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Things haven't gone that well for Evan Rodrigues this season. The Sabres' winger has requested a trade and has seen his playing time significantly reduced. He now has been mistaken for teammate Henri Jokiharju on a recently released Upper Deck hockey trading card. The card was found by Luke Buckley, who co-hosts the Charging Buffalo podcast and also does play-by-play…

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Evan Rodrigues did not deny he wants a fresh start after spending four-plus seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. However, the 26-year-old forward acknowledged to reporters Wednesday that he's unhappy with his role under coach Ralph Krueger and wants more ice time. "I’m a hockey player who wants to play hockey," Rodrigues said outside the Sabres' dressing room in KeyBank Cen…

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Blowing a three-goal lead at home to your arch nemesis was an oddly absurd way to end the biggest pile-of-garbage decade in Sabres history. It wasn't much of a Happy New Year for the Sabres after Tuesday's collapse against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 6-4 disaster in KeyBank Center that makes you wonder how long into 2020 it might linger. Now that we can finally put th…

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TAMPA, Fla. – The lower-body injury Evan Rodrigues sustained Sunday night against the Florida Panthers will keep him out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for at least one game. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger told reporters ahead of a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Amalie Arena on Monday that Rodrigues' injury is not thought to be "long-term" and Rodrigues will be eval…

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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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Ralph Krueger tapped the blade of his stick repeatedly on the LECOM Harborcenter ice Thursday morning, signaling for the Buffalo Sabres to increase the intensity of their stride for one final lap before drills began. Krueger's demands didn't stop there. With the regular season one week away, the Sabres' coach saw this as another chance to push his players in training ca…

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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 Buffalo Sabres have a chance to get rid of a pair of illnesses Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. They're sick of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they're sick of not being able to win two games in a row for more than three months. A pair of ugly streaks are at play here when the teams meet in what figures to be yet another quasi Leafs home game, with th…

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DENVER — When you step back from the disappointment of Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss in Chicago, the Buffalo Sabres had one major component of their game they had to like. Their top line of Jeff Skinner-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart had no goals in the game but was certainly active with 10 shots on goal and 17 shot attempts. But it was the rest of the roster that got things d…

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TAMPA -- Perhaps there is no more maddening aspect to the Buffalo Sabres' season than the way they've played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts are the NHL's best team by a mile, 17 points ahead of Calgary and on pace to threaten the all-time record of 132 points set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. But they struggle every time they see Buffalo. The Sabres w…

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TAMPA — The quest to find a right winger for Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel continued here Thursday night and it was a familiar face for Eichel. Evan Rodrigues, who played on the same line as the Buffalo captain during the 2014-15 season at Boston University, got the call for the Sabres' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rodrigues entered Thursday's game with eight…

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Say this for the Buffalo Sabres: It's certainly not boring being around them this season. Thursday night's wild 6-5 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in KeyBank Center was plenty entertaining if you didn't have a horse in the race. The Sabres twice overcame two-goal deficits, getting the game to overtime with 55.4 seconds left on Jeff Skinner's second goal of the…

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VANCOUVER — Evan Rodrigues has finally relaxed a little bit. That was not easy to do for much of this season. The Buffalo Sabres forward did not have a goal through the first 15 games and had only two through 39 games. Rodrigues was using his speed to earn scoring chances, but puck luck was not on his side. Through it all, the 25-year-old expressed confidence his fortu…

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You're never going to replace Jack Eichel. It looks like Evan Rodrigues is going to get the first chance to at least fill in for him Thursday night. Eichel missed the Sabres' practice Wednesday in HarborCenter with an upper-body injury, and coach Phil Housley said his star center was getting medical evaluation and still is considered day to day. But not being able to…

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So Ken Hitchcock says there's some fixing to be done with Connor McDavid. Things are going to get mighty interesting now in Edmonton. General Manager Peter Chiarelli's last desperation move to save his own job was to bring in Hitchcock last week after turfing Todd McLellan who, for the record, didn't give Milan Lucic a seven-year contract or fail to provide enough defen…