Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Bob Woods to join their coaching staff as an assistant coach. Woods joins the Sabres after spending the last two seasons as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL.

The NHL Draft is being held Friday and Saturday at Buffalo's First Niagara Center. On a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about whom the organization may be looking at with its first-round pick, possible trade scenarios, the rights acquisition of college standout Jimmy Vesey and rumors the team might make a play for star free agent forward Steven Stamkos.


Dan Almasi/WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres will host the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center Friday and Saturday. At a pre-draft press conference Tuesday morning, General Manager Tim Murray discussed the team’s draft strategy, the possibility of trading their first-round pick, and rumors surrounding the Sabres’ efforts to sign free agent Steven Stamkos, among other topics.

WBFO News File Photo

The MSG cable network will be featuring more Sabres and Bills programming as Pegula Sports and Entertainment expands its reach.


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.

Buffalo Sabres

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 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.


File photo

When it comes to statewide popularity among New York sports fans, the Buffalo Bills don’t hold a candle to the Yankees or the Mets. That’s according to a new survey from the Siena Research Institute, whose latest poll shows the Yankees continue to be the most popular team in the state.

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.


File photo

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has been cleared in an investigation into a sexual encounter at a downtown hotel in December.


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.


Twitter

The Buffalo Sabres made just one deal prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday, sending winger Jamie McGinn to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a draft pick.

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 this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team getting off to faster starts, the returns of goalie Robin Lehner and defenseman Mark Pysyk, rookie Sam Reinhart's first career hat trick and what to expect ahead of next month's NHL trade deadline.


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.


Pages