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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger On Evander Kane

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On The Nathan Beaulieu Trade

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Jason Botterill's reconstruction of the Buffalo Sabres' defense perhaps took a first step Saturday afternoon as the team's new general manger acquired veteran blueliner Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick in next week's NHL draft.

The Sabres, of course, could have made the deal to leave Beaulieu unprotected and have Vegas take him off their hands instead one of their returning players they would like to keep.

Still, Beaulieu would be an interesting addition to Buffalo's left side on D, allowing the Sabres more flexibility and perhaps the ability to start Brendan Guhle in the minors next season

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Phil Housley Is The New Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

 

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What About Evander Kane To The Vancouver Canucks?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Can a polarizing left-winger with a scoring touch and checkered past be part of the Vancouver Canucks’ rebuild?

The answers: Absolutely and absolutely not.

Mention the possibility of acquiring 25-year-old Evander Kane in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who have a new general manager and are still looking to land an established defenceman like Chris Tanev, Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings, and debate in this market understandably rages like a wildfire.

The Sabres and Kings are open to doing business with new men at the GM helm — Jason Botterill and Rob Blake, respectively — but what about the Canucks? They have in the past expressed an interest in Kane and he might be worth another look.

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Ticket Prices Continue To Increase In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We just went through what has to rate as one of the better weeks for Terry and Kim Pegula in a long time. They're getting universally praised for their choice of general managers for both the Sabres and Bills, and with good reason. It will be much easier for Jason Botterill and Brandon Beane to win the press conferences than to actually win games, but it was good to see ownership go in a badly-needed new direction.

That's why it was so disappointing to see the Pegulas go in one same old direction again: Soaking their customers.

We shouldn't be surprised the Sabres are raising prices on season tickets yet again, keeping the Pegulas' streak alive of an increase every year since they took over the owners' box. After all, business is business and they didn't get rich by turning down money.

But the lack of respect for the customer continues. And it's hard to fathom. My Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree Friday afternoon with angry folks complaining about the latest price hike. For a team that has won absolutely nothing since Pegula hit town in 2011, hitting the wallets of the best customers again is a bit much.

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Jason Botterill Is The New GM For The Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 11, 2017) --- Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula today announced the team has hired Jason Botterill to be the team’s General Manager.

"We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family," Owner Terry Pegula said.  “Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him. We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal."

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2018 Winter Classic Announced

NEW YORK (May 9, 2017) – The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

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Video- The Playoff Night When Dominik Hasek Stopped All 70 Shots

via the NHL's YouTube page,

On April 27th, 1994, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek turned away 70 shots by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.

 

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The Positives And Negatives Of Dean Lombardi Regarding The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles.

But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry Pegula needs to do is look for the red flags. Too often in the past, the Sabres have ignored them. There's plenty of them around Lombardi that make the 59-year-old far from an automatic choice even though he's perceived to be the quick frontrunner because of his experience

The Kings' two Cups were a result of great goaltending from Jonathan Quick and a bruising style of play that was perfect for the playoffs but would not work in the regular season. And it's quickly gone out of favor in a league built on youth and speed. Would Lombardi be able to adapt?

The Kings, remember, were only third in the Pacific in both Cup years and won in 2012 as a No. 8 seed. They won one or more playoff series in only three times in Lombardi's 11 seasons; three other times, they were first-round losers. After winning their second Cup in 2014, the Kings missed the playoffs in 2015 and this spring. They were knocked out in five games by the Sharks last year. So one playoff win in three years got both Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter their exit papers.

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Whatever You Want To Call It, The Buffalo Sabres Need To Get The Right GM And Coach

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

So after overseeing the unsuccessful Tank and two more seasons of playoff no-shows, Murray was shown the door on Thursday, accompanied by Dan Bylsma, the coach he had hired to oversee what he believed was a rebuild. A day later, Sabres owner Terry Pegula did not do himself or his organization any favors when he dismissed the notion that The Tank ever happened.

“We rebuilt,” Pegula said at a news conference at KeyBank Center.

This is not what Pegula envisioned when he bought the Sabres in 2011. Six years later, Pegula’s investment is in tatters, reduced to a punchline. Under the owner’s watch, some good people have come in and been spit out in short order: Pat LaFontaine, Ted Black, and Ted Nolan being three earlier casualties.

It leaves Pegula in search of an executive to punch the reset button and aim a high-powered hose at a room full of losers. In terms of résumé, ex-Kings GM Dean Lombardi has no competition. Lombardi has two Stanley Cup rings and experience building Los Angeles and San Jose into regular contenders. 

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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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