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Buffalo Sabres News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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.
Buffalo Sabres Tickets -Team History
Buffalo Sabres tickets allow fans the opportunity to see one of the rising franchises in the NHL's Eastern Conference. Established in 1970, the Sabres joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team and play their games at HSBC Arena in downtown Buffao and have called the venue home since it was opened in 1996. Watch as the Sabres build their legacy and work to bring their first Stanley Cup to Buffalo!
Buffalo Sabres Tickets -Season Info
After 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 Players
For 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.
Buffalo Sabres Tickets -Ticket Information
Buffalo Sabres tickets ensure that fans see the Sabres playing top contenders throughout the entire NHL season. The Sabres need a solid team effort to compete in a tough Northeast Division. With matchups against great teams like the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins and non-divisional meetings with Henrik Lundqvist's New York Rangers, the Sabres are sure to be tested all season long. Grab your Sabres's tickets now and don't miss the action!
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SABRES SCORES4 wins, 2 losses (66.7%)
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