Buffalo Sabres

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.


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Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres star forward, says he's looking forward to being apart of the city for years to come. The 20-year-old Eichel, and his boss, met with reporters in Key Bank Center Wednesday after agreeing to a contract extension that makes him the highest paid Sabre in team history.

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The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to sign their franchise player, Jack Eichel, to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension. The contract represents the largest in the organization's history, serving as notice the team is placing its future in the talented hands of a player who won't turn 21 until later this month.

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Free agency started at noon today and the Sabres are keeping busy.

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The Buffalo Sabres completed a big trade a day before free agency opens acquiring former team captain Jason Pominville from the Minnesota Wild.

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.


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Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley is returning to Buffalo after being hired by the Sabres to be their next head coach.

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Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills, will formally welcome the football team's new general manager on Friday. The day before, the Pegulas did the same for their hockey team, the Sabres, as they introduced newly-hired Jason Botterill as that franchise's GM.


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The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine is staying in Buffalo through 2019.

The NHL Draft Lottery is tonight. With the Sabres out of the playoffs yet again, they are in the running for a top pick.

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Buffalo Sabres co-owner Terry Pegula says the hockey franchise is in need of improved discipline, structure and communication. At a Friday morning news conference, he explained that is what led to the decision to fire head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray.


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The Buffalo Sabres fired both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma Thursday, in a stunning move by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.


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
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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.


According to a report Friday, Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been released from a local hospital's neurosurgical intensive care unit.

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. 


The NHL won't be pausing its season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials announced on Monday.

Many pro players have expressed a desire to compete in the Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the league says it doesn't see a benefit to the sport — and does see a risk of injuries.

The NHL has allowed players to participate in every Olympic Games since 1998.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, disputes over money played a role in the decision not to continue.

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.


Sabres stay put on NHL's trade deadline day

Mar 1, 2017
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Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says he made calls and took a few, but when the National Hockey League's trading deadline came and went Wednesday afternoon, there were no big deals to announce.


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?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Robin Lehner's critical comments following last Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Were they directed at Jack Eichel? And are certain players not buying into coach Dan Bylsma's system?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe discusses Tuesday's come-from-behind overtime win over the San Jose Sharks and a strong effort by goalie Robin Lehner in last weekend's shutout victory over Ottawa. Also, a look at the tight playoff picture and the role Tyler Ennis has played since returning from injury.


On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe discusses Tuesday's miserable loss to the Montreal Canadiens and looks ahead at what to expect in a busy month of February as the team looks to make a playoff push in the season's second half.


After three consecutive overtime wins, the Buffalo Sabres are back in the playoff hunt. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's developing character and how the talented Sabres are "learning how to win."


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