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SUNRISE, Fla. – The hockey world is in mourning following the crash Friday night of the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game in what Canadian media are calling one of the worst tragedies in …

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If you have no idea what in the world to watch when you dare to flip on the TV or walk into a Sabres game at KeyBank Center, there's an easy suggestion. Keep an eye on Brendan Guhle. It's important he plays well in the final few weeks of this season. The news is pretty good so far. Each game is getting incrementally better. Guhle has been the Sabres' biggest prospect…

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A couple of hours after coach Phil Housley held his daily post-practice media briefing Sunday in KeyBank Center, the Sabres made a couple of surprise callups from the Rochester Amerks. It's uncertain what impact the arrival of defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo will be for Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who mi…

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The Sabres pulled a bit of surprise on Sunday afternoon, calling up defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo from Rochester. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who missed the final two periods Friday in Florida, practiced fully on Sunday and did not look hindered by the upper-body ailment he suffered taking a tumble into the boards in that game. All seven blueliners…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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The bye week in the National Hockey League gives players and coaches five days away from hockey. Both usually get away, some to tropical locales and some just back home with family. But for two members of the Buffalo Sabres, big things happened during the five-day break. Coach Phil Housley returned to Minnesota and was part of the official campaign launch for his wif…

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The Sabres began their bye week Friday and made their stated intentions official by returning goaltender Linus Ullmark and defenseman Brendan Guhle to Rochester. There is no bye coming for the Amerks, who have three games in the next four days. The stretch opens Friday night in Blue Cross Arena against Binghamton, moves to Syracuse on Saturday and returns home for a Mon…

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Brendan Guhle is putting his faith in the Buffalo Sabres' development plan. If they feel the defenseman should be in Rochester, that's fine by him. If they want to give him a chance in Buffalo, that's obviously a nice bonus. It's time to cash in that bonus. The Sabres have recalled their top defense prospect, and he's expected to be in the lineup Tuesday when Winnipe…

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When you sketched out the Sabres' defense to start the season, it looked like this: First pair: Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen Second pair: Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian Third pair: Nathan Beaulieu-Victor Antipin Ready if needed: Josh Gorges, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun Of course, it hasn't worked out that way. Bogosian hasn't played a single game after being injure…

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When you look at the crowd of players among the Buffalo Sabres' potential bottom-six forwards, there's one intangible you have to keep in mind about Jacob Josefson. The former New Jersey Devils center is one of the NHL's best when it comes to the shootout. The last two years, remember, the Sabres have been the NHL's worst. Over the last three seasons, Josefson went 1…

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Any thought of Brendan Guhle cracking the opening night lineup on the Buffalo Sabres' blueline ended Sunday morning as the Sabres announced their top defense product has been sent to the Rochester Amerks to open the season. The move is not surprising given the team's depth on the defense and is another indication the Sabres are confident that Marco Scandella will be rea…

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The Sabres' power play was the best in the NHL last season. It was also a one-man show along the blue line. Rasmus Ristolainen was the only defenseman capable of quarterbacking the power play. He led Buffalo with 24 assists and 25 points during man-advantages. The next five defensemen to get power-play time combined for just 10 points. Clearly, the Sabres need help. …