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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Boston Bruins.  Crazy win in Calgary: Tied 3-3 through 12 minutes, no goals in final 39 minutes. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning. Outscored foes, 38-19, in 11-game win streak that ended in Vegas. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Erased 13-point deficit against Caps since Dec. 4. (4) 4. Washington Capitals. …

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More than four months and 60 games ago, the Buffalo Sabres dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins and were deserving of full marks in a 3-1 win that opened their season. A whole lot has happened since then as the teams reconvene 1 p.m. Saturday in PPG Paints Arena. The Sabres have battled injuries all season and their maddening inconsistency has left them too far out of t…

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One easy mindset to have about the Sabres for Deadline Day: Temper your expectations. Expect little and be pleasantly surprised if something significant happens. There's only a small chance the Sabres are going to emerge as a better team come Monday afternoon. The much more likely scenario is they're actually worse, given the potential of trades involving pending unrest…

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Zach Bogosian's days in the Buffalo Sabres' organization are officially over. Just more than five years after he was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets along with winger Evander Kane, the Sabres announced Friday they have placed the veteran defenseman on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. Once Bogosian clears, the Sabres will officiall…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons are planning a major expansion of the protective netting at Sahlen Field for the 2020 season, with preliminary plans to extend the netting to the foul poles on both sides of the diamond. "We're hopeful it will go all the way to the foul poles. That is the plan right now," said Bisons General Manager Mike Buczkowski, the president of Rich Baseball Oper…

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Nearly three weeks ago, after the second of three grievous losses to the Ottawa Senators this season, Sabres coach Ralph Krueger tried to disarm a storm of questioning about his team's utter no-show coming off the All-Star break. These nights happen, Krueger tried to reason. The buy-in from the players remains and the bounceback will happen. "If one game throws every…

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Zach Bogosian's status in the Buffalo Sabres' organization got a whole lot messier Monday afternoon. The veteran defenseman has been suspended by the team after refusing to report to the Rochester Amerks. Bogosian, who has not played a minor-league game since 2009, was assigned to Rochester on Saturday after clearing waivers. The Sabres announced the suspension in a …

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While the Buffalo Sabres are clinging to longshot hopes of getting deep into the playoff race, there will be plenty of individual milestones to simultaneously play for. One was crossed Sunday night as veteran winger Kyle Okposo notched the 500th point of his career with a third-period goal that put the Sabres into a two-goal lead en route to a 5-2 win over Toronto. "…

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The Buffalo Sabres have lost their last two meetings with the Ottawa Senators and face an unusual challenge when they visit Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night. Attendance woes have plagued the Sens this season, but they're not likely to be nearly as pronounced Tuesday as Ottawa is planning a large pregame ceremony to retire the No. 4 jersey worn by longtime defensema…

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In a move that could be a precursor to a deal involving one of their current forwards, the Buffalo Sabres have signed Rochester Amerks left winger Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000. Leier, who was on an AHL contract, will be assigned to Rochester once he clears waivers. Leier, 26, has seven goals and one assist in 17 games for the Amerks this s…

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So Jason Botterill's week ahead is getting mighty interesting. Just when his team is getting on a roll, does the Buffalo Sabres' general manager go all-out selling ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline merely to pick up some extra draft picks? A loss Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs would have made it an easy call. The Sabres would have been 11 points out of a wild card …

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How do you silence thousands of Toronto fans? Score, score and score again. That's exactly what the Buffalo Sabres did Sunday night as Jack Eichel's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie and sparked a three-goal explosion in a 91-second span to produce a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in KeyBank Center. The Sabres (27-24-8) won their third straight game and im…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (26-24-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (31-20-8) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Too little, too late?: The Sabres are finding a stride, with three wins in the last four games, and have a chance to go 4-1 in a five-game stretch for the first time since October with a win tonight. But it's probably not going to mean a whol…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Boston Bruins.  Still just two regulation losses at home and it's February. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning. At 32-10-3, best in NHL since Sweden trip vs. Sabres. (3) 3. Washington Capitals.  Defensive doldrums: GAA of 4.00 so far this month. (2) 4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Zucker is a big pickup, already p…

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No decade in Buffalo Sabres history had such wild swings of emotion as the 2000s. When former owner Tom Golisano and a couple of dozen ex-players gathered in town this week, they were largely celebrating the near misses of the Stanley Cup runs in 2006 and 2007. How long ago they seem. The Sabres currently own the longest playoff drought in the NHL, dating to 2011, an…