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Jack Eichel's offseason has officially begun. The Buffalo Sabres' 22-year-old center and the United States were eliminated from the IIHF World Championship with a 4-3 quarterfinal loss to Russia on Thursday in Bratislava, Slovakia. Meanwhile, Sam Reinhart and Team Canada beat Switzerland, 3-2, in overtime on a goal by Vegas winger Mark Stone in Kosice. Eichel did not…

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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel notched two assists Monday as Team USA won its second straight game at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Finland at Kosice, Slovakia. The Americans won the game as Detroit's Dylan Larkin scored on a snapshot with 1:13 left in OT. Team USA lost its opener to host Slovakia, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-1 vict…

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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…

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This move might look familiar to Sabres fans. Jack Eichel makes a nifty pass to set up Clayton Keller for a goal in Team USA's 5-2 victory against Germany in a World Championships exhibition game in Manheim. Keller tied the score at 2-2 at 7:02 of the second period. The score stayed that way and then the Americans tallied three times in the third period for the win. …

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Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was among 17 players announced Thursday as part of USA Hockey's roster for next month's IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Eichel, a 22-year-old center for the Sabres, competed in the tournament two years ago, when Team USA lost in the quarterfinals. He recorded five assists with a minus-1 rating in eight games and won't be the only …

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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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It's awfully interesting that the Florida Panthers turfed coach Bob Boughner on Sunday morning, clearly setting the stage for Joel Quenneville to head to the Sunshine State. Jason Botterill dumped Phil Housley two hours later and Botterill has to know among the numerous sticky issues the Sabres have going forward, the Atlantic Division is becoming a big one. Think ab…

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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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Take a notepad. Write down a quick list of the Buffalo Sabres’ problems. If you include Jack Eichel, he’s probably well down the list. To even imply that Eichel has to be better could be called blasphemy. Before reaching for the pitchforks, know that Eichel and I have had this conversation multiple times the last two years. The topic came up again Monday in KeyBank Cent…

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Phil Housley paid the price for another lost season when he was fired Sunday, but Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel reiterated Monday the deposed coach shouldn't take the blame for the team's second-half collapse. "It's on us in the room. We're the product on the ice," Eichel said in KeyBank Center as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers and held exit meetings. "It's u…

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As days in the life of Buffalo sports go, this was a pretty neat one. Follow along my 12-hour tour downtown. It started in the morning, with the unexpected sight of Jason Pominville struggling to keep his composure and politely excusing himself from reporters after the Sabres' morning skate when asked his thoughts on what was presumably his final home game. This was …

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UNIONDALE – The message was sent during pregame warmups. A solitary Buffalo Sabres fan in a white jersey pressed a placard with black letters against the glass behind the Buffalo bench. It said simply, "Fire Housley." The fan stood there for about 10 minutes, then quietly climbed the stairs with his card when the warmups were over. He might get his wish in four more …

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This latest debacle of a Buffalo Sabres season doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of coach Phil Housley. Or General Manager Jason Botterill. It's not the fault of Vladimir Sobotka or Marco Scandella or Rasmus Ristolainen either, no matter how many times fans want to take those three names in vain. Like the other derailed campaigns of the recent past, it starts at the …

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MONTREAL – It was less than four months ago that the Buffalo Sabres were on top of the hockey world. Seems like years ago. From first overall in the NHL after 25 games to out of the playoffs just 49 games later. It's the stunning epitaph to what rates as one of the league's historic collapses. The Sabres' fate was clearly written a few weeks before Saturday's 7-4 los…