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Eichel Playing Numbers Game

Eichel Playing Numbers Game

July 9th, 2018 No. 15 or No. 9, it doesn’t matter what number Jack Eichel has on his jersey; starting in the 2018-19 season, he needs to be No. 1 for the Buffalo Sabres. After the front office frittered away three years of his entry-level contract with no team success to show for it, Eichel’s massive...
Sabres Fans Bickering: A Great Thing

Sabres Fans Bickering: A Great Thing

July 5th, 2018 As many in the United States paused to celebrate their country’s independence yesterday, I, for one, am also grateful to be celebrating something else: the avid, vocal, outspoken and opinionated fans of the Buffalo Sabres. Sabres: Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Some ongoing debates among Sabres...

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July 1st, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres met their goaltending needs early Sunday morning as they signed Carter Hutton and Scott Wedgewood to deals that were announced right around the same time. As per Elliotte Friedman, Hutton's deal is a three-year contract with Wedgewood providing backup as an organizational number three netminder. Hutton will be paid just under $3 million per season while the terms of Wedgewood's are believed to be much more in line with an AHL netminder who will get a peek in the NHL from time to time. Many are seeing this as the best opportunity for Hutton who had a lot of interest as free agency approached. https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/1013408270399098880 Related: 2018 NHL Free Agent Signing Tracker Carter Hutton It had been rumored for days that the Buffalo Sabres were zeroing in on Hutton as their netminder of choice and while this deal represents a large raise for the 32-year-old, it is believed by some he left money on the table from other organizations...
June 29th, 2018
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As the roster currently stands, the Buffalo Sabres have nine NHL defensemen under contract for the 2018-19 season. While this isn't necessarily a "bad problem" to have, Jason Botterill could still be looking to add talent to a group that was one of the worst in the league last season. He started the defensive revitalization process last weekend when he selected Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick in the NHL draft. On Wednesday, the second-year GM acquired defenseman Matt Hunwick in a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins that also included left winger Conor Sheary. It remains to be seen just how many of these blueliners are still Sabres property come October, but with so many bodies and only six starting spots, fans have begun to prognosticate what the opening night depth chart might look like. The Starting Six While the organization does have an excess of fringe-level depth defensemen, the starting six are pretty easy to sort out. It goes without saying that Dahlin will...
June 28th, 2018
Sabres Transactions

While trade rumors continue to swirl around Buffalo Sabres Ryan O’Reilly, and Rasmus Dahlin fandemonium begins to ramp up at the team’s development camp, general manager Jason Botterill made some news of his own Wednesday morning. The Sabres' GM acquired Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2019 fourth-round draft pick. The pick can become a third-rounder if Sheary scores 20 goals or 40 points or if the Sabres trade Hunwick before the 2019 draft. It's welcome news for a Sabres squad that features Zemgus Girgensons as its only real left winger. Related: Sabres Roster Won’t Be Easy to Overhaul Why the Trade Helps the Sabres The Sabres top left wingers from last season, Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot, are long gone. Kane re-signed with the San Jose Sharks and Pouliot became an unrestricted free agent. It’s a lonely place. Sheary joins Zemgus Girgensons on the left side, giving the Sabres another bona fide left winger. And...
June 27th, 2018
Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019, the Penguins announced Wednesday. The pick can become a third-round pick if Sheary scores 20 goals or 40 points in the 2018-19 season or if the Sabres trade Hunwick prior to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1012032248458211328 On paper, this deal appears to be a cap-dump for the Penguins who are now out from under the $3 million contract for Sheary and $2.25 million for Hunwick that both last through the 2019-20 season. While Sheary has been a solid player for the Penguins since being signed as an undrafted free agent, the 26-year-old simply wasn't a core player in the Penguins offense anymore and with the team looking to shed some salary, packaging him to unload Hunwick's salary for minimal return was the call the team made. It's hard to argue with their team-building strategy given their...

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The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender... May 27th, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame Debates: Rick Martin

Injuries are a part of life, and most certainly a part of sports. There is no doubt that if Buffalo Sabres fabled sniper Rick Martin had not sustained a career-ending injury he would have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame long ago. Martin would likely have played at least five more years... October 16th, 2017