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Jack Eicher Done For The Season

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Taylor Hall Lands In Boston

I've been waiting for the official release but it's now time for a few hours of slep.

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have dealt the well-travelled winger and forward Curtis Lazar to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round draft pick, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

SN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun notes that the Sabres retained 50 per cent of Hall's salary to make the deal happen.

added 8:03am, Boston release is below.

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Buffalo/Florida Trade Is Official

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Evening Line- Jeremy Roenick

 

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Sabres Win

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Seriously. It happened Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. I realize this wasn't momentous enough for thousands of you to someday claim you were there, so you'll have to take this corner's word for it.

The 18-game winless streak – the longest in the NHL in the post-2005 shootout era – is over. The 11-game home winless streak is also history, one shy of equaling the franchise record.

Give the Sabres full marks for their 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, a victory that essentially was three games in the making after the Sabres frittered away third-period leads against the Flyers here Monday and Saturday in Boston.

Things have been particularly egregious at home, where the Sabres were 2-11-3 and had not won since Jan. 30. They were last in the NHL at 1.63 goals per game at home and a shocking 0.88 per game at 5 on 5. Patently absurd.

Frankly, it's been a good thing for this team there have been no fans around. I can hear the booing. But maybe they've missed the motivation. There's just nothing in the way of atmosphere without the masses.

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The Buffalo Sabres Were Rolling Last Night But…

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The first thing that popped in my head late Monday night was that old clip of John McEnroe from an early 1980s tirade at Wimbledon.

Remember the one where the ball was clearly on the line and chalk flew up? What four words that live in tennis lore did McNasty rail at the umpire after his serve was called out?

You cannot be serious.

That's how you have to feel after the Buffalo Sabres' utter collapse in KeyBank Center. Their hideous winless streak was over, cemented away in the history books at 17 games and no more.

And then it wasn't over. And now it's 18 games.

A 3-0 lead after two periods went poof in the night. The Philadelphia Flyers roared back with three goals in the third period and got the winner in overtime. A shocking 4-3 loss. An 0-15-3 record, equaling the NHL's longest winless streak of the last 27 years.

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Eric Staal Traded To Montreal For Draft Picks

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has acquired Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the club's third and fifth-round picks in the 2021 NHL Draft. The Sabres will retain $1.625 million of Staal's salary.

Staal, 36, suited up for 32 games with Buffalo this season, recording three goals and seven assists. In 17 seasons in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and the Sabres, the 6'04'' and 195 lbs left-handed centerman amassed 1,031 points (439 goals, 592 assists) in 1,272 regular season games. A Stanley Cup champion with Carolina in 2006, Staal has 51 points, including 21 goals, in 62 playoff contests over the course of his NHL career.

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Another Loss In Philadelphia And Buffalo

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

For the free-falling Flyers, it was a bad rerun Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Eight nights earlier, the Flyers endured the Massacre at Madison Square Garden, where they suffered a nightmarish 9-0 loss to the New York Rangers.

In the rematch, it was more of the same: Blown defensive assignments, shoddy goaltending, lousy special teams.

Rangers 8, Flyers 3.

The Rangers built a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second period en route to giving the Flyers a four-game losing streak for the first time since midway through last season.

Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off.

“This team has really lost its identity from where we were at the beginning of the year to where we are now,” defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “We’re too good of a team to let it squander away.”

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

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Another Loss For The Buffalo Sabres

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13 Games Without A Win In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Poor Don Granato.

When I asked the Buffalo Sabres' interim coach an hour before Thursday's snorefest in KeyBank Center how he was going to get these guys to compete, he started out by saying, "That's a million dollar question and that's what we're pushing for."

Actually, around here, it's really a six or eight or nine million dollar question.

On yet another bizarre day in and around the rink that reeked of 2021, the Sabres were toyed with by the Boston Bruins. It was a name-the-score game that ended 4-1. The shots on goal finished 37-24 after the count was 35-16 midway through the third period.

That's a 13-game winless streak, one shy of the franchise record set by the 2015 tankers....

The Sabres play with no jam, no vigor and no fight. They're 0-17-1 when trailing after two periods. Battling back is simply too hard or too much of a bother for them.

After the game, Granato promised to demand more and push harder. We'll see how that goes in practice Friday.

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