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  • Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark to miss at least 2 games

    Sportsnaut "Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark will miss at least two games due to a lower-body injury that occurred in the opening period of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Ullmark was undergoing tests on Friday to determine the..." February 27

  • Jeff Skinner says he doesn't want to be traded by Sabres after benching

    Buffalo News "The disconnect between Ralph Krueger and Jeff Skinner became apparent this week when the $9 million-a-year left wing was scratched in three consecutive games. Krueger, amid his second season as the Buffalo Sabres’ coach, has been coy when asked why the team’s..." February 26

  • Buffalo Sabres coach: Jack Eichel still working way back from injury

    Sportsnaut "Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has struggled to get up to speed following the upper-body injury he sustained prior to training camp, coach Ralph Krueger said Thursday. Eichel has just two goals in 16 games this season, although his 14 points have him tied with fellow forward..." February 25

  • Sabres' Jeff Skinner scratched again; his agent expresses concerns to GM Kevyn Adams

    Buffalo News "Jeff Skinner was not on the KeyBank Center ice when his Buffalo Sabres teammates held a morning skate Thursday in preparation for their game against the New Jersey Devils. Skinner, the Sabres’ second-highest paid player with a $9 million annual cap hit, was scratched for a third..." February 25

  • Buffalo Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen eager to play after COVID

    CBS Sports "This is encouraging news, as coach Ralph Krueger recently said he was hopeful Ristolainen would be ready to play "in a few weeks." It sounds like Ristolainen should be back sooner than that, but it's hard to pinpoint a definite timeline for the 26-year-old Finn, who is still..." February 25

  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • Will Borgen Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Forearm

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres already lost Jake McCabe to a season-ending knee injury and now will be without William Borgen for the next two months. The 24-year-old defenseman underwent surgery on a broken right forearm today and will miss approximately six to eight..." February 23

  • Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner Made A Healthy Scratch

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Another night, another Sabres game in which Skinner and his $9MM cap hit will watch from the press box. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale confirms that Skinner will be a healthy scratch again on Tuesday night, indicating that this was not just a one-off decision by Krueger to send a..." February 23

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games

    NHL.com "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • Ralph Krueger: Jack Eichel not hurt, needs to 'persevere'

    TSN "Jack Eichel has just two assists in five games since the Buffalo Sabres’ extended layoff due to COVID-19 protocols, leading to questions regarding his health. Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger insisted after Monday's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders that Eichel is..." February 23

  • Sabres' Brandon Montour Available For Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres are the focus of plenty of trade speculation these days, but much of it is centered around the forward group. Jack Eichel will continue to draw plenty of chatter until the Sabres actually put a winning team around him, Jeff Skinner was just made a health..." February 23

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • Why the Wild should seriously consider acquiring Jack Eichel

    Hockey Wilderness "Jack Eichel, one of the lone bright spots on a Sabres team that has been treading water for what seems like a decade, may be on the market. Thursday on WGR 550, a Buffalo sports radio station, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet discussed the possibility of the Sabres trading Jack Eichel...." February 22

  • Jake McCabe out six to eight months with ACL, MCL, and meniscus injuries

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Devastating news for Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe came Monday afternoon. Given the team's announced timeline for recovery, McCabe's 2021 season is over. McCabe's injury looked bad from the moment his knee twisted after colliding with Devils forward Nikita Gusev. " February 22

  • What does future hold for Jack Eichel, Sabres?

    Pro Hockey Talk "It is now year six of the Jack Eichel era for the Buffalo Sabres and in some ways the playoffs seem as far away today as they did when he arrived in the NHL. That should not be acceptable to anybody. Not to the Sabres. Not to the fans. Certainly not to..." February 22

  • Should the Rangers look at trading for Jack Eichel?

    New York Post "The implications of Mika Zibanejad’s impossibly bad first quarter-plus of 2020-21 reverberate far beyond this season. Because unless No. 93 mounts a revival over the final 40 games equivalent to Derek Jeter’s 2011 in which the shortstop hit .336 the second half..." February 22

  • Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner Could Find Himself A Healthy Scratch

    Buffalo News "Two major stories emerged from Sabres practice Sunday afternoon in Prudential Center: 1). It appears Jeff Skinner -- still with no goals and only one point in 14 games this season --  will be a healthy scratch for Monday night's game against the New York Islanders in Nassau..." February 22

  • Sabres Prepared That Jake McCabe May Miss Rest Of Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres were fearful after defenseman Jake McCabe left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. McCabe left the game against New Jersey midway through the third period after trying to hit Nico Hischier against the boards, but instead, his right leg buckled..." February 21

