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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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The Brutal Season In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Memo to Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula and Russ Brandon: If you dare to increase ticket prices after this clown show of a hockey season, prepare for fan (and media) wrath unlike anything you've ever seen.

The players in your locker room insist they care. It's lip service. Constantly pulling no-shows at the start of games in front of their soon-to-be former season ticket-holders is a funny way of showing it. Even your rookie general manager - who certainly bears heavy responsibility for this disaster - has clearly moved past his breaking point....

Just then, GM Jason Botterill made a long-overdue statement on behalf of the paying customers. The denizens atop the 300 level and the residents of the press box heard a yell. Then the box shook with the slam of a door.

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Not The Best Year For Phil Housley

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Hey, it's a little late for desperation, fellas. The first season after the exiles of Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma has been an abject disaster. Despite Tuesday's heroics, they're still on pace for the worst home record in franchise history – yes, worse than the early days or even those giddy tank seasons.

You can put a lot of this on a misguided owner, Terry Pegula, a fan boy who couldn't decide whether his general manager or coach was more responsible for last year's regression, so got rid of them both – investing undeserved power in a bunch of entitled players who had never won a damn thing.

But let's not forget the red-haired elephant in the room. Phil Housley has gotten off pretty easy in his first go as an NHL head coach, but his rookie season has been a miserable failure. A Sabres team that was expected to challenge for a playoff spot is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference instead....

I understand the notion that you can't keep firing coaches and GMs, that players have to be held accountable. But hockey is an effort sport, and if their effort is lacking on too many nights, especially at home, you have to wonder about the guy who's supposed to be motivating them....

Housley has been a colossal letdown, one that could have been averted. Pegula could have hired Botterill first and let him make the call on Bylsma, whom he knew from Pittsburgh. Instead, ownership swallowed the idea that Bylsma wasn't friendly enough with his players. Tim Murray said Bylsma needed to drink coffee with them more often. Then he got fired. So whose advice was the owner really taking?


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GIF- Jack Eichel Out With A High Ankle Sprain

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 11, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Jack Eichel has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely.



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No Crap

from Flora Carr of TIME,

An ex-NHL owner is in a rather sticky situation.

Tom Golisano, a billionaire and former owner of the Buffalo Sabres, is refusing to pay his local taxes, after taking a stand over the amount of goose poo left on the lawn of his upstate New York property.

Golisano, 76, is refusing to pay the $90,000 he owes until local officials deal with the problem at his summer home on Canandaigua Lake, South Bristol.


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Video- Johan Larsson Suspended Two Games

The explanation.


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