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Afternoon Line- Matthew Barnaby

If you’re micromanaging every piece of the puzzle, you’re doomed for failure. And the Buffalo Sabres are doomed for failure because in no which way should Kim Pegula or Terry Pegula have any say in the players they are bringing in. Stick to the business model you have. Stick to building stuff around the arena. That’s what you do best, not telling who’s the best 204th player in free agency or what defenseman you should sign. You just don’t know that. You don’t know that. Just like I don’t know how to build the Harborcenter or 716. You don’t know hockey. You’ve done a great job of fracking oil. But hockey, nope, not happening.

-Matthew Barnaby, former player for the Buffalo Sabres.  Josh Barnett of the Buffalo News has much more from Barnaby.

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Will Other Teams Follow The Buffalo Sabres And Cut Hockey Staff?

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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun

I’m not here to say Jason Botterill was eventually going to bring a Stanley Cup to Buffalo. I don’t know that. And I don’t know that there was enough evidence yet to produce even a small glimpse of that path in three years of work. It was another season of struggles this year, that’s for sure. And you’ve got a frustrated franchise player in Jack Eichel.

All of this is true.

But what I will say – and I strongly believe this – is that three years is not enough time for any NHL GM to leave their full stamp. Three years is the same timeframe Tim Murray, the GM Botterill replaced, got in Buffalo before he was let go.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic where you can read more (paid) on the Sabres.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun joined host James Duthie to discuss what might have been behind Jason Botterill's firing and the latest on potential hub cities as part of the NHL’s Return to Play plan.

Watch at TSN and read the transcript of the segment.

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Jason Botterill Out In Buffalo, Kevyn Adams In

via the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager.

Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named General Manager.

"This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres. This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.

"We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward, and we thank him for his time and energy devoted to our organization and to the City of Buffalo.

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Screwed Again In Buffalo

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Buffalo Sabres have become quite proficient at shooting themselves in the foot. They buy bad players, hire mediocre managers and inexperienced coaches, fail to draft and develop effectively, and in general provide a negative working experience for their players.

Ryan O’Reilly could tell you something about that.

As an organization, the Sabres are right there with the worst in sports. They don’t need any help to be lousy.

Every once in a while, however, every 20 years or so, the NHL helps out anyway by putting the screws to the Western New York Swordsmen. We won’t go through the 1999 Stanley Cup final all over again, but Brett Hull’s got a ring and so do the rest of the Dallas Stars and the NHL still hasn’t explained successfully why that Cup-winning goal on Dominik Hasek counted.

This spring, it was like Gary Bettman’s front office suddenly realized they hadn’t taken a tire iron to the Sabres recently, and got to it. When the league announced that 24 of the 31 teams would possibly resume play in late July or early August, the Sabres weren’t among those invited.

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Pittsburgh/Buffalo Deal

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Wayne Simmonds Heading To Buffalo

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Options For The Buffalo Sabres And Zach Bogosian

Zach Bogosian failed to report to Rochester today and is suspended by Buffalo.

 

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Still Bad In Buffalo

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

There’s been no progress. No baby steps towards respectability. With two months left to play, they are out of it. And the fans, who are tired of hearing that next year will be better, are beyond frustrated and letting everyone — from the players to management — know it.

The other week, a diehard fan called Buffalo’s sports talk radio station and unleashed an epic rant directed at ownership for sucking the passion out of him. That toxicity has seeped into KeyBank Center, where fans now seem like they’re looking for any excuse to rain boos down on the players.

“There is a pressure in the space around us,” said head coach Ralph Krueger, whose team has won two straight at home heading into Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “And we need to deal with that and we need to break that too, just like some of the habits we have on the ice that are hurting us, we need to change the environment around us and get believing that nobody is going to give us that. We have to earn that.

“We’re not just expecting people to just give it to us in an easy way. We are fighting for that right now. I think every game we play right now is important to establish our game on a more consistent basis.”

Barring a late-season miracle, the Sabres are not going to make the playoffs. They probably won’t even get close. And you won’t have to look far to see where it’s gone wrong.

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