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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.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2015-2016 season, games that included a significant injury and a spectacular Jack Eichel goal that has the hockey world buzzing.


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Hope ran strong Thursday night during the Party in the Plaza, as fans readied for the opening game of the Buffalo Sabres season and the regular season debut of Jack Eichel. Eichel didn't disappoint, notching his first career goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa.


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.


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The Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter is officially open. Local business, community and elected leaders took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.

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Pegulaville just got a little bit smaller.

'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. 

Sabres give O'Reilly record contract

Jul 4, 2015
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Ryan O'Reilly, one of the newest Buffalo Sabres, has signed the richest contract in team history. The forward will make $52.5 million over the next 7 years. The previous high was a 7-year $50 million deal offered to Thomas Vanek.

Eichel goes pro, signs contract with Sabres

Jul 1, 2015
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Jack Eichel, the highly-hyped #2 overall pick in last week's NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

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On the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida, the Buffalo Sabres picked up five new players, including a run of defenseman.

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June 26, 2015 is a day Sabres will remember for a long time. Along with drafting highly-touted prospect Jack Eichel, the team pulled off a big trade with the Colorado Avalanche that has star forward Ryan O'Reilly coming to Buffalo.

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There was little doubt whom the Buffalo Sabres would select with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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The Buffalo Sabres have traded for a goaltender, filling their biggest need.

Sabres' Eichel era about to begin

Jun 26, 2015
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Buffalo Sabres fans are about to be rewarded for their patience. As a result of finishing in last place this past season, the team will add a player many consider to be a once-in-a-generation talent.

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A professional hockey player who spent time with the Buffalo Sabres has admitted being part of an illegal sports betting business. 

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The Buffalo Sabres announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches on Thursday. Terry Murray and Dave Barr will join new head coach Dan Bylsma behind the bench.

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Single parents who served in the military - including some who have found themselves homeless - will have a place to live later this year following the completion of a project whose partners involve a local ministry and a professional hockey team's charitable foundation.

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation honors Pegulas

Jun 12, 2015
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Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula were honored Friday by the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation as the organization's Citizens of the Year.

Top NHL prospects McDavid, Eichel meet the media

Jun 5, 2015
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As the National Hockey League's Scouting Combine winds down this weekend in Buffalo, the players expected to be selected first and second in the league's draft met with media in the HarborCenter.

Buffalo sets firsts by hosting NHL Combine

Jun 2, 2015
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As young hockey prospects gather in Buffalo this week hoping to impress National Hockey League teams, the city is achieving several firsts as it hosts the NHL's Scouting Combine inside the HarborCenter and First Niagara Center.

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The Buffalo Sabres got a solid consolation prize after losing out in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes last week. The team, on Thursday, hired Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma to succeed Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

Sabres hire Dan Bylsma as new head coach

May 28, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres formally introduced Dan Bylsma as their new head coach Thursday afternoon inside First Niagara Center. 

Report: Sabres interviewing Bylsma

May 27, 2015
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A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for their head-coaching vacancy.

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Sabres fans were on "Babwatch" Wednesday, awaiting word on whether celebrated Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be coming to Buffalo to coach the blue and gold. Ultimately it wasn't meant to be, as Babcock instead took a job north of the border with Buffalo's biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Babcock passes on Sabres coaching job

May 20, 2015
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. Babcock chose Toronto over the Buffalo Sabres, among other teams.

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Sabres fans are hoping Stanley Cup-winning coach Mike Babcock will choose Buffalo for his next coaching gig. A reporter familiar with Babcock's time in Detroit weighed in on Wednesday's Morning Edition on WBFO.

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A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Mike Babcock is in contract talks with the Buffalo Sabres to potentially become their next head coach.

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