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Lance Lysowski

Lance Lysowski is the Sabres beat writer for The Buffalo News. He previously covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Pittsburgh athletics.


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The Buffalo Sabres have raised season ticket prices after a season in which their playoff drought reached an NHL-worst eight seasons. However, some fans will be affected more than others. Rather than a blanket increase for all season-ticket holders, the Sabres used an analytic approach to determine how much each fan will pay in 2019-20. Their ticket operations depart…

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Sam Reinhart is accomplishing precisely what the Buffalo Sabres hoped when management encouraged him to represent Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Reinhart scored two goals, including one on the power play, to help Canada pull away with a 5-0 win over Denmark on Monday at Steel Arena in Kosice. Reinhart, a 23-year-old winger, has three goals with tw…

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The 50th season in the history of the Buffalo Sabres will be commemorated by two logos in 2019-20. The team revealed two crests Monday, both emblazoned with the number 50 but each has a slightly different approach to honoring the milestone season. However, a number of fans expressed disappointment on social media over the team's continued use of navy blue, as opposed to…

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When watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his offseason home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton noticed a common thread among teams still playing in mid-May. Defensive structure. The high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay did not reach the second round, while teams with less high-end skill used their discipline witho…

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The injury that prevented Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour from competing in the duration of the IIHF World Championship should not keep him off the ice for training camp this fall. The Sabres announced Thursday that Montour sustained a medial collateral ligament sprain during Canada's 6-5 win over Slovakia early this week and is expected to require six weeks t…

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Ralph Krueger did not intend to leave for the NHL when he spoke to Jason Botterill about the Buffalo Sabres' coaching vacancy in 2017. As chairman of English Premier League's Southampton F.C., Krueger was amidst his own managerial search and was not ready to walk away from a project that consumed his life since he was dismissed as coach of the Edmonton Oilers following …

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When Ralph Krueger sought to find out more about the Sabres and the City of Buffalo, he went undercover in a handful of bars during a visit late last month. The 59-year-old coach watched two Stanley Cup playoff games, switching venues at the conclusion of each period, and asked patrons about the team he could coach next season. The fact-finding mission revealed a passio…

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Ralph Krueger's first task as Buffalo Sabres coach will be to meet with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart next week in Slovakia, where both players are competing at the IIHF World Championship. The more pressing conversation could be with Jeff Skinner, the Sabres' leading goal scorer who will become an unrestricted free agent if he is not signed to a contract extension befor…

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Ralph Krueger was not inside KeyBank Center when General Manager Jason Botterill addressed reporters during a news conference Wednesday morning. Krueger, who was announced as the Buffalo Sabres' next head coach hours earlier, isn't expected to travel to the United States until after the NHL Scouting Combine, which will be held May 31 through June 1 in Harborcenter. H…

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Ralph Krueger is not unfamiliar with the task he'll face upon beginning his job as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. The 59-year-old stepped into a similar situation seven years ago when he was promoted to coach the Edmonton Oilers. The team lacked a winning culture after six consecutive nonplayoff seasons, three of which yielded the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft. K…

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A five-week long exhaustive coaching search that began with the firing of Phil Housley has led Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill to a man with perhaps one of the most unique resumes in professional hockey. Ralph Krueger, a 59-year-old who previously coached the Edmonton Oilers and the Swiss National Team, was announced Wednesday morning as the 19th coach in…

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A lower-body injury prevented Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour from skating during the third period of Canada's 6-5 win over Slovakia on Monday and will keep him off the ice for the rest of the IIHF World Championship. Montour, whom the Sabres acquired on the eve of this season's trade deadline, was representing Canada for the first time at any tournament and w…

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When the search for Phil Housley's replacement as Buffalo Sabres coach began five weeks ago, General Manager Jason Botterill was expected to target candidates with extensive NHL experience. Botterill went a different route after all. Ralph Krueger, a 59-year-old who previously coached the Edmonton Oilers and the Swiss National Team, was announced Wednesday morning as…

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The Buffalo Sabres' depth on the blue line took another hit with Monday's announcement that Lawrence Pilut underwent successful shoulder surgery that will require five to six months for recovery. Pilut, 23, appeared in 33 games during two stints with the Sabres this season, recording one goal with five assists and a minus-8 rating. It is unclear if surgery is the result…

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Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Brandon Montour were on the wrong side of the two biggest upsets on the first day of the IIHF World Championship. Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres' 22-year-old captain, and the United States lost to Slovakia, 4-1, while Reinhart and Montour of Canada dropped their opening preliminary round game to Finland, 3-1, Friday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Sl…