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Regardless of your view on tanking, it’s the path the Sabres chose years ago. They moseyed merrily down the lane Monday. They hope it leads them toward the next road: respectability. Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray entered the trade deadline hoping to move as many pending unrestricted free agents as possible. He didn’t want to let the players walk away for nothing thi…

TAMPA, Fla. – The four players General Manager Tim Murray traded off the Buffalo Sabres’ roster Monday were all thrilled to land on likely playoff teams, taking a big jump from a club currently 30th in the NHL’s overall standing. Torrey Mitchell was ecstatic to be going home to Montreal and to rejoin Brian Flynn, who was stunned to be dealt to the Cana…

TAMPA, Fla. – Through all the craziness of NHL trade deadline day, it might be easy to forget there’s a schedule to finish. The now-depleted Sabres have 19 games left, beginning Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a nationally televised affair at Amalie Arena.You won’t really know what kind of team the Sabres will have until they arrive at…

It was the NHL Trade Deadline story which won social media.Back in January, Jordan Leopold’s daughter wrote a pleading letter to the Minnesota Wild asking them to trade for her father so he could return to his family in his home state.His wife, Jamie, took a picture of the hand printed note and posted it on her Facebook page. She didn’t think much of it until…

Another deadline day, another new organization for Cory Conacher.The former standout at Canisius College was traded to the Vancouver Canucks from the New York Islanders. Conacher will report to the Utica Comets of the AHL.It’s the fifth NHL organization for Conacher, who has played in Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Buffalo and New York. He has spent the majority of the season i…

Last week, before the Sabres left for their road trip to Florida, Tim Murray pulled Brian Gionta aside in the dressing room for an impromptu meeting. He assumed his captain understood the situation, but he wanted to make sure with the NHL trade deadline fast approaching.The Sabres were in dead last in the NHL, perfect for the pro-tanking crowd that has become obsessed with…

Regardless of your view on tanking, it's the path the Sabres chose years ago. They moseyed merrily down the lane Monday. They hope it leads them toward the next road: respectability. Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray entered the trade deadline hoping to move as many pending unrestricted free agents as possible. He didn't want to let the players walk away for nothing thi…

Goals are rare in Buffalo, but the Sabres scored Monday. The team was eager to move as many pending unrestricted free agents as possible, and Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell have joined Michal Neuvirth as players changing teams. Stewart is off to Minnesota for a 2017 second-round pick, according to TSN. The Sabres and Wild have made trades at three straight deadlines. …

The Sabres' new goaltender wants to win. Chad Johnson, acquired from the New York Islanders along with a 2016 third-round pick in exchange for Michal Neuvirth, is looking forward to turning around a season that has seen him go 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average. Johnson and Anders Lindback are on the Sabres' goalies (at the moment). "For me…

The Sabres' hottest player is now a member of the New York Islanders. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who has been a wall in the Buffalo net since taking over for Jhonas Enroth, has been sent to the Isles for goalie Chad Johnson and a 2016 third-round pick, according to various reports. "It’s definitely a big opportunity," Neuvirth said on TSN. "I feel like the Islanders got…

Brian Flynn is on his way to Montreal. The Sabres' first move of deadline day was acquiring a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Canadiens in exchange for the versatile forward. The 26-year-old Flynn, in his third season with the Sabres, has five goals and 17 points in 54 games. A second-line player with the Sabres, he'll provide depth for the playoff-bound Canadiens. He is …

It's expected to be a busy day in Sabreland, but it certainly hasn't started that way. "Very quiet," Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray told Sabres.com. The Sabres will try to move pending unrestricted free agents Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell, Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit and Tyson Strachan before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. "It’s fair to say I’m a seller, for su…

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TAMPA, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres took Sunday off to finally take advantage of sunshine and 80-degree weather. The itineraries likely included your usual Florida destinations such as golf courses, lakes for fishing and dog tracks.Meanwhile, General Manager Tim Murray stayed holed up in the snow and cold of Buffalo working the phones. The clock keeps ticking and plent…

SUNRISE, Fla. – For old times’ sake, the Buffalo Sabres endured one last shot barrage Saturday afternoon. And now the attention for the next 36 hours turns to General Manager Tim Murray and his continued retooling of this franchise.The Sabres were overpowered by the Florida Panthers, 5-3, in a strange game at BB&T Center that saw goaltender Michal Neuvirt…

SUNRISE, Fla. – Standout defenseman Mark Pysyk, just sent back to the AHL by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, collapsed Saturday during a pickup basketball game with Amerks teammates at Blue Cross Arena and spent several hours at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital before being released.A brief statement issued by the Amerks early Saturday evening said Pysyk wa…