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By John Vogl » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It would have taken a lot to acquire Jonathan Drouin. He’s still in Tampa Bay, so obviously no team (including Buffalo) was willing to give up what the Lightning wanted. It’s clear someone should have. Drouin, who left the Lightning at midseason after demanding a trade, has shined during the playoffs. He’s... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lost in the hoopla of Kris Letang’s hit on Marcus Johansson during the Penguins’ 3-2 Game Three win over the Capitals, was the fact that Alex Ovechkin passed up shots to tie the game not once but twice in the final seconds.Maybe if this was the NBA it’d be a bigger deal since that’s the time when stars are expected... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, April 30, 2016

TORONTO - The cross-border rivalry between Buffalo and Toronto could soon feature a battle between American forces. The Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night, giving them the right to select Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick in June. The Arizona native has already been favorably compared to the... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, April 30, 2016

TORONTO – The NHL Draft Lottery meant the world to Toronto. It meant nothing to the Sabres. The league’s new lottery system failed to impact Buffalo, with the team retaining its eighth overall pick Saturday night. The NHL held drawings for the top three picks, and the Sabres remained in place because the three... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, April 30, 2016

After losing the last two NHL Draft lotteries, the Sabres wound up with impressive consolation prizes. No. 2 selections Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have proved they can excel in the NHL.Imagine adding a No. 1 overall pick to those cornerstones. The vibe in Sabreland would skyrocket from positive to positively... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, April 29, 2016

Johan Larsson became an integral part of the Sabres during the last quarter of the season. It was enough for him to come back next year.The Sabres and Larsson agreed Friday to a one-year deal worth $950,000. The 23-year-old center made $800,000 this season.After recording just one goal and five points in the opening 47... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, April 29, 2016

Johan Larsson became an integral part of the Sabres during the last quarter of the season. It was enough for him to come back next year. The Sabres announced Friday they have agreed to a one-year deal with Larsson worth $950,000. The 23-year-old center made $800,000 this season. After recording just one goal and five... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, April 29, 2016

After losing the last two NHL Draft Lotteries, the Sabres wound up with impressive consolation prizes. No. 2 selections Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have proved they can excel in the NHL. Imagine adding a No. 1 overall pick to those cornerstones. The vibe in Sabreland would skyrocket from positive to positively... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, April 29, 2016

Sabres fans attending this year’s NHL Draft in Buffalo will have 12 opportunities to welcome a prospect to the organization. As of now, anyway.The Sabres’ draft picture cleared up some Wednesday night when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs. The Sabres sent forward Jamie McGinn to the Ducks in February in... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sabres fans attending this year’s NHL Draft in Buffalo will have 12 opportunities to welcome a prospect to the organization. As of now, anyway. The Sabres’ draft picture cleared up some Wednesday night when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs. The Sabres sent forward Jamie McGinn to the Ducks in February... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A couple of ‘F’ words best describe the Chicago Blackhawks’ season, which ended with Monday’s 3-2 Game Seven loss at St. Louis in the Stanley Cup playoffs.Failure. It’s the word being thrown around the Windy City as the Blackhawks failed in their quest to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups... Read More

By Bob DiCesare » Saturday, April 23, 2016

More and more these days whenever I see 88 I think 99. I watch Patrick Kane slither weightlessly through the slot, as if unaffected by the forces of gravity and inertia, and Wayne Gretzky immediately comes to mind. I marvel at how Kane maneuvers the puck like a pea in a shell game – seems it’s here but now it’s... Read More

By » Saturday, April 23, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Duncan Keith needed only three words to describe the importance of Patrick Kane’s goal 3:07 into the second overtime Thursday night that propelled the team to a 4-3 win over the St, Louis Blues.“Saved our season,” Keith said.And thanks to that goal, the Chicago Blackhawks lived to play another day.The... Read More

Friday, April 22, 2016

Patrick Kane scored a highlight reel goal early Friday morning, keeping his Chicago Blackhawks alive in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Kane's winner came a little over three minutes into double-overtime and forced a Game Six in the Blackhawks' series with the St. Louis Blues. Watch the goal: It was... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hudson Fasching is ready for more international experience. USA Hockey added the Sabres forward to its world championship team Thursday. The 20-year-old joins Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe on the national team that will play next month in Russia. Fasching, who played seven games for the Sabres after leaving the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Another year, another mostly passionless Stanley Cup playoffs for Western New York hockey fans.With the Sabres out of the running, I usually like to root for the Canadian teams. Obviously, that’s a problem. Not one Canadian team made the playoffs, and Canadian teams have filled a mere four of 20 quarterfinal spots over... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres felt good about things when they packed their gear for the summer. The same cannot be said about their minor-leaguers.The Rochester Americans said good riddance to another disappointing season Monday. After going 3-11-1 in their final 15 games, the Amerks finished 34-38-4 to place 13th out of 15 teams in... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, April 18, 2016

Patrick Kaleta’s year in Rochester didn’t go well. He says the struggles have made him want to get back to the NHL that much more. Kaleta, signed to a minor-league contract after failing to make the Sabres out of training camp, played just 26 games for the Amerks because of injuries and an overflow of veterans. He... Read More

By John Vogl » Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jack Eichel, maybe more than anyone in hockey, believes off-ice relationships contribute to on-ice success. He credits his friendship with college linemates for leading him to the Hobey Baker Award. He praises team-wide camaraderie for carrying Boston University to the national championship game.So as he wrapped up his... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, April 16, 2016

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland – A solitary set of footprints dotted the crusty snow along Cape Spear. Face winds gusted so forcefully you had to gasp to breathe. Spray from the Atlantic Ocean became tiny icy pellets, threshing exposed skin with relentless pecks. The only other sounds were the surf pounding the jagged... Read More

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