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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 …

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It was a game that started bad and kept getting worse and worse for Rasmus Ristolainen. The absent-minded play of the Buffalo Sabres' No. 1 defenseman left coach Phil Housley no choice but to yank Ristolainen from the ice during 5-on-5 situations for virtually the entire second period of Sunday's 5-4 loss to Colorado. Housley gave Ristolainen his spot back for the th…

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Frankly, the way Jack Eichel's injury was being portrayed Sunday was quite a bit better than you would have expected. Especially after seeing the gruesome manner in which his right leg caved in Saturday night in Boston. Linemate/roommate Sam Reinhart said Eichel felt better after his latest high ankle sprain than he did when he suffered the same injury on the opposite l…

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It's time for the Winter Olympics, which means it is time for Phil Housley to let his patriotism show. "I was part of USA Hockey, and I'm always rooting for USA Hockey," the Buffalo Sabres coach said Wednesday. "I've got deep roots there. USA Hockey really had an impact on my life whether I was playing or being a coach, so I'm all for the red, white and blue." The Mi…

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This corner did lots of pondering Tuesday that didn't have much to do with the Sabres and Anaheim Ducks. It was game 53 of a season going nowhere, the merciful start of the final 30 games of a campaign where the playoffs were a pipe dream before Thanksgiving. It ended with another bizarre overtime loss to drop Buffalo to a ghastly 14-39 in real math. The bottom line que…

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The Sabres thought they should have had a five-minute power play in the first period Tuesday night. The NHL apparently agrees with them. New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for his boarding penalty against Sabres winger Kyle Okposo during the Devils' 3-1 win in KeyBank Center. Hall was only given a minor penalty on…

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Evander Kane has simply stopped scoring. So the Buffalo Sabres made the most sensible switch in their lines at practice Wednesday: Put him back on Jack Eichel's wing. Kane will get a chance to resurrect his season – and perhaps bolster his standing among suitors eyeing the trade deadline – while playing with Eichel and Kyle Okposo on a strong top line as the Sabres host…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he has not had a chance to talk with Sabres coach and former Predators assistant Phil Housley much this year because the teams have yet to meet. But Laviolette has been following the struggles of Housley's new team. "I know he's a great coach and he'll figure it out," Laviolette said. "They've won some games recently …

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TAMPA -- Back in the fall, there were few experts locally or across North America who pegged the Buffalo Sabres as a playoff team. But virtually no one pegged them to fall off a cliff, either. After the disappointment of last year's 78-point campaign and the much-ballyhooed hirings of coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill, the most common consensus was …

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VANCOUVER – Phil Housley is a guy who appreciates nice gestures. He really appreciated the ones shown by the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Both organizations honored late USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson with pregame ceremonies before facing the Sabres. After saluting Johannson's accomplishments, the Flames and Oilers asked their fans for a moment of silent reme…

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The bye week in the National Hockey League gives players and coaches five days away from hockey. Both usually get away, some to tropical locales and some just back home with family. But for two members of the Buffalo Sabres, big things happened during the five-day break. Coach Phil Housley returned to Minnesota and was part of the official campaign launch for his wif…

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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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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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PHILADELPHIA — Michal Neuvirth had not started a game since Nov. 28 and had not won one since Nov. 2. So the former Sabres goaltender was one of the happiest people in Wells Fargo Center after making 30 saves Sunday to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over Buffalo. The Flyers head into their bye week on a three-game winning streak and are 4-1 in their last five…