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3/25/15: The Buffalo Sabres' management may be trying to tank games to ensure that they have one of the top two picks in the June NHL Draft, but the players are certainly giving their all. In fact, the Sabres have surprised a few times (looking at you, Boston) with surprise wins lately. On the other hand, the Sabres are having a tough time scoring. They are only a couple games shy of tying the NHL record for most games in a regular season with scoring one goal or fewer. They currently sit at 34 occasions, while the NHL record is 37.
3/18/15: For decades, the Buffalo Sabres sported a classy sweater that was emblazoned with the team crest on navy blue or white. It was a simple and classic look that endured the test of time. Then somebody decided to change the jerseys with a rampaging buffalo in red and black, as well as the one which resembled either Barney Rubble's hair, better known as the Buffaslug. They went back to the classic design, though added a yellow alternate jersey. Some liked it, but it was mostly poorly received. The Sabres have decided to scrap that sweater and say they may not bring back an alternate until 2020, for their 50th anniversary.
3/11/15: The Buffalo Sabres were in pure seller's mode for the weeks leading up to the trrade deadline and they did a lot to improve their team in the future. The Sabres are loaded with draft picks and added talent like injured power forward Evander Kane. One curious move, however, was trading away goalie Michel Neuvirth, who was really coming into his own as a netminder and seemed like a good building block. The Sabres received Islanders' backup goalie Chad (I'm not Ocho Cinqo) Johnson in return. So, since this is the Sabres, Johnson was injured in practice before playing in a single game and is possibly done for the year.
3/4/15: Aside from the blockbuster trade that brought Evander Kane from Winnipeg a few weeks ago, the Sabres had been silent in the days leading up to the trade deadline last Monday. But they sure got active on the final day. Buffalo traded starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for backup goalie Chad Johnson. They swapped forward Torrey Mitchell for Jack Nevins and a 2016 seventh round pick from Montreal. In another trade with Montreal, the Sabres sent Bryan Flynn for a 2016 fifth round pick. Finally, they traded power forward Chris Stewart to the Minnesota Wild for a second round pick in 2017. The Sabres are now loaded with draft picks for the next few years, so some of them have to be winners.
2/25/15: When you are trying to lose games, it is favorable to not let your better players get in the way. That is why the Buffalo Sabres are not too concerned that newly acquired forward Evander Kane is out for the season and they are probably not too concerned that defenseman Josh Gorges has been also ruled out due to a lower-body injury. He is set to undergo surgery soon. He has not played since February 10, and finishes the season with six assists and a -28 rating. Certainly there is concern for his long-term health, but he is expected to be ready for next season when the Sabres look to improve with a top draft pick.
2/18/15: Buffalo may not want to win this season, but they do want to win eventually. The are building towards that day and got a lot closer by pulling off a blockbuster trade last week, securing Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf. Kane is the big catch here. He is an excellent power forward that can score 30 goals a year. He wore out his welcome in Winnipeg, but will be a big help to the Sabres. Next year. He is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Sabres gave up Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first round pick.
2/11/15: It is not often that a team gets a pat on the back for winning a single game, but the Buffalo Sabres need and deserve one. After losing 14 straight matches, the Sabres pulled off an impressive win by defeating the Montreal Candiens 3-2 in Montreal last week. Montreal is one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and is battling both Tampa and Detroit for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The win was only the 15th for the Sabres this season, but they are leading the race for most ping pong balls, which could land them Connor McDavid in the draft come June.
2/5/15: Last Friday, the Sabres faced their former goaltender and longtime face of the franchise Ryan Miller for the first time since he was traded away nearly a year ago. Miller sent Buffalo to their 14th consecutive loss in a 5-2 victory for the Vancouver Canucks. Miller was traded to St. Louis a year ago and had the chance to play against the Sabres late in the season, but sat on the bench that game, with the belief being it was too soon and too emotional. The Blues chose not to re-sign him last offsesaon and he eventually ended up in Vancouver. The Sabres may have lost the game and finished January at 0-12, but they did get a lot for Miller from St. Louis when the trade was made.
