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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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What do Matt Moulson and Ville Leino have in common? They are in the running for worst Buffalo Sabres contract since Terry Pegula became owner. As fans know and Pegula's accountants can attest, a ridiculous amount of money has been wasted in Sabreland since 2011. The long and inglorious contract list features Moulson and the bought-out trio of Leino, Cody Hodgson and…

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey medi…

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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 …

Bucky and Sully

"Sports Talk Sunday" with WGRZ's Adam Benigni and The Buffalo News' Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan tackled the two major sports topics on the minds of Buffalonians: the Sabres' moves at Monday's NHL Trade Deadline and the Buffalo Bills' draft projections after this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine. Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci checks in with the show from Indianapolis,…

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OK, maybe Friday wasn't the biggest news day ever, but it had to be close. Two major national stories brought relief and joy to many Western New Yorkers, while the Buffalo Sabres' brass made a flurry of moves in an attempt to continuing molding a Stanley Cup-caliber team. Let's go back through the major stories that touched Western New Yorkers on Friday: *The Supreme Cou…

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Tracking the social media mood in Buffalo was thrilling as the seconds ticked toward the NHL Draft Lottery. Anxiety, pacing, howling dogs (OK, that may have been unrelated) and jitters galore riddled Sabres fans, who craved the No. 1 overall pick and Connor McDavid. When Edmonton's placard proved golden, dejected Buffalo hockey fans vented on Twitter while others rejoiced…