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By Mike Harrington » Thursday, September 29, 2016

TORONTO -- For 57 minutes, the Team Canada coronation was a flop. But those last three minutes? Rate them as another incredible chapter on the ice here in the Great White North. There's plenty to say about the World Cup of Hockey, both pro and con. Team North America was historic for its wonder, Team USA historic for... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 26, 2016

One gimmick unit in the World Cup became the talk of the hockey world but went home before fans were ready to say good-bye. The other just went about its job silently, almost in anonymity, but is still playing. And while Team North America has become a happy footnote to the history of this tournament, Team Europe... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 24, 2016

TORONTO -- The World Cup of Hockey is down to the nitty-gritty, with the semifinals this weekend and the best-of-three final series opening Tuesday night. Those who called it nothing but a cash grab have been proven wrong as the hockey and the storylines have been sensational. Even before the final faces off, there's... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, September 22, 2016

After posting the story about Evander Kane shrugging off his legal problems, I got a question on Twitter. “How did you expect him to react or answer?” I expected remorse and humility. In the end, I would have accepted reality. Kane showed none of the above. “These situations are what they are,” Kane... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- There is only one thing to say from this view after having more fun than anyone should have for getting paid to go watch a hockey game. Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap. Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap. What's that, you say? Journalists aren't supposed to root? You're right. But... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- Patrick Kane's USA baseball cap was pulled low on his head. His eyes told a sad tale. Last week, two days before the start of the World Cup, the South Buffalo native mused over turning 28 this season and understanding he only has a finite number of chances left on the international stage. That's what had to... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 19, 2016

TORONTO -- For once in our sporting lives, hype proved to be right. On their first night in the tournament, all the curiosity was answered and Team North America quickly became the rage at the World Cup. Team Canada is wondrous to watch and we pretty much knew the Flying Sidney Crosbys would be. The kids, however, have... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 17, 2016

TORONTO --  On paper, you wondered if an American team built on grit and sandpaper was a bad mix for this kind of tournament. On the ice, we saw Saturday that it was about as good an idea as the Bills doing an informercial on the Ryan brothers. USA Hockey at its highest level reached one of its lowest moments in a many... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, September 16, 2016

TORONTO -- It's been more than nine years since he was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft in Columbus. Chicago Blackhawks star and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane is suddenly entering his 10th season in the NHL. Seemingly out of nowhere, he's closer to age 30 than 20 and has another birthday coming Nov. 19. But... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's not hard to find people who are skeptical about the World Cup. You can easily find publications calling it "the World Cash Grab of Hockey" or using other assorted wisecracks. Don't listen to it. The tournament starts this week in Toronto and the betting here is that it's going to be one of the highlights of the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MONTREAL -- Last September, Jack Eichel was in Buffalo getting ready to play in the Sabres' inaugural prospects tournament. He was still wearing No. 41 and going along with Dan Bylsma's ruse that he could get his real sweater if and when he made the team. Yeah, right. Eichel remembers getting plenty of advice back then... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MONTREAL − It was a routine World Cup practice in September, albeit one with a frenetic pace as Team North America was whizzing up and down the Bell Centre ice. Just after noon, coach Todd McLellan decided it was time to break out the power-play units for the first time since the under-24 group convened here Sunday... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, August 28, 2016

Remember all that talk in the first half of last season that Sidney Crosby had too much mileage on his 28-year-old legs and was on the downside of his career?As we’ve since seen, he just had too much Mike Johnston in his world hamstringing his style.Once the Pittsburgh Penguins changed coaches and Mike Sullivan took the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Jimmy Vesey Watch was alternately baffling, fascinating and infuriating. We’ve really never seen anything like it before and, frankly, that’s probably a good thing. There was a lot not to like in this whole situation.The Hobey Baker winner finally let the hockey world return to its last couple weeks of summer... Read More

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

One quality Tim Murray possessed from the beginning that endeared him to Buffalo is his no-nonsense attitude. He didn’t have time or energy for schmoozing and messing around. He didn’t do warm and fuzzy. He conducted business without apology or sentiment or fear. Murray is the only guy in town who could entertain the... Read More

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

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