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Mike Harrington

Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.


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Memo to Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula and Russ Brandon: If you dare to increase ticket prices after this clown show of a hockey season, prepare for fan (and media) wrath unlike anything you've ever seen. The players in your locker room insist they care. It's lip service. Constantly pulling no-shows at the start of games in front of their soon-to-be former season ticket-holde…

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After practice here Friday, Alex Iafallo said Feb. 17 was one date he had circled when he looked at the Los Angeles Kings' schedule. It was pretty easy to see why Saturday. As the Eden native took the ice in KeyBank Center, the Zamboni end of the rink was full of black-and-silver clad fans. "Eden loves Iafallo" read one placard against the glass, with a heart substituti…

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The countdown to Feb. 26 is on. Things have been awfully quiet in the NHL in recent days, save for the big Los Angeles-Ottawa trade that involved Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik packing. That's all about to change as the NHL's trade deadline day approaches. The Sabres are expected to be a prominent seller, with the likes of Evander Kane, Benoit Pouliot, Robin Lehner and…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Road-weary club just 10-8-1 since 29-8-2 start. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Marchessault up to 55 points in 54 games. (2) 3. Boston Bruins.  Opened five-game roadie Saturday in Vancouver. (3). 4. Nashville Predators. Fisher aiming for March 1 return. (7) 5. Winnipeg Jets.…

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OTTAWA — In their previous four road games, the Buffalo Sabres were in control. Calgary. Edmonton. Vancouver. Boston. Check. Check. Check. Check. Four wins, virtually nothing to quibble about. The Sabres nearly extended their road winning streak to five games for the first time since 2006 Thursday night but it wasn't nearly the same kind of game. There were mistak…

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OTTAWA -- The Buffalo Sabres came within 31 seconds of extending their road domination and their magic against the Ottawa Senators. They simply couldn't hold on. Derick Brassard scored the tying goal with 30.9 seconds left and goaltender Craig Anderson on the bench, and Mike Hoffman scored at 1:13 of overtime as the Sens overcame the Sabres, 3-2, Thursday night in Canad…

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OTTAWA -- It's that time of year. The Ottawa Senators made a huge trade Tuesday with the Los Angeles Kings, offloading expensive defenseman Dion Phaneuf and getting veteran winger Marian Gaborik and center Nick Shore in return. Gaborik and Shore made their debuts here Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres, whom most NHL observers also expect will be busy in advance …

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OTTAWA – One of the few teams the Buffalo Sabres have an ongoing big run of success against is the Ottawa Senators and the Sabres get another chance to extend their dominance of an Atlantic Division rival Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre. It's a 7:30 faceoff on MSG and Radio 550 with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call. The Sabres went 4-0-1 against the Senators …

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Sabres fans really aren't that demanding. Give them effort, give them goals, maybe give them a win once in a while and KeyBank Center can become fun. There probably weren't more than 11,000 in the house for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay, with the city's fans voting with their feet that they didn't care to see the NHL's best team -- even for the $6 you could spe…

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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has worked with Jack Eichel at the World Cup of Hockey and at last month's All-Star Game in Tampa's Amalie Arena, so he has firsthand knowledge of the talent level of the injured Sabres star. But don't think he's celebrating the fact his team won't have to deal with Eichel tonight or in the Feb. 28 game in Tampa. Eichel will miss his…

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It was a game that started bad and kept getting worse and worse for Rasmus Ristolainen. The absent-minded play of the Buffalo Sabres' No. 1 defenseman left coach Phil Housley no choice but to yank Ristolainen from the ice during 5-on-5 situations for virtually the entire second period of Sunday's 5-4 loss to Colorado. Housley gave Ristolainen his spot back for the th…

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Just as they lose red-hot Jack Eichel from the lineup, the Buffalo Sabres' offense is finding its stride more than at any point all season. The Sabres put together their third straight four-goal game in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Colorado, a first this season. Until late Monday night, they had even climbed out of their seasonlong spot as the NHL's lowest-scoring team. With…

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Frankly, the way Jack Eichel's injury was being portrayed Sunday was quite a bit better than you would have expected. Especially after seeing the gruesome manner in which his right leg caved in Saturday night in Boston. Linemate/roommate Sam Reinhart said Eichel felt better after his latest high ankle sprain than he did when he suffered the same injury on the opposite l…

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Jack Eichel is the best thing going in yet another dreary season for the Buffalo Sabres. And we shouldn't see him again until next season. Such a shame. Tough as it to say – especially with 15 home games left for the team's battered fan base – the only prudent thing for the Sabres to do at this point is shut Eichel down. The kid is going to want to do everything t…

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Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford, who has spent most of the last eight years in the big leagues, has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to the team's major-league camp. The contract means Axford could pitch for the Buffalo Bisons this season if he does not make the Blue Jays' major-league roster. Axford, 34, i…