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John Vogl

This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.


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Ted Nolan's first run as Buffalo Sabres coach will be remembered for his motivational skills. He helped the "hardest-working team in hockey" grow from a group of fighters to a division champion in 1997. Nolan's second stint will be remembered for his words in 2014. "Prospects are great," Nolan said. "Then some of them turn into suspects. Then some of them turn into r…

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The players who practiced on the Buffalo Sabres' third and fourth lines Monday have combined for just 12 goals and 20 assists in 127 games. It's no wonder Buffalo is shaking things up. The Sabres have recalled Evan Rodrigues and acquired Scott Wilson via trade, moves they hope will increase the production and tenacity among the bottom six forwards. "I'm going to go o…

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The Buffalo Sabres don't want their friendships torn apart. They should have played better and harder then. A much-needed shake-up is underway in Buffalo. General Manager Jason Botterill has seen enough of his cellar dwellers. Botterill waived Matt Moulson and acquired a piece of his past Monday, trading for forward Scott Wilson. It's just the start for a team tha…

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After his new players failed to impress, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill is looking to people he knows. Buffalo has traded a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to Detroit in exchange for forward Scott Wilson. Botterill was with Pittsburgh when the Penguins drafted Wilson in the seventh round in 2011. "We are very happy to add Scott to our roster," Botteril…

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Matt Moulson is the first move. There is no doubt more will follow. With the Sabres sitting at the bottom of the NHL at 6-17-4, a shake-up is sure to come in Buffalo. Monday's decision to waive Matt Moulson is the start. "When you don't win they're going to dismantle," center Ryan O'Reilly told The Buffalo News on Monday. "I've seen it before. It's frustrating. It's …

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Matt Moulson is one of Kyle Okposo's best friends. Moulson opened his house to Jack Eichel, who considers himself part of the family. As expected, the news that Buffalo is waiving Moulson hit them hard. "It's tough when you lose a guy like that," an emotional Okposo said Monday. "He's been my best friend for a while. He means a lot to me. It's tough news, but at the …

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Evan Rodrigues certainly earned this recall. With the slumping Sabres looking for production, they summoned Rodrigues from Rochester on Monday. The forward has five goals and 10 points in eight games with Rochester, including three goals and an assist in the last two games. Rodrigues was making a push for the Sabres' opening-night roster when he suffered a hand injur…

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Matt Moulson's fall is leading him right out of the NHL. The Sabres have announced they will waive the left winger at noon Monday for purposes of reassignment. If no team claims Moulson by noon Tuesday, he will be sent to Rochester. The decision has been discussed at length by General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley. "We talked quite a bit throughou…

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Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is one step closer to returning to Buffalo. Finland released the roster for its world junior training camp today, and Luukkonen was one of three goaltenders to make the list. Buffalo selected him in the second round of this year's NHL Draft. The 18-year-old is playing in Finland's second league and has a .911 save percentage in 15 ga…

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The puck bounced to Rasmus Ristolainen, and the Buffalo Sabres' No. 1 defenseman had time to look for the right pass. He couldn't have made a worse one. Ristolainen gave the puck to future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby, and Buffalo was in a 2-0 hole with just 6:38 gone Friday. "That should not happen at this level," Ristolainen said after a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh. "It'…

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When Jason Botterill arrived in Buffalo and installed Randy Sexton as the general manager in Rochester, he said increased attention on the Amerks would result in more competition to make the Sabres. He was right. "That's definitely true," Sabres center and Rochester call-up Kyle Criscuolo said Friday. "There's just so many young guys down there, and everybody's tryin…

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For better or worse, the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to see a lot of each other this weekend. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres host Pittsburgh on Friday in KeyBank Center. 1. Back to back The teams are playing their 11th home-and-home series in history. After Friday's game, they'll head to the airport for Saturday night's contest in …

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The losses are painful enough. What irritates Buffalo Sabres fans even more is hearing that players lack pride and effort. They've heard it game after game. "Where some of the frustration comes from, even our own players, I think there is a work ethic," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said Thursday. "I think they are working, but on a game-by-game basis it's o…

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Though Alex Nylander is in his second professional season, the Buffalo Sabres prospect is still eligible to play in the world juniors. That might happen. General Manager Jason Botterill will continue to talk with Nylander and Swedish hockey officials before deciding whether to release the forward for the world junior tournament. It's being held in Buffalo from Dec. 26 t…

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Jason Botterill is very happy with Evander Kane. The Buffalo Sabres' general manager is also unsure whether he'll keep or trade the high-scoring winger. On one hand, trading Kane seems like a bad idea since he is the only consistent scorer on the NHL's lowest-scoring team. On the other, Buffalo has multiple needs and could lose the pending unrestricted free agent during…