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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's collapse on a four-game western road trip, in which they lost all four games. The losses dashed any remaining hopes of ending their soon-to-be nine-year playoff drought. Star forward Jack Eichel struggled mightily out west, possibly indicating he's playing with an injury. How will the team finish over the last month of the season and what will the coming weeks mean for the future of General Manager Jason Botterill?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success, which has them back within sight of a playoff spot, and this week's trade deadline. GM Jason Botterill made two deals, acquiring forward Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey for a draft pick and trading forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to Pittsburgh for Dominik Kahun. Bill breaks down each acquisition and what message was sent to the team and its fans, and why it didn't work out for Sheary, Rodrigues, or recently-departed defenseman Zach Bogosian in Buffalo.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres dissapointing loss Tuesday to the Ottawa Senators, the team's outlook ahead of the trade deadline, and some of the challenges Jason Botterill is facing as General Manager.

Barring a miracle, the Buffalo Sabres will miss the playoffs for their ninth consecutive season. Tuesday's ugly 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was their third home loss in four games. Frustrated fans have reached a breaking point and are expressing anger, or perhaps worse, apathy. With two months left in the season, where does it all go from here? How much blame should be placed on the team's owners, general manager and head coach? And is some new blood needed in the front office?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an "embarrassing" loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night, the first game of a make-or-break homestand for the team. If the loss wasn't bad enough, starting goalie Linus Ullmark will miss the next three to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Can Carter Hutton step up in his place and when might we see a start from Rochester Americans call-up Jonas Johansson? General Manager Jason Botterill is still looking for help at forward, but is it too late? And what impact did NBA legend Kobe Bryant have on players like Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo?


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Ralph Krueger was formally introduced as the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center Wednesday.

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the firing of Phil Housley and what it means for an organization undergoing yet another coaching change. Who are the most likely candidate to replace him and does the failure mean for general manager Jason Botterill? What went wrong in a season that showed promise early on? What went right? And what are the team's biggest needs this offseason?


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The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that head coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties after two seasons behind the bench  

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a team in turmoil, which has lost three straight games and is falling out of the playoff race. Head coach Phil Housley called his team "soft" last week, but many fans blame him for the current state of affairs. How much fault falls on the shoulders of Housley and GM Jason Botterill, who has been inactive when it comes to improving the roster? How should Botterill approach the upcoming trade deadline? And what now for Kyle Okposo, who has suffered his third concussion in two years?


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After months of rumors and speculation, the Buffalo Sabres traded center Ryan O' Reilly to the St. Louis Blues. The blockbuster deal included 3 current NHL players and 2 future draft picks.

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When the Sabres found out they won the NHL Draft Lottery two months ago, it was no secret who they were going to take. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was one of the best draft prospects in years and Monday he marked his first time in Buffalo as a Sabre.

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The Buffalo Sabres won the National Hockey League's draft lottery Saturday night. That means Buffalo will have the first overall pick in next month's NHL draft.

The Buffalo Sabres once again find themselves in last place to end the year. On this season’s final edition of Behind the Bench, WBFO’s Nick Lippa sat down with Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe to discuss which part of this lowly year of hockey was truly the worst, Jason Botterill’s end of the year press conference, the success of the Amerks, and more.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the trading of Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks and the underwhelming package GM Jason Botterill was able to get in return for the talented winger. Did Botterill fail his first big trade deadline test? And was trading Kane instead of re-signing him the right move?


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As expected, the Buffalo Sabres traded forward Evander Kane prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline. Kane was dealt to the San Jose Sharks for a package that includes what could end up being a first-round draft pick.

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Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres star forward, says he's looking forward to being apart of the city for years to come. The 20-year-old Eichel, and his boss, met with reporters in Key Bank Center Wednesday after agreeing to a contract extension that makes him the highest paid Sabre in team history.

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Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills, will formally welcome the football team's new general manager on Friday. The day before, the Pegulas did the same for their hockey team, the Sabres, as they introduced newly-hired Jason Botterill as that franchise's GM.