Found October 29, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
On a night overshadowed by Lindy Ruff's return to Buffalo, the Dallas Stars captured an ugly 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The emotion of the evening was the big story, and the game play itself was decidedly mediocre. Basically, the Stars won this game because the Sabres' atrocious defense was worse then their own suspect defensive play. Ryan Miller singlehandedly kept the Sabres in the gam...

Ruff Returns, Vanek Departs

  The era of Thomas Vanek has ended and the welcoming back of Lindy Ruff for a night begins. The fans woke up today and processed the best player on the teams’ departure for Long Island last night. Let’s make one thing clear: management asked Vanek point-blank “are you willing to sign in Buffalo past this season?” To show him their commitment, they would have made him...

More Details On The Vanek/Moulson Trade

via TSN, The Buffalo Sabres will pick up part of forward Thomas Vanek's salary as part of the deal they made with the New York Islanders in Sunday's trade. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Sabres will retain approximately $1.4 million - or roughly 20 per cent - of what's left of the $6.4 million Vanek is still owed in the final year of his contract...

Bill Meltzer: Star Gazing: Dallas Unable to Crack Habs Wall of Defense

Dating back to the 2011-12 season, the Dallas Stars are now 4-20-2 in the second half of back-to-back games. The team added another one to the loss column last night in a 2-1 road loss to the Montreal Canadiens. For the most part, I actually thought Lindy Ruff's team played a better game than it did in Monday's uninspiring 4-3 win over the woeful Buffalo Sabres. The difference...

Three honest assesments of the Vanek-Moulson trade’s present and future

Over the last 36-or-so hours, hockey pundits have dedicated a significant amount of bandwidth to dissecting the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade, attempting to discern whether either player has a long-term future with their new respective employers, or whether the New York Islanders or Buffalo Sabres "won" the trade. In an "Ask Matty" column, I believe that the...

Vanek surprised by deal to Isles

Thomas Vanek knew a trade from the Buffalo Sabres was likely. He just didn't expect to be shipped off to the New York Islanders this early in the season. From one rebuild to another for the prolific goal scorer. Vanek joined the Islanders on Monday morning just hours after the deal that sent him to Long Island for forward Matt Moulson and a pair of draft picks. Vanek and Moulson...

Sabres Begin Rebuilding With Trade for Moulson

During my preview of the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division I said that the Sabres were looking to trade Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. This was an attempt to start a rebuilding process with both of them being free agents at the end of the season. Sunday night the process was sent in motion as […]

Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 10/28/13 @ Buffalo

GAME PREVIEW (10:30 AM CDT) Two struggling clubs face off tonight in New York State when the Dallas Stars (4-5-1) take on the host Buffalo Sabres (2-10-1). Game time is 6 p.m. Central time. The match will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest. The over-arching storyline for the game is that it marks Lindy Ruff's return to his longtime stomping grounds. Additionally...

Matthew Barnaby’s DWI Halloween Costume & More Halloween Madness

Former Buffalo Sabres Matthew Barnaby and Jay McKee both dress as Barnaby after his 2011 DWI arrest. Classy! Do you see random sh$%…

Vanek Traded!

The Buffalo Sabres have traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, 1st round pick in 2014, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. At first glance, this trade seems like a steal for the Sabres.  While Vanek and Moulson are close in age ( Vanek is three months younger ), Vanek has played in 265 more games than Moulson and has 130 more goals. However, when you compare...

HockeyBuzz Wire: Kaleta Will Not Appeal to Independent Arbiter

Suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal his 10-game ban from the NHL to an independent. The repeat offender was suspended for a high hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.

Second Take with Brad Gelber – The B-Lo Bullies

Growing up a Buffalo Sabres fan there were teams I was destined to hate. Whether it was the cross-border rivalry with the Leafs, or teams that ended Cup runs like the Senators/Hurricanes, certain teams provoked painful memories. Then there were teams I grew to hate, not because of their record, or a specific moment in time, but because of their style of play. There was one team more...

Saying hello to an old friend

This is going to be weird. Sure, it isn’t the first time a former Sabre will make his return to Buffalo.  Plenty of others have come and gone and come back again, usually to a smattering of boos, but not always.  Most recently, it was Jason Pominville (or so I’m told, yet somehow the Sabres failed to acknowledge this so I’m not sure it actually happened). Others in the...

Guest Post: My blueprint for fixing this mess

I talk to numerous friends and co-workers on a daily basis and inevitably the topic turns to the Sabres. "What is wrong with this team?", they ask. This is one of those classic cases where it might be easier to list what is right with them than what is wrong with them. How do we fix it? The answer may seem easy, but when you look at the broad range of what the...
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