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John Vogl

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


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Until now, Sam Reinhart has been a prolific player. He had 319 points in 250 junior games. He scored 23 goals as a rookie for the Sabres. He reached 30 assists last year in his second season. So yes, he admitted Thursday, this start has been tough on him. Reinhart's celebrations have been few and far between through Buffalo's opening 15 games. He has just two goals a…

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Robin Lehner saw how much the community mourned the death of Buffalo K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender is going to honor the fallen officer and local police. During the Sabres' Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Robin Lehner will wear a customized warmup jersey with the nameplate of "C. Lehner." The jersey will be No. 43 instead of Lehner's usu…

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The Sabres are going to be without Rasmus Ristolainen for longer than originally planned. "It's more of a week-to-week situation right now," coach Phil Housley said Thursday. Ristolainen suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday in Arizona. He was listed as day-to-day, but Housley downgraded the defenseman after he missed two games and has yet to practice. The S…

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Let's fact-check a few things Benoit Pouliot has said. The Sabres forward says he's a slow starter. The numbers back him up. He said he has a lot to prove after watching his stats plummet so low that Edmonton bought him out. That's true, too. He said he's the type of player who just stands in front of the net for his goals. No way, Pinocchio. Pouliot scored …

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When the game is for grabs, Buffalo hasn't had much success. Washington, on the other hand, usually takes hold and doesn't let go. That changed Tuesday. The teams entered the third period tied, 1-1, and the Sabres pulled out a 3-1 victory in KeyBank Center. Buffalo was 0-2 when tied after 40 minutes, while Washington was 3-1. The Sabres snapped Washington's three-…

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The NHL's latest blockbuster impacted the Sabres by bringing Matt Duchene into the division. TSN says it's affecting Buffalo in another way. The Canadian sports network has moved Sabres left wing Evander Kane into the No. 1 spot on its "Trade Bait" board. The position was held by Duchene, who went from Colorado to Ottawa on Sunday night. Kane's contract expires at th…

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The Sabres' roster carousel continues to spin. Buffalo has recalled defenseman Zach Redmond from Rochester ahead of Tuesday's visit by the Washington Capitals. To make room on the roster, the Sabres have placed forward Justin Bailey on injured reserve. Redmond has appeared in two games for Buffalo, skating 14:37 per night with one penalty and a minus-1 rating. He has…

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Phil Housley says his positivity shouldn't be viewed as lack of accountability. The coach showed that to his struggling team Monday with a detailed meeting and hard practice. Housley seemed to be lowering expectations Saturday night when he said Buffalo played well in a 5-1 loss to Dallas. On Monday, he showed the 4-8-2 squad what it did wrong. "I tend to look at thi…

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Ryan O'Reilly never saw this start coming for the Sabres. "I thought we were going to win a lot and be in a much different spot," he said Monday, "but it's harder than it looks." The alternate captain speaks from experience. He has seen how long it can take to build a team. He's also seen how quickly one can fall apart. After helping Colorado make the playoffs as …

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Nick Baptiste's time on the sidelines could be over. The winger joined the Sabres for their trip to Arizona and Dallas, but he didn't play. Baptiste spent all of Monday's practice on a line with center Sam Reinhart and right wing Seth Griffith. Their audition could continue Tuesday when Washington visits KeyBank Center. The Sabres recalled Baptiste from Rochester las…

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Phil Housley says his positivity shouldn't be viewed as lack of accountability. The coach showed that to his struggling team Monday with a detailed meeting and hard practice. Housley seemed to be lowering expectations Saturday night when he said Buffalo played well in a 5-1 loss to Dallas. On Monday, he showed the 4-8-2 squad what it did wrong. "I tend to look at thi…

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When the Buffalo Sabres took the ice Monday, four of their top eight defensemen were still absent. That may not be the case much longer. Coach Phil Housley said Nathan Beaulieu and Josh Gorges could return to practice this week, and Zach Bogosian has skated on his own the past few days. "The bottom line is it's good to see the guys are starting to get healthy now," H…

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Casey Mittelstadt's introduction to college hockey is going well – very well. The Sabres' first-round pick has points in eight of his nine games for Minnesota, including a goal Saturday night in the Gophers' 4-0 victory over Michigan State. The freshman scored his third goal after forcing a turnover, getting open in the slot and picking his spot. https://twitter.co…

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It's one month into Phil Housley's coaching career, and it certainly hasn't gone well. The Sabres have been blown out and beaten up, falling to injuries and opposing offenses. With a record of 4-8-2, Buffalo's points percentage of .357 is second-last in the NHL, ahead of only hapless Arizona. "It's easy to be negative right now," Housley said. Somehow, the coach isn'…

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DALLAS – Robin Lehner couldn't wait to play the Dallas Stars. It was a big game for him and the team, he said Saturday morning, and he was looking forward to starting a winning streak. He was gone after just 10:27. So was any chance the Sabres had of winning. The goaltender gave up three goals on seven shots, then watched the rest of the Sabres' 5-1 loss. "It's …