Buffalo Sabres

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.

Opening Pegula complex the 'center' of attention

Oct 30, 2014
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Opening ceremonies began Thursday for HARBORCENTER, one the most ambitious development projects ever constructed in downtown Buffalo.

Sabres home opener: parking suggestions

Oct 9, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres open the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at First Niagara Center.  The area around the FNC is expected to be jam-packed with fans and difficult to navigate for those not familiar with the construction going on at HarborCenter.

Sabres start training camp with positive attitude

Sep 18, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres have opened training camp. Veteran players reported to First Niagara Center for routine testing and physicals early Thursday morning.

Sabres to host OHL game, top prospect McDavid

Aug 21, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that they will host a game between the Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center this fall. The Ontario Hockey League game will showcase the talent of the world’s top junior prospect, Connor McDavid.

Sabres owners expand interest in buying the Bills

Jul 3, 2014
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The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have hired an investment banker as they consider making a bid for the Buffalo Bills.

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with Stage 3 throat cancer. 

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It was a busy afternoon for the Buffalo Sabres on the first day of National Hockey League free agency Tuesday.

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The Buffalo Sabres have chosen forward Brendan Lemieux with the first pick of the 2nd round in the NHL draft.

Sabres draft Reinhart with second pick

Jun 27, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres selected center Sam Reinhart with the second overall pick in the NHL draft Friday night.

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