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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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What To Do With Evander Kane?

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Three months after nobody wanted him, with the NHL trade deadline approaching, Kane’s value has reached an all-time high. He’s performing like the dominant player Tim Murray envisioned when he traded for him two years ago. Rest assured several teams would take him off the Sabres’ hands before Wednesday....

The disparity between the Sabres’ demands and bids they receive is likely too wide to complete a deal, but you never know. Murray holds Kane in high regard after making him the central figure in the blockbuster to acquire him from Winnipeg. But it also would be a disservice to the Sabres for him to overvalue Kane without considering all variables.

Murray should listen to offers. Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988 after leading the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. It’s not as if Kane is untouchable. The same is true for any player, including Jack Eichel. If Murray can improve his team for the foreseeable future, he should pull the trigger. It makes for a tricky situation.

Kane has scored 21 goals over the past 36 games, including 20 at even strength. He’s been one of the NHL’s best forwards in recent months. Effort is not an issue. The guy plays hard even when he’s not playing well. Kane’s simple style and knack for finding soft spots in defensive coverage complements Eichel and fills a need.

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Afternoon Line- Ryan O’Reilly

“It’s surprising, they have a lot of great players over there and a good team. You just see, I guess, a lot of bad bounces. I haven’t watched them too much, but to see them that low in the standings, it’s surprising. I think those years happen. I don’t know enough of what’s going on. It’s unfortunate for them.”

-Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres on his former team, the Coiorado Avalanche.  Terry Frei of the Denver Post has more from O'Reilly.

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Video- Alex Burrows Doing What He Does

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Of his altercation with Lehner, which occurred after the goalie hooked Burrows, who responded with a shove, the veteran Canuck said: “I didn’t think it was that much. I know there’s an unwritten rule that you don’t fight a goalie. I was kind of backing up in a defensive position, asking what he was doing. He looked pretty angry; he’s a big man. Then he gave me a good shot, and then I saw a six-foot-five defenceman charging at me, not looking too happy.”

more on Vanvouver's 4-2 win over Buffalo...

 

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What Will The Buffalo Sabres Do With Evander Kane?

from Brayton J. Wilson of WGR 550,

"I still think there's a little bit of a wait and see attitude [in Buffalo]," ESPN's Craig Custance said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Friday morning. "I'm not sure if anyone is sure of what direction the Sabres are going to go. They're in the same position as a lot of teams are, especially in the [Eastern Conference]. You wanna give your team as much of a chance heading into the deadline to actually make a little bit of a run and make things interesting."

Perhaps the most intriguing name the Sabres have on the trading block is forward Evander Kane.

Kane, 25, has set himself up to put up some productive numbers by the season's end. In 43 games this season, Kane already has 16 goals and is on pace to finish the season with 26 goals.

While the Sabres acquired Kane from the Winnipeg Jets two years ago, his name has been on the trade market for quite some time now.

"His name has been out there for quite some time," TSN's Darren Dreger said with Andrew Peters and Martin Biron on The Instigators on Friday. "It depends on when you get to [Sabres general manager] Tim Murray as to whether or not he's legitimately in play. I think that applies right now."

Kane has one year remaining on his contract after this season, and carries an average annual value of $5.25 million. 

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Video- No Goal Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Tim Murray and Terry Pegula stood in the press box and said the puck went in. Ryan O’Reilly, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen crowded around a TV outside the dressing room and watched the puck hop across the goal line. Buffalo’s coaches looked at numerous angles from their office and saw multiple pucks go in.

The Sabres know what the replays showed. What they knew and what they could prove were two different things.

The only conclusive evidence was they lost a game they felt they won and went into the All-Star break feeling angry and cheated.

“Frustrating more than anything that the game’s not decided by the players,” center Jack Eichel said after Thursday’s crazy 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

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Video- Robin Lehner With The Save Of The Night

Possibly the save of the year too.  The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.

 

 

Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.

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Comparing The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Leafs are already in a playoff spot -- and with so many games in hand they're likely the second-best team in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres hit town off a solid win over Dallas but still last in the division.

Asking Babcock how surprised he was to have accelerated past the Sabres made him recoil after the morning skate.

"I never said that, you just said that right?" Babcock said. "Sometimes when you ask those questions then the next thing that comes out in the media is like I said that. Just so we know, I did not say that."

The room broke up because Babcock made sure to emphasize each of the last four words. He then proceeded to explain himself further.

"To tell you the truth, I don't spend a whole lot of time concerning myself on the other teams. We're building our own product here. We have a lot of work to do. I tried to say that yesterday. I told our players the same thing. We're 41 games in. Let's just try to get better every day. We do that, we have a chance to be a good team moving ahead. That's what we're trying to do."

Now obviously, the biggest thing in the Leafs favor is they tanked for half a season (Garrett Sparks in goal, anyone?) and were lucky enough to win the draft lottery to take Auston Matthews. The Sabres put together two of the worst seasons back-to-back in recent NHL history and didn't get the little ping pong ball bounce either time.

Jack Eichel is a terrific young player. But he's no Matthews. No shame in that. But it's the reality.

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Video- Robin Lehner Get Pulled

Gave up 3 goals in a little over 9 minutes in the 2nd period.

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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