Making smart, value trades and signings are what separates perennial Stanley Cup contenders from the pretenders. Under general manager Jim Benning, the Vancouver Canucks have made plenty of moves – some hitting, many missing. Except for the JT Miller trade, it’s often the smaller, less flashy deals that push a team to the next level,
You can’t beat bad ownership. No matter how talented the front office or roster might be, bad ownership will consistently get in the way of winning. We’ve seen it in every sport; in James Dolan’s New York Knicks in the NBA, we’ve seen it with other NHL franchises, like the Ottawa Senators under Eugene Melnyk.
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, we follow-up yesterday’s news about Jason Botterill being let go as GM of the Buffalo Sabres, detailing ownership’s reason as to why. What’s next for franchise? Who is safe? Who isn’t? In Seattle, things are delayed, but how far behind are they? And, why haven’t they named their team yet?
In today’s NHL rumors, what does management think about Jack Eichel’s recent comments? Do they understand his frustration? Or, are they upset he spoke so candidly? In Vancouver, there is an update on contract talks between the Canucks and Jacob Markstrom, plus talk of the team trying to reacquire their second-round pick. Is there hope
This is going to be a crucial offseason, as another year passes by with no playoffs for the Buffalo Sabres. Management should know by now that the 2020-21 season is going to be a make-or-break year for so many personnel. Here I’ll dive into the Sabres’ restricted and unrestricted free agents that management should sign.
Now that the Vancouver Canucks are moving on from Judd Brackett, he will become a sought after free agent when his contract ultimately comes to an end. He was a long-time amateur scout for the franchise before becoming the director in 2015. All-in-all, he was a part of the organization for an astounding 12 years,
May take a Zadorov trade to get Byram in the lineup Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: (mailbag) The Colorado Avalanche have pending restricted free agent defensemen in Nikita Zadorov and Ryan Graves. Graves will get a nice contract from the Avs, but Zadorov may not. If the Avs move Zadorov, Bo Byram would have
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the NHL’s announcement yesterday has thrown a pebble in the water of a return to play and created a ripple effect for many teams. There are questions about bonuses and the hub cities, and frankly whether or not this 24-team play-in is considered the playoffs or not? So too, there
In today’s NHL rumor rundown there is speculation about the future of defenseman Ryan Murray both with the Columbus Blue Jackets and in the NHL. Matthew Tkachuk tells the story of his being drafted and what team he thought was going to take him. The Ottawa Senators could be getting a goaltender back and the
There aren’t many bands that embody the spirit of a city like Every Time I Die. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, they bring their hometown with them wherever they go, in their merchandise and their songs. They also bring people together from across New York – and the world – like few other bands, creating a
There are myriad reasons why the Buffalo Sabres are outside of the playoff picture for a ninth straight season. Their lack of offence and their questionable goaltending can carry some of the blame and their special teams have been anything but special. Related: Top 10 NHL Goalie Prospects Although there have been some personnel changes,
Quick notes on the Bruins, Sabres and Eichel Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Boston Bruins will likely try to bulk up before the deadline. Wonder if this is the offseason were the Buffalo Sabres ownership/management see what kind of return they could get for Jack Eichel? Or will Eichel request a trade out
Bogosian on unconditional waivers … Leafs to check in if/when he clears? Chris Johnston: The Buffalo Sabres have put defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. He’ll become a UFA. To be eligible for the playoffs he’ll need to be signed by Monday. Darren Dreger: The Sabres had
It’s happened twice this season. On two separate occasions, teams have lost to the Buffalo Sabres and heads have rolled the next day. On Dec. 2, the New Jersey Devils lost 7-1 to the Sabres in Prudential Center and head coach John Hynes was dismissed. Then, on Jan. 14, the Vegas Golden Knights lost 4-2
With the NHL’s Feb. 24th NHL trade deadline less than three weeks away, only a handful of clubs can be considered sellers. That includes those mired at the bottom of the standings, such as the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, and San Jose Sharks. That number could
Reaching the 100-point mark is a special feat for NHL players. It’s an outstanding offensive achievement that speaks to talent, consistency and determination. The century club has long been the gold standard for scoring. It’s an exclusive club, started by Boston Bruins’ forward Phil Esposito who scored 126 points (49 goals and 77 assists) during
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres captain Jack Eichel is doing everything within his power to prevent his team from falling into an all-too-familiar late-season rut. The fifth-year player is enjoying a breakout season with a career-best 31 goals — seven of them game-winners — as he displays on-ice consistency. And then there are continuing signs that
If the Buffalo Sabres are going to make the 2020 NHL Playoffs, they’d better start playing playoff hockey right now. Every point matters. Despite an MVP-like season and career-best numbers, Jack Eichel can’t do it alone for the Sabres. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The Sabres have 51 points and are tied with the