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Video- Dominik Hasek And Marty Biron Get Together

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Dominik Hasek sits down with Martin Biron on The Instigators.

 

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Phil Housley On His Start As The Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

“Obviously, when you’re not winning, the pressure builds and you have to try to handle all those things and the stressful parts of the job,” Housley said. “But I love the challenge. I love coming to the rink, I love getting better, whether as a coach or demanding more from players and trying to turn the organization around.”...

But injuries and a lack of depth have left Housley limited with the Sabres as the Hall of Fame defenseman tries to work with his Buffalo blue liners.

“We continue to work with those guys, but we’ve been banged up back there, which is too bad,” Housley said. “We haven’t had our top six since Day 1. That’s been a big problem for us trying to create chemistry with partners. But we just try to bring the compete level. That’s the measuring stick day in and day out.”

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Fixing The Buffalo Sabres

from ESPN,

What one key fix do the Buffalo Sabres need to salvage the season?...

Emily Kaplan: I don't think all hope is lost in Buffalo -- for the long term. After a carousel of coaching and management changes, owners Terry and Kim Pegula say they are committed to stability. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Let's also exercise some patience for rookie head coach Housley and GM Botterill. Remember, Botterill is the guy best known for maneuvering the Pittsburgh Penguins' delicate salary cap over the last decade. If anyone can figure out how to work around Eichel's monster contract and allocate for the right pieces to be competitive, Botterill is a guy I'd trust....

So here's my fix: keep Eichel's third-line demotion until he finally feels enough heat and ups his game. Let him be angry, and go on a tear. Once he does that, name him captain. Stop dangling the title in front of him like an inevitability. The Sabres have a streamlined voice in the front office. Emulate that in the locker room. This is one of the youngest teams in the league, and they're working through some growing pains. They're missing leaders like former captain Brian Gionta. If they expect Eichel to be their leader of the future, challenge him to step up now. It might be bumpy at first, but he'll grow into it -- and the the team will grow around him, too.

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What’s The Problem With Jack Eichel?

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As we, um, sharpen our swords in the wake of Saturday's 3-1 loss to Carolina, an utter snoozefest until the final eight minutes, there's one gnawing issue that keeps growing: What's going on with Jack Eichel?

Forget about an elephant in the room. This is an entire herd. Eichel is not the guy we've seen the last two years. He was invisible again for long stretches Saturday -- not getting a single shot on goal for more than 48 minutes.

Eichel has five goals in 20 games, tallying just once in his last 11. He's got a minus-9 rating for the season. Those are the numbers. Now let's move to things you can't measure.

Eichel's body language has been terrible much of season. It's a dirty little secret fans are finally figuring out that he floats off the ice far too much on the end of his shifts.

Just don't tell Housley that. The coach simply isn't dissing any of his players in public, let alone the face of the franchise. Fair enough. You can respect that. And Housley certainly knows what happened to Byslma seven months ago too.

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Video- Top Players Need To Be Better For The Buffalo Sabres

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Once again, they didn't win. Buffalo fell to 2-4-2 in the last eight and 5-9-4 overall. The latest setback came after the top line staked the Sabres to a 3-1 lead and helped the visitors take a 4-3 advantage into the third period.

"It's frustrating," Reinhart said. "We've got to do a better job. We earned that lead going into the third. There's a reason why we have it, and we're playing against probably the best team in the world the last few years. We played with the mindset that we're going to go take it to them, and we played with the lead.

"We get it and we sit back too much."

The Penguins tied the game with 6:11 to play and won it with just 16 seconds gone in overtime. Sidney Crosby spun away from Kane behind the net and found Conor Sheary, who was open at the side of the net with Eichel standing nearby.

"It was just a switch, and I didn't pick up Sheary quick enough," Eichel said. "That's on me."

more on Buffalo's 5-4 OT loss to Pittsburgh...

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Afternoon Line- Evander Kane

"I want to prove that I'm an elite player in this league. You can't just do it for one year, you've got to continue to do it year after year."

-Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres.  Jourdon LaBarber of Sabres.com has more on Kane.

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Capitals’ Backup Goaltender Can’t Win Second Game Of Back-To-Backs

from  Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Philipp Grubauer approached the semi-circle of reporters, taking his last sip of Gatorade before firmly setting it down in a locker stall. The frustration was evident and understandable. He decided not to bother beating around the bush.

“I’m sick of [expletive] losing,” he said.

Every time the Washington Capitals have played a second game in as many nights this season, Grubauer has been the starting goaltender. The result has been four losses, the latest of which was Tuesday night’s 3-1 decision against the Buffalo Sabres. In those four losses, Washington (8-7-1) has managed just five goals, never playing with a lead and not giving Grubauer much of a chance.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Grubauer said. “. . . It’s all I can do, worry about the puck and stop the next puck and give the guys a chance to win and go from situation to situation.”

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Video- No Goal Buffalo

You make the call...

 

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The Buffalo Sabres Get In The Win Column

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile.

Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL assistant Chris Hajt gave him a big shake and an even bigger hug that had plenty of meaning behind it. Hajt has known Housley since he was a tot and his father, Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, was playing as one of Housley's first defense partners in the NHL.

Housley's first win as an NHL player came as an 18-year-old with the Sabres on Oct. 16, 1982, a 9-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. One day shy of the 35th anniversary of that game, the 53-year-old Housley's Buffalo career reached another milestone with his first win as the Sabres' head coach.

"It feels great but I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room," Housley said after the Sabres gave their rookie bench boss No. 1 in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. "The guys really gutted it out to get a win tonight."

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The Buffalo Sabres Are Without A Win After Four Games

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

It's only mid-October but you can already feel the exasperation bubbling in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room.

The Sabres don't have much going on right now in the wake of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center that opened their four-game road trip. They're 0-3-1, tied with Arizona for the worst record in the NHL and off to their worst start since 2013. They have nine goals in four games and three players have accounted for all of them.

"We've got to just figure a way to be sick of losing," said Jack Eichel. "I know I'm sick of losing. There's a lot of guys that are sick of losing. There's a difference between playing hard and playing hard and smart. We've got to execute our game all the way through the lineup, myself included."

There were no good-job, good-effort backslaps after this one even though the Sabres did substantially tidy things up on the defensive end. There was no epidemic of odd-man rushes like we saw in their previous two games. No breakdown of the power play to allow yet another backbreaking short-handed goal.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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