1/28/15: If the goal of the Sabres is to get the first overall draft pick, likely to be Connor McDavid, then they are in good shape to get the best odds. Buffalo had a nice run in November and December, but that solid play has fallen off lately and the Sabres have lose 11 in a row heading into the All Star break. The Sabres insists that they are not tanking the season, and even finishing in last place only increases the odds of the first overall pick - it does not guarantee that they will get the first overall pick. That being said, the Sabres are certainly rebuilding, and that sometimes requires sacrificing current talent for draft picks and prospects.
1/21/15: The Buffalo Sabres have not had much to celebrate this season, and they are a long way from their heyday in the late 1990's. So it was a nice site to see the team retire Dominik Hasek's #39 last week. Hasek may have been the best goalie to ever play and was known for making amazing acrobatic saves on sure goals. The number was retired prior to the Sabres hosting the Detroit Red Wings. Hasek played a couple of seasons late in his career for Detroit where he won the Stanley Cup. But the majority of his career was in Buffalo where he was 234-170-70 with a 2.22 GAA and an impressive .926 save percentage.
1/14/15: Buffalo certainly is not making the playoffs this season, but at least it looks like they have some good pieces in place for the future. For example, Zemgus Girgensons was a fan selection for the All-Star Game and goalie Michal Neuvirth played one of the best games of the season, turning aside 45 of 47 Tampa Bay shots last Friday. His play was so spectacular that he was earned the rare number one star of the game even though he was the losing goaltender. Buffalo has two home games this week and good chances for wins when the host the struggling Minnesota Wild on Thursday and the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
1/7/15: By any measure, the Buffalo Sabres have exceeded expectations this season and may be the best sub-500 team in the league. While their record at the end of the 2014 calendar year was 14-21-3, not many teams want to play them, particularly at home where they are 10-9-2. The Sabres have been playing relatively well as of late, but still struggle on the road with a terrible 4-12-1 record. They also have allowed the most goals of any team in the league with a 3.37 goals against average. They have the chance to improve those numbers this week with games at Carolina (Thursday) and Tampa (Friday).
11/19/14: It is a simple fact that the Buffalo Sabres are worst team in the NHL right now. Through 18 games, they only managed 8 points and are last in the league. But beyond that is GM Tim Murray. He publicly admits that he is second-guessing his decision to take the GM job over the summer after many successful years in Ottawa as the assistant GM to his uncle Bryan. Bryan Murray is suffering from terminal cancer, and that is the root cause. In better news, long-time Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret is back in the booth after his bout with throat cancer - and that is far more important than wins and losses.
11/12/14: The Buffalo Sabres have every right to be frustrated. The fire sale from last season has left the team with little more than undeveloped players and aging veterans. The results, through 15 games of the season, have been predictably disastrous with a 3-10-2 record. They will probably be without forward Tyler Ennis for a while as he is facing suspension for hitting a linesman with his stick intentionally. He earned a match penalty immediately and the league will review the case. He has apologized personally to the refs and shown remorse, but hitting an official is a big taboo in any sport.
11/5/14: The Sabres selected Sam Reinhart with the second overall pick in the draft and gave him, essentially, a nine game tryout before having to make a decision on him. He dominated the junior ranks for the past three years, but was overmatched in the NHL. That is to be expected considering he is just 18 years old. He still should be a great NHLer, but needs more seasoning, so, as expected, the Sabres are sending him back to the juniors. His time will come, and could be part of a much stronger Buffalo team in the future.
10/29/14: We all knew that it would be a rough season for the Buffalo Sabres, but no one ever said it would be this rough. The Sabres fell 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks last week, a tough home loss by any measure. Ducks' forward Corey Perry netted his second hat trick of the season in the game. The bright spot, if there is one, is that Buffalo scored a goal. That ended a scoreless streak of 197 minutes (or more than three full games). Just remember, the Sabres traded off most of their veteran talent to hit rock bottom and rebuild as competitive team.
10/22/14: Sabres owner Terry Pegula earned his place as a civic hero by successfully purchasing the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and pledging to keep the team in the city. While that has bought him goodwill among the Western New York populous, it is not buying any wins for the Sabres. It was well accepted that the Sabres would suffer this season as they continue the rebuilding process. However, there is no need for the jokes about which of Pegula's teams will win more games this season. The Sabres have a tough road trip this week, heading west to face Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose before returning east to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.
