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Jack Eichel looks confident in the World Hockey Championships, but is he ready for the NHL?

Report: Sabres pursuing Mike Babcock for coaching vacancy

May 11, 2015
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Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has left Buffalo after spending Sunday afternoon meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula regarding the team's coaching vacancy.

Eichel earns rave reviews after freshman year

Apr 20, 2015
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While they may have "lost" to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night in the NHL Draft Lottery, a game of chance that determined who would pick first in the approaching draft, one writer believes the Buffalo Sabres will do well by picking Jack Eichel of Boston University with the second overall pick.

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The season is over for the Buffalo Sabres, but local hockey fans were glued to the television screen again this weekend.

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On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's last place finish and what it will mean for this weekend's draft lottery, the firing of head coach Ted Nolan and some possible coaching candidates, and we look back on a strange season where the goal appeared to be short-term pain for long-term gain.

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The day after the Sabres finished last in the National Hockey League for a second straight year, head coach Ted Nolan paid the price by being fired from the rebuilding hockey team.

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The Buffalo Sabres have locked up last place in the NHL for the season.

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.

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Mar 27, 2015
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Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Mar 26, 2015
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Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans, on Saturday.

Sabres deal Neuvirth on trade deadline day

Mar 2, 2015

Monday marked trade deadline day in the National Hockey League.  WBFO'S 'Behind The Bench' Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe says the Buffalo Sabres have traded Goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson.

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Feb 26, 2015
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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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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Steve Montador, has died at age 35.

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On this week's edition of 'Behind The Bench," Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a busy day at First Niagara Center which saw some familiar faces traded away.

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The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday that sent two of the Sabres' highest-profile players to the Western Conference. Late in the day, the team also traded its starting goaltender.

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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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Choosing between staying home and going out to watch the Super Bowl can be a tough choice, but Buffalo’s (716) Food and Sport gave fans the best of both worlds on Sunday night.

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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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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's extended losing streak, now at 11 games, and how it might affect the future of head coach Ted Nolan.

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In this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles and the retirement of Dominik Hasek's #39 jersey.

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A former Buffalo Sabre whose excellence on the ice earned him the nickname "The Dominator" will receive the team's highest honor Tuesday night.

WBFO’s Behind the Bench spotlights Sabres action

Jan 8, 2015
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A new weekly segment on WBFO focuses on the Buffalo Sabres. 'Behind the Bench' provides enlightening and lively analysis on Sabres developments both on and off the ice.

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The Buffalo Sabres have called up forward Mikhail Grigorenko from the Rochester Americans.

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The Buffalo Sabres announced, today, the team has recalled forward Tim Schaller and defenseman Mark Pysyk from the Rochester Americans.

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The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Mikhail Grigorenko.

Sabres' Jeanneret, now cancer-free, returning to work

Nov 14, 2014
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Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame broadcaster Rick Jeanneret says he is cancer-free and will start transitioning back into the broadcast booth on a limited basis beginning Saturday. 

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For local hockey fans and parents, the opening weekend of HarborCenter was a big success.

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