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Jason Botterill didn’t get to ease into his first year as Buffalo Sabres general manager. He hired a coach, locked up the franchise player, drafted a future cornerstone and won a lottery. The only place where things were boring was on the ice. Botterill, who is celebrating one year on the job Friday, will need to improve the hockey during his second year. While he pl…

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Whenever the Buffalo Sabres practiced, it was clear Phil Housley was lacking a Phil Housley. The coach was the best passer on the ice. He'd run a drill and hit players' tape. The players would follow and miss. The NHL Draft should change that. Although there are holes at wing and goaltender, arguably the biggest missing piece for Buffalo was a quarterback on defense.…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Humboldt Broncos were honored across the continent Saturday in the wake of Friday night's tragedy in Saskatchewan. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the junior hockey team's bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game. Canadian media outlets are it calling one of the worst tragedies in …

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The hockey world is in mourning following the crash Friday night of the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game in what Canadian media are calling one of the worst tragedies in …

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Phil Housley still believes. "I believe in our system," the Buffalo Sabres coach said. "I believe in our structure. I believe when we play a brand of game that's the right way – we're on top of people and we're not cheating the game and we're doing things for the better part of the team – you can see we're a good hockey team." Not enough people believed in playing th…

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TORONTO -- The players are confused. Meanwhile, Phil Housley and Jason Botterill are outraged and that's a good thing. The guys in the locker room should at least feel secure that the coach and general manager have their back even if the NHL doesn't. The league's Department of Player Safety surely had its reasons but it still seems inconceivable that Scott Hartnell didn…

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TORONTO – Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley confirmed suspicions that defenseman Victor Antipin almost certainly will miss the last four games of the season with the injuries he suffered from a hit Saturday in Nashville from Predators forward Scott Hartnell. Speaking after the morning skate in advance of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Housley was talkin…

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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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Phil Housley wasn't a happy camper after Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Arizona and his mood had not softened one iota when the team returned to KeyBank Center for practice Thursday morning. Early in the workout, associate coach Davis Payne loudly chastised players for coasting through a drill. A few minutes later, Housley had seen enough. Briefly stopping a drill, Housley …

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The hugs and handshakes were plentiful. After spending four seasons with the Nashville Predators, Phil Housley happily welcomed his old team to Buffalo on Sunday. The friendships will be put on hold Monday night. Housley will step to the Sabres' bench and face the Predators for the first time since leaving last spring. "There's going to be a lot of emotions, mixed em…

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OTTAWA — Phil Housley was still agitated Thursday when asked about his team's utter no-show Wednesday night at KeyBank Center against the Calgary Flames. But then it was pointed out to him how the 5-1 defeat, coupled with Arizona's 2-1 victory over Vancouver later in the night dropped the Buffalo Sabres into last place in the NHL's overall standing. The first-year coach…

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Phil Housley and his players have put up 63 games of work with many mediocre results. Now it's Jason Botterill's turn to take the spotlight for a day. The Buffalo Sabres' rookie general manager has never been in the No. 1 chair at the NHL trade deadline so we don't have a handle yet on what kind of personality he's going to have. Will he show an itchy trigger finger …

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All is quiet at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. At least for now. The Sabres are hosting the Boston Bruins in a 5 p.m. start at KeyBank Center and they have made no moves in advance of Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline. Winger Evander Kane, almost certain to be dealt, will be held out of the lineup for the second straight day. Defenseman Josh Gorges, who could move, …

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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OTTAWA -- It's that time of year. The Ottawa Senators made a huge trade Tuesday with the Los Angeles Kings, offloading expensive defenseman Dion Phaneuf and getting veteran winger Marian Gaborik and center Nick Shore in return. Gaborik and Shore made their debuts here Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres, whom most NHL observers also expect will be busy in advance …