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Jack Eichel’s Agent Sets The Record Straight

from John Vogl of the Bufffalo News,

The report of Jack Eichel saying he has no desire to sign an extension with the Sabres if Dan Bylsma remains coach is “ridiculous,” Eichel’s agent told The Buffalo News.

“I don’t know where anyone is getting these reports, but they are ridiculous in a word,” Peter Fish said by phone Wednesday. “Jack, he left Buffalo, he thought he had a real good meeting with coach Bylsma and a real good meeting with” General Manager Tim “Murray. When he got home to Boston, he was genuinely excited with the thoughts that maybe they’re just a few players away from getting into the playoffs.

“We hope to be having talks with Tim Murray when the time is right here, and like I said before, he’d like nothing better than to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo because it’s a great city. They’re a passionate fan base. A lot of fans are a lot like Jack in the way he grew up in his family. So I just don’t know where this is coming from, and quite frankly it’s someone who’s got an ax to grind for some reason who doesn’t know him and doesn’t understand him.”


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The Puck Is On Terry Pegula’s Stick

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

So sometime within the next few days, Tim Murray will hop a plane to Boca Raton, Fla., and the future of the Buffalo Sabres will be set for the start of next season. Maybe even, depending upon the anger level of Terry (and Kim) Pegula, for the next several seasons. The general manager had few definitive answers to give reporters and fans at his news conference on Wednesday because opinions had yet to be gleaned from ownership.

With quarterback scouting missions putting hockey on hold -- who would have ever imagined that when Terry Pegula cried at the sight of Gilbert Perreault in 2011? -- the GM answered questions about the future as best as he could. He simply didn't know a lot of the answers. So when Pegula looks out at his GM through his plastic One Buffalo sunglasses in the coming days, what might he say about Murray and Dan Bylsma?

1. Forge on, Tim and Dan: The coach and GM both have three years left on their deals, with Bylsma owed $3 million per season. Even a bazillionaire like Pegula might be getting tired of paying people not to work. Especially since he just jettisoned Rex Ryan after the Bills' disappointing season. The no-change theory is a good one to start next season with, as Murray needs to give Bylsma a better roster and then have the coach work on his coffee-drinking skills with his players as he said during his presser.


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Tim Murray On The Buffalo Sabres’ Season

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

If Dan Bylsma remains the Sabres’ coach – he is today, though a meeting between General Manager Tim Murray and owner Terry Pegula looms next week – Murray wants Bylsma to be more demanding of his players and also get to know them better.

“We have to make more demands,” Murray said Wednesday at his season-ending news conference. “I have to make more demands of Dan. Dan has to make more demands of players. I personally have to make more demands of myself, and we intend to do that.”

The organization was too loose in its rules and standards, which was one of the many reasons the Sabres missed the playoffs.

“Top to bottom in the organization, we understand it was a very disappointing season,” Murray said in KeyBank Center. “I’m the general manager of the team, so I guess that’s top of the food chain when it comes to hockey. So I stand here and take full responsibility for our position, our standings and how it finished.


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Jack Eichel On The Sabres’ Season

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Jack Eichel hates to lose. He wishes that hatred was more evident in the Sabres’ organization.

“I think guys want to win,” Eichel said Monday, “but there’s a difference between saying you want to win and actually wanting to win and putting the work in and dedicating your life to it.”

The end of the season has hit Eichel hard. He was still in uniform long after Sunday’s season finale, and he was often short with his answers during Monday’s locker cleanout.

But when he expanded on his thoughts, he said a lot. He was directly asked whether more guys needed to hate losing.


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The Toronto Maple Leafs March Into Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Now things get juicy good in Game 79. The Leafs are in town again Monday night. Second time in nine days.

And there's more: It appears Alex Nylander will make his Sabres debut. In the midst of a circus atmosphere. Against his older brother, William, just named NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Sign us all up.

Toronto comes to town hip-deep in a wild playoff race as the season heads into the final week. The Sabres, of course, are not. Worse yet, while the Leafs are pushing to finish second in the Atlantic Division and are a full 15 points ahead of Buffalo, the Sabres are simply trying to stave off the Detroit Red Wings and stay out of the Atlantic cellar.

So sure, let's keep pushing the silly injury excuse -- the Sabres are a mediocre 25-25-7 WITH Jack Eichel -- or keep trying to to explain away how the Leafs have blown past Buffalo in Rebuild Square.

