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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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Mike Babcock didn't have a chance. Not with the way he didn't see eye-to-eye with too many of his players. Not with his team's record. And not with boy wonder General Manager Kyle Dubas in charge. Things came to a head Wednesday in Arizona, when the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Babcock as coach and Dubas got the long-awaited green light to install his own man, Toronto Marl…

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Talent was never Brandon Montour's problem. He has always had an effortless stride and possessed the skill to play forward during his junior career. Yet Montour, now a 25-year-old defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres, wasn't seen by many scouts and went undrafted by the Ontario Hockey League in both his years of eligibility. That forced him to play tier-two junior hocke…

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Defenseman Brandon Montour continues on pace to make his season debut with the Buffalo Sabres Friday night in Washington, but whom he plays with seems uncertain. Paired with Rasmus Dahlin in practice Wednesday, Montour joined Colin Miller on Thursday while Dahlin returned to his most recent spot alongside Henri Jokiharju. Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen continue to p…

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Ralph Krueger's reaction Monday night — "Ya-hoo!" — said it all when he brought up the fact he was going to get two whole practice days before the Buffalo Sabres' next game, a veritable luxury the team hasn't had before any of their games in October. So it was a bit of a mini-Camp Krueger on Wednesday in KeyBank Center. Nary a word was mentioned of the Washington Capita…

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Brandon Montour had only been cleared to hold a stick for approximately one week when the defenseman rejoined the Buffalo Sabres for practice Sunday in KeyBank Center. The 25-year-old does not have a definitive timeline to return to game action – coach Ralph Krueger wants Montour to regain his timing through practice – however, his presence was a significant development…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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If you scratched out the Buffalo Sabres' defense corps on paper over the summer, you had quite a logjam. It's not that way now, as things are sorting themselves out in a way new coach Ralph Krueger said he hopes soon stops. The Sabres announced Thursday they won't have a potential top-pair player for the start of the regular season as Brandon Montour will be out for an …

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The first five days of training camp are over. Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger and his coaching staff planned to spend Wednesday analyzing their first two preseason games. The film session provided them with a better idea of how they can better prepare the players to properly execute in all three zones. As important, the preseason games were Krueger's first opportuni…

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As the first group of Buffalo Sabres stepped on the KeyBank Center ice for training camp Friday morning, the team announced defenseman Zach Bogosian will not participate in any of the practices or preseason games scheduled this month. Bogosian's absence was not unexpected since the 28-year-old underwent hip surgery in late April and was expected to need five to six mont…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News. Follow Yost on Twitter…

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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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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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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…

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Hockey fans in Buffalo are still waiting for the Sabres to hire a new coach and to sign Jeff Skinner to a contract extension. Neither is likely to be resolved until General Manager Jason Botterill returns from Slovakia, where the IIHF World Championship will be held May 10-26. However, there will be ties to Sabres hockey to hold fans over during the doldrums of sprin…