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Sabres look to bolster offense during the offseason

With July 1 right around the corner, the Buffalo Sabres might need to look behind their own prospect pool to try and become a legitimate contender during the 2012-2013 season.

The Sabres need offense. The team's goaltending and defense are solid, but only having three players reach the 20-goal plateau doesn't put a team in the playoffs.

With a little more than 11.5 million to spend during this summer the Sabres will be looking for some offense to try and help Ryan Miller and the defense core.

There are a number of free agents available who every team will be drooling over, including Alexander Semin, Oli Jokinen, and P.A Parenteau.

With Zack Parise stat...

Buffalo Sabres trades up, selects Zemgus Gigensons

After coupling the 21st and 42nd picks in a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up to 14, the Sabres selected Zemgus Gigensons in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks has some details on Girgensons.

 

NAME:  Zemgus Girgensons
HOMETOWN:  Riga, Latvia
POSITION:  Center
SHOOTS:  Left
AGE: 18
SIZE:  6'2"
WEIGHT:  198 lbs.
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Dubuque Fighting Saints / USHL

Girgensons makes an impact on the ice. Very strong skater, fiercely competitive, hard to knock off the puck, with a good shot and a drive for the net.

He is a solid two-way player who shows a lot...

Buffalo Sabres select Mikhail Grigorenko with 12th 2012 NHL Draft selection

 

With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko. Here's some background on the Russian centerman from Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks. 

HOMETOWN: Khabarovsk, Russia

POSITION: Center

SHOOTS:  Left

AGE: 18


SIZE: 6'3"


WEIGHT: 200 lbs.


JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Quebec Remparts / QMJHL

Considered one of the top Russian prospects in this year's Draft, Grigorenko has the size and skills to make an impact on the ice. Good skater, passer, and playmaker who has good ice vision and makes plays happen.

Grigorenko is also known for his tw...

Thanks for the Sweat, Sabres

Well what's left is there to say Sabres fans, at the end of another disappointing year? Truthfully, I would like to say THANK YOU for at least giving us a sweat at the end of the year.  As Buffalo fans we are conditioned to think that our team will get close, but never make it over the hump, so what are we so upset about? Let's think realistically here, if someone asked you in January whether or not you thought the Sabres would ever move into a playoff spot again before the regular season ended, not too many people would say yes.  In fact, I would have laid big odds that they wouldnt even be able to string three wins together, but I would have been wrong on both accounts...

Final Week Final Thoughts

Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.

Caps face uphill playoff battle following 5-1 loss to Sabres

To say that Tuesday's 5-1 shellacking the Buffalo Sabres gave the Washington Capitals was embarrassing would be an understatement. 

To say that it happened with the eight seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on the line and at home? Unacceptable. 

The Sabres' sixth-straight win was more than convincing. They looked like a team ready for the playoffs. They looked like a team hungry to get into the playoffs. They looked like a team that wants to get into the playoffs. 

Washington, on the other hand, squandered a chance to put themselves two points ahead of Buffalo with a so-called must-win home game. A win would...

Deadline Dud

Today's Trade Deadline couldn't have been more boring as only 15 deals were struck with the biggest one coming from the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres which saw Cody Hodgson and Zach Kassian swapped jerseys. The Trade Deadline day I will say is over-hyped but it has been proven to be one of the most important days in the NHL season, as smart teams have added the right pieces and have went on to win Stanley Cups.

I get excited every year for the Trade Deadline and I don't think that will change anytime soon. Now that is over, here are today's winners and losers.

Hodgson for Kassian

Cody Hodgson was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres for Zach Kassian.

Does this deal make Vancouver a better team? I tend to think so...unfortunately.

Habs Shuffle off to Buffalo

Ten days left to the NHL trade deadline, and the 13th place Habs are shuffling off to Buffalo to meet the 14th place Sabres. Yes, a battle of the titans. Sabres were picked by many pundits to finish high in the eastern conference standings, but they've obviously proven not to be as good as advertised.

In their last game, mere hours before tonight's tilt, the Sabres would lose a 7-2 contest to the Flyers in what can only be described as a lack-luster performance. The Habs on the other hand are coming of one of their better performances of the season in their shootout loss to the Bruins two nights ago. In their last game, the Habs showed grit and determination, albeit in ...

Giroux, Talbot and Simmonds power train on Buffalo in 7-2 Win

Following the first twenty minutes of play, it appeared as though the status quo had once again reared its head in Philadelphia.

With the Flyers trailing the Buffalo Sabres 2-0, it was the same story just a different night.

Sloppy, unenthused play haunted the Flyers throughout the first as the Sabres took advantage of poor coverage in front of the Philadelphia goal and absent-minded play from Ilya Bryzgalov.

As the team left the ice showered by boos, no one ever could have imagined that the team was going to score seven unanswered goals in the final forty minutes of play.