Sabres Look to End Nine-Year Playoff Drought in 2020-21

Sabres Look to End Nine-Year Playoff Drought in 2020-21

January 14th, 2021 The Buffalo Sabres enter the 2020-21 season on a nine-year playoff drought, one season away from tying the all-time NHL record. If they fail to qualify for the postseason this year, it will be an entire decade since the city of Buffalo has seen an NHL playoff game. After missing the expanded...
Kraken Expansion Draft Spotlight: Penguins vs. Flyers, Capitals vs. Sabres

Kraken Expansion Draft Spotlight: Penguins vs. Flyers, Capitals vs. Sabres

January 14th, 2021 The National Hockey League's final season with only 31 teams is underway this week. And while fans of other franchises are finally seeing their star players hit the ice once again, fans of the Seattle Kraken will be looking at the games differently. When the 2020-21 season ends, the action...
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January 10th, 2021
Sabres History

Some of the greatest players in National Hockey League history have had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Jan. 10. In addition, fans in Montreal, Boston and Buffalo were treated to multiple big moments throughout the decades. It is time to fire up our hockey time machine to take a look at all the best this date has had to offer us. A Great Date for the Great 8 Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin can say that Jan. 10 is one of his favorite dates of his great career. Back in 2008, he signed a 13-year contract worth an unbelievable total of $124 million. This type of contact could not be signed under the rules of the current Collection Bargaining Agreement. The 2020-21 season is the final one of this contract and the Capitals got an excellent return on their investment. During the deal’s duration, he has 543 goals and 968 points in 907 games and was a huge part of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 2018. Ovi's contract has been worth every penny....
January 8th, 2021
Previews and Predictions

It’s been said a hundred times already, but it’s worth repeating: this will be an NHL season unlike any other. That will be especially true when it comes to the schedule, as the 56-game slate will consist solely of inter-divisional matchups.  Those divisions themselves will look quite different for some teams, including the Buffalo Sabres. Playing in the newly-christened East Division — or, if you want to be official, the MassMutual NHL East Division — the only team that will be following the Sabres from the old Atlantic Division is the Boston Bruins. Outside of their longtime rivals, the Sabres will face a brand new set of divisional opponents in 2020-21, all of them coming from the old Metropolitan Division. The East looks like it will be one of the toughest divisions in the league, with each team providing their own unique challenges for Buffalo to deal with. Since each team will play the others eight times, those matchups will be more important than...
January 6th, 2021
Winnipeg Jets

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are questions about what Tuukka Rask will do long-term and also buzz the Boston Bruins might have tried to move him this offseason. There is a battle brewing in training camp for a couple spots on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line and there are updates on both Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Finally, Jack Eichel is back and were the Montreal Canadiens interested in a big-ticket free agent forward? Bruins Fielded Calls on Tuukka Rask According to Pierre LeBrun, the Bruins took calls on goaltender Tuukka Rask in the offseason and his future with the team beyond this season is certainly not a given. LeBrun writes that Rask hasn’t shown an interest in playing for another team but it's not clear if he'll choose to play past this season. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) He writes: There were whispers around the league that Bruins GM Don Sweeney was taking calls on Rask in the offseason. The Bruins made a...
December 31st, 2020
Buffalo Sabres

We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the 2020-21 NHL season and it promises to be one of the strangest we’ve ever seen. Teams will be playing just 56 games against only divisional opponents, with many of those set up as baseball-style back-to-back affairs. The old saying that the regular season is a marathon and the playoffs are a sprint doesn’t apply this season: all 31 teams will be sprinting to try to secure a postseason berth.  But the expectations for every player remain the same even if they won’t reach traditional statistical benchmarks like 100 points or 40 goals. The Buffalo Sabres are seeking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season, but will face an uphill battle playing in what looks like an extremely competitive East Division. To finally get over the hump, the Sabres will need contributions from the entire lineup, but especially from their marquee players. These are the six Sabres who need to have big seasons if...

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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... October 26th, 2020

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