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WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Sabres hosted a packed and happy Party on the Plaza Thursday night. That mood shifted considerably after the home team lost its opening game to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1.


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The Buffalo Sabres open their 2016-2017 National Hockey League regular season tonight at home against Montreal in the recently-renamed KeyBank Center. That's just one of several changes fans will notice when they arrive.


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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When the Buffalo Sabres begin their 2016-17 National Hockey League season next week, fans will be able to enjoy new food items ranging from specialty hot dogs to sushi. The Sabres, along with Delaware North Sportservice, are emphasizing local flavors that utilize components from local businesses in this year's new menu items.


Buffalo Sabres alum Richie Dunn dead at 59

Sep 21, 2016
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Buffalo Sabres alumni Richie Dunn has died. He was 59 years old.

Downtown Buffalo arena officially becomes KeyBank Center

Sep 19, 2016
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The Buffalo Sabres' home arena officially has a new name. On Monday morning, representatives of the pro hockey team, City of Buffalo and KeyBank gathered inside the downtown venue to officially rename it KeyBank Center.


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Today's 202nd anniversary of America's national anthem may have passed without much fanfare, except that some professional athletes have begun using the singing of the Star Spangled Banner before each game to protest racial injustice. WBFO talked with Western New York's most recognizable anthem singer for his perspective on the issue.

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

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing in relation to a confrontation in a Chippewa Street bar in late June.

Sabres sign Nylander

Jul 16, 2016
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The Buffalo Sabres have announced that their first round pick from this year's draft has been signed.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray says it's frustrating that the latest controversy surrounding forward Evander Kane became public before all the facts are in. The allegations surrounding Kane involve some sort of disturbance at a Chippewa bar early Friday morning.

The Buffalo Sabres used the second day of the NHL draft at the First Niagara Center Saturday to engineer a trade. The Sabres traded Defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th selections in the draft to Florida for Panthers Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and the draft's 33rd pick.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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