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14 hours ago
D.J. Smith checks a lot of boxes in the Sabres coaching search

D.J. Smith checks a lot of boxes in the Sabres coaching search

Leafs assistant coach D.J. Smith is an intriguing name in the Sabres head coaching search The Buffalo Sabres coaching search has hit a lull over the last week or so. Right out of the gate we had the rumors connecting Todd McLellan to the club as potentially the next head coach. When all was said and done he ended up accepting the job for the Los Angeles Kings after meeting with Sabres management. Todd McLellan is no longer a consideration to be the head coach in BUF. The Sabres identified McLellan as a candidate and had some dialogue this week but an offer/deal was never...
15 hours ago
Recap: Rochester Americans Fall Flat in Playoff Opener

Recap: Rochester Americans Fall Flat in Playoff Opener

The Americans were unable to match the intensity and skill brought by the Toronto Marlies in Game One. The much-anticipated Calder Cup Playoffs could not have started much worse than they did for the Rochester Americans on Friday night. Coming off their 99-point campaign, Rochester looked to roll their regular season winning ways into early postseason success. In a packed Blue Cross Arena, the Americans came out of the gates feeding off the fiery fan reaction. Throughout twenty minutes, bodies were flying while chances were limited. The game was scoreless through the first frame....
16 hours ago
Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

36-year-old spent parts of season on top line Total Season Stats: 73 GP | 16 G | 15 A | 31 PTS Age: 36 Contract Status: UFA For pretty much as long as he’s been in Buffalo – and then back in Buffalo – Jason Pominville has been a Buffalo Sabres fan favorite. It’s hard not to like him, and many fans were excited when he returned to the 716 last season. From his off-ice personality and what he seems to bring to the locker room, to his veteran presence on the ice and the bench, there’s a lot to like about Pommers. All things considered, it wasn’t a bad season for Pominville. He...
Apr 19, 2019
Amerks Weekly - Apr 15 - Apr 21

Amerks Weekly - Apr 15 - Apr 21

The Amerks officially finish the regular season in second place in the division and will face Toronto in round one Amerks Round 1 Playoff Schedule (Best of Five Series) Friday 4/19 - 7:05pm - vs Toronto Marlies Sunday 4/21 - 3:05pm - vs Toronto Marlies Wednesday 4/24 - 7:00pm - at Toronto Marlies Friday 4/26 - 7:00pm - at Toronto Marlies (if necessary) Sunday 4/28 - 5:05pm - vs Toronto Marlies (if necessary) AHL North Division Final Regular Season Standings for 2018-2019 The Amerks went 1-1-1-0 last week. Overall, the Amerks finished second in the North division and third...
Apr 19, 2019
The Lightning’s loss could be the Sabres’ gain

The Lightning’s loss could be the Sabres’ gain

The Lightning were shockingly swept in round one and the Sabres could benefit from some tough roster decisions they have The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has given us two surprising first-round sweeps. The New York Islanders knocking out the Pittsburgh Penguins isn’t surprising, but it’s how they dispatched of them in four games that raised some eyebrows. We all know what the other early surprise was. Perhaps it was the biggest first-round upset in the history of the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets swept the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs. The best team in the...
Apr 18, 2019
Beyond The Blade | Episode 96 - Amerks Playoff Preview

Beyond The Blade | Episode 96 - Amerks Playoff Preview

This week on Beyond The Blade we preview the Amerks round one playoff matchup against the Marlies There may be no playoff hockey in Buffalo again, but there will be in Rochester again this season. In this week’s episode of Beyond The Blade we focus on the first round matchup for the Amerks. In the beginning of the podcast I quickly touch on some Sabres topics with the playoffs, coaching updates, and the rumors about Arttu Ruotsalainen. After that I’m joined by Keith Wozniak from Lets Go Amerks to preview round one of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Toronto Marlies. You can catch the...
Apr 18, 2019
Player Report Card: Marco Scandella

Player Report Card: Marco Scandella

Does Scandella break the top six next season? Total Season Stats: 63 GP | 6 G | 7 A | 13 PTS Age: 29 Contract Status: One-year, $4 million cap hit When Marco Scandella came to Buffalo in the 2017-18 season, expectations for the defender were fairly high. He was a solid second pair blueliner for the Minnesota Wild, and was brought here to be a veteran presence for an increasingly young defensive unit. He averaged over 23 minutes a night that season, and his performance was largely average. He wasn’t the worst player on the worst team in the league. Perhaps fans expected more, but...they...
Apr 17, 2019
Reports indicate the Sabres could sign Finnish free agent Ruotsalainen

