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DETROIT — Thomas Vanek was watching from his couch Thursday night and he had the same feeling for Jason Pominville that everyone in KeyBank Center did. Vanek is in a similar spot as Pominville, a mid-30s player pondering his future and balancing the thought of another year with the Detroit Red Wings with the needs of his family. So he was thrilled to see Pominville, his…

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The morning began much like every other game day during Jason Pominville's 15-year NHL career, until he was struck by an emotional, harsh reality during his car ride to KeyBank Center. That is when Pominville, a 36-year-old winger, realized Thursday night could be his final home game with the Buffalo Sabres. The raw emotions poured out when a teary-eyed Pominville polit…

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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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An emotional Jason Pominville could not hold back his tears any longer. The former Buffalo Sabres captain collected his thoughts, wiped at his eyes and asked to be excused from a post-morning skate interview Thursday. The raw moment occurred after the 36-year-old winger was broached about Thursday possibly being his final home game at KeyBank Center in a Sabres uniform.…

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This is not how Jason Pominville wanted to spend the final days of his 16th NHL season. The 36-year-old winger helped bring winning hockey back to the Buffalo for a week weeks in November, only for the Sabres to endure a historic slide in the season's second half. Yet, Pominville has proven capable of contributing no matter where he is placed in the lineup. For his long…

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MONTREAL — Jason Pominville said his pass list here Saturday night was pushing three dozen family members and friends. And that was the number he had after the morning skate, several hours before faceoff in Bell Centre. "Some people got tickets on their own too. That's normal," Pominville said. "My dad just texts me every time, 'Hey, can you throw this name on the list'…

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Jason Pominville beamed and spoke passionately about the Buffalo Sabres' rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs, describing the excitement leading up to each game and the energy from the crowd, especially in KeyBank Center. However, Pominville wasn't on the ice for the 219th regular-season meeting between the two teams. Pominville, the 36-year-old winger who has faced …

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More changes will be made to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this offseason. The only question is what sort of steps will General Manager Jason Botterill take to address their deficiencies. Entering Monday night's games, the Sabres had the second-fewest points (35) in the NHL since winning their 10th game in a row Nov. 27, scoring the fifth-fewest goals during that span. The…

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Carter Hutton is back in the net today for the Buffalo Sabres against his old team and against the starter he backed up for the last two years in Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues. The teams meet in a 5 p.m. faceoff in KeyBank Center (MSG, WGR Radio). The Sabres are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Blues are 5-5-2 since their 11-game winning streak …

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Nathan Beaulieu is well aware the countdown clock has, in fact, slipped under a week to go. By the time the NHL trade deadline hits next Monday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres' defenseman is a good bet to have a new team. Beaulieu is waiting for his phone to ring to get the go-ahead to play again. Until then, he practices with the Sabres knowing there's li…

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Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville never has forgotten the phone call. It was just after 10 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2009. Pominville's wife was out of town, and he was lounging on his couch, watching a movie. His cellphone beeped and he didn't answer. It beeped again and he noticed he had a voicemail. It was from Sabres backup goaltender Patrick Lalime. Thinking it was an …

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The Buffalo Sabres’ experiment of separating All-Stars Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner lasted a little more than two periods. Sabres coach Phil Housley returned Skinner to the top line early in the third period of Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild at KeyBank Center, and that’s where the team’s leading goal-scorer remained during practice Wedne…

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Maybe what lies ahead for the Buffalo Sabres makes or breaks their path to the playoffs. But there's no guarantee a seven-game homestand will do that on its own, especially if it gets split roughly down the middle. What it is likely to do with more certainty is spin General Manager Jason Botterill's strategy for the trade deadline. The setting is this: The Sabres host P…

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DALLAS – Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley debunked the theory that he gives preferential treatment to all veteran players, scratching Jason Pominville and Matt Hunwick for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center. Neither Pominville nor Hunwick were scratched because of injury, Housley said. Instead, the change was made to get "fresh"…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is currently part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Travis was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Tr…