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Ticket Sales For The Buffalo Sabres On The Low End

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

When talking and listening to Sabres fans, the anecdotal evidence was overwhelming: Ticket sales were going to be ugly.

The actual evidence proves it.

Buffalo has hosted two preseason games, and acres of empty blue seats greeted the players in KeyBank Center. The Sabres announced 6,846 tickets sold for Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh and 6,327 tickets sold for Monday’s 5-3 loss to Columbus. The actual attendance in the 19,070-seat building was just a fraction of those low numbers – it would have been possible to count the attendees Monday night – but ticket sales tell the damning story.

Fans who bought full season-ticket packages were charged for the three home preseason games. So, at most, the Sabres have sold 6,327 full-season packages, based on Monday’s ticketed attendance number. Buffalo used to cap season-ticket sales at 16,000, so the team could experience a drop of nearly 10,000 regular customers.

It’s a dizzying freefall for a place once dubbed “Hockey Heaven.”

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Two Trade Deadline Candidates - Eichel And Tarasenko

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

For different reasons, the names of Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel and St. Louis Blues elite winger Vladimir Tarasenko were front and center amid the trade rumor mill. Both Eichel and Tarasenko expressed the wish they be dealt as soon as possible, but here we are, with NHL training camps well underway, and yet each of the two remain untraded.

Does that mean they’re going to have to play this regular season out and try to pressure a deal in the summer of 2022?

Not necessarily.

In fact, I expect both of them to be moved before this coming season’s trade deadline. But fans of theirs who believe they’re going to be traded in the next few weeks should think twice. The NHL is not a reactionary league, and it’s entirely possible the Blues and Sabres hang onto their disgruntled employees until well into the 2021-22 schedule.

Why the wait? Well, for one thing, according to CapFriendly.com, virtually half the league’s teams (15 out of 32, in this case) have less than $1 million in salary cap space. 


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Let Jack Eichel Be

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

This is about more than a letter or cap space. It always has been.

Eichel is a 24-year-old who’s supposed to be in the prime of his life. He’s a physical specimen, a man who’s been pushing his body to legendary limits since his early teen years. He’s fine-tuned every muscle, allowing him to reach the pinnacle of his sport.

And now he has absolutely no say in the next step for his body. The CBA allows teams to determine the course of treatment for injuries. That’s fine for ankle sprains, broken fingers and ACL tears. Life-altering neck surgery is something else completely.

Eichel needs surgery to resume his NHL career and live a healthy life. He and the Sabres acknowledge that. It’s the only thing accepted by both parties.

The Sabres and their doctors insist Eichel undergo fusion surgery, a common practice. It involves removal of the damaged disk. Two vertebrae inhabit the empty space and fuse together, either with time or the addition of a plate.

Eichel says no way, not a chance, never going to happen....

The Sabres are in the infancy stage of yet another rebuild. Their best opportunity to take a step forward is to trade Eichel and bring in significant pieces. But they are pretending he’s healthy in trade talks and won’t let him get healthy in real life.

It’s just wrong.

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The Status Of Jack Eichel

Afams also said....

“I spoke to Jack two days ago, I spoke to the team yesterday and addressed this, Jack Eichel is no longer the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. From our perspective, the captain is your heartbeat of your team, and we are in a situation where we felt we needed to make that decision.”

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A Three-Year Deal For Rasmus Dahlin And The Buffalo Sabres

via the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $6 million dollars, the team announced Wednesday.

Dahlin, 21, tallied 23 points (5+18) in 56 games last season while averaging a career-high 21:36 of ice time. He led the Sabres with an average ice time of 23:26 over the final 19 games under coach Don Granato.

"His way to play was how I learned to play hockey," Dahlin said of Granato after the season. "But the thing I felt was that he trusted me as a player. He really saw what my potential was, and I felt comfortable playing out there. I wasn't thinking too much."

Buffalo drafted Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2018-19, when he played all 82 games and led rookie defensemen with 44 points (9+35).

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Buffalo Sabres And Toronto Maple Leafs Will Play An Outdoor Game In Hamilton

NEW YORK (Sept. 16, 2021) – The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres on March 13, 2022, at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton, Ont., home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The game will be broadcast on TNT, Sportsnet, via stream on SN NOW, NHL Live and TVA Sports at 3 p.m. ET.

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The Jack Eichel Situation

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres deserve the criticism they are getting for not making the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons. But there's not enough talk about how much responsibility Eichel bears for the last six seasons. And he bears some of it, even for all the good moments he's produced in the face of so much chaos and bad play around him.

Your star players get all the plaudits in good times and the heavy arrows in times of trouble. Eichel should not be exempt from that. No one is trashing Zach Bogosian for yet another playoff failure in Toronto in May. All the talk is about Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner not coming through for the Leafs against Montreal. That's life as a star.

This theory that Eichel can't be here because he'll poison the room has merit but if he wants out, he can't be a toxic captain. Who is trading for that? He needs to shut up and play. And play well. Every team in the league will be paying attention. He'll enjoy playing for Don Granato, too.

And with five years left on his deal, we're not talking a long stretch. Just play for a month or two and people will rethink offers and ring Adams' phone again. How can any GM trade for Eichel now? What GM can tell his owner he just traded for a $50 million contract when he has no idea how or when the player will return from surgery?


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Imagine Being A Fan Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

They say the term “empathy” is the feeling that describes putting yourself in the shoes of another and trying to see things their way.

But when it comes to fans of the Buffalo Sabres, how can you truly have empathy when they’re experiencing one of the worst win-droughts in modern professional sports history? How do you explain away year after year of letdowns, underwhelm and flat-out heartbreak?

As if the past decade weren’t abysmal enough – and lo, it certainly has been abysmal, with the Sabres failing to make the playoffs in any of the past 10 years; and with the team finishing either sixth, seventh or eighth in the Atlantic or East Division in each of the past eight straight seasons – imagine how it must feel knowing the upcoming, 2021-22 campaign is going to be sheer awfulness, from Game 1 likely through Game 82. Sabres GM Kevyn Adams already has dealt away one of his team’s better defenseman (Rasmus Ristolainen, traded to Philadelphia), lost his starting goaltender (Linus Ullmark, who signed with Bruins Atlantic rivals in Boston), and shipped out his top goal-scorer and point-getter (Sam Reinhart, again, to an Atlantic rival in the Florida Panthers) last season.


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A Statement From Jack Eichel’s Agent

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Afternoon Line- Kevyn Adams

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