospects] Around The League Patrick Kane will be out at least three months with a broken collarbone according to the...

Jack Eichel has a message for Buffalo

Something tells me Buffalonians will like this guy. Jack Eichel has spent the past few months dominating the world of college hockey as a freshman for Boston University. He's leading the nation in scoring, has driven crazy possession numbers for BU, and he just led his team to victory in the Beanpot Tournament. Eichel celebrated like every college kid celebrates everything, but this video he  SnapChatted recently included a wink at his likely fate in the 2015 NHL Draft. The video was first posted by The Sports Junkies, and while nobody condones underage drinking, Eichel has likely earned...

Sabres at Blue Jackets recap: Sabres win, but lose Girgensons, Ennis to injury

Michal Neuvirth once again led the way, but the victory was a costly one for the Sabres. For the Buffalo Sabres, a team looking to finish in last place, every victory comes with a price, but last night's price was especially high. The Sabres earned a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but finishes the game without both Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis, who left the game with lower body injuries. Girgensons' injury could be serious, Ted Nolan fears, saying, "It doesn't look very good," while Ennis' is more of the "wear and tear" variety. Despite the injuries, the Sabres still...

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