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By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Sabres aren’t talking about winning the offseason like Terry Pegula’s other team. They’re just simply going out and trying to do it. What they are discussing is winning when things actually matter. It’s a little bizarre to hear, but it’s also downright refreshing to get some bravado out of this organization.... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, July 11, 2016

If you wanted to see slick skating and puck dangling from a first-round draft pick, Alex Nylander has been as advertised during Sabres development camp in HarborCenter. It’s what makes the 3-on-3 tournament that wraps up camp Tuesday morning at 9:15 so interesting. A wonderful gimmick like this is made for the skill... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 7, 2016

What a strangely busy day in Sabreland. Especially when you’re talking July. Prized free agents, parachutes, private jets. Thursday had all of it. The development camp continued at HarborCenter, with the kids getting put through the wringer by arduous skating tests and battle drills. I would rather not try skating... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Strangely enough for a team that hasn’t played a playoff series since 2011 or won one since 2007, there’s not going to be many spots for a young player to crack the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup come September. You know that names like Justin Bailey and Hudson Fasching will be pushing at forward and we’ll await training... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, July 2, 2016

So much time is spent on what the Sabres are doing that we often lose sight on something almost as important: What the opponents are up to. Let’s not forget they’re trying to get better too, and often through some of the same tactics that Tim Murray & Co. are using. But one of the best things about the Sabres’... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 1, 2016

Remember when Tim Murray said prior to the NHL Draft that he hopes there’s a day he’s happy with his top six forwards and top four defenseman? He’s getting closer, a lot closer. The rebuilding of the Buffalo Sabres is barreling toward the finish line. When it comes to core players, the general manager is closing... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Thursday, June 30, 2016

It’s crazy how this business works sometimes. Eight minutes after I finished a column Wednesday afternoon saying the Sabres shouldn’t pay ridiculous money to Steven Stamkos, news broke about the Lightning center accepting the deal Tampa Bay offered him going into the trade deadline. Stamkos must have drawn the same... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

So there we have it. The Big Fish is staying in his home pool. There will be no wild celebration in Buffalo or Detroit on Friday and no civic holiday in Toronto either. Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere. And he's made the right decision. The word came down Wednesday afternoon that Stamkos is staying with the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Big Fish. Tim Murray wasn’t talking directly about Steven Stamkos when he used that term Saturday afternoon, but everyone with a media badge around their neck surrounding the Sabres’ general manager in First Niagara Center knew damn well who he was talking about. The Sabres got better and tougher on the... Read More

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

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