TONY’S TAKE – THREE THOUGHTS ON THE TAYLOR HALL SIGNING

October 12, 2020

Nobody saw this coming. Taylor Hall, the National Hockey League’s winner of the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 2018 and the first overall draft pick in 2010 by the Edmonton Oilers, agreed to a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night worth $8 million. It was seen by most as a peculiar signing for Hall, who had spent most of his career with losing…

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SABRES SHIP JOHANSSON TO MINNESOTA, ACQUIRE STAAL

September 16, 2020

The Buffalo Sabres traded forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for center Eric Staal. Staal, who turns 36 next month, comes to Buffalo with an impressive resume. Drafted second overall in 2003 by the Carolina Hurricanes – a team he captained for a little more than six years – Staal is one of just 29 members of the “Triple Gold” club, having won the Stanley…

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TONY’S TAKE – TIMING IS STRANGE, BUT BOTTERILL FIRING NEEDED TO HAPPEN

June 17, 2020

On and off the ice, the Buffalo Sabres have never been at a lower point in the history of their once-proud franchise than right now. The embarrassments that have happened to this organization, all tying back to their current playoff drought – which could equal the NHL record for the longest in league history next season – proved to be too much for Terry and Kim Pegula to take, especially…

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TONY’S TAKE: SABRES BUY AND SELL, BUT IS IT WORTH IT?

February 24, 2020

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill was caught in a quandary – to buy, sell or both? Going into the 2020 trade deadline the Sabres found themselves six points back of third place in the Atlantic Division and eight points away from the Eastern Conference’s last wildcard playoff spot – not an insurmountable gap, but one that didn’t seem realistic to overcome given the Sabres’ roster and salary cap woes….

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SABRES MANGLE MAPLE LEAFS, WIN 5-2

February 17, 2020

An explosive third period which saw the Buffalo Sabres score three goals in a span of 1:31 propelled the team to a 5-2 over division rival Toronto on Sunday night. Those three goals – by Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and Jimmy Vesey – marked the first time the Sabres lit the lamp that many times in such a short time frame since Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada recorded…

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NO GOAL: A DEEP DIVE 20 YEARS LATER

December 31, 2019

A few months ago it was brought to my attention that this year marked the 20-year anniversary of the most infamous moment in the Buffalo Sabres’ 50-year history – “No Goal”. 20 years. It’s been 20 years since the Sabres were arguably robbed of a chance to win Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final and go back to Dallas for a potential winner-take-all Game Seven against the Stars. 20…

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