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Ralph Krueger's first task as Buffalo Sabres coach will be to meet with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart next week in Slovakia, where both players are competing at the IIHF World Championship. The more pressing conversation could be with Jeff Skinner, the Sabres' leading goal scorer who will become an unrestricted free agent if he is not signed to a contract extension befor…

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As General Manager Jason Botterill's search for the next Buffalo Sabres' coach nears the one-month mark, Jeff Skinner's free-agent clock is ticking. Skinner, the 26-year-old left wing who scored a career-high 40 goals this season, will be free to sign with any NHL team if he does not formalize a contract extension with the Sabres prior to July 1. During a 20-minute n…

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Jeff Skinner scored a goal Tuesday night. Imagine that being big news for the first 4 1/2 months of this season. For much of that time Skinner was battling Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals. But much like his team, Skinner's season fell off a cliff. He got his 38th of the season in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predator…

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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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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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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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When the Buffalo Sabres' season reached its apex, Zoom Copy in downtown Buffalo placed a sign outside its Main Street storefront that read, "Jeff Skinner for Mayor." At the time, the 26-year-old winger was the toast of Buffalo, captivating the Sabres' long-frustrated fan base by scoring 10 goals during their 10-game winning streak in November. He was the leading goal sc…

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DENVER — Scoring hasn't been a problem for the Buffalo Sabres in recent games. But then came Saturday afternoon in Pepsi Center. The Sabres endured their third shutout of the season in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, and this was a complete no-show at the offensive end. The Sabres were outshot, 43-18, but most of their pressure came in garbage time, with seven …

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In about a half-hour Saturday afternoon, you saw exactly why the Buffalo Sabres have to be more about the present and stop always looking at the future. Play out the worst-case scenarios in your head for a minute. What if Jeff Skinner hadn't pulled a Willis Reed act and come back out for the third period of the 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals? Imagine if his ank…

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Jeff Skinner, the Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer, made a surprising return to the KeyBank Center ice in the third period Saturday after he suffered what initially appeared to be an ugly leg injury earlier in the game. Skinner, the 26-year-old winger who has 36 goals in his first season in Buffalo, needed to be helped to the bench in the second period after he was trippe…

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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, Yost 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 Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Fol…

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Of course, Sabres fans want Jeff Skinner to remain in Buffalo beyond this season. “How could they not?” Jack Eichel, the Sabres’ captain and Skinner’s linemate, said after practice Thursday at KeyBank Center. “He has how many goals? Thirty-four? Thirty-four goals. I’m sure Sabres fans want him to stay. I mean, why would they want him to leave?” The desire to see Skin…

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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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Viewing of the tape will wait until Monday. The talking was done Saturday. Then it was time to get back on the ice. There was no time for the Buffalo Sabres to brood over their implosion Friday night in KeyBank Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was just over 13 hours after the final horn of the 7-3 drubbing that they were back at it in HarborCenter. The Sabre…

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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…