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Buffalo Sabres Could Be Active at Trade Deadline; in Free Agency

October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres are in the middle of rebuilding for the future, and in the process, the team is looking to build up their assets moving forward.

This season may prove to be the perfect time to move some players for prospects and draft picks. When the season ends, the Sabres will have nine players that will become unrestricted free agents.

The list of players set to hit their contract's end include some players that have been here a significant amount of time and some others that are still in their very beginnings as a Buffalo Sabres player.

The following players will become free agents:

Chris Stewart
Drew Stafford
Torrey Mitchell
Patrick Kaleta
Andrej Meszaros
Andre Benoit
Tyson Strachan
Michael Neuvirth
Jhonas Enroth

Stafford, Kaleta and Enroth have all been in Buffalo for a few years. Some think that Enroth is set to take the full-time starting position now that Ryan Miller is no longer with the team. Kaleta and Stafford have seemingly fell out of favor with some fans.

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Despite Chances; Buffalo Sabres Still Scoreless on Powerplay

October 24th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Sabres started the regular season, the hope was that the team would be able to muster up enough offense to win some game.

So far the Sabres have had issues while playing five-on-five, but what's most troubling is the amount of issues on the powerplay.

Eight games into the regular season and the Sabres are one of just three teams who haven't registered a goal on the powerplay.

The other teams who haven't registered a goal with the man advantage are the Minnesota Wild, who have only played five games, and the Winnipeg Jets, who are six games into their season.

The Sabres seem lost so far on the powerplay, getting minimal shots on goal and struggling to keep possession in the zone. It's not for lack of opportunities. So far this season the Sabres have had 27 chances to capitalize on the man advantage, but to no avail.

In their 27 chances, the Sabres only have 39 shots on goal. The Sabres have given up one shorthanded goal already this season too.

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Buffalo Sabres at the Bottom of NHL in Goals, Again

October 24th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres had a tough time scoring goals last season, and after being shutout in three of their last four games, it's safe to say they are having a tough time scoring goals again this season.

Buffalo is averaging one goal-per-game, which ranks them last in the NHL. The Sabres have just four players with a goal this season, and Tyler Ennis is the only one that has more than two. Yes, the Sabres are struggling.

It's tough for a young team to compete in the NHL, especially in a rebuilding mode. The Sabres have put forth the effort in recent games, but they just don't have the skill to win right now. Buffalo's lack of goal production is directly impacting the standings. The Sabres have won just one game this season, and it fans aren't expecting them to win very many more.

Though the Sabres are lacking offensive production, they are also having an issue in net. Jhonas Enroth is not an every-night goaltender, and Michal Neuvirth has looked lost this season.

The Sabres are a team in turmoil at the moment, but that was to be expected. This season is a wash for the Sabres, who are already looking ahead to the NHL draft.

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Buffalo Sabres Blanked by LA Kings

October 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres were shutout yet again, this time by the LA Kings, by a score of 2-0.

Jeff Carter scored 36 seconds into the game on the power play, and Anze Kopitar added another one in the second period to give the Kings the edge. The Sabres threw 29 shots on goal, but Jonathan Quick stopped them all.

The Sabres lost the game, but they were very physical with the Kings. Eight Sabres has two or more hits in the game, and Drew Stafford stood up for Torrey Mitchell after Brayden McNabb blasted him on the boards. McNabb caught Mitchell with his head down, and seemed to get his elbow up on the play. Stafford was assessed an extra 10-minute misconduct penalty for going after McNabb.

The Sabres are giving the effort on this road trip, but just one goal in two games against west coast teams are not going to cut it. Buffalo will not hit the ice until tomorrow, when they travel to San Jose to play the Sharks at 4 pm. They will then stop in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Tuesday to finish the road trip. Buffalo is still looking for its first win on the current road trip, and also their second win of the season.

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Buffalo Sabres Graduate from Pee-Wee Status Against Anaheim Ducks

October 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Just over one week ago the Buffalo Sabres were referred to as pee-wee players when it came to measuring up against the Anaheim Ducks.

The outcome of that game was a dismal 5-1 loss on home ice, mustering up only 12 shots while giving up 44 shots.

The game was a disaster in all facets of the game. The Sabres appeared as if they weren't willing to put in an effort to win, or stay in the game. The effort is what brought about the pee-wee comment from head coach Ted Nolan.

So how does a 4-1 loss on the road make them any better?

The Sabres had times of sustained pressure. The team took a total of 23 shots and only gave up 34. For the majority of the first two periods, the Sabres kept up with the Ducks, and didn't look like a lesser talent.

If the Sabres hadn't run into one of the hottest goaltenders in the league, the Ducks have Frederik Andersen between the pipes making highlight reel saves every night.

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