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Jack and Sam are roommates. Jack and Sam rode a tandem bicycle together to the first day of training camp. Jack and Sam have gone horseback riding together. Now, Jack and Sam are up for "Best Bromance" in the NHL Fan Awards, to be given to the "teammates whose chemistry extends far beyond the rink." Fans can vote for all the awards here. Voting ends June 11, with the…

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When the 2018-19 NHL schedule is unveiled next month, Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues will no doubt be circling the games against the New York Rangers as reunion nights. That's because the Rangers have named Boston University's David Quinn as their new head coach, dipping into the college ranks for a replacement to Alain Vigneault. Quinn, 51, coached B…

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Jack Eichel knows Rasmus Dahlin should be a huge boost to the Buffalo Sabres. The franchise center is going to wait for it to become official before getting really excited. When it comes to the NHL Draft, Eichel prefers a cautious approach. Everyone knew the Sabres were going to select him at No. 2 overall in 2015, but he spent the lead-up talking in generalities becaus…

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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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I took a beating on Twitter recently for daring to say that if you redid the 2015 NHL Draft today, there's a chance Jack Eichel might not be the No. 2 pick and instead might only be the third-best player. Now, the Sabres were always taking Eichel at No. 2 after Edmonton took Connor McDavid. And anybody in that spot three years ago certainly would have as well. So there'…

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Jason Botterill didn’t get to ease into his first year as Buffalo Sabres general manager. He hired a coach, locked up the franchise player, drafted a future cornerstone and won a lottery. The only place where things were boring was on the ice. Botterill, who is celebrating one year on the job Friday, will need to improve the hockey during his second year. While he pl…

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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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Jason Pominville is the only player who knows, so his Buffalo Sabres teammates ask him a lot. This arena gets loud? What is it like to play in when the fans are involved? "I've tried to answer it as best as I can," Pominville said in KeyBank Center, which has been likened to a library and morgue. "I've seen the other side of it. This city is amazing when you win. It'…

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The door to the Sabres' locker room opened just before 9 a.m. Monday and Jack Eichel made the first impression without saying a word. Locker cleanout day is one of those morose traditions in hockey. It's the end of the season. It's particularly rough when you're dealing with a non-playoff team packing up for the summer while the snow is still flying in April, which is w…

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Jack Eichel feels your pain. Sabres fans haven't seen a playoff game in Buffalo in seven years. The first three years of Eichel's NHL career have gone by the boards with nary a sniff of the postseason too. "It's tough, really hard. It's frustrating," Eichel said Monday morning as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers in KeyBank Center. "You kind of look back and it fe…

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A five-assist night for Jack Eichel has helped earn him an NHL honor. The league has named the Sabres center as its Third Star of the Week. Eichel was second in the NHL with eight points in three games, scoring three times and adding five assists. All five assists came during Saturday's 7-4 victory in Nashville. Eichel became the first Sabres player to register five …

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NASHVILLE -- Folks in the Music City hope history can be made here this June with the Nashville Predators winning their first Stanley Cup. But it's another June in Nashville, now nearly 15 years ago, that continues to have major impact on the NHL. It was here in 2003 that the most iconic entry draft in league history took place. It's incredible to go down the list of se…

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Whatever classes Casey Mittelstadt took at the University of Minnesota, none could prepare him for a crash course in Buffalo Sabres 101. Ryan O'Reilly admitted the Sabres are the worst team in the NHL. Jack Eichel was frustrated by Buffalo's never-ending tendency to slack off. Robin Lehner left with an injury. The Sabres watched an early 2-0 lead go up in flames in a 6-…

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TORONTO – It was nearing seven weeks and 21 games since Jack Eichel's last goal. It didn't matter if five weeks and 15 games were spent watching. It was simply too long without celebrating. The Buffalo Sabres center made up for lost time Monday. Eichel scored twice against Toronto, including the winner with 10:23 to play to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory. He hadn't sc…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Probably the last place the Buffalo Sabres need to be Monday night is the Air Canada Centre. At one of the lowest points in their season, when they once again can't put the puck in the ocean if they were given a free shot from the beach, the Sabres will meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where plenty of history can be made for the NHL's resurgent O…