10/15/14: It is generally recognized that the Sabres are a rebuilding team. They traded off key veterans last season, including long-time goalie Ryan Miller (to the St. Louis Blues) so they could restock and rebuild. Reports now indicate that the Sabres are looking to move young defenseman Tyler Myers. Myers was outstanding when he first came up, but since then has simply been good. Perhaps a part of that is the team surrounding him. Both Detroit and Anaheim are reportedly interested and could probably afford his $5.5 million cap hit - and he is signed through the 2018-19 season.
3/13/13: The Sabres have been a very interesting team this year and one of many streaks, both hot and cold. The losses seem to come in bunches for lowly Buffalo, having put together losing streaks of four, three, four and four together. If that's not the epitome of falling into a funk, I don't know what is. It doesn't help that they get to play in one of the most difficult divisions in hockey during a shortened season. Some bright spots for Buffalo have come from the usual in Tomas Vanek who leads the team with 30 points, as well as Jason Pominville with 20 points. Goaltender Ryan Miller has had to stand on his head at times, but boasts a reliable 2.82 GAA and .914 save percentage.
2/21/13: Last season, the Sabres management got all the Sabres fans excited by acquiring several big name free agents. Then goaltender Ryan Miller went down and the team missed the playoffs by a couple points. The problem, they said, was that the Sabres were not tough. They let other teams bully them. This year they went out and got Steve Ott and other s to toughen up the team. It has not worked. Buffalo is 6-9-1 and in last place in the Northeast - a full five points behind fourth place Ottawa. Like other teams struggling, the Sabres can't score with consistency and it is showing in the standings.
2/14/13: Thomas Vanek has started this condensed season on fire. He currently leads the league in scoring with 11 goals and 12 in just 12 games. It seems like every Sabres highlight shows him making a great goal or feathering an impossible pass to a linemate for a goal. The Sabres as a team have struggled. They are in last place in the Northeast with a 5-7-1 record, good for 11 points. Boston leads the division at 8-1-1, but there is still enough time left in the season for Buffalo to turn it around and make the playoffs.
11/29/12: Outside of Buffalo, most hockey fans are not familiar with the name Robert Swados. But within the city confines, especially among those who follow the Sabres, Robert Swados was a beacon holder of the Sabres organization. Along with the Knox brothers, Swados acquired the rights to bring an NHL franchise to Buffalo some 42 years ago. Swados worked in the front office for over thirty years, and was witness to some of the Sabres most memorable moments and legendary players. Unfortunately, Swados passed away earlier this week, and was still working with the Sabres Hall of Fame when he passed.
11/22/12: After 13 NHL seasons, a lockout seven years ago, and the current labor strife, defenseman Jaroslav Spacek has had enough. He announced his retirement. At 38, he has earned the time off, though the desire to spend more time with family, as well as nagging back issues were major factors. Spacek made his way around the league, playing for the Panthers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Hurricanes, and Sabres. He scored 82 goals in his career, but was best defined as a solid defensman's defenseman. He likely would have played if not for the lockout, and is now another casualty of the labor strife.
11/15/12: Regardless of what happens with the owners and players on a new CBA and the ongoing lockout, the season is already over for one Sabre player. Sadly, forward Corey Tropp suffered a major knee injury, and will undergo surgery on his ACL and MCL. Tropp played only one game for the Amerks and he looked great. He scored two goals in the game before the injury. The loss could be a blow to the Sabres. Tropp is a gritty player who can score - in the Brendan Shanahan mold, and the Sabres were counting on him on the third or fourth line this season.
11/8/12: While many NHL players have opted to go overseas, and more may be on the way considering the lack of progress in the CBA negotiations between the league and the players, one is actually on his way back. Thomas Vanek returned to his native Austria and played a month with the Graz EC. He scored five goals and 10 points in 15 games, and raved about his time with the team. Vanek left open the possibility of returning at some point, but for now, the talented forward wants to get back to Buffalo and his family.
