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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

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, March 12, 2016

So Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman gets back about $280,000 of his money even if he doesn’t get back nine games of his time already served. The Flames get a measure of retribution for a 20-game suspension they thought was far too long and continue to defend their shaky medical practices. The NHL is clearly agitated a... Read More

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TORONTO – Snaking through the morass of morning traffic on the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Shore Boulevard, sports talk radio here is a must if you’re coming for a Leafs or Blue Jays game. Monday was no different. My longtime cohort Jeff Blair, the former columnist of the Globe & Mail, had the mic as he... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, March 5, 2016

When it comes to the World Cup of Hockey, this corner is going to be all about Team North America and Team Europe. They are the curiosities, the real reasons to watch, the things that will take what everyone expects to be awesome hockey and turn the event into something unique.We will have keen interest in these parts in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, March 4, 2016

It’s time to have a chat about Dan Bylsma. The Sabres don’t have enough talent and Tim Murray knows that. They have too many injuries, and everybody knows that too. But it’s still hard to fathom they entered Thursday 26th in the NHL and look flat-out terrible at times, especially at home. At some point, you... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, March 1, 2016

As trade deadline days go, that was the ultimate snoozer. Far too much talk about the likes of Kris Russell being some pseudo Norris Trophy candidate. Far too much talk about guys who didn’t get traded like Jonathan Drouin (fire your agent, kid), P.A. Parenteau, Dan Hamhuis and Loui Eriksson.The Sabres were quiet, save... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Back in the 716, we’ve gotten used to salary dumps and deals for draft picks. But Monday’s deadline day has quite a bit different meaning in the penthouse suites of the NHL. While it’s pretty obvious which teams are sellers, it’s always fun to see who is buying and perhaps overpaying. And another... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, February 21, 2016

Snap out of it, boys. You get the sobering feeling that will be the message the Buffalo Sabres will hear a lot in the coming days. As bring-you-to-your-knees shots go, the word that Ryan O’Reilly is out of the lineup for the next 3-4 weeks is the biggest piece of bad news this club has been given this year. The... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 20, 2016

P.K. Subban can’t get run out of Montreal. Not this way. It’s hard to believe the Habs haven’t cut bait with coach Michel Therrien yet, but they should do it now even though it may not give any sort of kick-start to a team that looks close to toast for a playoff run.After yet another hard-to-stomach loss, Therrien... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, February 20, 2016

As Tim Murray heads toward his third NHL trade deadline in seller mode, a few things can be learned by looking back at his first two: • He brings in players with one year left on their contract, giving the Sabres an asset to ship out at the following deadline. • He’s fond of acquiring draft picks. • He... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Sunday, February 14, 2016

Over the past five weeks, Dan Bylsma has kept tabs in the upper right-hand corner of the dry-erase board inside the Sabres’ dressing room. He knew where his team stood through 40 games this season and figured it made little sense for his players to carry the weight of their overall record. The Sabres didn’t need to be... Read More

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