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VANCOUVER – There are a lot of reasons the job of an NHL general manager is a tough one. Here's the latest one to add to the list: How do you know what kind of team to build these days? It sure seemed like the NHL was going back to a speed game when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year's Washington-Vegas Cup final certainly h…

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Jack Eichel has played in multiple international competitions for Team USA and had some solid moments this year at the World Championships in Slovakia before the Americans lost, 4-3, to Russia in Thursday's quarterfinals. Team USA went 5-3 and Eichel had two goals and eight points in the eight games. Fair enough. A good showing. But from the Sabres' perspective, the mos…

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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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Sam Reinhart is accomplishing precisely what the Buffalo Sabres hoped when management encouraged him to represent Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Reinhart scored two goals, including one on the power play, to help Canada pull away with a 5-0 win over Denmark on Monday at Steel Arena in Kosice. Reinhart, a 23-year-old winger, has three goals with tw…

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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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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…

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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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It isn't always about the 2015 NHL Draft when the Buffalo Sabres meet the Edmonton Oilers. Sure, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are putting up numbers for their teams as the top two picks from that year. But the Buffalo-Edmonton connection from 2014 is also proving to be prolific as well. Sam Reinhart went No. 2 in 2014 and Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl went No. 3 that y…

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Did you notice those pitchforks on the front of the New Jersey Devils' sweaters? You can just about stick them in the Buffalo Sabres' season. Unless something wholly unexpected happens in the next few weeks, it's readily apparent this club isn't going to the playoffs for the eighth straight season. Coach Phil Housley said Friday night his team played …

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Instead of looking ahead to a Saturday matinee against the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres spent Friday afternoon cleaning up the aftermath from a 6-5 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sam Reinhart and Phil Housley each arrived for practice knowing reporters would ask them to clarify their postgame comments from Thursday, when Reinhart seemed to blame goal…

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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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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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Sam Reinhart helped change the narrative for the Buffalo Sabres with one shot Tuesday night. Reinhart, skating in alone during the third shootout round in KeyBank Center, released a shot hard enough that the puck rolled slowly through Devan Dubnyk to cross the goal line. Linus Ullmark proceeded to stop Zach Parise at the other end of the ice to clinch the Sabres' 5-4 wi…

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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…