Rookie general manager Jason Botterill will be desperate to prevent his Buffalo Sabres from finishing last, again, in April 2019. However, he’s going to have to be one of professional sports’ busiest executives in the next six months to prevent such a fate; and he’ll have to be both good and lucky. There are several
With less than three weeks until the NHL trade deadline, Buffalo Sabres fans anxiously await a much-needed purge of the current roster. With several players set to hit free agency this summer, Jason Botterill will look to acquire future assets for players on expiring contracts. Leading up to the 2017-18 season, supporters of the blue
The Best Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Three games: Dec. 30 vs New Jersey (W), Jan. 2 at Carolina (W) 2 G, 3 A, plus-4, 1 game-winning goal, 8 shots, 25.0 percent shooting Washington’s captain continued his rebound campaign last week by posting two goals and three assists in two games. Of his five points, just
After taking the New York Rangers to overtime on Monday in the NHL’s Winter Classic at Citi Field, the Buffalo Sabres have points in nine of their last 12 games. They’ve earned 13 points in 12 games–their best stretch this season. In a season where little has gone right for the Sabres, goaltender Robin Lehner
According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
In a season where the Buffalo Sabres have failed to meet expectations, Robin Lehner has been a popular target of criticism. While his statistics resemble that of an average starting goaltender, Lehner hasn’t proven himself as a player who can be leaned on to steal a game, but perhaps he bears too much of the blame.
In today’s Rumor Rundown, we look at trade options in different positions. From a top-six forward to a depth center, goaltenders and a defenseman, everyone and everything is needed around the NHL as the season progresses. Wayne Simmonds is a player multiple teams would have interest in. But, are the Flyers looking to move him
The exciting part about a new season is that it resets every team. Win and loss columns are all brought back to zero. Each team is full of potential and hope. But slow starts out of the gate can kill a team. Failing to be even a mediocre team can be deadly in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres haven’t seen the playoffs since the 2010-2011 season. For some of those seasons, they were so awful that a telescope was the only thing that might have given them a glimpse. Owner Terry Pegula cleaned the front office at the end of last season, ushering in new general manager Jason Botterill and
Judging by the comments on social media and around the water cooler, you get the feeling that Robin Lehner could win the Vezina Trophy and still be hated in Buffalo. Murray’s Man Fans can’t seem to look past the fact that former Sabres general manager, Tim Murray, traded away a first round pick to get
The clock is ticking for Jason Botterill. Over the next few weeks, the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres needs to hire an entire coaching staff, figure out who to select with the eighth-overall pick in the upcoming draft and, just as important, determine which member of the team will be sent packing to
On Wednesday, Notre Dame goaltender and 2013 fifth-round Buffalo Sabres draft pick Cal Petersen announced he will leave school to turn pro. The decision gives the Sabres and new GM Jason Botterill 30 days to sign Petersen before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, a la Jimmy Vesey. Cal Petersen (Notre Dame Athletics) Starting Friday, June 30,
Last week, I suggested that new Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill absolutely should consider finding out what it would cost to acquire backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. My reasoning was simple (at least in my mind): Grubauer will be the best player left unprotected by the Capitals when the expansion draft