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On the surface, it felt as if the practice fell apart at the seams. But upon closer examination, the emotional altercation during a five-on-five drill may be just what the Buffalo Sabres need. If nothing else, it shows while the team is in last place in the Eastern Conference, there's still a pulse to the roster. A shoving and shouting match between Evander Kane and …

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Marty Biron will be inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame on Feb. 16 before the Amerks host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Blue Cross Arena. Biron played for the Amerks for parts of four seasons from 1997-2001 with a 59-32-9 career record, .921 save percentage, and a 2.36 goals against average, the latter ranking 12th among all goaltenders in Amerks …

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It was just his fourth career NHL game and an inauspicious start for Brendan Guhle. The defenseman took a hooking penalty just 4:47 into the game. Not the best start, especially when facing the second-best power play in the league. The Winnipeg Jets scored with Guhle in the box to kickstart their offense in a 7-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres in KeyBank Center Tuesday …

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Marty Biron will be inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame on Feb. 16 before the Amerks host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Blue Cross Arena. Biron played for the Amerks for parts of four seasons from 1997-2001 with a 59-32-9 career record, .921 save percentage, and a 2.36 goals against average, the later ranking 12th among all goaltenders in Amerks f…

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Right now, Evander Kane is a Buffalo Sabre. That was the declaration from coach Phil Housley Tuesday morning. No need to worry about distractions with trade talk and the rumors that are starting to heat up as the NHL trade deadline of Feb. 26 creeps closer. Kane is putting on the blue and gold, working to help right the errant Sabres ship, feeling comfortable and con…

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Leftovers before the long Labor Day holiday... A few people have wondered about non-compete clauses after former WKBW-TV (Channel 7) sportscaster Nick Filipowski moved to WIVB-TV (Channel 4) so quickly. Non-compete clauses are prohibited in the broadcasting industry in New York State. In other words, former WIVB-TV anchor-reporter Brittni Smallwood could immediately go …

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In a big trade on the eve of free agency, the Sabres acquired another defenseman and a former captain. The Sabres have traded forwards Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis, plus a draft pick, to the Minnesota Wild for Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville. The Wild also get the Sabres' third-round pick in next year's draft, while the Sabres get Minnesota's fourth-round selecti…

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Cal Petersen has two weeks to decide whether to join the Sabres or test the waters of free agency before playing in an NHL game. The former Notre Dame goalie, selected by the Sabres in the fifth round in the 2013 draft, announced May 31 he would forego his final season of college eligibility. Petersen had 30 days from then – giving him an end date that coincides with th…

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Just over three months ago, Kyle Okposo was in the Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General Medical Center. Then-head coach Dan Bylsma was "very concerned" about his forward's health after he was admitted to the wing designated for the most seriously injured or ill patients. Okposo was in the hospital for less than a week, and it was later reported by Kris …

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During his year off from coaching following his dismissal from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Bylsma toured North America watching other teams and coaches, and also spent time on the air with NHL Network as an analyst during the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal. During that tournament, he watched a kid name Jack Eichel play as one of the marquee players for Team U…

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Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles. But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry…

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While moves are always inevitable after a losing season, Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta said he did not expect the team to undergo the major shakeup it did Thursday as coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Tim Murray were both fired. "Completely shocked," Gionta said Friday night, when asked for his initial reaction during an intermission appearance on NBC Sports Ne…

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Memo to Terry Pegula: That wasn't so bad, was it? Especially now that we're hearing there's a PR consultant on the payroll, the owner of the Bills and Sabres should stand up and answer questions on his teams once a season. Some years, it may be difficult and daunting. Maybe someday it would be celebratory. But it should be done. So on that note, Friday was a good thing.…

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Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as the Buffalo…

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Farewell to the kooky character we dubbed GMTM. Farewell to The Tank, as ugly a saga as there has been in the history of Buffalo sports. Hockey Heaven? Next case. The word you hear is there's plenty of interest in NHL circles to get in line and be a replacement for Tim Murray. This franchise is now so broken and so bereft of anyone with any idea how to operate it,…