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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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If The Buffalo Sabres Miss The Playoffs Would Jack Eichel Want Out?

via TSN's YouTube page,

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joins OverDrive in studio to discuss the Sabres likely missing the playoffs for a 10th straight season, and whether Jack Eichel could potentially request a trade in the off-season.


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Frustrated In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres can drive their fans crazy with their inconsistency, so it was about time we heard some of that feeling emerge from inside the walls of KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Coach Ralph Krueger said in the morning that it's bugging him to no end and General Manager Jason Botterill didn't hold back on the point early in the evening prior to the game against Colorado.

Then Botterill unearthed a nugget that you don't get too often: Terry and Kim Pegula aren't happy either. And this was before the 6-1 embarrassment against the Avalanche cleared many of the fans out of the arena by the second intermission. Just imagine what the owners (and the team president) think now.

"In my conversations with Terry and Kim, they're frustrated with the results. They want better results," Botterill said during his regularly scheduled appearance on WGR Radio. "We're in constant dialogue. The dialogue goes to what are the solutions? What are we doing to get better?


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Trying To Figure Out The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

I don't get it.

It's basically what the reaction can be about almost everything surrounding the Sabres these days.

* I don't get how a team desperate for a win can get 10 shots on goal in the last two periods of a game against a team that was giving up nearly 32 per game. That's how you end up with a 3-1 loss to a Montreal team that hit KeyBank Center in the same dire hole with 51 points and 10 out of a playoff spot.

* I don't get how Jack Eichel is having the season of his life -- perhaps becoming a 50-goal, 100-point man -- and the Sabres are going to let it waste away into nothing.

* I don't get how Evan Rodrigues, he of no goals against any NHL team this year other than pathetic Detroit, can possibly be on Eichel's line.


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The Fading Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We're just 10 days into 2020 and the situation is already looking dire. It's going to take a major, major run for the Buffalo Sabres to avoid extending their playoff drought to nine years.

In their first game in five days, the Sabres were outclassed, 5-1, Thursday by the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues before 18,096 in Enterprise Center.

The Sabres are 3-7-1 in their 11 games and are losing touch with any semblance of a race. They were outshot, 31-19, marking the second straight game they failed to get to 20. It was 2-0 for St. Louis after one period and 2-1 for about 5 1/2 minutes in the second after Jack Eichel's 27th goal of the season....

At 19-18-7 overall for 45 points, you can forget about the Sabres cracking the top three in the Atlantic Division. Talent and preseason prognostications have finally come through there.

read on

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Victor Olofsson Out 5-6 Weeks


He was the rookie of the month for December.

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