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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


For the third time in five years, the Buffalo Sabres have the best odds at winning the NHL draft lottery. It's an 18.5 % chance. Whoever wins will land prized prospect defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the highly-anticipated arrival of top prospect Casey Mittlestadt, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. What skills have made Mittlestadt so widely admired? And how is the 19-year-old handling the pressures that come with the expectations of a beaten-down fanbase?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about this week's loss to the Arizona Coyotes and how it recalls a similar game between the two teams three years ago. Also, what has head coach Phil Housley so upset? And how has young goalie Linus Ullmark looked in a Sabres uniform since his recent recall from Rochester?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the imminent return of star forward Jack Eichel, who has missed more than a month of action with an ankle injury. Also, two prospects are up from Rochester. Why are the Sabres carrying three goaltenders? And how does Justin Bailey fit into the team's plans?


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 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 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 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.


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.

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, 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?


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."


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's win over the New York Rangers, which came on the heels of a losing stretch that has the team mired in last place. Also, a look at star forward Jack Eichel's recent locker room outburst and a local native who just scored his first NHL goal.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's big home win over the Los Angeles Kings, a game that saw the team's best players shine in an exciting, comeback victory.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the latest "McEichel" game, the continuing impact of Jack Eichel's return on his teammates and the state of the team's blue line, which is missing three regulars.


Jack Eichel is back and the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player made an immediate impact in his return from injury Tuesday night in Ottawa. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Eichel's season debut and his effect on his teammates, one in particular.


In trends that should sound familiar to fans, the Buffalo Sabres are struggling to score goals and win on home ice. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about those issues and updates some key injuries on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


The Buffalo Sabres open the 2016-2017 season Thursday night with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center. But the team was dealt a major blow on Wednesday when young star Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain at practice. No timetable has been set for his return, but Eichel is expected to miss several weeks. WBFO's Omar Fetouh talked about the injury and the new season with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe on the season premiere of Behind The Bench.


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Buffalo Sabres star forward Jack Eichel suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday morning and had to be helped off the ice.

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College hockey star Jimmy Vesey has chosen to sign a contract with the New York Rangers.

The NHL conducts its annual draft lottery Saturday evening. Last year at this time, Buffalo Sabres fans were eagerly awaiting whether the team would draw the first or second overall pick in a draft that included two consensus "franchise players." That followed months of anticipation in what many observers called a "tank," — setting the team up to fail in the short-term in order to secure a cornerstone player.

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe recaps the recently-concluded 2015-16 season, a year that saw the team show a marked improvement on the ice. Bill talks about phenom Jack Eichel's rookie campaign, players who took their game to the next level and the club's needs heading into the offseason.

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While 16 NHL teams are getting ready for the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres are looking ahead to next year after missing the post-season for the fifth straight year. Still, General Manager Tim Murray carried an optimistic tone into Monday's season-ending press conference.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty scoring first, the continued emergence of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart and the strong play of a line made up of players who were mostly unproductive early this season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the much-hyped first matchup between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and this week's trade deadline, which saw forward Jamie McGinn shipped to Anaheim for a draft pick.


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