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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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Deposed Sabres coach Dan Bylsma won't be behind a bench this season while he continues to collect Terry Pegula's money but he won't be sitting idly either. Bylsma has been hired by NHL Network as a studio analyst, joining a group of hires that includes former NHL enforcer Stu Grimson and longtime New Jersey defenseman Ken Daneyko. Bylsma is no stranger to television …

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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 …

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Three weeks ago in this space, I wrote that a vibe around One Bills Drive indicated General Manager Doug Whaley would not be fired right after the NFL Draft and could be safe through the 2017 season. That, however, was before the Pegulas jolted the Sabres a week ago, abruptly firing General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Now, everyone is on red alert. A …

The Tim Graham Show

Jay Skurski of [BN] the Blitz podcast fame knows what he's talking about when it comes to the NFL draft. I do not. So our good pal hooked up Wednesday with "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Skurski delivered his thoughts on what the Bills will do with the 10th overall selection, Wednesday's report the team's scouting department is bracing to be w…

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Russ Brandon has been getting his teeth kicked in for a few months, and with the Sabres in shambles it might seem like a strange time to say this: Give Brandon a break. Fans rush to blame Brandon for every problem facing the Bills and Sabres. He's president of both teams, after all. But for a moment, with three NFL teams relocating over the past 14 months, conside…

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With a dense fog stooped over downtown Buffalo, Terry Pegula revealed some managerial clarity. The NFL and NHL owner held a news conference Friday morning in KeyBank Center to discuss the firings of Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Pegula took the blame for the Sabres' deficiencies, for overseeing a mess of an organization beset with de…

The Tim Graham Show

Knowledgeable hockey folks have made plenty of assertions Jack Eichel is an entitled young superstar. The mother of all reports surfaced Wednesday, with WGR 550's Paul Hamilton writing Eichel would not sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres as long as Dan Bylsma remained coach. The controversial report drew immediate rebukes from Eichel's agent and led to …

The Tim Graham Show

Jack Eichel, all 20 years and two NHL seasons of him, won't sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres this offseason if the club didn't fire, WGR 550's Paul Hamilton reported Wednesday morning. So Buffalo News beat writer John Vogl got Eichel on the phone Wednesday afternoon to get his side of the story. Vogl posted his exclusive Eichel interview as a Q&A…

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Sabres rookie phenom Jack Eichel made a cameo in EA Sports’ official NHL 17 trailer, which was released Wednesday night. But, about that. There was a lot of talk last season that Sabres coach Dan Bylsma wasn’t using Eichel on the left side of the power play, his off hand, where he could be set up for a one-timer. So what did EA Sports have Eichel doing in the video? Pick…

Bucky and Sully

It was a full house at WGRZ on Sunday, as The Buffalo News' Bucky Gleason, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski joined Channel 2's Adam Benigni and Heather Prusak for an episode of "Sports Talk Sunday." The quintet focused on financial decisions facing the Bills this week, evaluations of two key Sabres and then closed with a stirring video of "Baby Shawn" from Niagara Falls. The …

Bucky and Sully

The nightcap of the "Sports Talk Sunday" doubleheader welcomed The News' Vic Carucci into the WGRZ studios to provide an update on the LeSean McCoy situation stemming from a fight in a Philadelphia bar. Later in the show, WGRZ's Adam Benigni and Bucky and Sully discussed the fallout of the Sabres' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh, which had been previewed by Sabres beat reporter Mi…

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Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma spent five years on the Penguins' bench, leading Pittsburgh on three trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals and winning one Stanley Cup. Thursday, the head coach returned to his former stomping grounds. As The News' Mike Harrington wrote Wednesday, Bylsma was understandably emotional heading into the contest between his current and…