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Rick Dudley stood with a cup of coffee on the HarborCenter's upper concourse, while the NHL's best prospects worked out in tank tops and shorts on the arena floor below. Dudley is the quintessential hockey scout, a tireless bird dog who bought a house 15 years ago in Lewiston, although he worked for the Chicago Blackhawks, because he mapped out 34 amateur and pro arenas…

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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…

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The ballot arrived Thursday via e-mail. It has to be returned before the first puck drops Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup playoffs. This corner has had a vote for the major NHL awards each season since 2007-08 but there has never been a dilemma like the one we see with this year's Hart Trophy balloting. You're supposed to vote for your top five. It's pretty easy to c…

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It will be a tournament going on halfway across the world, in the middle of their season and with games often being played in the dead of night in the United States or Canada. And while many NHL players remain disappointed they won't be playing in the Pyeongchang Olympics, they still think it will be hockey worth watching. Out of sight, out of mind? No way. "More tha…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he has not had a chance to talk with Sabres coach and former Predators assistant Phil Housley much this year because the teams have yet to meet. But Laviolette has been following the struggles of Housley's new team. "I know he's a great coach and he'll figure it out," Laviolette said. "They've won some games recently …

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EDMONTON, Alberta – The leading scorers for the Sabres and Oilers are Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid, respectively. It's not surprising to see them together. They've been linked since preparing to go in the top two of the 2015 NHL Draft. Also not surprising is Eichel continues to downplay talk of a rivalry. "I don't really know how many comparisons have continued to …

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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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It's the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers Friday night at 7 in KeyBank Center, the third career meeting with 2015 draft studs Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid (each missed one matchup in their first two seasons). Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's game: 1. Risto is back: Rasmus Ristolainen has missed nine games with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 2 in Arizona a…

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The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers enter tonight's game in KeyBank Center with a combined record of 13-25-6. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference and one point out of the NHL's overall basement. The Oilers are seventh in the Pacific Division and 14th in the West. In fact, Edmonton and Buffalo are Nos. 29 and 30, respectively, in the 31-team NHL entering the…

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The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

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Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey medi…

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For so long – longer than either wanted – the comparison was Jack Eichel versus Connor McDavid. On the ice last season, the more accurate comparison was Eichel versus Leon Draisaitl. While McDavid ran away with the NHL scoring race at 1.22 points per game, Eichel and Draisaitl were neck-and-neck. Draisaitl finished 10th at .94, and Eichel was 11th at .93. McDavid sig…

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There should be no confusion about what Jack Eichel wants. He's not looking to take a short-term deal with the Buffalo Sabres to force a trade or get an earlier ride into free agency. He wants to sign a long-term deal in Buffalo and the word is the sides want it done before training camp starts next month. "I've made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be i…

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What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …