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Honest Words From Ryan O’Reilly

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Losing has made Ryan O'Reilly a shell of what he used to be and a fraction of what he was supposed to be.

Acquired in 2015 to help lead the Buffalo Sabres out of the basement, O'Reilly has instead joined them there. He's found he was OK with that.

"We're stuck in this mindset of just being OK with losing," O'Reilly said Monday. "I feel it, too. I think it's really crept into myself. Over the course of the year, I've lost myself a lot, where it's just kind of get through, just being OK with just not making a mistake. That's not winning hockey at all, and it's crept into all of our games.

"It's disappointing. It's sad. I feel throughout the year I've lost the love of the game multiple times. You need to get back to it because it's just eating myself up and eats the other guys, too. It's just eating us up, and it's tough."

O'Reilly's love for the game, his desire to be on the ice was supposed to be a positive influence for the club. 


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No Home Ice Advantage For The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The 4-2 loss to the Senators in the home finale left the Sabres 11-25-4 downtown (it's 11-25-5 at home, counting the Winter Classic at Citi Field). That's just 27 points at home. Flat-out pathetic. Nobody else in the league has fewer than 36 points and nobody else in the East has fewer than 38.

A measure of the disparity: There are 16 teams in the NHL that entered Wednesday with at least 24 home wins, and 10 with at least 27 wins.

"You look at all good teams in the league, teams that have success, and they're all dominant at home," said a somber Ryan O'Reilly. "You can't expect to just win on the road. We have to be a lot better here."...

You can talk about Jack Eichel and about Sam Reinhart's last three months. Or about the hopes for Casey Mittelstadt, Brendan Guhle and Alex Nylander. Fair enough. But the hope tank is awfully empty around here unless General Manager Jason Botterill wipes out half the roster....

Asked how shocked he was to finish 31st, a somber  Housley said simply, "This is just where we are as a group. Let's be honest. We have a long way to go."


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Another Year For Zdeno Chara

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, ‪March 28, that the team has signed defenseman Zdeno Chara  to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season worth $5 million, plus an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives.

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Video- Phil Housley After A Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

via Mike Harrington tweets,

Steam coming out of Housley’s ears after this one. As well it should be.

Housley unhappy after strong effort vs. NSH: "We can't handle any success. By the way, we lost that game 4-0 so you'd think you'd come out gangbusters to start. It was a very meaningful game in that you're in last place. That's what's hard to swallow. Just unacceptable." 



Below, watch the game highlights from Buffalo's 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Videos- Bruins Comeback And Andrew Shaw With Possibly Another Concussion

Bruins down 4-1 in the 3rd with just under 10 minutes left.



Another video below...

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Video- You Make The Call Toronto/Buffalo

Buffalo won 5-3.



Below, watch Babcock and Andersen post-game plus the game highlights.

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A Trade Deadline Bust For The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The general manager with the Stanley Cup rings was supposed to come in here and fix things. And maybe someday he will. But all we have at this point is the here and now.

And Botterill's team – which, it should be noted, features nine players he's put on the roster since last May – is a disaster.

So given his first chance to wipe out some of the atrocities we've seen for the last 4 1/2 months, the GM basically admitted his team is an NHL laughingstock and punted.

He said got one legitimate offer for Evander Kane, a stunningly low one from the San Jose Sharks, and was painted so far in the corner he had to take it. He apparently couldn't get a bag of pucks for the likes of Benoit Pouliot or Josh Gorges, had no takers in a tight market for either of his goalies and didn't execute any sort of hockey trade.

It's to the point where you wondered if this is some sort of stealth tank.

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Evander Kane On His Way To San Jose

added 2:16pm,




added 4:09pm, San Jose release is below...

added 2:35pm,

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Video- Can We Talk About This Goal In The Buffalo/Detroit Game Last Night?

Call on the ice stands, good goal.


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Dealing With The Mental Side Of The Game

from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreck havoc on your body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments -- bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover.

But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care of themselves physically to recover from games and practices, players have to learn their own best practices to take care of themselves mentally.

"Some years are more trying than others and trying in a different sense, too," said Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. "It's different when you're winning. When you're winning a lot you have to stay sharp all the time and that's a different kind of grind. When things aren't going well, you're trying to get sharp. You're trying to find a different type of motivation every game and that's a different kind of grind. The long and the short of it is any time you play an 82-game season it's a grind mentally. We have to find a way to try and be at our best every night."


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