Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula on Monday night joined the growing number of pro sports owners to issue a statement condemning the killing of George Floyd and calling for the end of racial inequality.
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Translated quotes from Johan Rylander’s interview with Rasmus Dahlin We heard from Rasmus Dahlin last week during the virtual “locker cleanout” session with the Buffalo Sabres season coming to an end.
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The San Jose Sharks are an interesting trade partner to consider in the offseason Now that the season is officially over for the Buffalo Sabres we can fully shift into offseason mode.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images After captain Jack Eichel voiced his displeasure, Jason Botterill might be on his last chance. Rewind to April 8, 2019, the annual locker clean-out day, where Jack Eichel was quoted as saying “It is on us as players to be better on the ice every night.
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images Is the Amerks’ recent success truly indicative of a brighter future for the Sabres? Immediately after Jason Botterill was hired, fans of the Buffalo Sabres learned of his developmental philosophy to building an NHL roster.
In their first five seasons with Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres have been a perennial loser, winning just 39 percent of their games. Despite earning his place among the game’s elite talents, the captain still hasn’t sniffed the playoffs.
Rasmus Ristolainen understands that if the Buffalo Sabres make significant moves this offseason, he could be dealt. “If changes will happen, I know I’m one of the first ones probably who is going to get traded,” the defenseman said on a Zoom call Thursday, two days after the Sabres’ season officially ended.
Photo by NHL Images/NHLI via Getty Images Some teams are going to get a chance to ‘double-dip’, the Sabres will not be one of them. The NHL has become the first of the major North American sports to lay out a plan for returning to action even though dates for that have not been confirmed.
Last year, Kyle Okposo and his family decided to sell their home in Minnesota and make Clarence their permanent residence. The roots he laid down in Buffalo have helped the veteran winger develop a unique understanding of how the Sabres’ stunning run of futility has disenchanted a passionate fan base.
It’s almost fitting that the Buffalo Sabres 2019-20 season ended this way. With the pandemic blurring days together, with little difference between a Tuesday and a Friday, it feels like Groundhog’s Day.
Throughout their nine-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Sabres have consistently ranked among the NHL’s bottom-feeders. Only once in that ugly stretch – in 2011-12, the season their run of futility began – have they contended for a postseason spot.
Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images Per multiple reports, and a direct quote from Kim Pegula, Jason Botterill has been retained for a fourth season in Buffalo This afternoon, multiple reports on Twitter indicated that the Buffalo Sabres had finalized the decision to keep Jason Botterill as their general manager for next season.
They spent an hour catching up. Hockey, as it often does during conversations with Clint Malarchuk, was discussed. Drew Ryan, a goalie like Malarchuk, explained how a stretching regimen has added seven inches to the butterfly motion he plans to utilize.
If the NHL season resumes, the Kings have little to play for given their standing. But they will have an opportunity test the left side of their defense, give Gabriel Vilardi some NHL minutes and take a look at Calvin Petersen's potential in what would be meaningless games for the team.
With the NHL draft being mere days (weeks, months… who really knows at this point) away, teams are no doubt ramping up their virtual draft prep. Although the Buffalo Sabres should really look to trade their first-round pick for help right now, it appears unlikely that teams will be trading before the draft.
As things stand, the NHL is planning to have games resume at some point over the coming weeks. Assuming the regular season continues, PHR will examine the top stretch run storylines for the Atlantic Division with Buffalo Sabres.
The freelance photographer who worked the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center on Monday night was left bloodied by a puck that somehow sneaked through the small hole in the glass used to take unobscured pics of game action.