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  • Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukonen starts slowly in return to AHL

    Buffalo News "Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen’s season debut with the Americans started slowly. In the opening 15 minutes of Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss, the Cleveland Monsters sprinkled only three shots on the Buffalo Sabres’ top goalie prospect. “It’s tough for a..." January 18

  • The rise of Swedish defensemen: How Victor Hedman, others have taken over the NHL

    ESPN "When Nicklas Lidstrom skated his first strides on NHL ice, Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson were not yet 2 years old. In the years since, they have grown into towering two-way defensemen and joined the Detroit Red Wings legend as fellow Swedish Norris..." January 17

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • Sabres announce Tage Thompson undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Buffalo News "After one game and just under seven minutes of ice time in the NHL, Tage Thompson's season is over. The Buffalo Sabres winger, who has been out since a Nov. 17 loss in Chicago, had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. The team made the announcement a few hours..." January 14

  • New skills event will have players shooting pucks from stands

    The Score "The NHL is unveiling a new skills competition event at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that will feature players shooting pucks from up in the stands into targets on the ice, sources told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Eight players will stand in a section of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis..." January 14

  • NHL extends agreement with Buffalo to host combine through 2022

    Buffalo News "Buffalo will remain the final stop for prospects before the National Hockey League's entry draft. The league and the Buffalo Sabres announced Monday the two sides signed a three-year contract to continue to hold the combine in KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter through 2022...." January 13

  • Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s greatest rivalry is set to take the spotlight during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women’s hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the..." January 13

  • Sabres plan to keep Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in Rochester for one week

    Buffalo News "Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is one step closer to the National Hockey League -- for now. Luukkonen, a 20-year-old goalie, was recalled by the Rochester Americans from the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday morning. An ECHL All-Star selection, Luukkonen had a .917 save percentage and 12-5-3 record..." January 12

  • Boring hockey may be the Sabres temporary path to success

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres are going to have to battle through some big injuries over the next month of the season. They’ll be without two of their best scoring wingers in Jeff Skinner and Victor Olofsson. Skinner will still be out at least another three weeks with..." January 09

  • Potential targets for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the NHL trade deadline

    Mile High Hockey "As the 2020 NHL trade deadline draws closer, it’s only a matter of time before the rumor mill picks up steam. We’re set to hear dozens of teams and player mentioned in ‘rumors’ and ‘rumbling’ on a nearly daily basis. Some rumored trades will come to..." January 09

  • When Jeff Skinner returns, he should return to Sabres' top line with Jack Eichel

    Buffalo News "A year ago, Jeff Skinner was in the midst of a career season – a 40-goal, 23-assist performance that was the impetus for an eight-year, $72-million dollar contract extension for a Sabres team in dire need of a high-end scoring winger. Year 1 of Skinner’s new deal..." January 09

  • NHL's Bill Daly says trend of players skipping All-Star Game 'a concern'

    ESPN "The decision by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to skip back-to-back All-Star Weekends has the NHL concerned it could start a trend among players, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "In terms of player participation, is that a concern? Yes, I..." January 08

  • NHL unveils black-and-white 2020 All-Star Game jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "The best players across hockey will convene in St. Louis this year for the annual NHL All-Star Game, and with it comes the yearly debate about whether or not the jerseys displayed on ice are aesthetically pleasing, or doomed to be forgotten at best, and ridiculed at worst. The 2020..." January 08

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and the value of a supporting cast

    TSN "Two of hockey’s superstars will square off Monday night in Toronto as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6:30 p.m. ET on TSN 4). Any time you get a head-to-head matchup between players of this calibre, it is..." January 06

  • Rene Fasel: NHL needs to make Olympic decision by end of August

    The Score "IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by..." January 06

  • John Tortorella’s nonsensical fine reeks of NHL hypocrisy

    New York Post "It is always amusing when Colin Campbell leaps to the defense of the integrity of the league, as the NHL’s director of hockey operations indirectly did when castigating John Tortorella’s “unprofessional and unacceptable” Dec. 29 postgame tirade against the..." January 06

  • Which team should the Minnesota Wild face in the 2021 NHL Winter Classic?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party,..." January 03

  • Lower-body injury to keep Sabres' Victor Olofsson out five-to-six weeks

    Buffalo News "Victor Olofsson will miss the next five-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers, the Buffalo Sabres announced Friday morning. Olofsson, 24, leads all National Hockey League rookies with 16 goals and 35 points in 42 games this season...." January 03

