The Buffalo Sabres and Steven Stamkos
Written by Steve Dowling on 2016-04-17
In recent years, July 1st has either been about overpaying 2nd and 3rd line forwards or bottom two defensemen, or filling a roster out with 4th line forwards or a seventh defenseman. However, there is a chance that perhaps the biggest free agent in history will hit the open market in 2016.
It is becoming less and less likely that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steven Stamkos are going to agree on...(Read More)
Ways For the Sabres To Part With Matt Moulson
Written by Steve Dowling on 2016-04-03
Matt Moulson was given a huge, 5 year, $25 million contract to Tim Murray before the 2014-15 season. Moulson has quickly fallen apart, and his contract is becoming a burden to the Sabres salary cap. Moulson is sitting with just 7 goals on the season, with 2 of those coming in the last week.
One main problem with the Moulson contract is that his deal will go beyond the year when the contracts to...(Read More)
Kane Finding Success on New Line
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-12-05
Dan Bylsma entered the 2015-16 hockey season not knowing many players. He said that it would take around 20 games for him to get a feel for the players. Evander Kane, who the Sabres acquired in a trade with Winnipeg last season, was playing with star rookie center Jack Eichel. Their development together slowed once Kane went out with a knee injury. However, from an outside point of view, it was easy...(Read More)
Dan Bylsma Has Multiple Line Options for 2015
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-10-07
Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma is hoping that he made the correct decision to join the Buffalo Sabres. Judging from shades in the preseason and the talented forwards he possesses, his decision might be correct. Jack Eichel is looking like he is going to be every bit the star that he is projected to be, scoring 6 points in 4 games, including 2 shorthanded goals. Evander Kane is looking like a...(Read More)
Sabres Win Prospects Challenge Tournament
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-09-15
The Buffalo Sabres won both games they played in the first Prospects Challenge tournament played in Buffalo. The began the tournament by defeating the New Jersey Devils prospects 6-2. They followed that with a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins prospects.
Against New Jersey, Buffalo’s top line of Eichel, Rodrigues and Baptiste turned in a dominant performance, scoring twice more following...(Read More)
My Thoughts on the 2015 Offseason
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-07-19
I believe that the Buffalo Sabres have definitely improved this offseason. If you are going off of the last game of the season, at a point where the Sabres were at least staying competitive, the Sabres have added:
Zemgus Girgensons (injury)
Josh Gorges (injury)
Mike Weber (injury)
Ryan O'Reilly (trade)
Jamie McGinn (trade)
Robin Lehner (trade)
Jack Eichel (draft)
Evander Kane (injury)
2015 NHL Mock Draft
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-06-14
The 2015 NHL Draft is in Miami, FL. The first round begins on June 26th. Below is a mock draft. No teams will be making trades.
1. Edmonton: Connor McDavid - C, Erie, OHL
2. Buffalo: Jack Eichel - C, Boston University, NCAA
3. Arizona: Dylan Strome - C, Erie, OHL
4. Toronto: Mitch Marner - RW, London, OHL
5. Carolina: Noah Hanifin - D, Boston College, NCAA
6. New Jersey: Mathew Barzal - C,...(Read More)
Possible Sabres Offseason Trades
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-29
The Buffalo Sabres are starting to get their roster in place, but are still missing a few pieces. One is a starting goalie, another is a left-handed defensemen, and a final is a top 6 RW.
Mark Pysyk is a player that I really like, but I believe that he would be a player that might make a lot of sense for Edmonton. The player I would like in return would be Nail Yakupov. Yakupov has a great deal...(Read More)
Prospect Series - Travis Konecny, CAN
Written by Steve Dowling on 2015-05-14
Travis Konecny is a forward for the Ottawa 67's that can play either center or right wing. He is a right-handed shot. He is on the small end, at 5'10" and 175 lbs.
Travis Konecny has excellent speed, and tremendous acceleration. He utilizes it both on the rush, and to be a cannonball on the forecheck. He has good balance and is strong on his skates. This helps him to to grind in the corners, work...(Read More)