Found March 24, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Imagine how interesting hockey life would be in Buffalo if a team coached by Lindy Ruff came into First Niagara Center - say, three weeks from today - to battle the Sabres in a game with major playoff implications. With an opening created this morning courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, that scenario may not be so far fetched. Continue reading "Ruff In Tampa Would Be Compelling"

Report: Ruff Is Yzerman’s First Choice

Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson had some interesting comments last night on where things stand between Lindy Ruff and Steve Yzerman as the Lightning GM searches for his next head coach. Continue reading "Report: Ruff Is Yzerman’s First Choice"

Handicapping the Sabres Trade Chances: Part II

Yesterday I examined the Sabres defensemen and goaltenders, evaluating the odds of each being dealt before April 3rd.  Today I’ll use my foolproof proprietary algorithms to reveal the exact odds of Darcy Regier shipping out any of Buffalo’s forwards.  Unlike the Sabres defense, there aren’t many players that would be shipped out individually, more likely 2 or 3 forwards could...

Drew Stafford Scratched, Precursor To A Trade?

Drew Stafford has struggled finding his scoring touch this season. © Dan Hickling A bit of surprising news coming out of Montreal this afternoon after the morning skate as Sabres Alternate Captain Drew Stafford will find himself in the press box as a healthy scratch when Buffalo battles the Canadians tonight at the Bell Center. He joins John Scott and Andrej Sekera as the team...

GARTH: Ruff To Tampa?

Tampa Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has fired his head coach, Guy Boucher. The Bolts,like the Sabres, have been a disappointing team for most of this lockout-shortened season. The Bolts find themselves in 14th place (27 points) in the East. Yzerman's team scores goals by the bushels full, however, their team D and goaltending have been awful this season. Is Lindy Ruff the...

Could Lindy Ruff revive the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Nobody was surprised Guy Boucher got the short haircut today. The first question was, “Why did it take so long?”The second question was, “Is it Lindy Ruff time in Tampa?”The Tampa Bay Lightning ranked among the NHL’s most startling disappointments this season. The addition of goaltender Anders Lindback did not cure the team’s goals-against problemThe Lightning’ highly...

Report: Myers’ Name Is “Out There For Trade”

While it's no secret that Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and Drew Stafford are being mentioned in trade talks, a report last night hinted that the Sabres could be putting a bigger name than all three of them on the block. Continue reading "Report: Myers’ Name Is “Out There For Trade”"

Steve Ott is...

The ****** man. Alright, now that I got that out of the way, let's get to the reasons for his sudden rise in popularity in Buffalo. It is a pretty simple formula: Funny, hard working and hard hitting. That's the recipe for succeeding in this town with the minions. It is the reason why fans loved the Nolan teams, Mike Peca, Rob Ray and pretty much anyone who has a few...

Sabres still have Canadiens' number

Thomas Vanek scored two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. It was the Sabres' (13-15-4) third straight win in a run that began with an overtime victory in Montreal on Tuesday. Ryan Miller stopped 39 shots in this one for Buffalo. Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for Montreal (20-6-5), and Carey Price made 16 saves...

Eric Engels: Habs Stumped by Miller, Pittsburgh and Boston Present Biggest Challenges

It wasn't exactly a convincing week for the Montreal Canadiens, but you can't really bemoan their efforts in the two losses they suffered to the Buffalo Sabres. The Habs couldn't buy a bounce Saturday, and Ryan Miller shut the door on virtually all the opportunities they created. There were rebounds that came off of Miller, but he was great on second chance opportunities...

GARTH: There Goes The Firesale

Just like that, Thomas Vanek scores both goal to deliver his team to a well earned 2-1 win in Montreal. The Sabres have now beaten the Habs twice in their own building this week. Vanek scored the games's first goal by tipping home a Christian Ehrhoff point shot for the PPG. He also scored a beauty heel drag on Carey Price with 38 seconds remaining in the second period. Oh...

Hockey Talk To Fill Your Morning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. - Most disturbing downturn this season? Tyler Myers. The Buffalo Sabres defenceman won rookie-of-the-year honours in 2010; everybody figured he was Norris Trophy worthy and an automatic for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Huge frame, nice hands, commanding presence on the ice; he was captain material with the Sabres. Now? ...

GARTH: Yzerman Phoned Ruff

Tampa Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman, spoke this morning after his team's game day skate about his decision making process in selecting Jon Cooper as his team's new head coach. Yzerman says that he spoke by phone with former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff on Monday, to inform him of his decision to hire Cooper. Out of respect, Stevie Y phoned Ruff to share with him the news...
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