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Terry and Kim Pegula obviously didn't believe in Tim Murray's plan. But what plan do these owners have to fix this hockey team now? The Pegulas keep showing over and over again they don't have a clue what it takes to run a professional sports franchise and now they're left to pick up the mess from the botched tank that was sold to them as the quick-fix plan to a Stanley…

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ROCHESTER – As soon as Brendan Guhle started skating, Amerks coach Dan Lambert was in love. He also recognized the movement. “To compare him to an NHLer, I certainly have somebody in mind that I think he can become,” Lambert said Monday. “It wouldn’t be fair to put that name to him right now.” If Lambert doesn’t want to put undue pressure on Guhle, the name clearly i…

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So sometime within the next few days, Tim Murray will hop a plane to Boca Raton, Fla., and the future of the Buffalo Sabres will be set for the start of next season. Maybe even, depending upon the anger level of Terry (and Kim) Pegula, for the next several seasons. The general manager had few definitive answers to give reporters and fans at his news conference on Wednesday…

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Tim Murray had every chance to make a clear statement Wednesday. To these ears, we're still waiting. Murray danced and dodged around questions about Dan Bylsma's status. Saying "he's the coach today like I'm the GM today" is basically like saying we're all day to day in this world. In this view, Bylsma had been pretty safe. After all, you fire the coach and most of t…

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Going Forward. Those were the words Dan Bylsma used Monday when I asked him point-blank if anybody has told him he's going to be the coach of the Buffalo Sabres next season. Now, the fact Bylsma was standing in front of the media was a sign nobody has told him he isn't going to be the coach either. NHL teams move fast in this area. Old friend Lindy Ruff got turfed Su…

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Considering the on-ice disappointment of not making the playoffs and finishing with fewer points than the year before, the Buffalo Sabres have to be pleased with their television ratings for the just-concluded season. The Sabres averaged a 6.2 rating for their games carried by MSG and the NBCSN, which was down about 6 percent from the 6.6 rating the team averaged for ga…

TAMPA -- Some young players took good memories out of an otherwise forgettable season finale here Sunday. Alex Nylander assisted on a William Carrier goal to earn his first NHL point and Linus Ullmark made his first start of the season in goal count with 33 saves in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It feels better and better every game," said…

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TAMPA -- Good riddance to this Buffalo Sabres season. One of the most disappointing campaigns in the history of a franchise that dates to 1970 ended abruptly Sunday night with a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Amalie Arena. Brayden Point's second goal of the game, a fluke shot that deflected off Rasmus Ristolainen past Linus Ullmark with 1:24 left, snapped a t…

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TAMPA -- The Buffalo Sabres' sputter to the finish reached its end Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning before 19,092 in Amalie Arena. The Sabres lost both games of their Florida road trip as the Lightning got the game-winner with 1:24 left on a fluke goal by Brayden Point. Point's shot from near the goal line deflected off Rasmus Ristolainen and past Linus…

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TAMPA -- The road ends here.  Game 82 for the Sabres -- the final one until the 2017-18 season cranks up in October -- is today at 5 in Amalie Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning. You can tune in on MSG with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call. The game is now meaningless in the standings because the Lightning were eliminated from the playoffs when the Toronto Maple …

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Thoughts of the playoffs were toast a while ago but the Buffalo Sabres still have something dubious to play for in Sunday's season finale: Staying out of last place in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres suffered a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers Saturday night in BB&T Center and could drop to the division basement by virtue of their game Sunday at T…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- On Thursday night, Sean Malone was playing for Harvard in the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago. After a heartbreaking defeat, he flew home with his team to Boston on Friday. The alarm rang early Saturday morning, in the 3:30 a.m. range for a 5 a.m. flight south. The early wakeup call was worth it. The West Seneca native signed a two-year, entry-level contrac…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – It's the final weekend of an ultra-disappointing season for the Buffalo Sabres. Is it the final weekend for coach Dan Bylsma behind the bench? Judgment time is coming. There's a good chance General Manager Tim Murray has a handle on Bylsma's future but things will really start to crystallize on Monday, when the Sabres are expected to have exit interviews…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The history is impossible to ignore. For all his greatness, Alexander Ovechkin has never gotten past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The view from here is that this will be the year. In fact, come June, the prediction is the Washington Capitals will go the distance. With the postseason set to begin on Wednesday, the Caps are this pick to w…

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This edition of the Buffalo Sabres was not designed to lose. Just in case you were wondering. That fact makes the hideous hockey we saw in the first period Monday night worse than anything proffered upon a white flag-waving fan base since Tim Murray became general manager in 2014 and Dan Bylsma became coach in 2015. The Toronto Maple Leafs were in town and that shoul…