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Who Knew It Was Trade Day In The NHL?

All within the last hour.

via TSN's Trade Tracker...

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The Buffalo Sabres Are On A Downward Trend

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

It's hard to believe one game can promote such a sense of hopelessness.

But that's the feeling you get from the Buffalo Sabres, thanks to years of losing hockey and years of belief-sapping inefficiency from the front office and behind the bench.

The standings didn't change Friday night. You might not believe it but the Sabres are still just one point out of a playoff spot even after their disheartening 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in KeyBank Center.

Sometimes one point is one point. Sometimes it feels like 10 points. Or maybe even more.

The Sabres' rollercoaster ride is back in another dip – 1-4-1 in the last six games and only five goals over the last four.


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Jack Eichel’s Point Streak Ends, Dumb Rule?

via Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Eichel entered Thursday having scored at least a point in 17 consecutive games, one shy of the Sabres’ record. But according to NHL rules, such streaks are marked by the particular team’s games, not the player’s. So by missing Thursday’s game, Eichel ended his streak.

This, to put it mildly, is lunacy. Under Major League Baseball’s rules, Joe DiMaggio didn’t have to play in 56 consecutive games to compile his hitting streak. He just had to get a hit in the 56 straight games in which he played. Such individual achievements and story lines are what make sports fun and interesting to follow on a daily basis. But then, from its convoluted standings system and playoff alignment to its inconsistency in the enforcement of its own rules and infractions, the NHL is always making things harder on itself.

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Jack Eichel For MVP

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

He's leading all Sabres scorers by 18 points, is in the midst of a 17-game point streak and has put the team on his back most nights. When it comes to value, few – if any – have been as valuable as Eichel this season.

On Tuesday night in Toronto, the present and future of American hockey was on full display and it was a wonderful spectacle to watch. Jack Eichel, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, and Auston Matthews, the first overall pick one year later, went hammer-and-tong, seemingly oblivious to the rest of the world and conducting their own anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better contest.

And Jack Eichel showed exactly why if the season were over today and the Sabres were in the playoffs, he and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche would be the top two contenders for the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable players. Of course there are others in the mix, but here’s the thing. In Edmonton, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have each other. The same goes in Boston where Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak feed off each other, along with their Hall of Fame-bound center Patrice Bergeron. But MacKinnon, because of injuries to teammates, and Eichel, because he has nobody around him to match his skills, have had to do things entirely on their own.


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Video- What Do You Think Of This Hit By Kyle Okposo?


Video is below.

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Report- Zach Bogosian Wants Out Of Buffalo

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Zach Bogosian's time with the Buffalo Sabres may soon come to an end.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported Thursday night that Bogosian, a 29-year-old defenseman, has requested a trade after spending parts of six seasons with the Sabres. Bogosian was a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Nashville Predators and had averaged 18:45 of ice time since returning to the lineup Nov. 24.

Bogosian missed the first 22 games of the season while recovering from hip surgery and multiple setbacks over the summer. Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill had reportedly been shopping for help at forward over the past month....

Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill declined comment.

Bogosian, who counts $5.142 million against the Sabres' salary cap, is a pending unrestricted free agent.

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Games played by Bogosian since the 2013-14 season.

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Video- The Patrik Berglund Story

from Chris Jonhston of Sportsnet,

For those of us who never took a stride in Patrik Berglund’s skate boots, there would have been more than 13 million reasons to stay.

The Swede didn’t just walk away from his NHL dream when he made the surprising decision to step away from the Buffalo Sabres last December. He also walked away from a guaranteed contract that had $13.03-million remaining on it.

“I know exactly how much money I left,” Berglund said when we sat down in Stockholm for an interview in late August.

That conversation has been turned into a feature called “ExPat: The Patrik Berglund Story,” which will air during Saturday’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast...

What struck me most about Berglund is how much conviction he still has about that life-changing decision. He actually said that, in the end, it was no decision at all. This was the only path he saw back to a good place following a trade to the Sabres that never should have happened at all.

The 31-year-old is the son of a former Swedish Hockey League player and a former first-round NHL draft pick. He spent 12 years with the St. Louis Blues organization and signed a $19.25-million, five-year extension with them on Feb. 24, 2017 that included a 20-team no-trade list for Years 2 and 3 of the deal.

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Video- Rasmus Dahlin Will Not Return Tonight

No penalty on the play.



added 9:30pm, Marty Biron with the commentary below.

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Trade Market Muddied By LTIR

from TSN,

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill stated earlier this week that he was  “actively looking” for forward help to spark his slumping team, but according TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, it's not easy to maneuver in the trade market at the moment.

"It's a moving target," Dreger said on Insider Trading Thursday. "Jason Botterill, the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, has, in fact, made offers on forwards but the system is gummed up a little bit – the financial system of the National Hockey League. There are so many teams, 10-plus teams, who are working with LTIR players and that can get very, very problematic. 

"There are some out there that believe that Botterill is feeling a sense of urgency and he'd like to make at least one, maybe even two, trades in the next week to two weeks. But he's got to find the right fit and the right match."

Including the Sabres, 11 teams - the Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Sabres, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings - currently have players on long-term injured reserve providing cap relief, according to CapFriendly.


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Don’t Make A Big Deal Of Rasmus Dahlin’s Recent Benching

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Rasmus Dahlin showed no signs of angst inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Sunday night.

The 19-year-old defenseman isn't worried about his play. Neither are his coaches or teammates. Dahlin explained following a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks inside United Center that people outside the Sabres are making too much of him being benched one night earlier.

"We’re making too big a deal of what it is," Dahlin said.

All Dahlin cared about was that the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators. He didn't sulk afterwards or get down on himself. Instead, he followed the benching with a promising performance against the Blackhawks, recording one shot on goal among seven attempts with a plus-1 rating.

Dahlin's status as a former first overall draft pick magnifies each of his mistakes, and he shoulders immense responsibility as the quarterback on the Sabres' top power-play unit. Though Dahlin committed a few defensive mistakes against the Blackhawks, his resolve impressed coach Ralph Krueger.


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