Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have run their winning streak into double digits.

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The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired a consulting firm to help them study possible next steps for the venues where the professional football and hockey teams play. In the case of the Bills, the upcoming feasibility analysis includes exploration of an entirely new stadium.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's six-game winning streak and buzz they have created in Western New York and across the National Hockey League. Also, a look at the continued heroics of goaltender Carter Hutton and how the team's defensemen are contributing on offense, a stark contrast from last season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's three-game winning streak, the resiliency they've showed against strong competition, and the continued strong play of goaltender Carter Hutton and prolific goal scorer Jeff Skinner.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's nine-goal explosion last weekend against the Ottawa Senators, the strong play of forward Jason Pominville and the team's top line, and what positives can be taken away from some recent losses.


The Buffalo Sabres suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday night, but things are looking up after the Sabres finished with their best record in October since 2011. On this edtion of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks with Nick Lippa about the team's recent success, which includes strong goaltending performances from Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark. The Amerks are a "powerhouse" according to Hoppe. So when will some of that talent make their way to Buffalo? Also, Jason Pominville will be playing his 1,000 career game in the NHL Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's (mostly) impressive western road trip which featured successful lineup changes, the emergence of goal scorer Jeff Skinner and some strong play by defenseman Zach Bogosian.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an up and down start to the season for the team, who have looked impressive in their three wins and dreadful in their three losses. Also, the return of oft-injured defenseman Zach Bogosian and a check-in with the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.


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?


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The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2018-19 National Hockey League season with a disappointing home shutout loss to the rival Boston Bruins. But before witnessing the 4-0 defeat, fans - and family of Sabres players - celebrated the start of a new hockey season, and hope for improvement upon last season's last-place finish.

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.


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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta has formally announced his retirement as an NHL player, but he has accepted a role as a development coach for the Sabres and Rochester Americans on a part-time basis.

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Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

Puck drops at 8pm for 11-day hockey marathon

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The 11-Day Power Play Community Shift begins Thursday night at HarborCenter. It is the follow-up to last year's inaugural event, organized by Mike and Amy Lesakowski to raise money for cancer research by breaking the record for the world's longest hockey game.

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After months of rumors and speculation, the Buffalo Sabres traded center Ryan O' Reilly to the St. Louis Blues. The blockbuster deal included 3 current NHL players and 2 future draft picks.

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"Positive vibes" and “enthusiasm” were not words fans associated with the last-place Buffalo Sabres last season. But for the hundreds who attended the team's summer development camp at HarborCenter this week, the wide belief is that better days are ahead.

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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When the Sabres found out they won the NHL Draft Lottery two months ago, it was no secret who they were going to take. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was one of the best draft prospects in years and Monday he marked his first time in Buffalo as a Sabre.

On a special NHL Draft edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Rasmus Dahlin, the Swedish defenseman expected to be selected first overall by the Sabres Friday night. Also, why has the team drafted so poorly in the later rounds over the last decade and what has been done to change that? And could Ryan O'Reilly or someone else get traded by the end of the weekend?


The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday gave the green light to former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano. The PSC approved the sale of local broadband company Greenlight Networks to Golisano's Grand Oaks GLN, LLC. 

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Russ Brandon has resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres in a major shake-up for the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

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The Buffalo Sabres won the National Hockey League's draft lottery Saturday night. That means Buffalo will have the first overall pick in next month's NHL draft.

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.

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Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders learned Thursday they will not have to pay more to watch the team play next season.

The Buffalo Sabres once again find themselves in last place to end the year. On this season’s final edition of Behind the Bench, WBFO’s Nick Lippa sat down with Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe to discuss which part of this lowly year of hockey was truly the worst, Jason Botterill’s end of the year press conference, the success of the Amerks, and more.


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Local partners officially broke ground Wednesday on the construction of a ball hockey rink and youth football field on Buffalo's East Side.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the (merciful) end of the team's home schedule for the 2017-18 season, a campaign that saw the team win a paltry 11 home games. Also, two of the team's top prospects are with the team for a late-season cup of coffee. Bill shares some thoughts on Casey Mittlestadt and Alexander Nylander on the penultimate episode of Behind The Bench.


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Buffalo Sabres fans know him most for his hockey broadcasts, but play-by-play icon Rick Jeanneret will be honored by another sport this summer.

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?


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A change to the NHL's protocol for goaltender interference reviews is happening quicker than expected.

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