  • Dalton Smith Clears Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Friday: Smith has cleared waivers, but was still at practice with the Sabres today. Thursday: After 86 seconds of ice time and two penalty minutes, Dalton Smith has been placed on waivers according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The Buffalo Sabres forward..." January 03

  • The Sabres are doing all of the things

    The Sports Daily "Hold on. Time out. Thanks coach. What’s been happening in Buffalo in the last 24 hours? " January 03

  • Five most underrated stars heading into 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like in all sports, the NHL has some players that are both overrated and underrated. Players might fall into either category because of where they play, which players they play with or their personalities both during interviews and on social media. Today, we don’t want to focus..." January 03

  • Four potential trade destinations for Rangers winger Chris Kreider

    Sportsnet "The first marquee trade chip of the season has already been dealt. With elite winger Taylor Hall shipped from New Jersey to Arizona in mid-December, the trade market has officially opened. And as is often the case with big-ticket deals, the fallout is just as important as the initial..." January 03

  • Victor Olofsson named NHL Rookie of the Month for December "Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson, who led all rookies in goals (6), points (14), power-play goals (3), power-play points (5) and game-winning goals (2; tied) in 14 games, has been named the NHL's "Rookie of the Month" for December. Olofsson edged Montreal..." January 02

  • Calgary Flames Trade Michael Frolik To Buffalo

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "One of the long rumoured Flames to be traded is on the move. The Flames sent veteran forward Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th Round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft Thursday night. A bonus for the Flames is they won't have to eat any..." January 02

  • Canadiens acquire Marco Scandella from Sabres for draft pick

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick. The 29-year-old defenceman carries with him a $4-million cap hit. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston,..." January 02

  • Dalton Smith Placed On Waivers

    Die By The Blade "It was an interesting move the other day when the Buffalo Sabres gave Dalton Smith an NHL contract. The 27-year-old played his entire career in the AHL and was an unexpected call up for their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Smith only ended up getting a..." January 02

  • NHL All-Decade Power Rankings: Blackhawks reign supreme

    The Score "Welcome to a special edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings, which will encompass the last 10 seasons. With the new decade now underway, it's time to take one last look back at the previous 10 years and see which franchises were the class of the league. Let's rank how..." January 01

  • Evan Rodrigues Looking For Fresh Start

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Earlier this month a report surfaced that Zach Bogosian, who was about to be a healthy scratch for the Buffalo Sabres, had requested a trade. Now, Darren Dreger of TSN reports that Evan Rodrigues has also “made his interests in a trade..." January 01

  • Breaking down the most egregious 2020 NHL All-Star team snubs

    Sportsnet "The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set. After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the..." December 31

  • Divisional imbalance sure to impact NHL playoff races

    TSN "One story I’ve been monitoring since the National Hockey League adopted a division-based playoff format at the onset of the 2013-14 regular season is how divisional imbalance influences playoff races. There were a few reasons for realignment, but the league’s primary bet..." December 31

  • Calder Trophy Power Rankings: Victor Olofsson charges up list with big December

    The Score "In the third edition of theScore's Calder Trophy Power Rankings, we feature one rookie making his debut on the list, and four others who have been jockeying for position throughout the 2019-20 season. 5. Ilya Mikheyev, Toronto Maple Leafs Unfortunately, this will be..." December 31

  • NHL unveils All-Star Game rosters, Last Men In candidates "The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the return of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, which gives fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star..." December 30

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Dalton Smith

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres announced on Monday morning that they have signed forward Dalton Smithto a one-year, two-way deal. Smith, 27 years old, had been playing with the Rochester Americans on an AHL contract.  With the recent influx of injuries, mixed with a..." December 30

  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner to miss 3-4 weeks with injury

    WKBW "The Buffalo Sabres announced Saturday morning forward Jeff Skinner will miss three to four weeks with an upper-body injury. " December 28

  • Concussions dominated the 2010s, but the NHL is still fighting its demons

    The Score "Tim Thomas didn't expect this - the pain, the suffering, being open about both. Yet there he was, signature goatee and all, speaking candidly with a small group of reporters earlier this month in Washington. His voice trembled. Tears streamed down his cheeks. He bore it..." December 27

