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Buffalo Sabres Defenseman Mark Pysyk Released from Hospital Following Collapse

March 1st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Marc Deschamps

On Saturday, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk dropped to his knees and collapsed during a game of pick-up basketball at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The 23-year-old player was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, but was released later that same day.

So far, there has been no word on what led to the collapse. Pysyk was sent back to the Rochester Americans following Thursday's 6-3 Sabres win against the Vancouver Canucks. Pysyk played the following night in the Amerks game against the Toronto Marlies without any complications. Pysyk has no prior history of health conditions.

Pysyk was a welcome addition to the Sabres roster during his most recent stint with the team. He scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday night's victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets and recorded 18 minutes and 19 seconds of ice time in Thursday's game against the Canucks. During that stretch, Pysyk was paired with defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who expressed surprise when asked about the collapse.

"He seemed fine to me," Meszaros said in an interview with the Buffalo News. "He played very well. That would be news to me. He was unbelievable. I enjoyed playing with him. It was fun to see him come up and play well like he did."

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Buffalo Sabres Fans Find Themselves Torn by the Tank After Win Over Vancouver

February 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
By Marc Deschamps

Any other season, Buffalo Sabres fans would be ecstatic about a 6-3 win. Thursday night's victory over the Vancouver Canucks, however, was a different story.

That's because many fans want to see the Sabres end up with the first or second pick in the NHL draft, so the team can land potential superstars Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It can be seen all over social media, as many fans push for the team to "tank for McDavid." There are even signs floating around First Niagara Center during every home game, promoting the same thing.

The idea of rooting against their own team has left many fans divided, though. The division was on full display as Sabres fans and pundits debated whether the team should win or lose. It's far from an isolated incident, either. The Sabres have acquired points in four of their last five contests, leaving tank fans concerned about the prospect of the Phoenix Coyotes or Edmonton Oilers "catching up," so to speak.

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Buffalo Sabres Rumor Mill: Cody Hodgson Generating Interest

February 27th, 2015 at 1:51 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

With the contract that Cody Hodgson received from Darcy Regier, and his lack of production since signing that contract, many figure Tim Murray would be a genius if he were to manufacture a trade involving the forward.

Apparently, Hodgson is generating interest from at least one team.

According to a source, Murray received a call about Hodgson from the St. Louis Blues, who offered a third round pick. Murray was apparently not impressed, as he declined the offer, per the source.

A third round pick for Hodgson would be considered a steal on Buffalo's end by many. But Murray hit a snag when the Blues asked Murray to retain a portion of his salary. That is to be expected if Murray is to deal Hodgson, but the amount he was asked to retain was apparently too much for him to pull the trigger.

Hodgson isn't part of the future for the Sabres, but his contract has him stuck in Buffalo until he can get dealt, or his contract runs out. Murray doesn't seem to be too keen on buying him out, and would rather trade him, if he can. Though, he has to expect to retain some of his salary.

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Vancouver Canucks Goaltender Ryan Miller Sustains Leg Injury

February 24th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Marc Deschamps

Last month, Ryan Miller faced his former teammates on the Buffalo Sabres for the first time since Miller was traded late last season. The Vancouver Canucks will pay a visit to the goaltender's former team later this week, but Miller is unlikely to play.

During Sunday night's 4-0 win over the New York Islanders, Miller was sidelined with an apparent leg injury 1:11 into the second period. Miller's teammate, Jannik Hansen, ran into the goaltender in the crease. In true Miller fashion, the injured goaltender still managed to make a save before the whistle blew.

Miller did not return for the duration of the game. Back-up goaltender Eddie Lack replaced Miller for the remainder of the evening.

The scope of Miller's injury has yet to be determined. The Canucks are currently in the midst of a five-game road trip, but Miller was sent back to Vancouver to undergo an MRI. Miller's matchup against Buffalo would have been the final game of the trip.

In the meantime, the Canucks have recalled Utica Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom to serve as Lack's backup.

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Buffalo Sabres Trade Rumors: Chris Stewart is Next to Go

February 23rd, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to make a few more moves.

Tim Murray has already executed a blockbuster deal, sending Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, a first round draft pick and prospects to the Winnipeg Jets for Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian. He also shipped Jhonas Enroth off to Dallas. Now, it seems as though Murray's focus has shifted to Chris Stewart.

Rumor has it that Murray is in talks with both the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche for Stewart's services. Murray is believed to be asking the Bruins for Ryan Spooner and a second round pick, while he is trying to court Ryan O'Reilly from the Avalanche. Cody Hodgson is also expected to be part of either deal if Murray can work him in.

Many believe Hodgson is playing his final games in Buffalo this season. If Murray can't trade him, many media outlets are expecting to see a buyout for the young center. However, rumors suggest Murray is looking to deal Hodgson, and if there isn't a partner available, he's fine with keeping him.

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