The Buffalo Sabres reason for existence is to win the Stanley Cup. Those were the words offered by Sabres owner Terry Pegula when he took over the team 2 years ago. The Sabres have struggled this season, yet they sit only 3 points out of the playoffs. With the trade deadline coming up, the Sabres must decide whether they would like to be buyers, sellers or just stay put.
If the Sabres were sellers this season, it would most likely mean that they are giving up on a chance to win the Stanley Cup this season. This does not mean that they are not doing what they need to do to win the Stanley Cup. Sometimes, rebuilding can take a team from pretender to contender in less than 3 years. This is what must happen for the Sabres to eventually win a Stanley Cup.
The Sabres have several players who are in the least year of their contract and will be an unrestricted free agent. Jordan Leopold and...(Read More)
Lindy Ruff has been let go as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Ruff had been the second-longest tenured coach in pro sports, having been coach of the Sabres since the summer of 1997. This comes after the Sabres opened the season 6-10-1, on the heels of missing the playoffs last season. The team has not won a playoff series since 2007.
Ruff has been an institution with Buffalo Sabres hockey. There are many young fans that do not know the team without Ruff behind the bench. Ruff had been a great coach for the Sabres, taking the team to the Stanley Cup finals and three other Eastern Conference finals. He had many moments, from "No Goal" to arguing with Brian Murray after the brawl with Ottawa. Despite the fact that Ruff never brought the Sabres a championship, he will be remembered very fondly by Sabres fans.
It was a very difficult decision for the Sabres to part ways with Ruff....(Read More)
The Buffalo Sabres begin the 2013 season Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres are coming off a season in which they barely missed out on making the playoffs. This is a big season for the Sabres, as they have recently missed the playoffs several times and have not won a playoff series since the 2006-2007 season.
The Sabres major offseason move was moving their longtime center Derek Roy to Dallas for Steve Ott. Roy was consistently one of the Sabres top forwards, but he was a player that many fans wanted to get rid of. Ott is more of a grinding player, who can score goals, but is most likely not going to score as many points as Roy would have. In trading Roy, the Sabres also lost a center, a key position in the NHL. To offset the trade, the Sabres drafted Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round of the NHL draft. Grigorenko has made the roster after strong showings in juniors....(Read More)
The NHL season will begin on January 19th after the NHL and NHLPA finally agreed to a new CBA. The season will end up being a 48 game season, with the trade deadline moved to April. All games will be in conference games, so despite a lot of games in a short period of time, travel should not be a huge issue for the players.
The Buffalo Sabres will open on January 20th, at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be at 12:30 on NBC. The Sabres have 26 players in training camp, and will need to send 3 players away. Mikhael Grigorenko is the only player that the Sabres can send away without going through waivers. He is allowed a 5-game tryout with the Sabres before his contract will kick in. With Jochen Hecht back on the roster, I would expect to see Matt Ellis and defenseman Adam Pardy sent to Rochester. That would mean probably John Scott or a trade would likely be moved in order to...(Read More)
There are four Buffalo Sabres playing at the World Juniors this year. Mikhael Grigorenko is one of the top players in the tournament. The big center is one of two Sabres on team Russia, with the other being goaltender Andrey Makarov. 2011 1st round pick Joel Armia is playing for team Finland. Armia had a great showing in last year's tournament. He is playing in his third tournament. The final player is Jake McCabe, the Sabres 2012 2nd round draft pick. McCabe is the team captain for the United States, a team looking to bounce back from a poor showing last year.
Grigorenko started well against Slovakia. He added an assist and also won the faceoff to setup the game-winning goal in overtime. He played well against the United States as well, with the players trying to keep him to the outside. In a 2-1 win over the United States, Makarov was named player of the game for his 41 saves. Russia's...(Read More)