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The search for Phil Housley's replacement continues nearly one month after his dismissal as Buffalo Sabres coach. Other than false reports surrounding Todd McLellan's candidacy, little information has leaked about whom General Manager Jason Botterill is targeting. During a weekly appearance on MSG/WGR Radio's "The Instigators," TSN's Darren Dreger said Wednesday that Pi…

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Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor, whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for former Sabres coach Phil Housley, said he hasn’t interviewed or talked with the team about the opening. “I’m just concentrating on this year and our players and our team right now,” Taylor said Thursday. The Sabres fired Housley on Sunday following a disappointing 76-p…

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ROCHESTER – With 40 minutes of grueling practice drills complete, the Rochester Americans huffed and puffed between sips of water or Gatorade while listening to second-year head coach Chris Taylor deliver instructions. Suddenly, most of the team broke out with a raucous cackle that echoed throughout an empty Blue Cross Arena. When Taylor was done explaining the drill, t…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.ROCHESTER – After spending his entire career in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Taylor Leier has quickly acclimated to the Americans and his new surroundings. On the ice, Leier has scored nine goals and 16 …

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.ROCHESTER – It took Remi Elie a few outings to find a groove and generate confidence after the Sabres recently assigned the seldom-used winger to the Americans. Elie, 23, hadn’t earned regular action since…

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ROCHESTER – When Chris Taylor was hired as coach of the Rochester Americans in June 2017, he was tasked with developing a roster dotted with former high draft picks, including Alexander Nylander. The Amerks had missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons and finished with 32 wins in 2016-17. That drought ended in Taylor's first season with 91 regular-season points…

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Victor Olofsson netted the only goal Friday night as the Amerks beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1-0 at Blue Cross Arena. Danny O’Regan and Rasmus Asplund were credited with the assists on Olofsson’s goal in the second period. Olofsson's seventh goal of the season came after he was stymied on his first attempt and the rebound bounced beyond the right post. He corraled the …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Zach Redmond said as his career progressed, he learned getting hung up on points or individual success can create bad habits and hurt you. So the high-scoring Americans defenseman stopped looking at s…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Americans coach Chris Taylor didn’t hesitate to answer a question about Alexander Nylander’s early career struggles. “Absolutely,” Taylor quickly replied when asked if criticism of the Buffalo Sab…

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Will Borgen is, as Amerks coach Chris Taylor said, “a laid back guy” off the ice. He’s quiet and keeps to himself. So it’s “weird,” Taylor said, the way the light switch sort of goes on when the defenseman is on the ice. The fresh cut on Borgen’s nose Saturday morning after the Sabres prospects took part in an optional morning skate is evidence of the type of person …

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SYRACUSE – The Buffalo Sabres know people are tired of empty promises. Owner Terry Pegula acknowledged it in his letter to season-ticket holders. General Manager Jason Botterill said it after the season. The Rochester Americans backed up their vow. The organization said it would field a playoff team, and it did. How did they put actions to their words? "It was har…

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ROCHESTER – Nathan Paetsch was a 20-year-old rookie, getting his first taste of life as professional hockey player. And what an entrance it was. In 2004, Paetsch was part of a Rochester Americans team that earned a first-round playoff bye, won two series, and advanced to the semifinals of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs. The next season, the Amerks w…

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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. …

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The catchphrase for the Sabres and their prospects is "fresh look." New general manager. New coaches. New start. That's only partially true in the case of Chris Taylor. Sure, he's entering his first year as head coach of the Rochester Americans. But he was on the Amerks' coaching staff from 2011 to 2016, so he's hardly an unknown at the Prospects Challenge. "He's …

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The catchphrase for the Sabres and their prospects is "fresh look." New general manager. New coaches. New start. That's only partially true in the case of Chris Taylor. Sure, he's entering his first year as head coach of the Rochester Americans. But he was on the Amerks' coaching staff from 2011 to 2016, so he's hardly an unknown at the Prospects Challenge. "He's …