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By Mike Harrington » Sunday, January 31, 2016

NASHVILLE – You can take all your potshots about dumping All-Star games and limit them to the Pro Bowl. The NHL found a keeper here Sunday. And we’re always going to remember this one because of a guy who’s not even in the league right now.Going 3-on-3 produced some great play by both skaters and... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, January 30, 2016

NASHVILLE – The NHL is thrilled to have John Scott at one of its showcase events, replay challenges are going great and there are no struggles going on with the expansion process as it relates to Las Vegas and Quebec City. Seriously.That was word from Commissioner Gary Bettman here Saturday at his annual All-Star... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, January 30, 2016

To honor his parents for fostering his love of hockey, Cody Franson presented them with the jersey he wore during his first NHL game. Marcus Foligno’s debut jersey is hanging in his home as a reminder of the day he was so nervous that he sweated in his sleep. Ryan O’Reilly, Brian Gionta and Zach Bogosian have... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, January 29, 2016

NASHVILLE – John Scott is here. And because the NHL clearly didn’t want him to crash its All-Star party, he’s now one of the featured attractions. The man without a team got the main spotlight Friday at Media Day in Bridgestone Arena. Voted by fans as Pacific Division captain in what started as an Internet lark,... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jim Lorentz woke up about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, giving him enough time to grab his Blackhawks hoodie and baseball cap before heading for the door. He made sure he was properly dressed in team colors for the morning chill and the 8 a.m. faceoff in Hamburg Town Arena.Lorentz these days is an assistant coach in the house league... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, January 23, 2016

Woe, Canada. That might become the anthem north of the border come spring. With Vancouver's loss Saturday at Pittsburgh and Arizona's win over Los Angeles late Saturday night, no Canadian-based teams are holding a playoff spot in the NHL – the latest into the season for that scenario since 1970. The Canucks snuck... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, January 17, 2016

When he took over as the new coach of the Washington Capitals 20 months ago, Job No. 1 for Barry Trotz was to get through to Alexander Ovechkin. And long before the next season started. Trotz made sure Ovechkin understood he couldn’t be hanging in the neutral zone looking for cheap goals. Sure, the Great Eight was a... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, January 15, 2016

When visiting the Saddledome in Calgary, you’re struck by the buzz in the stands and the fact that almost everyone is wearing a red Flames jersey. It’s a wonderful old hockey barn that saw great moments like Stanley Cup finals, the 1988 Winter Olympics (think Katarina Witt) and all those Battle of Alberta... Read More

By John Vogl » Sunday, January 10, 2016

Rob Ray and Brad May fought their way into Sabres lore by dropping the gloves with some of the hardest punchers in NHL history. They had a blast doing it, forming one of the more feared and beloved tag teams Buffalo has ever seen. It’s been 25 years since they first joined forces, and they’re still throwing... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, January 9, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The trade winds blew through here in February as the Jets and Sabres swapped the likes of Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford in addition to a bunch of prospects. Those kinds of deals don’t happen much anymore. Neither does what went down early Wednesday night. It... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Jaromir Jagr saw the small group of reporters waiting by his locker after the Florida Panthers’ pregame workout early Tuesday afternoon. He took off his skates, stood to greet the members of the Fourth Estate, then smiled and changed things up. “Sorry guys,” Jagr said. “I’m too old. Gotta sit down.” He... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres went 0-12 last January. It was the worst month in franchise history, with eight road losses capped by a hat trick of despair in Western Canada. The final defeat, the team-record 14th in row dating to just before the new year, came in Vancouver and led former winger Chris Stewart to call the whole thing... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, January 2, 2016

Saturday’s visit by Detroit marked the Sabres’ first game of 2016 and it was certainly high time to put 2015 to rest. Oddly enough, Thursday’s New Year’s Eve loss to the New York Islanders was Buffalo’s 82nd game of the calendar year – exactly a full season. Its record was 24-49-9... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Evander Kane has met things head-on from the day he arrived in Buffalo in February. Nothing changed Monday. Kane rehabbed feverishly to come back from shoulder surgery that ended last season, and from an October knee injury, to become a power forward the Sabres needed. He’s also skillfully reshaped his image to try to... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, December 28, 2015

Evander Kane has met things head-on from the day he arrived in Buffalo in February. He rehabbed feverishly to come back from shoulder surgery that ended last season, and from an October knee injury, to become a power forward the Sabres needed. He’s also skillfully reshaped his image to try to move on from the disastrous... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, December 26, 2015

BOSTON – The holiday roster freeze ends Sunday at midnight, meaning teams are once again free to make trades and use waivers or the AHL as they see fit. But don’t expect a flood of trades coming, and not just because we’re still more than two months away from the Feb. 29 deadline. Many teams are tight... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, December 20, 2015

An oddly sedate matinee between the Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres, mostly notable only for the crowd reaction when Patrick Kane would touch the puck, went off the rails late as the Hawks rallied for a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday. And, of course, the South Buffalo native was in the center of the action. It was... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, December 19, 2015

It started Nov. 7 with the dramatic last-second win over Vancouver and ended with Saturday’s visit by Chicago. It was a 21-game run for the Buffalo Sabres that featured 15 games against the Western Conference, and Buffalo was a decent 5-7-3 in those. Saturday’s game means the Sabres will have already played... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta – The Buffalo Sabres were pretty full of themselves Saturday morning when they flew to Western Canada but they actually had good reason to be. A brutal November schedule was over, a 3-0-1 stretch was getting December kick-started and a climb over .500 seemed imminent with a roadie against three... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, December 5, 2015

EDMONTON – The Buffalo Sabres won’t see the injured Connor McDavid Sunday night in Rexall Place. Probably good for them. They will also see one of the worst teams in the NHL. Again. And the fact the Edmonton Oilers are languishing near the bottom of the league is just hard to believe. And not good for the NHL... Read More

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