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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…

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Jason Pominville is the only player who knows, so his Buffalo Sabres teammates ask him a lot. This arena gets loud? What is it like to play in when the fans are involved? "I've tried to answer it as best as I can," Pominville said in KeyBank Center, which has been likened to a library and morgue. "I've seen the other side of it. This city is amazing when you win. It'…

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The door to the Sabres' locker room opened just before 9 a.m. Monday and Jack Eichel made the first impression without saying a word. Locker cleanout day is one of those morose traditions in hockey. It's the end of the season. It's particularly rough when you're dealing with a non-playoff team packing up for the summer while the snow is still flying in April, which is w…

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Jack Eichel feels your pain. Sabres fans haven't seen a playoff game in Buffalo in seven years. The first three years of Eichel's NHL career have gone by the boards with nary a sniff of the postseason too. "It's tough, really hard. It's frustrating," Eichel said Monday morning as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers in KeyBank Center. "You kind of look back and it fe…

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A five-assist night for Jack Eichel has helped earn him an NHL honor. The league has named the Sabres center as its Third Star of the Week. Eichel was second in the NHL with eight points in three games, scoring three times and adding five assists. All five assists came during Saturday's 7-4 victory in Nashville. Eichel became the first Sabres player to register five …

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NASHVILLE -- Folks in the Music City hope history can be made here this June with the Nashville Predators winning their first Stanley Cup. But it's another June in Nashville, now nearly 15 years ago, that continues to have major impact on the NHL. It was here in 2003 that the most iconic entry draft in league history took place. It's incredible to go down the list of se…

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Whatever classes Casey Mittelstadt took at the University of Minnesota, none could prepare him for a crash course in Buffalo Sabres 101. Ryan O'Reilly admitted the Sabres are the worst team in the NHL. Jack Eichel was frustrated by Buffalo's never-ending tendency to slack off. Robin Lehner left with an injury. The Sabres watched an early 2-0 lead go up in flames in a 6-…

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TORONTO – It was nearing seven weeks and 21 games since Jack Eichel's last goal. It didn't matter if five weeks and 15 games were spent watching. It was simply too long without celebrating. The Buffalo Sabres center made up for lost time Monday. Eichel scored twice against Toronto, including the winner with 10:23 to play to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory. He hadn't sc…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Probably the last place the Buffalo Sabres need to be Monday night is the Air Canada Centre. At one of the lowest points in their season, when they once again can't put the puck in the ocean if they were given a free shot from the beach, the Sabres will meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where plenty of history can be made for the NHL's resurgent O…

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NEW YORK – As a seventh lost season nears its merciful end and a roster overhaul beckons, the search for the holy grail continues. Accountability is harder to find than a playoff spot. The Buffalo Sabres continue to look for locker-room leaders, the guys who refuse to lose and insist others adopt the same attitude. It's a mindset needed not only from game to game, bu…

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There was plenty of satisfaction in reaching a personal milepost and Jack Eichel smiled when pondering the realization he played his 200th career NHL game Wednesday night. But Eichel knows there's a lot more that has to be done to get the Buffalo Sabres out of the NHL's nether regions as well. For all his wondrous talents – and for all the numbers put up by Eichel and o…

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The Buffalo Sabres' three-headed goalie is no big deal to Robin Lehner. He's lived it before and understands what the club is doing with prospect Linus Ullmark, even though it will likely cost Lehner ice time over the season's final weeks. "I got into the league the same way. Almost every goalie that gets into the league does it this way," Lehner said prior to the game …

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It's a question that's been asked often among fans. It's been asked to Jack Eichel himself. Why would the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player come back, play out the meaningless few weeks and risk reinjuring his ankle? "It's a bit frustrating for myself to get that question from people because it's a pretty simple answer to be honest with you: I'm playing because I'm a …

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For probably the 1,000th time since Emily Pfalzer won Olympic gold last month, someone asked her to show off the medal. She was then asked if she ever tires of hearing that. "No, not at all," she said with a smile Saturday. "It's fun to share." Pfalzer and the U.S. women's hockey team have certainly done their part to share the Olympic experience. They've been on tel…

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This just in from coach Phil Housley: Jack Eichel will be back in the Sabres lineup for today's matinee against the Chicago Blackhawks in KeyBank Center. Faceoff is at 1:05 Eichel has missed the last 15 games with a high ankle sprain suffered Feb. 10 in Boston, but he practiced all week and has been cleared to return to the lineup today. "Talking to our doctors and t…