Top-10 Sabres Killers

Top-10 Sabres Killers

March 16th, 2020 Every team has them. Those players that you know are going to torch you every time you play them. The guys that, for one reason or another, always seem to have your teams' number. The Buffalo Sabres are no different. Over the past 50 years, they have built a list of Sabres Killers. Here we will...
Sabres' Salary Set Up for Success Amid Uncertain Summer

Sabres' Salary Set Up for Success Amid Uncertain Summer

March 13th, 2020 As another season of Buffalo Sabres hockey swirls its way down the toilet that is their last decade of hockey, attention has begun to turn toward this summer. The months of May through September will be used to completely reshape the next decade of Sabres hockey. Whether it was designed this...

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February 27th, 2020
Buffalo Sabres

While this past trade deadline was notable for the most activity in recent memory, it was also memorable for a move that wasn’t made. Just ask forward Thomas Vanek. Vanek’s Self-Imposed Deadline Prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. Trade Deadline, Vanek, an unrestricted free agent, told a local Buffalo radio station that his days of playing in the NHL would likely be over if he didn’t sign a contract. Thomas Vanek may have played his last NHL game for the Detroit Red Wings. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports) “If I don’t go anywhere today, then I’m done. I’m okay with that,” said Vanek. “I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished and whatever, and it’s been such a fun year being home and coaching my boys. I’m happy to be a dad at home. That’s been awesome, so no, I wouldn’t train and try to come back next year.” Waiting for the Right Offer While still working out and skating, at the start of the season, Vanek was not interested in playing in...
February 25th, 2020
Buffalo Sabres

Digging into the Buffalo Sabres' cap situation can explain a lot of things, especially when you put it next to upper echelon teams. Doing this can provide context for why the Sabres are spinning their wheels as they try to improve their roster.  Buffalo's Cap Space A quick search on CapFriendly will further explain what I'm about to break down. The Sabres are paying a good chunk of money to Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. It was inevitable that management would have to overpay Skinner, and that has held true to this point in the season. That being said, Eichel and Skinner were two players the Sabres had to lock up. Jeff Skinner earned his big contract in the offseason but has failed to live up to his big payday so far (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). The Sabres were crunched up against the cap before general manager Jason Botterill made a pair of trades that opened up some wiggle room. With that being said, there are still some glaring cap issues that exist on this roster....
February 25th, 2020
Sabres Transactions

Their needs were pretty apparent. Everyone knew going into Monday's trade deadline that the Buffalo Sabres needed to address their need for a second-line centre and a second-line right-winger. While they were unable to solve their issues at centre, the addition of 24-year-old Dominik Kahun may have solved their problems on the wing. Related: Buffalo Sabres' 50-Goal Scorers He may not be one of the big names that have been spoken about for months but Kahun looks to be a pleasant surprise that can help the Sabres push for a playoff spot this season and in the seasons to come. Dominik Kahun, Pittsburgh Penguins, is now a member of the Buffalo Sabres (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images) The price was certainly right. In shipping out Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues, the Sabres moved on from two assets that were more than likely not going to be back. Rodrigues, for his part, asked for a ticket out of town back in December and was finally granted his...
February 25th, 2020
Trade Deadline

With roughly the same odds to land the No. 1 overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft (4.7%) than to make the playoffs (4.2%), it would have taken one if not two blockbuster deals to turn the Buffalo Sabres into playoff contenders before the clock hit 3 p.m. on Monday’s Trade Deadline day. It didn’t happen. General manager Jason Botterill swung two moves. The first was sending a conditional fifth-round pick to the New Jersey Devils for forward Wayne Simmonds. The second deal sent forwards Connor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kohun. Botterill Believes He's Building According to the GM, they were both notable moves. “As an organization, it’s time for us to continue to build. We’ve talked a lot about playing meaningful games in the month of March. I think with some of the moves that we made today, we’re hopefully setting our team up to better accept that challenge.” They were both signature low-risk, high-reward plays....

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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... October 26th, 2019

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