Sabres Botterill is the New Swedish Chef

Sabres Botterill is the New Swedish Chef

May 24th, 2018 His wooden spatula has been replaced by a hockey stick. His thick, bushy eyebrows and mustache have been cleanly shaven. And his chef’s apron has been swapped out for a crisply laundered button-down shirt and suit. Move over Muppets, there’s a new Swedish Chef. His name is Jason...
Sabres Hoping College Kids are the Trick

Sabres Hoping College Kids are the Trick

May 21st, 2018 Jason Botterill, a former Michigan Wolverine, is a big proponent of the college route in terms of player development. This was evident when he was an assistant GM in Pittsburgh, and it has become more evident in his first year as GM of the Buffalo Sabres. Through the draft and through free-agent...

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May 11th, 2018
Sabres History

The Buffalo Sabres have scored over 12,600 goals since entering the NHL in 1970. But there are some goals that are so etched into franchise history that they stand out above all the others. Compiled here are the best of the best. Note: They are not ranked in any particular order of importance. Brad May's Overtime Series-Clinching Goal Game 4 of the 1993 Adams Division Semifinals “May Day! May Day! May Day! May Day!” – Rick Jeanneret Rick Jeanneret’s call of Brad May’s legendary goal is easily one of the most-well-known goals in Sabres’ history. And that’s not just because of RJ. The goal itself helped the Sabres sweep the Bruins and advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1982-83. Of the five straight years of losing in the Division Semifinals, three were at the hands of the Bruins. Revenge tasted delicious this night. https://youtu.be/FIENwvyozpM After taking a pass from Pat LaFontaine who was lying on the ice after being...
May 11th, 2018
Buffalo Sabres

When NHL Deputy Commisioner Bill Daly flipped the last card at the NHL Draft Lottery to reveal the Buffalo Sabres logo, he instantly changed the outlook of all Western New Yorkers. In the same way, adding Rasmus Dahlin instantly changes the team’s lineup and their offseason. https://youtu.be/9ef-0qiNy0g Dahlin Opens Doors Adding Dahlin, the odds-on favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, opens doors for Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill to explore. Picking up such a talented player, radically changes the dynamic of the offseason. His acquisition gives the beaten-down franchise an instant lift and helps Botterill in his quest to change the roster and the culture. Dahlin’s gifts are rare: a combination of quickness, explosive acceleration, precise passing and goal-scoring. He is one of the most talented defensemen to enter the draft in decades and a transformational talent that can impact a game every night. He could very likely become the...
May 10th, 2018
Buffalo Sabres

Immediately after the Buffalo Sabres were awarded the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft, fans began to ponder how the addition of Rasmus Dahlin would affect the team's plans this summer. With a potentially elite, cost-controlled presence in the top-four, the organization may only need to make minor adjustments on defense. One of the more popular possible trade chips being discussed is defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen. It has been widely speculated that Sabres general manager, Jason Botterill, intends to shake up the core, and the 23-year-old could yield a very nice return. That being said, management should look at the addition of Dahlin as an opportunity to maximize Ristolainen's talent, not ship him out of town. Ristolainen's Workload It's no secret that the Sabres have leaned heavily on Ristolainen over the past few seasons. Since the 2016-17 season, he has ranked in the top-five in terms of average ice time in the NHL at 26:29 per game. Only stalwart defenders like Ryan...
May 9th, 2018
Editor's Choice

At the Buffalo Sabres locker cleanout day and at general manager Jason Botterill’s season-ending press conference, there was a lot of talk about change coming to the Sabres. And for good reason. The team finished dead last in the 31-team NHL, missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season. For comparison sake, their previous record was three years, from 2002 to 2004. Those were the low years, when owner John Rigas was headed to the slammer and the franchise was declaring bankruptcy. Sabres Season to Forget By every metric, the team was dreadful this year. Here are a few Sabre stats to chew on: League Futility They scored the fewest goals (199) of any team. They scored the fewest number of goals at five-on-five (119). They had the worst goal differential (-81). They scored the fewest number of first-period goals (46). They had the fewest wins at home (11). They had the worst winning percentage (.111) of any team when allowing the first goal. ...

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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

Buffalo Sabres Jersey History

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... August 21st, 2017