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Frustration Abound as Buffalo Sabres Stumble to 1-5 Start
October 19th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
No one expected the Buffalo Sabres to be competitive this season. After enduring the worst season in team history last year, the team was again expected to be basement-dwellers as they continue an ardous rebuilding process. The team has failed to resemble an NHL team at all through the first...

Buffalo Sabres Post Sub-Par Results in Ultimate Team Rankings
September 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The Buffalo Sabres are near the middle of the pack of ESPN's Ultimate Team Rankings. ***PHOTO1*** The Bills came in 75th overall out of 122 franchises in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. They came in 21st in the NHL. ESPN utilized several consulting firms and fan surveys to compile the rankings...

Buffalo Sabres Given Longest Odds of Winning Stanley Cup in 2014-15
September 6th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The Buffalo Sabres are the longest of long shots to win the Stanley Cup in 2014-15, according to the latest numbers from Bovada. ***PHOTO1*** The sportsbook gave Buffalo 75-to-1 odds to win the championship. That ties Buffalo with the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators for the longest odds in the...

Buffalo Sabres’ Many National TV Appearances Highlight Team’s Drawing Power
July 26th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
The Buffalo Sabres remain a favorite of the national TV networks, in spite of their league-worst finish last season. ***PHOTO1*** The team has its fans squarely to thank for that appeal. NBC announced this past week that the Sabres will play in 11 national games in the 2014-15 season on NBC and the NBC...

Former Buffalo Sabres Defenseman Robyn Regehr Wins Stanley Cup with Los Angeles Kings
June 14th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr probably wasn't regretting being dealt by the Buffalo Sabres to the Los Angeles Kings much to begin with. But clinching his first-ever Stanley Cup Friday night probably further distanced him from his brief time with the blue and gold. ***PHOTO1*** The 34-year-old blueliner was the second person to touch...

Buffalo Sabres Might not Face Much of a Drop-off in Drafting Second in 2014
June 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
The Buffalo Sabres were thanked for posting the league's worst record in 2013-14 with a draft lottery defeat. ***PHOTO1*** The Florida Panthers snuck ahead of them in the lottery to grab the first overall pick. But recent draft history indicated that may not mean much for the blue and gold. Draft history indicated...

Buffalo Sabres Fans Among the Least Loyal in NHL, per Survey; Numbers Indicate Otherwise
June 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM
A new report on fan loyalty found Buffalo Sabres fans to be among the least loyal in the NHL. ***PHOTO1*** The report from New York-based brand researcher Brand Keys found Sabres fans to be the 26th-most loyal to their team. They came in only ahead of the New York Islanders, Columbus Blue...

Buffalo Sabres to Get 2015 First-round Pick from New York Islanders; Isles Retain 2014 First-rounder
May 22nd, 2014 at 3:14 PM
The Buffalo Sabres will have to make due with one first-round pick in this summer's NHL draft, as the New York Islanders have opted to keep their pick and instead give Buffalo its 2015 first-rounder. ***PHOTO1*** The pick is due to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek trade. The trade...

Former Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller, Steve Ott Make St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Favorites
March 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
The St. Louis Blues may have the Buffalo Sabres to thank for getting them the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup. ***PHOTO1*** Their acquisition of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott has made them the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to bovada.lv. The Blues have 5-to-1 odds, moving up from 6-to-1 before the...

Buffalo Sabres Trade Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and Two Draft Picks
February 28th, 2014 at 10:26 PM
The long-rumored trade involving Ryan Miller has finally come to fruition. The Buffalo Sabres have traded Ryan Miller and Captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues for forward Chris Stewart, goalie Jaroslav Halak, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first round draft pick, and a 2016 third round pick.  ***PHOTO1*** Ryan Miller is...

Future of NHL in Winter Olympics Remain in Doubt After 2014 Sochi Games
February 12th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
As the men's Olympic hockey tournament gets underway in Sochi, officials are starting the fight to not have these Winter Olympics be the last to feature NHL players.   International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said Tuesday he will do everything he can to convince the NHL to continue allowing its...

Buffalo Sabres Fans Tune in to NHL Winter Classic
January 4th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Buffalo Sabres fans remain strong supporters of the NHL Winter Classic even six years after their team hosted the New Year's Day game.   NBC recorded a 2.9 rating for this week's outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. That tied the 2009 classic between the Wings and...

Buffalo Sabres’ Value Leaps, but Remains in Bottom Third of NHL
November 26th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
A playoff drought that will soon extend three years hasn't been enough to keep the value of the Buffalo Sabres down.   Forbes' most recent analysis of NHL franchise values found the Sabres to be worth $250 million. That's up 43 percent from a year ago, when the Sabres were worth $175...

Buffalo Sabres are Longest of Long Shots to Win Stanley Cup
November 10th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
In what should be a surprise to nobody, the Buffalo Sabres have the longest odds in the NHL to win the 2014 Stanley Cup.   ***PHOTO1***   Buffalo is listed as a 300-to-1 shot to win the championship, according to bodog.net. That means every dollar bet on Buffalo would net $300 should the Sabres...

Phil Kessel Suspended Three Preseason Games for Role in Buffalo Sabres Brawl; Ron Rolston Fined
September 24th, 2013 at 7:10 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel will sit out the rest of the preseason for his role in Sunday's brawl against the Buffalo Sabres, while Buffalo coach Ron Rolston was fined for his part in the melee.   ***PHOTO1***   Kessel received a three-game preseason sentence Tuesday. He was not suspended for any regular...

NHL Set to Reduce Size of Goalie Pads Next Season
August 11th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The National Hockey League will reduce the size of goalie pads next season in an attempt to increase scoring. The league and its players association agreed this past week to reduce the size of pads by ten percent from knee to thigh. Additional padding will be allowed on the side, though,...

Buffalo Sabres Fans Again Get Taste of Stanley Cup – Sort Of
June 25th, 2013 at 7:10 PM
Buffalo Sabres fans have actually grown fairly accustomed to seeing the Stanley Cup around town over the summer.   Unfortunately, it's never their own players who are doing the showing off.   ***PHOTO1***   For the second time in four years, Buffalo native Patrick Kane has won the Stanley Cup as a member of the...

Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles Kings
June 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 PM
The Buffalo Sabres' path back to the playoffs got tougher Sunday after the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired netminder Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings. The Leafs sent forward Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick out West for Bernier, who should enter training camp in September neck-and-neck...

Buffalo Sabres Seem Unwise to Have Let Daniel Paille, Others Escape
June 17th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Would the Buffalo Sabres be in the Stanley Cup finals right now if they'd kept Daniel Paille? That's doubtful.   But would they be better off? That's entirely possible. ***PHOTO1*** Paille kicked off his 15 minutes of fame late Saturday after scoring the overtime game-winner for the Boston Bruins to help them even...

Stanley Cup Finals Breakdown, Hollywood Style: ‘Wayne’s World’ Vs. ‘Happy Gilmore’
June 12th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The Stanley Cup finals start tonight with the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Boston Bruins.   Many words across the continent will be spent analyzing the teams and predicting the winner. But the answer to who will host the trophy in a couple weeks actually rests at the movies.   ***PHOTO1***   Two of the best...