Behind the Bench

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's late-season success, which has them within one game of a .500 record, and previews what to expect in the final two games of the 2015-16 campaign.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the promising debuts of newly-signed Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson and how this week's losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit show the team is still a work in progress.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's comeback win in Carolina, the improvements the team has shown in the second half and the upcoming debut of one of the organization's top prospects.


On this week's edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's overtime loss to Montreal, the return of injured forward Ryan O'Reilly and head coach Dan Bylsma's propensity for shuffling his lines.


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 start of the team's western road trip, Ryan O'Reilly's injury, the trade of defenseman Mike Weber and who else could be dealt prior to Monday's trade deadline.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty winning shootouts, the end of Matt Moulson's long goalless streak, the play of prospect Justin Bailey and forward Evander Kane's troubling recent transgression. 


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an ugly loss to the Florida Panthers, the continued development of young forward Sam Reinhart and the chances the near cellar-dwelling Sabres again find themselves with a high draft pick.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from the All-Star break, the improving play of forward Zemgus Girgensons and the team's success on the road versus their continuing woes on home ice.


On an All-Star break edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about goalie Robin Lehner's first win as a member of the team, rookie Jack Eichel's recent resurgence, some much-needed production from forward Zemgus Girgensons, and the state of the team as it enters the NHL's unofficial second half.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success on special teams, the play of now-healthy goalie Robin Lehner, and the dilemma GM Tim Murray faces with forward Jamie McGinn, who will be an attractive trade deadline target for contending teams.


On the final 2015 edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Evander Kane situation, the team's struggles on the power play, a breakout game for Jack Eichel, and the pending return of the man who entered the year as the Sabres' starting goaltender.


On a holiday edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe makes a list, checks it twice, and reveals which players have been naughty and nice based on the first three months of the 2014-2015 season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a busy spate of pre-Christmas break games, including two impressive wins over Detroit and LA. Bill also updates forward Cody McCormick's ongoing medical situation, which has left his NHL future in doubt.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing on a western Canada road trip, a young goaltender struggling between the pipes and the strong play of a forward many considered to be just a throw-in in the big Ryan O'Reilly trade.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent goal scoring success, the continued strong play of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and one player's desire NOT to receive votes for this year's NHL All-Star Game.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent scoring struggles and where the team stands one-quarter into the 2015-2016 season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the NHL's new coach's challenge, which has reversed three Sabres goals already this season, the effectiveness of the team's goaltending tandem and the returns of two key players from injury.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's impressive road win in Tampa Bay, the play of Tyler Ennis, Ryan Miller's return and the induction of a legendary Sabres defenseman into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the new and improved Sabres defense, improvements in offense and puck possession, and a young Swedish goaltender who appears to be the team's new starting netminder.


This week on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Dan Bylsma's return to Pittsburgh, a good showing against the Flyers, the Evander Kane injury and one player's early season frustrations.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's struggle to score goals so far this young season, the state of the its goaltending and the emergence of one of the organization's top young talents.


It's opening night for the Buffalo Sabres and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly look at the team both on and off the ice. Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe joins WBFO's Omar Fetouh for a preview of what fans can expect from this year's squad, which has undergone a massive overhaul over the past several months.


'Behind the Bench' at Sabres development camp

Jul 8, 2015

The Sabres are hosting Development Camp this week for more than 40 prospects, including the latest draft picks. 

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what the last two games of the season will mean in the closely-watched race for 30th place. Bill also reviews Monday's win against Carolina and talks about the positive impact captain Brian Gionta has had on the last-place club.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's 'Behind The Bench,' Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about where the team stands in the closely-watched race for last place in the NHL, a position that will allow that team to draft one of two much-hyped prospects.

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The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres post-trade

Feb 19, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres are back on the road Thursday night after losing Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh to speak with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe about what the team needs to do for a win.

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This week's on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the end of the team's 14-game losing streak and an eyebrow-raising comment made recently by head coach Ted Nolan.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from an extended All-Star break and the return of the team's captain Brian Gionta.

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