Behind the Bench

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the injury to star forward Jack Eichel and how two players in particular, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart, have stepped up their games, leading to wins against two top teams. Also, a look at top defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's recent struggles.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles at home, where they've now lost four straight games, and their failure to execute "simple plays." Also, how the Sabres' season of misery is leading to a lot of empty seats at KeyBank Center. And we'll catch up with former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, now playing in his 15th season, who has found comfort and contentment in Anaheim.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to keep the momentum going from last week's successful road trip in Tuesday's home loss the Devils. Why have the Sabres struggled so much at home this season? And are the trade rumors surrounding a slumping Evander Kane affecting his play on the ice?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what may have the team's worst game of the season, last Saturday against the Dallas Stars, and its best, Tuesday night in Edmonton. Also, star forward Jack Eichel is red hot, the team's power play is clicking and we remember late USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson, who gave Sabres head coach Phil Housley his first coaching job.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the mood around the team coming out of its bye week, the improving play of Kyle Okposo, and continuing trade rumors involving high-scoring forward Evander Kane.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about some strong words from head coach Phil Housley following Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team's fifth straight defeat. Also, a scuffle between two players at practice and a call-up for one of the Sabres' best prospects.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Winter Classic, played on New Year's Day at Citi Field in New York City, a Sabres draft pick who is making a big impression in the World Junior tournament and a couple of players with Sabres ties who will be playing for Team USA in next month's Winter Olympics.


Will the new year have something more positive in store for the Buffalo Sabres?

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to give goalie Robin Lehner goal support at home, the continuing struggles of high draft pick Sam Reinhart, and a special night for star forward Jack Eichel that could have been more special.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what he calls the team's "best week this season, by far," with the Sabres going 2-0-2 in their last four games. Who and what are responsible for the recent success? Bill shares his thoughts on his weekly chat about the team.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's waiving of veteran Matt Moulson, its acquisition of Stanley Cup-winning forward Scott Wilson and Tuesday's win in Colorado, where the last-place Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak.


On this week's edition on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks more about the team's dreadful season and a run that has seen it win just one of their last ten games. How have things gotten so bad? Are there any signs of hope on the horizon? And how much blame, if any, should coach Phil Housley shoulder?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres' continuing struggles and a six-game losing streak that has them near the bottom of the NHL standings, Jack Eichel's recent demotion and what, if anything, can be done to get the team going in the right direction.


On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, the lack of offense from the team's defensemen, and Dave Andreychuk's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent success of forward Benoit Pouliot, who scored the game-winning goal Tuesday against Washington, some odd-sounding comments from head coach Phil Housley following an ugly loss in Dallas, and former Sabres captain Brian Gionta, who will likely represent Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks what the team has been up to in a quiet week, the Sabres' last game against the San Jose Sharks, which included a controversial "no goal," and what coach Phil Housley thinks the team can learn from their crosstown counterparts, the Buffalo Bills.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the past week's games, which include a big comeback win in Boston and shutout over Detroit, as well as the early season struggles of forward Kyle Okposo.


The Buffalo Sabres are back home after having completed a four-game western road trip. The team got its first win of the season, but bring a disappointing 1-4-2 record into their next home game, Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. On this week's Behind The Bench, Bill Hoppe talks about what Sabres fans who weren't able to stay up for the late night games may have missed. He also discusses two players who badly needed to get on the score sheet, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart.


The 2017-18 season is off to a rocky start for the Buffalo Sabres, who are 0-2-1 in their first three games. After a solid debut against the Montreal Canadiens, the team suffered two ugly losses to the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, giving up six goals in each game. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what's gone wrong in this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


The Buffalo Sabres open the 2017-2018 season Thursday evening with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly conversation with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe. On the season premiere, Bill talks about Jack Eichel's big new contract extension, what to expect from new head coach Phil Housley, changes to the team's roster, and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres will finally break their six-season postseason drought.


On a special June edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the hiring of new head coach Phil Housley, which player the team is likely to lose to Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft, changes to the Sabres' blue line, trade talk surrounding star forward Evander Kane and the upcoming NHL Draft.


On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about General Manager Tim Murray's end-of-season press conference and lingering uncertainty over the future of head coach Dan Bylsma. Also, what does Murray need to do in the offseason to get the team back to the playoffs, after a sixth consecutive season on the golf course?


Sabres GM discusses disappointment in the season that was

Apr 13, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray held his end-of-season news conference Wednesday, looking back on a hockey season that he readily admitted was a disappointing one.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about concerns over forward Kyle Okposo's seemingly serious illness, reaction to the NHL's decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, a couple of players who made their Sabre debuts, and this week's games, which included an embarrassing loss to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. 


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about coach Dan Bylsma's benching of forward Sam Reinhart, who violated a team policy, a special night for an veteran who reached a milestone, and a couple of players who have made an impact as the season winds toward its end.


Behind the Bench: Sabres' faint playoff hopes fizzle

Mar 23, 2017

Sidney Crosby struck again against the Buffalo Sabres this week, in more ways than one. In this week's Behind the Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres' slide toward the end of the season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's need to establish an identity down the stretch, with the playoffs out of reach, and the growing pains that come with developing a young superstar.


The Buffalo Sabres' dismal post-bye week stretch continued with bad losses to Pittsburgh last Sunday and Philadelphia on Tuesday night. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what he calls the "worst stretch of the year, by far" and whether the team's head coach and its players are on the same page.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, the NHL trade deadline comes and goes with, surprisingly, no moves made by the Buffalo Sabres' front office. Reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what happened and how the team's recent run of bad losses has essentially taken them out of playoff contention.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the upcoming March 1 NHL trade deadline and whether star forward Evander Kane could be dealt to another team. If not Kane, which other Sabres might other teams be interested in (Dmitry Kulikov? Cody Franson?) and what would GM Tim Murray want in return?


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