  • NHL players most likely to be traded this season

    Yardbarker "Even though the NHL trade deadline is still two months away, it is not too early to start looking at the players who could be on the move. We already saw one of the biggest names make headlines this month when the New Jersey Devils traded Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes. Here..." December 27

  • The World Junior Championship Is a Prospect-Lovers Paradise Thanks to a Strong Draft Class

    The Hockey News "If your favorite NHL team is down in the dumps, help is on the way. The World Junior Championship is always seen as the ultimate test for the best prospects in the world, both drafted and undrafted. And while the 2020 edition will have its fair share of top drafted NHL prospects, such..." December 26

  • Nine bold NHL predictions for 2020

    Sportsnet "Did you know a year in advance that P.K. Subban would get traded (again), Patrick Marleau would find his way back to San Jose, and Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky would split from Columbus after the playoffs? We did. We’re not guaranteeing all of these nine NHL..." December 26

  • Collaboration between Sabres, Amerks produces 'good development story'

    Buffalo News "The collaborative process used to prepare prospects for an opportunity with the Buffalo Sabres began, in earnest, shortly after Ralph Krueger arrived in Buffalo. Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor traveled the Thruway one June morning to meet with Krueger over breakfast, and the..." December 25

  • Kathryn Tappen: Jeremy Roenick's comments 'unacceptable,' we remain friends

    The Score "NHL on NBC host Kathryn Tappen released a statement Tuesday condemning the recent comments made by co-worker Jeremy Roenick that led to his indefinite suspension from the network. "While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially..." December 24

  • All-Star Game rosters as selected by "Rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game have yet to be announced by the League's Hockey Operations Department, but staff writers are getting a head start. Four writers, one per division, were asked to fill out their own teams to go along with the four captains already..." December 24

  • NBC suspends Jeremy Roenick for inappropriate comments on podcast

    The Score "NBC has suspended Jeremy Roenick indefinitely without pay for inappropriate comments made about his co-workers during a recent appearance on the "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast, the network announced on Monday, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. On the..." December 23

  • Canada finalizes 23-man world juniors roster

    The Score "Forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx will have to take the lonely flight back home from the Czech Republic, as the Anaheim Ducks prospect was Team Canada's final cut ahead of the 2020 World Junior Championship. Here's a look at the final 23-man roster, based on Saturday's..." December 21

  • Jack Eichel day-to-day, could return Saturday vs. Kings

    The Score "Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger announced superstar Jack Eichel is considered day-to-day and will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, according to WGR 550's Brayton J. Wilson. Krueger didn't provide specifics..." December 20

  • Future Watch: Five Rookies Tearing Up The AHL This Season

    The Hockey News "Welcome to the Lucas Elvenes show. In our 2019-20 Yearbook, Elvenes didn’t crack the top 10 NHL prospects list, which makes sense given that he was coming off a disappointing season with Rogle in the Swedish league where he failed to show much improvement. But up until a few..." December 20

  • Friday Five: What will the NHL look like next decade?

    TSN "What a decade it’s been. The 2010s brought the Golden Goal, a seventh Canadian club in Winnipeg, and a shot in the arm for franchises in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver with the arrivals of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Elias Pettersson. There was the..." December 20

  • Five players looking for a fresh start in 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "The year is winding down and some people around the NHL will be happier to see it come to an end than others. 2019 was kind to players like Ryan O'Reilly, Nikita Kucherov and Mark Giordano, but there are others who are ready for a fresh start and a new..." December 20

  • Sabres And Hurricanes Have Multiple Defensemen Available

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams that are looking to add defensive depth should be focusing on a pair of Eastern Conference squads.  TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports in the latest edition of Insider Trading (video link) that on top of veterans Zach Bogosian and Marco Scandella who were..." December 20

  • Sabres captain Jack Eichel out with upper-body injury against Flyers

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Jack Eichel’s 17-game point streak ended tonight because an upper-body injury forced him to miss the Buffalo Sabres’ road contest against the Philadelphia Flyers. After skating in the pregame warm-up, the Sabres announced their captain would miss his first game..." December 19

  • 3 teams that could bring in Ilya Kovalchuk

    The Score "Ilya Kovalchuk's tenure with the Los Angeles Kings officially lasted for just under a year and a half after the forward cleared unconditional waivers Tuesday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Kovalchuk signed a three-year, $18.75-million contract with L.A. in 2018 and appeared in..." December 18