Another disappointing hockey season has come & gone in Western New York. Not only did the Buffalo Sabres under-achieve in the “Wins” column, failing to compete for a playoff spot for the second straight season, but they also under-achieved in the “Losses” column, finishing just bad enough to pick within the Top 10 — but not Top 5 — at this month’s talent-laden 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

    In case you’ve been hibernating for the past several months, I’ll remind you that this year’s draft class, headlined by standout junior players Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, has been described as the deepest talent pool since the star-studded 2003 draft that saw Eric Staal, Thomas Vanek, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, and a slew of other upper-echelon NHL players selected. With so much talent presumably available, the Sabres could easily settle for picking at No. 8 and No. 16 (from Minnesota) and be guaranteed two high-quality prospects.

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      Vanek, Miller power Sabres past Bruins

      January 31, 2013 by

        The Buffalo Sabres snapped a three game losing streak on Thursday night when they defeated the Boston Bruins, 7-4. Thomas Vanek put forth a dominant five-point performance while Ryan Miller stood his ground in net, making 38 saves en route to the victory. In what was over-hyped as an inevitable bloodbath between the rivals, [...]



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      Source: Rick Jeanneret will return to the broadcast booth tomorrow

      January 26, 2013 by

      According to a source close to Rick Jeanneret, the Hall of Fame broadcaster will return to MSG for tomorrow’s game against the Washington Capitals. The source said that Jeanneret has asked that the Sabres not announce the news just yet, but he is already in Washington for the game. The game will start at 3 [...]



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      Sabres face home-and-home against new-look Canes

      January 24, 2013 by

      Two teams with completely opposite starts to their seasons could see everything change when they meet on back-to-back days (Thu. @ Carolina, Fri. @ Buffalo). Carolina is off to a literally pointless start as they are 0-2-0, and the Sabres have worked their way to another 2-0-0 start. Buffalo has a chance to put a [...]



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      Reaction to opening weekend

      January 22, 2013 by

      This weekend was like Christmas in January for hockey fans as the puck finally dropped on the  2012-13 2013 NHL season. After a seven-plus month off-season, any NHL hockey is a sight for sore eyes — but let’s face it, Saturday’s lineup of games (featuring teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and defending Stanley Cup [...]



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      Lockout Lifted: Let’s Roll!

      January 6, 2013 by

        TSN.ca has confirmed that the NHL and NHLPA have come to terms on a tentative collective bargaining agreement (CBA), allowing for a shortened hockey season to begin sometime in the next two weeks. The agreement was announced around 4:45 EST on Sunday morning, and comes on the heels of a roughly 16-hour negotiating session [...]



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      Lining up out of the lockout

      December 6, 2012 by

      Is the NHL lockout about to be lifted? Although members from both sides of the CBA dispute stress that there’s still work to be done, consecutive days of marathon meetings between the NHL and NHLPA have apparently yielded at least some results. Details are scarce, but the general feeling is that negotiations are moving in [...]



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      Hypocrisy, greed and the most frustrating lockout yet

      August 23, 2012 by

      Once upon a time there was a bit of hope that a CBA would get done on time. Then everybody realized that Gary Bettman is the commish, and we were talking about greedy millionaires. The fact is, we’re spiraling towards a lockout. And in my experience with watching these CBA negotiations, this is by far [...]



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      What’s next for the Sabres?

      August 8, 2012 by

      Alright, all together now: YAWWWWNNNNN. That’s what it feels like being a devoted follower of the NHL right now. Absolutely nothing going on. There is some breaking news on the Shane Doan front, though. Shane Doan has announced that he’s STILL wasting his time trying to stay on the Titanic, I mean Coyotes. The Sabres [...]



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      Why O’Reilly won’t be a Sabre

      August 6, 2012 by

      It’s a common occurrence in the late summer days for hockey bloggers to put forth their own ideas of what the Sabres can do to improve the team. After all, the free agent pool is virtually empty, and trade talks don’t seem to be going anywhere fast. It’s the most boring time of the year for a [...]



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