  • Rasmus Ristolainen out indefinitely after revealing difficult COVID-19 battle

    The Score "Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will miss more time as he continues to recover from a difficult battle with COVID-19. Ristolainen, 26, detailed his struggles with significant drops in oxygen levels, intense chest pain, and fatigue to Finnish..." February 20

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • It's Time for the Sabres to Face Reality: Jack Eichel Needs to Be Traded

    Bleacher Report "Following the 2019-20 NHL season, disgruntled Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen said what every Sabres fan has been thinking for years: "Buffalo has a bright future, but we've been saying the 'bright future' for seven years now when..." February 19

  • Sabres’ Brandon Davidson grateful for nomadic NHL life: ‘It’s been a wild ride’

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Other than a four-and-a-half year stint in the Edmonton Oilers organization, Sabres defenseman Brandon Davidson has led a nomadic hockey life, enjoying little stability as he zigzagged across North America. Davidson, 29, began his NHL career with the Oilers, playing 91 games..." February 18

  • Sabres, Taylor Hall have mutual interest in exploring contract extension

    WKBW " Despite the Sabres' record, and an expiring contract, it appears as though the Buffalo Sabres and forward Taylor Hall have mutual interest in exploring a contract extension, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. During TSN Hockey's Insider Trading, LeBrun said that..." February 18

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • Speculation Swirling Around Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres are losing again. Even with the offseason excitement of pairing Taylor Hall with Jack Eichel, the team is at the bottom of the East Division standings, sitting 4-6-2 with just 31 goals in 12 games. That MVP-caliber pair has produced just three goals combined,..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • Taylor Hall laments slow start with Sabres: 'It's been a struggle for me'

    The Score "Things haven't gone as planned for Taylor Hall and the Buffalo Sabres just over a month into the season. Hall, who inked a one-year, $8-million deal with the Sabres in October, scored in his debut with the club but hasn't hit the goal column in 11 games..." February 17

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • Raplh Krueger returns to Sabres' practice after positive COVID-19 test

    The Score "Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger returned to practice with his club Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19, the team announced. Krueger tested positive on Feb. 4 as several Sabres players landed on the NHL's COVID protocol list following a weekend series with..." February 14

  • Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin return to practice

    Sportsnaut "Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger and defenseman Rasmus Dahlin returned to practice on Sunday. Krueger and Dahlin both had been placed on the NHL’s COVID protocol list for the Sabres, who are still without seven players. Defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and..." February 14

  • Taylor Hall practices, expects to play for Sabres on Monday

    NHL.com "Taylor Hall practiced for the first time since he was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol and expects to play against the New York Islanders on Monday. The forward, who skated on a line with Eric Staal and Sam Reinhart on Saturday, said he tested positive for..." February 13

  • Six teams that could be interested in Canadiens' Victor Mete

    Sportsnet "It has been more than a week since Victor Mete’s agent went public with the Montreal Canadiens defenceman’s trade request. Besides suiting up for two of Montreal’s wins over Vancouver at the beginning of February, the 22-year-old has been a..." February 13

  • Jack Eichel: 'I’m going to start to take off' once Sabres resume season

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres haven't played since Jan. 31 due to COVID-19 concerns, and captain Jack Eichel is itching to hit the ground running once the team is in action again. “I’m really excited to get the season going again," he said Wednesday,..." February 13

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • Sabres 'rallying together' in return to practice after COVID-19 pause

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres returned to the ice Tuesday after a seven-day pause because of NHL COVID-19 protocols, and general manager Kevyn Adams said their focus is on looking ahead, not back at the frustration of having to shut down.  The practice included 18 members of the Sabres, but..." February 10

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09

  • Five candidates to coach Team Canada at 2022 Winter Olympics

    Sportsnet "Last week, it was announced the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic hockey team would be led by Doug Armstrong, as the Blues GM will be tasked with building out the roster and hiring the coaches to organize it all. What's especially interesting heading into the 2022 tournament is that..." February 09

  • NHL Postpones 7 Games amid Devils, Wild, Sabres' COVID-19 Issues

    Bleacher Report "The NHL's COVID-19 postponements continue.  On Monday, the league announced the postponement of seven additional games as the New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres grapple with the effects of the league's COVID-19..." February 08

  • Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin added to COVID Protocol

    Last Word On Sports "The NHL has added Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin to its COVID list. He is the ninth Sabres player to be added to the list. Buffalo has not played since January 31st and it’s unclear if they will have time to adequately prepare for their next potential game on..." February 08