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Player Report Card: Scott Wilson

All kidding aside, Wilson boasts three full seasons with thePittsburgh Penguinsas a depth wing. In that time, he hoisted Lord Stanley’s prize twice. The cost to Buffalo was a fifth round pick next year and their share of his $625,000 salary. He was cheap and accessible and had playoff experience.

DIEBYTHEBLADE.COM - 2018-04-22 12:00:01

Sabres Offseason Projection: Lose the Lottery Version

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports You've probably seen by now my offseason projection based on the Buffalo Sabres winning the lottery that I posted a few days ago. If you haven't you can see it here. In this version, I'll go on the assumption of the more likely scenario that the Sabres lose the lottery

DIEBYTHEBLADE.COM - 2018-04-21 13:00:02

Player Report Card: Jason Pominville

What a start to the season forJason Pominville, as he marked his much-anticipated return to Buffalo. On opening night, Pominville scored two goals against theMontreal Canadiens, returning to theSabreswith a bang. All was well within the Population of Pominville.

DIEBYTHEBLADE.COM - 2018-04-21 12:00:01

Player Report Card: Evan Rodrigues

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Season Stats: 48 GP | 7 G | 18 A | 25 PTS Age: 24 Contract Status: Signed through 2018-19 Evan Rodrigues has become one of the brighter spots to come out of the Tim Murray era. Rodrigues began the season on injured reserve with a hand injury, after a preseason in


Player Report Card: Josh Gorges

In all likelihood, theBuffalo Sabresare done with Josh Gorges. What remains to be seen is if Gorges is done with the NHL, and vice versa. The pending unrestricted free agent hasn’t ruled out a return to hockey next season following a forgettable season in Buffalo.


Player Report Card: Johan Larsson

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Season Stats: 80 GP | 4 G | 13 A | 17 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: Signed through 2018-19 On the stats sheet, Johan Larsson personally had a good year. Comparing to his past seasons, Larsson actually tied a career-high in points with 17. In the grand scheme of things, L


Player Report Card: Rasmus Ristolainen

Although Ristolainen had a decent season personally on a team that struggled and finished 31st, there’s no guarantee he’ll be in a Buffalo uniform next season. Reports suggest theSabresmay look to trade the 23-year-old, but what the return would be is unclear.


Player Report Card: Nick Baptiste

After selecting him 69th overall in 2013, the Buffalo fan base had extremely high hopes for the big power-forward. Last season with the Rochester Amerks, he posted 41 points in 59 games, a 13 point improvement from his production in 2015-16. He regressed significantly from a scoring standpoint in th


Calder Cup Playoff Preview: Rochester Amerks vs Syracuse Crunch

The Rochester Americans wrapped up their season over the weekend with a 4-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch. Now, the two clubs will take a few days off and get together again to begin their Calder Cup Playoff series on Friday night.The Crunch is the second seed in the North Division and has home ice a


Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

Once seen as a member of the Sabres' future core, Girgensons inability to generate offense continued in 2017-18. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Season Stats: 71 GP | 7 G | 8A | 15 PTS Age: 24 Contract Status: Signed through 2018-19 Over the past three seasons, Zemgus Girgensons has been a complete disa


Player Report Card: Jordan Nolan

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Season Stats: 69 GP | 4 G | 4 A | 8 PTS Age: 28 Contract Status: UFA Jordan Nolan was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres from the Los Angeles Kings a few weeks before the start of the season at the end of September. He's a versatile forward in the sense that he can pla


GM Starter Kit

Green cells have been counted toward the cap, white cells have not.Bold, black numbers are current, real contracts while the dark blue regular fonts are just guesses.For every year I counted 14 forwards and 8 defenders to have a couple injury replacements (not counting Moulson or Bogo). Injury repla


Player Report Card: Victor Antipin

Victor Antipin’s first season in North America was largely a forgettable one. The defenseman played in 47 games overall with theBuffalo Sabres, but it was here and there, with very little consistency, and he was often kept out of the lineup, left to watch the game from the press box.


Buffalo Sabres Goaltending Plans

This past season, four goaltenders appeared in action for the Buffalo Sabres: Robin Lehner, Chad Johnson, Linus Ullmark and Adam Wilcox. Now looking ahead, the Sabres' goaltending situation next season should look a little different. Lehner is a restricted free agent, while Johnson is an unrestricte


Botterill Sets the Tone for the Offseason

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill set the tone for what could be an offseason of big changes in his postseason press conference yesterday. Yesterday was a new experience for Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. He's become used to having postseason press conferences and reviews in th


Player Report Card: Robin Lehner

Somewhere in an isolated town in Sweden, goaltenderRobin Lehneris seething. The list of possible reasons he’s angry is long. Like, Stephen King-dystopian-battle-between-good-and-evil long. Somewhere on that list, though is formerSabresgeneral manager Tim Murray. It’s all his fault. All of it. He bro


Disappointed GM Jason Botterill vows to change Sabres' losing culture

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Having known mostly success over the past decade with the Penguins, Jason Botterill received a sobering introduction to life at the bottom of the NHL during his first season as Buffalo Sabres general manager. "I've been here for one year and I was pretty (ticked) off and upset," Bot


Sabres sign Notre Dame forward Andrew Oglevie

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed Notre Dame junior forward Andrew Oglevie to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Fullerton, CA native leaves college after a sparkling season that saw him lead the Fighting Irish to the finals of the Frozen Four


Let's Remember Some Overtime Goals

Tomorrow night the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs kick off and with it, the chance for some playoff overtime hockey. The Penguins have had their fair share of great overtime memories through the years, so come along and remember some of the defining moments in Penguins' history. Charles LeClaire-USA TODA


The Sabres have finally finished an ugly looking season. Here's some of their final numbers.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Last season the Buffalo Sabres finished with 78 points. It was a disappointing finish, falling three points from the previous years final tally of 81. It was supposed to be a potential playoff push year. No dice. So changes were made, and this season started off wi