11/1/12: The Sabres were arguably the biggest disappointment in the NHL last season. GM Darcy Reiger invested heavily in prized free agents, but discovered the team had no grit or backbone once goalie Ryan Miller went down to injury (after a cheapshot by the Bruins' Lucic). Reiger toughened up the roster this year so that should not happen again. But if the Sabres fail again, then it could be the end for both Reiger and head coach Lindy Ruff. Both have been with the franchise for a long time, however, the team can only come up short so many times before owner Terry Pegula decides to pull the plug.
10/18/12: They say the only way to forget losing is by winning. But you can't win if you don't play, and that is the situation that the Sabres are in right now. Last season was a bitter disapointment. The team made some high profile moves to move into contender status, but then rolled over once Milan Lucic of the Bruins steamrolled Buffalo starting goaltender Ryan Miller. They did not have any grit or backbone. They missed the playoffs. This year, they have made more moves to toughen up, including bringing in Steve Ott. But until the lockout ends and the puck drops, the Sabres can only talk tough.
10/4/12: With the lockout in full force, many players have gone overseas to play. For the Sabres, Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Ennis are on The Continent getting some playing time. Ehrhoff was not a surprise. He signed with Krefeld of the German Elite League, with whom he played for before coming to the NHL, even winning the championship in 2003. But Tyler Ennis was a bit of a shock. Many expected him to go to the Rochester Americans in the AHL. But with no existing CBA, he chose to go to Switzerland and play for SC Langnau.
8/16/12: John Tavaras and Matt Moulson get the press for their offensive talents, and rightfully so, but Isles fans may have a new young gun to root for in the near future. Ryan Strome is probably only known to die-hard Islanders fans, but he is a prospect in the organization and is quickly making a name for himself. Strome played for the Canadian Junior Team in the Canada-Russia Challenge, a four game series pitting the top amatures from the two hockey superpowers. The Canadians tied the series at two games each, forcing a sudden death overtime for the title. Strome scored the winning goal on a drag shot, which should force the Islanders to consider him for their roster this fall.
8/2/12: The Sabres stated they wanted to get tougher for the next season, and they are well on their way by trading for Steve Ott and re-signing Patrick Kaleta. In 2011, Ott was ranked the 5th most hated player in the league and Kaleta earned #2. The two even have a past together, and even fought in March 2010. It may be uncomfortable, but not unusual for sparring partners to end up on the same team in the NHL, though Kaleta says they spoke and burried the hatchet. Kaleta has dissapointed some fans because he has been injury prone for much of his career but is changing his equipment for better protection.
7/26/12: Buffalo missed out on picking up a power forward who can score in Rick Nash when the Blue Jackets traded him to the Rangers. Now they are setting their sites on either Shane Doan of the Coyotes or Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks. The problem is that so are the rest of the Eastern Conference. Doan would prefer to stay in Phoenix, but has given management an ultimatum to shore up the ownership situation or he will walk. Ryan is talented but wants out of the Ducks organization, and has made public comments against the team in the recent past. In the meantime, the Sabres, Penguins, Flyers, and Devils are all getting proposals ready.
5/23/12: Buffalo made their first major offseason move this past week by resigning defenseman Alexander Sulzer to a one-year contract. The move keeps Sulzer from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Sulzer appeared in 15 games for the Sabers after coming to upstate New York in a mid-season trade from Vancouver (along with Cody Hodgson). Between the two teams, Sulzer recorded 3 goals and 5 assists in 27 games. While not an overwhelming scoring threat, he does give Buffalo a serviceable, young defenseman who may progress to the next level with more playing time and good role models - something probably not found easily in Vancouver.
5/15/12: Very little news out of Buffalo, as the Sabres missed the playoffs for the third time in the last five years. GM Darcy Reiger and Head Coach Lindy Ruff will return for their 17th seasons. The longest-tenured GM/HC duo do not expect major overhauls this offseason, instead blaming their lack of on-ice success on injuries. The key injury was a concussion sustained by goaltender Ryan Miller in November in a collision with the Bruins' Milan Lucic . He missed nine games and struggled for the next two months - enough time to change the team from 'can't-miss playoff contender' to 'fighting for a spot'.
