The Buffalo Sabres have traded forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Eric Staal. As Elliotte Friedman would report, the deal was a straight-up swap of players without any sort of draft picks or salary retention involved. It is a straight-up trade: Johansson for Staal. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 16,
After a long battle with cancer, NHL legend and Hall of Fame member Dale Hawerchuk left this world on August 18, 2020. He left behind a legacy that will affect the game of hockey for years and possibly decades to come. For me personally, his passing carries a little bit of extra sadness. Hawerchuk was
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) officially announced its plan to start the 2020-21 season on time. Plus, there were some notable moves in the American Hockey League (AHL), both on the ice and behind the bench. The Q is Back All three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has now officially announced
Things are starting to settle down for the Buffalo Sabres after being in the league’s spotlight for several weeks when they made a bold decision to fire nearly their entire management and scouting staffs and had multiple players publicly speak out about their disappointment and frustration with the team’s losing culture. In this edition of
Season Record: 30-31-8, 68 points Points Percentage: .493, Ranked 25th in the NHL The Buffalo Sabres’ season came to an end early this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the 2020 NHL playoffs expanded to include 24 teams, the Sabres still missed the cut by a 0.007 PTS% margin, just behind the Montreal Canadiens
In the history of the Buffalo Sabres, 460 skaters have taken the ice. Of those players, 12 have played just one game. Among them are 10 forwards and two defensemen. Collectively, they racked up one assist (a power play apple), four penalty minutes, a minus-3 plus/minus rating and recorded 12 shots on goal. Presenting the
Jack Eichel is “fed up with losing.” This comes in the wake of a season when his offensive production, minutes per game and analytics ticked upward for the fifth season in a row. Should the Capitals pry Jack Eichel away from the Sabres? (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) There are a lot of tough
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, we’ll look at how the lack of an amnesty clause impacts the Calgary Flames, look at the Buffalo Sabres hope for a draft choice, wonder if the hockey gods might be conspiring to help the Montreal Canadiens, and look at a key fourth-liner for the Columbus Blue Jackets. No Amnesty
Now that another Buffalo Sabres season is finished – and mercifully so – many are conducting an autopsy of the past few months; and there was more bad than good. Extending the franchise-record playoff drought to nine seasons in a year when over 77 percent of teams made the postseason (not a typo), is something
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is an update from the St. Louis Blues Dispatch about the odds Alex Pietrangelo might stay in St. Louis. The Calgary Flames have hired a design team and more information is coming forward with respect to a new arena. The Buffalo Sabres may look to make changes that fit
Making smart, value trades and signings are what separates perennial Stanley Cup contenders from the pretenders. Under general manager Jim Benning, the Vancouver Canucks have made plenty of moves – some hitting, many missing. Except for the JT Miller trade, it’s often the smaller, less flashy deals that push a team to the next level,
You can’t beat bad ownership. No matter how talented the front office or roster might be, bad ownership will consistently get in the way of winning. We’ve seen it in every sport; in James Dolan’s New York Knicks in the NBA, we’ve seen it with other NHL franchises, like the Ottawa Senators under Eugene Melnyk.
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, is there any chance the Montreal Canadiens will look at Dustin Byfuglien as an option on their blue line? In Vancouver, what are the Canucks planning on doing with Loui Eriksson? Lias Andersson’s fate has been decided in New York, and there is more detail coming to light about the
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, we follow-up yesterday’s news about Jason Botterill being let go as GM of the Buffalo Sabres, detailing ownership’s reason as to why. What’s next for franchise? Who is safe? Who isn’t? In Seattle, things are delayed, but how far behind are they? And, why haven’t they named their team yet?
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Jeff Carter out of the Los Angeles Kings organization, plus news the Ottawa Senators may be a cap floor team again next season. Meanwhile, as most insiders believe Jack Eichel isn’t leaving Buffalo, some are asking what would it cost for a team to acquire him?
In today’s NHL rumors, what does management think about Jack Eichel’s recent comments? Do they understand his frustration? Or, are they upset he spoke so candidly? In Vancouver, there is an update on contract talks between the Canucks and Jacob Markstrom, plus talk of the team trying to reacquire their second-round pick. Is there hope
This is going to be a crucial offseason, as another year passes by with no playoffs for the Buffalo Sabres. Management should know by now that the 2020-21 season is going to be a make-or-break year for so many personnel. Here I’ll dive into the Sabres’ restricted and unrestricted free agents that management should sign.
There will be a day when the pandemic is a distant memory. By that time, it’s likely construction will be wrapped up on Kim and Terry Pegula’s superyacht in Amsterdam. It’s easy to picture the billionaire owners of both the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills going out for a cruise on their luxury vessel, champagne