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Buffalo Sabres Coaching Changes Allows Ted Nolan to Put His Stamp on the Team

April 17th, 2014 at 8:39 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

When the Buffalo Sabres announced that changes to their coaching staff would take place this offseason, Ted Nolan made a statement that he will form the team to his liking.

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When Nolan took the Sabres over, he inherited a team that was being laughed at with Ron Rolston and his staff at the helm. Nolan finished the season with Rolston's staff, but it didn't take long for him to make changes once the atrocious season ended.

Teppo Numminen will not be offered a contract extension. Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were both offered reassignments and the Corsi number will not be back next season, as Jim Corsi was let go from Nolan's staff.

It will be interesting to see who Nolan decides to add to his staff, while Tim Murray constructs next season's roster. The suffering for Sabres fans is likely not over yet, but with the team having the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, and Nolan being able to add the people he wants to add to his coaching staff, the suffering may be minimized.

 

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Buffalo Sabres Lose NHL Draft Lottery, Will Select at No. 2 Overall

April 15th, 2014 at 8:34 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres have lost yet again, and though it wasn't a game at stake, the loss may have been a whole lot more.

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Despite finishing dead-last in the NHL, the Sabres will not pick at the No. 1 overall slot in this year's upcoming draft. Instead, the Florida Panthers leapfrogged Buffalo at tonight's draft lottery, giving them possession of the No. 1 overall selection.

Losing is nothing new for Buffalo this season, as they've suffered plenty of it. Some may argue that they are the most deserving of the top pick, and that the lottery has proved to be a disservice to Buffalo. Yet, the fact remains that the Sabres will draft at the No. 2 slot.

Although Buffalo will miss out on the chance to pick first this season, the drama surrounding the Sabres and this year's draft has yet to completely unfold. The Sabres will receive a first-round pick from the New York Islanders, either in this draft or next. Should New York give Buffalo their selection this season, the Sabres will pick at No. 2 and No. 5 this season. Should the Islanders defer to next season, Buffalo could potentially have two top-10 picks next season, as both teams are expected to be in similar situations after next season.

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Buffalo Sabres Offense Never Showed up This Season

April 14th, 2014 at 7:28 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres had a rough start to this season offensively, and after trading away Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott, they never found a way to get on track.

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Granted, Moulson was part of the return the Sabres received in Vanek, but he was one of Buffalo's more consistent goal scorers. Tyler Ennis finished as Buffalo's leading goal scorer with 21, and Cody Hodgson was behind him with 20. Drew Stafford was the only other player left on the roster who was in double-digits in the category, scoring 16 on the season. 

The Sabres scored a league-worst 157 goals on the year. Ville Leino, weighed down by his monster contract, finished the year with zero goals, but managed 15 assists. Leino did score one shootout goal that didn't count toward his total. However, he was by far the most disappointing player on Buffalo's roster. Even Mikhail Grigorenko, who played just 18 games before being demoted to the minors for good, had a better season than Leino. It's pretty safe to assume he will not be a member of the team come next season.

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Buffalo Sabres End Season with Seven Game Skid

April 13th, 2014 at 11:42 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

There couldn't have been a better way for the Buffalo Sabres to end their season than the way they did,

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Buffalo had a two-goal lead against the New York Islanders, but eventually dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to lose their seventh-straight game. Connor Knapp made his first career start, being the sixth goaltender to start for Buffalo. He earned the shootout loss. Ville Leino failed to keep the shootout going as the third shooter, and finished the season with zero goals in 58 games. 

The loss, as fitting as it was, will leave a bad taste in the mouths of those within the Sabres organization. Buffalo will definitely need to make significant strides during the draft an offseason in order to return to an actual NHL caliber team. Buffalo finishes dead last in the league, and posted historically bad numbers throughout the season. 

The Sabres dreadful season has mercifully come to an end, and fans can now look forward to the future with the draft lottery set to take place on Tuesday. 

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Buffalo Sabres Get Pumbled by Boston Bruins as Season’s End Nears

April 12th, 2014 at 9:50 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres continued their losing ways today as they were dismantled by the Boston Bruins 4-1. 

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The loss is Buffalo's sixth-straight, and the Bruins clinched the President's Trophy with the win. Buffalo's season was over a long time ago, but the real story of the game is how many injuries were sustained by members of the Sabres.

Matt Hackett was taken off of the ice on a stretcher after a collision with Torey Krug. Hackett gripped his right leg and was in tremendous pain. Along with Hackett, the Sabres lost Brian Flynn, Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff and Matt D'Agostini during the game. 

As brutal as this season has been, the Sabres must be thankful that tomorrow's game against the Islanders will be their final game of the season. They have been hindered by injuries, while the organization suffered its worst season possibly of all-time. 

Buffalo will limp into tomorrow night's game against the Islanders looking for mercy. The Sabres have 60 game minutes left of this miserable season and will hope to just come out of it as healthy as possible. 

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