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Bisons and Baseball

The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

Sports

Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

Sports

The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey me…

Sabres

For so long – longer than either wanted – the comparison was Jack Eichel versus Connor McDavid. On the ice last season, the more accurate comparison was Eichel versus Leon Draisaitl. While McDavid ran away with the NHL scoring race at 1.22 points per game, Eichel and Draisaitl were neck-and-neck. Draisaitl finished 10th at .94, and Eichel was 11th at .93. McDavid…

Sabres

There should be no confusion about what Jack Eichel wants. He's not looking to take a short-term deal with the Buffalo Sabres to force a trade or get an earlier ride into free agency. He wants to sign a long-term deal in Buffalo and the word is the sides want it done before training camp starts next month. "I've made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be i…

Sports

What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …

The Tim Graham Show

It felt odd, really, to dedicate the entire two hours to playoff talk on a Buffalo radio station. But I'll be goshdarned if we didn't do exactly that on "The Tim Graham Show" this week. We dug into the NBA with Toronto Raptors commentator Jack Armstrong during the first hour, and pivoted to the NHL with Associated Press reporter John Wawrow. Before breaking down t…

Sabres

NEW YORK -- Tanking? What tanking? Gary Bettman doesn't see any tanking. The NHL commissioner insisted Friday morning at the league's Manhattan offices that nobody lost on purpose this year to improve draft position and have a shot at blue-chip prospect Connor McDavid. "I don't believe there's tanking," Bettman said. "I think it's more perceptional. I think that percept…

Featured

Tracking the social media mood in Buffalo was thrilling as the seconds ticked toward the NHL Draft Lottery. Anxiety, pacing, howling dogs (OK, that may have been unrelated) and jitters galore riddled Sabres fans, who craved the No. 1 overall pick and Connor McDavid. When Edmonton's placard proved golden, dejected Buffalo hockey fans vented on Twitter while others rejoiced…

Bucky and Sully

With Sabres fans nervous for Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery, Bucky and Sully discuss the chances of Connor McDavid landing in Buffalo, before chatting about the dawn of the NBA Playoffs and interviewing TSN analyst Jack Armstrong. Watch the show, which aired originally at 6:30 p.m. April 17 on WBBZ-TV, below. The next episode runs at 6:30 p.m. Monday on the same station. S…

Bucky and Sully

Mere hours after Bucky Gleason's blog detailed Bobby Hurley's departure from the University at Buffalo, "The Bucky & Sully Show" discussed who was at fault for the blow to the Bulls' program after its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Was the decision simply financial, as Hurley is expected to receive roughly $1.5 million per year over the life of his contract at Ariz…

Food and Drink

For better or worse, Sabres fever is setting in as the NHL season draws to a close, and local restaurant-bars are creatively embracing the tank. With Buffalo sitting five points behind Arizona with a game in hand, the clash at 7 tonight between the Sabres and the 'Yotes has serious implications on which team will have the better odds at landing Canadian megaprospect Conno…