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You can go through all kinds of reasons why the Buffalo Sabres are enduring another season headed to nowhere. Poor drafting, bad contracts, poor trades, negative impacts of tanking, transition of constant change at coach and general manager can all be cited. But it's really very simple and has been for several years now. The Sabres flat-out don't score nearly enough …

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Jack Eichel, All-Star. It's taken three seasons for those words to run together. But you really couldn't find a more appropriate time to say them. Eichel is going to Tampa as the Sabres' representative to NHL All-Star Weekend Jan. 27-28 and it's the right choice. A light has really come on for the 21-year-old since Dec. 1, the night the Sabres were blanked here by Pi…

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The points are piling up for Jack Eichel and he reached another career milestone Wednesday when he was selected for the Atlantic Division team that will play in the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 28 in Tampa. It's the first All-Star nod for Eichel, the 21-year-old in his third pro season. "It's going to be a huge honor," Eichel said Thursday morning in KeyBank Center as the Sab…

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So you think we're done talking about droughts, right? Not on this watch. The way things are going for the Sabres, they'll have you smashing tables for an entirely different reason. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane signed off for the season on Tuesday, and that puts the spotlight in the 716 clearly on Phil Housley and Jason Botterill. Just guessing here, but nobody i…

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NEW YORK -- Since we're all swept up by The Process these days, let's spend a little time looking at how it's going on the other side of the Pegula Sports empire as we hit the new year. Initial Reaction: Meh. The Sabres are not the team we saw in October and November, and that's a relief. Any way that you, Phil Housley, Jason Botterill or any player wants to spin it,…

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NEW YORK — For nearly a month, Jack Eichel has been a solid player. For the last 2 1/2 weeks, he's been a flat-out superstar. Something has clicked in Eichel's game. There's clearly more introspection going on, more of the maturity in his 200-foot play that he demanded from teammates after the Sabres' clunker two days before Christmas in Carolina. "I don't really thi…

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NEW YORK – Jack Eichel stared ahead from the corner of 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, snow and people swirling around him. A few blocks away, there he was again, stick in hand and in full Buffalo Sabres uniform. In both instances, he was the marquee player in ads for the Winter Classic. It's hard to walk anywhere in midtown Manhattan without seeing a sign for Monday's …

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NEWARK, N.J. – No one had to tell Rasmus Ristolainen he was stuck on zero goals. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman knew it all too well. He also knew it presented an opportunity. The Sabres take center stage Monday at the Winter Classic, and the hockey world will be watching. Ristolainen figured he would step outside and get rid of his doughnut in dramatic fashion. He ce…

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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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It will be a big week in the Big Apple and environs for the Buffalo Sabres. It's three games in six days, including a spot in the NHL's premier regular season showcase. Certainly the league and the Sabres were hoping that Buffalo was not going to be in last place in the Eastern Conference heading into this stretch but that's where the Sabres will likely be when they pla…

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jack Eichel was calm, direct and to the point late Saturday night. No ranting and raving, no rolling of the eyes. Dare we say he was captain-like? In the wake of a dispiriting 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in PNC Arena, a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate, Eichel laid bare what had just transpired with a Buffalo Sabres t…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Center Ryan O'Reilly was out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for the first time this season Saturday, missing the game against the Carolina Hurricanes for the birth of his first child. The Sabres did not specify the reason for O'Reilly's absence until after the game, when coach Phil Housley announced that O'Reilly's fiancee, Dayna Douros, had given birth t…

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Phil Housley knew what was going through people's minds. Here we go again. The Buffalo Sabres had no goals through 40 minutes Friday, making that five straight periods without the red light flashing in KeyBank Center. Point-blank chances went unrewarded, and it looked like the fifth shutout of the season and second in a row was on its way. In situations like that,…

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The cherished moments worked both ways. For the patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their families, it was a chance to spend time with athletes they watch on television. For the Buffalo Sabres, it was an opportunity to see the fighting spirit of sick children, meet adults going through tough times and shake the hands of selfless caregivers. The Sabres' holi…

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It had been four years since Jack Eichel celebrated a hat trick. Fans in Buffalo had waited even longer, going six years without hockey's cap-tossing party. They're still waiting for a three-goal performance in a victory. Eichel nearly had a signature win Friday. The Sabres center recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career, a milestone that was 175 games in the m…