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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.

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