All that's left is to put a crimp in the Leafs' run and to silence their fans, who undoubtedly have gladly soaked up as many tickets as they can from the Sabres' rightly disgruntled season ticket base.


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A Double Standard Exists

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Crosby's stick to the groin of Ryan O'Reilly was a social media sensation Tuesday night. It was spearing and went unpenalized. It happens a lot in the game undetected but the camera doesn't lie. In this case, Crosby was caught red-handed.

"At the time it hurt and it threw me off guard. I didn't know it was him until he came up to me on the ice and apologized," O'Reilly told this corner after practice Friday. "It was kinda weird having played with him too in the World Cup. It happens. It would have been nice to get a penalty, get a power play off it. It's definitely a penalty but sometimes things get missed.

"He apologized after said he didn't mean to do it. Once I looked at it, of course, it looked pretty deliberate. After he said, 'Sorry about that, I was going for your stick and I don't know what happened there.'"

Sorry, Sid. You weren't close to O'Reilly's stick. But it's a smart play if you get away with it. You would think referees would be on the lookout more. But as Boston's Brad Marchand often proves, repeated slimy moves caught on replay doesn't make them any more likely to be caught by the stripes.

"He's the best player in the game and he might have a little bit more leeway,"  a smiling O'Reilly said of Crosby. "Not necessarily something referees are doing on purpose but just in general. He's one key guy people are buying tickets to see. I don't know how else to explain it."

Crosby deserved a penalty, and maybe a fine, for the O'Reilly play. The Methot play is totally different. Yes, a slash to the hands is pretty common -- another issue entirely. Why it's not called more is baffling. But this one caused a bloodied, shattered finger that will keep one of Ottawa's top blueliners out for weeks. Methot sits fourth on the Senators in average ice time at just over 20 minutes per game and has a plus-13 rating in 67 games this season.


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Toronto vs. Buffalo

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

On the warm Buffalo evening last summer that Auston Matthews was selected first overall by the Maple Leafs in a boo-filled KeyBank Center, a small pocket of Toronto fans sitting in the stands proudly showcased their T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Auston 20:16.”

“He’s going to be our saviour!” one of them yelled, trying to have his voice heard over the loud jeers of the locals who were anti-anything-Toronto-related.

Truth be told, the loyal sports-loving zealots of Buffalo have plenty of legitimate fodder to despise The Big Smoke when it comes to the world of fun and games....

One year later, the Sabres wined and dined free-agent coach Mike Babcock and were so encouraged at their chances to land the former Detroit Red Wings bench boss that preliminary plans were in place to introduce him to Buffalo media.

But a last-minute change of heart left the Sabres as the jilted bride waiting at the altar while Babcock, citing family reasons, opted for Toronto’s ground-breaking eight-year, $50-million offer, one believed to be similar to that tabled by Buffalo.

Then came the coup de grace in 2016, when Matthews was picked by the rival Leafs right on Buffalo soil. For Sabres supporters, this was the deepest cut of all.

read on

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Videos- Rasmus Ristolainen Hit On Jake Guentzel And Crosby’s Sneaky Stick

Rasmus Ristolainen five for interference and a game.



Below, Sidney Crosby with a sneaky stick to the groin...

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Video- Bad (Own) Goal Of The Night

Jack Eichel...


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A Campaign To Get Roger Crozier Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Brent Cooper of the Bracebridge Examiner,

 It is easy to tell Katie Coll adored her late father.

“I was his first-born. He was just always there for me. Just growing up he would show me and do everything for me,” she said. “We had a cottage up on Lake Rosseau and he was just always doing something with me and for me,” she said. 

Calling from her North Carolina home, Coll spoke fondly of her father, born and raised in Bracebridge and who may remember as one of the best National Hockey League goalies of the 1960s, Detroit Red Wings star Roger Crozier. Though prior to his NHL career, he helped the Bracebridge Bears to the District Championship in the Intermediate C playoffs in 1958-59.

To pay homage to her late father, she is trying to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame through a letter-writing campaign. 

She said she has a number of her father’s fans on her Facebook page, and many were surprised to learn he wasn’t already in the hall.

“He so deserves it. There are these fans from all over that are saying this to me, so I decided I would try this and see if I can’t get him into the hall. I have all these good reasons why I think he should be in the hall of fame and everyone else does … some of the players in the hall didn't do half of what my dad did and it makes me so irritated,” she said.

Coll has been busy the past few months collecting newspaper articles and hundreds of letters of support and Facebook messages for her father to be inducted into the hall.


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