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By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More than 200 players will be drafted this weekend and the Sabres will likely snag at least eight or nine of them after making a couple of deals. And aside from the first-round pick – assuming that stays at No. 8 – whatever baby-faced kids get a new Buffalo sweater won’t matter much for a couple of years because they... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hockey fans don’t need reminding that it’s been a tough few years inside the Sabres’ arena. Poor play and low expectations have created silent nights. Hopefully, Buffalonians remember how to cheer. The time has arrived.Noise rules at the NHL Draft, which will be held Friday and Saturday in First Niagara Center.... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, June 12, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. – As the first 30 games of the season played out, it seemed like the Pittsburgh Penguins’ championship window was slammed shut. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang looked like they had endured too much wear and tear over the years for a team that had got out of the second round of the playoffs just once in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, June 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You can pore through the statistics, the grainy highlight reels and listen to the words spoken all around hockey Friday upon the death of Gordie Howe. One of my first thoughts was to go to YouTube to again watch one remarkable moment near the end of his time on the ice. When you’re talking Howe,... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, June 10, 2016

PITTSBURGH – They threw one heck of a party here Thursday night. The problem was the San Jose Sharks were not supposed to ruin it. With the Stanley Cup in the house and the prospect of the first championship clincher in this town since the 1960 World Series, the Pittsburgh Penguins couldn’t seal the deal. In what... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 8, 2016

PITTSBURGH – There is a long history of Black and Gold-tinged championships in these parts, with the teams and their players easily rolling through your mind. The Steel Curtain. The We Are Family Pirates. Super Mario. But the ante is really going to be up Thursday night in Consol Energy Center. In fact, you would imagine... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 4, 2016

The hope the organization has some day, of course, is that the Sabres are the talk of the Stanley Cup final because they’re one of the teams on the ice. But even though they’re still just trying to get into the playoffs, it wasn’t tough to find Sabres talk last week in Pittsburgh.There was chatter from multiple... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PITTSBURGH – When you show up at one of these major events, you never know what kind of story will spread and take on a life of its own. Think of the upside-down Canadian flag flap during the 1992 Toronto-Atlanta World Series. Roger Clemens flinging a broken bat at Mike Piazza in 2000 at Yankee Stadium. Or the strained... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – It started to hit Matt Murray fast just before the opening faceoff Monday. For the first game of the Stanley Cup final, the starters take the ice and the NHL introduces them one by one so the NBC cameras can zoom in on each. Consol Energy Center was in a towel-waving uproar and Murray couldn’t... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, May 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH – By the time he was 21 years old, Sidney Crosby had played in the Stanley Cup final twice and raised the revered silver chalice over his head in his second attempt in 2009. At 22, he scored the Golden Goal for Team Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It all seemed so easy, so predetermined. No. 87... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We don’t have either team in the Stanley Cup final yet but Tuesday marks a big countdown day on the hockey calendar, especially in Buffalo. That’s because it marks one month from the first round of the NHL Draft, set for June 24 in First Niagara Center. In the wake of the World Championships that were completed... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Friday, May 13, 2016

He figures to stand out like the prettiest dress in the store when the doors fly open July 1. It’s looking more every day like Steven Stamkos will become an unrestricted free agent as he inches toward the end of his contract while the Lighting soldier into the conference finals without him. Stamkos would be a great fit... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

At the end of another hockey season, you can’t help but get a little reflective on all that you’ve seen. And you see plenty both on and off the ice when you’re criss-crossing North America following the Sabres. Just this year alone, I put my foot in the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach (a note of thanks to Dan... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There were no bombshells dropped Monday when the Sabres met the media for their end-of-season news conference. Injury updates were plentiful, so was talk about next season’s goals, the team’s wish list and some scenarios for when the draft hits First Niagara Center in June. But the best part was easily when the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 10, 2016

You’ve seen the stare and you’ve loved it. Robin Lehner’s frighteningly steely eyes became an Internet meme for all seasons this year after he tussled in Columbus and offered an invitation to Montreal’s Ben Scrivens that wasn’t answered last month in First Niagara Center.I got a mini-stare from about a foot away... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Sabres definitely have to be careful how they view the upbeat second half of their season. There’s no question there’s been culture change and players have bought in and grasped Dan Bylsma’s structured system much more the last couple of months. First periods got better and so did the home record, Friday’s Fan... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, April 2, 2016

The nomination of Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was such an absurdly hot-button topic across the Internet last week that it deserves some final discussion points here. Each team’s chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association picks a nominee for the award, which goes to... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, March 26, 2016

Signing college players, whether they’re your own or free agents, is a much-overlooked portion of team building. The Sabres got into the fray in a big way last week by inking Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson. Now the NHL is waiting on a big fish: Harvard left winger Jimmy Vesey. Vesey’s team lost in the NCAA... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, March 20, 2016

Remember how peaking too early became a huge topic here in the halcyon days of 2007? The Sabres started their Presidents Trophy season 10-0 but never seemed to have their edge in the second half or in any of the three rounds of the playoffs. And they easily could have gone down to the Rangers in Round Two, were it not for... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, March 12, 2016

Even in showing deference to the wild Saturday experienced three hours West by the good folks from the University at Buffalo, I’m not going to, ahem, take the layup and talk much about the finish to the afternoon at First Niagara Center.It would be easy to turn a few phrases about how Jack Eichel took a breakaway and... Read More

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