Reports indicate the Sabres could sign Finnish free agent Ruotsalainen

The Sabres may be reaching into Europe to sign a free agent again with Arttu Ruotsalainen The Buffalo Sabres look to be keeping the trend of signing free agent players out of Europe alive. After signing Victor Antipin two years ago and Lawrence Pilut last offseason; this time around they could be going into the Finnish ranks. A report from Miika Arponen indicates the Sabres and free agent forward Arttu Ruotsalainen have mutual interest. The 21-year-old forward play this past season for Ilves in the Finnish pro league Liiga. If you’re unaware, Ilves, is the same team that Sabres prospect...
Apr 17, 2019
Eichel nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Eichel nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Jack Eichel was named the Sabres nomination for the King Clancy The NHL announced today that Jack Eichel was the Buffalo Sabres nomination for the King Clancy Memorials Trophy. According to the NHL The King Clancy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Each nomination was elected by the team and the winner will be picked by an NHL executive committee. If you went to a lot of Sabres home games you would have noticed he donated a box to a charity, family, or...
Apr 17, 2019
Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

After an inauspicious 2017-18 campaign, Girgensons performed admirably on the fourth line this season Season Stats: 72 GP | 5 G | 13 A | 18 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: Restricted Free Agent Entering a contract year, many believed that the 2018-19 season would be Zemgus Girgensons’ final year in Buffalo. That might still be the case, but the Sabres’ decision regarding the soon-to-be RFA was made a bit more interesting given his performance as primarily a fourth line player this season. While he certainly hasn’t developed into the scoring presence that fans were expecting after being...
Apr 17, 2019
Very early 2019 NHL mock draft

Very early 2019 NHL mock draft

Start thinking about the 2019 NHL Draft with a very early top-15 mock draft The NHL playoffs are in full go and the Buffalo Sabres coaching search has slowed down. There’s not much to talk about these days in regards to the hockey team. Therefore let’s look at a super early top-15 NHL mock draft. I’ll probably end up doing three of these in total. This one, another before the NHL Scouting Combine, and one more just before the actual draft. After the top two this draft can go a lot of ways. It’ll be exciting to see how it all unfolds on the stage in Vancouver. 1. New Jersey Devils...
Apr 16, 2019
Season in Review: Hot or Not?

Season in Review: Hot or Not?

It seemed like this edition of the Buffalo Sabres had either really good performances or really bad performances - no middle ground. The regular season has come and gone. We have had more than a few days of somber reflection, where opinions on players were locked into stone for the upcoming offseason. With that being said, it is our turn jump into the fray and switch the monthly review into a “season in review”. It is easy to be negative, which is something many Buffalo sports have come to live and learn. Why not start with the players who have not been so good? NOT Right off the...
Apr 16, 2019
Beauts shine brightly at Women’s Worlds

Beauts shine brightly at Women’s Worlds

Loren Gabel gives the world a show, and Dani Cameranesi performs on gold medal top line Team USA has struck gold with a fifth consecutive IIHF World Championship. The win came after a controversial call in overtime that would have given the host country of Finland its first championship in the tournament’s history. The Finnish squad historically reached the final game after a brave victory over Canada in the semi-final matchup. The US went on to win in the shootout, capping off a fantastic fortnight that was full of monumental achievements. Four Buffalo Beauts represented their countries...
Apr 15, 2019
Sabres sign Jacob Bryson to entry-level contract

Sabres sign Jacob Bryson to entry-level contract

Buffalo’s 2017 fourth round pick will report to Rochester (AHL). The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have signed defenseman Jacob Bryson to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jacob Bryson to a three-year, entry-level contract. https://t.co/cks1Gvc7Hb— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) April 15, 2019 Bryson, 21 years old, just completed his junior season with Providence College where he set a career-high with 24 assists and a career-high 28 points. Bryson tied a career-high with four goals. Bryson...
Apr 15, 2019
Playoff results could impact Sabres’ coaching search

Playoff results could impact Sabres’ coaching search

Could Jason Botterill be waiting to see if any current playoff coaches are fired before ending his search for a new bench boss? Following last week’s rumor frenzy surrounding the Buffalo Sabres’ reported interest in former Edmonton Oilers head coach, Todd McLellan, things have gone relatively quiet. It appeared as though the Sabres were in a dead-heat with the Los Angeles Kings for McLellan’s services, but Bob McKenzie later reported that he was no longer in consideration for the job in Buffalo and that the team never even sent him a formal offer. Todd McLellan is no longer a...