5/11/12: Much has been written about the Sabres sub-par season after agressively signing several free agents last year. Ville Lieno has become the posterboy for the failed season after he signed a six-year $27 million contract to improve the offense and only contributed 8 goals and 25 points in 71 games. Right winger Jason Pominville was a bright note on a team that finished with 89 points and just out of the playoffs. He only failed to score a point in consecutive games twice during the season, and won the team's triple crown by leading the franchise in goals (30), assists (43), and points (73).
5/3/12: Buffalo faces some tough decisions. After investing heavily in a team that ultimately missed the playoffs, the front office has some soul searching ahead of them, especially while watching the Capitals (who, along with Ottawa beat them out for the final playoff spots) advance to the second round. One of the major decisions focuses on center Derek Roy. Roy ammassed at least 60 points in each of the past four seasons. He had an off-year in 2011-12 campaign, recording only 44 points in 80 games. Roy will enter a contract year next season, forcing the teams to trade, resign, or let him walk.
4/25/12: The Buffalo Sabres were very aggressive in the past offseason, looking to build on a seventh place regular season finish and first-round loss to Philadelphia. New owner Terry Pegula invested heavily, extending star defenseman Tyler Meyers and adding more blueline depth with Ville Leino (free agency) and making a big trade with Calgary for Robyn Regehr. For the first time in their history, the Sabres had both talent and financial backing to compete. Unfortunately, the Sabres regressed. The team never reached its potential, finishing three points out of the playoffs. But with another year and great fan support, expect Buffalo to rebound next season.
4/15/12: It will be interesting to watch the fallout this offseason with Buffalo Sabres. The team made several high-profile moves in the past twelve months but failed to make the playoffs under head coach Lindy Ruff. The best chance the Sabres have for any sort of moral victory is if Thomas Vanek is voted to the cover of EA Sports NHL 2013 - quite a dropoff for a fanbase that had Stanley Cup aspirations just seven months ago. Vanek isn't even the best player - Jason Pominville had 12 more points (73 total) and the Sabres still had Olympic hero Ryan Miller in net.
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Buffalo Sabres Tickets -Season InfoAfter missing the playoffs for two straight seasons, the Buffalo Sabres made a return to the post season in 2010 chiefly due to the astounding goaltending of Ryan Miller. With a core group of veteran leadership, the Sabres are expecting big things from players like Rob Niedermayer, Thomas Vanek, Jordan Leopold and Jochen Hecht. With an ownership change ensuring the team will stay in Buffalo being finalized in February 2011, fans can look forward to Buffalo Sabres hockey for years to come.
Buffalo Sabres Tickets - THe PlayersFor the most part, Sabres fans are used to standing by the wayside during the NHL's free agency period and watching their players leave for other teams. That's not true anymore with new owner Terry Pegula in town. The Sabres were one of the most active teams in free agency this year, bringing in one of the best free agent defenseman in Christian Ehrhoff and star forward Ville Leino. The Sabres will be an exciting team to watch this year with established stars such as Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers, and Ryan Miller.
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|Apr 11, 2015||Pittsburgh Penguins - Buffalo Sabres||2 - 0|
|Apr 10, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Columbus Blue Jackets||2 - 4|
|Apr 6, 2015||Carolina Hurricanes - Buffalo Sabres||3 - 4|
|Apr 4, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - New York Islanders||0 - 3|
|Apr 3, 2015||Chicago Blackhawks - Buffalo Sabres||4 - 3|
|Apr 1, 2015||Toronto Maple Leafs - Buffalo Sabres||3 - 4|
|Mar 28, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Colorado Avalanche||3 - 5|
|Mar 23, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Dallas Stars||3 - 4|
|Mar 21, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Nashville Predators||0 - 3|
|Mar 17, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Boston Bruins||2 - 1|
|Mar 16, 2015||Washington Capitals - Buffalo Sabres||4 - 3|
|Mar 14, 2015||New York Rangers - Buffalo Sabres||2 - 0|
|Mar 11, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Toronto Maple Leafs||3 - 4|
|Mar 7, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Washington Capitals||1 - 6|
|Mar 6, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Ottawa Senators||2 - 3|
|Mar 3, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Tampa Bay Lightning||0 - 3|
|Feb 28, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Florida Panthers||3 - 5|