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Sabres Stampede into Europe

So the time is finally here Sabres fans! The Sabres have traveled to Europe for their first two regular season games and the air in the Queen City is rich with anticipation for the puck to drop. 

It is hard to ignore that the season, although one of the most anticipated in years isn’t starting not only in Buffalo, but not in North America.  As the NHL tries to expand their appeal around the world,  Buffalo seems like just the team to apply to the masses.  With Ryan Miller being a recognizable face from the Winter Games and this team being the talk of the league in the off season it seems like a good risk to take.  There is always the downside of not gi...

Where do the Sabres Stand Vs. the Rest of the East?

It seems there are about three tiers of teams in the Eastern Conference.  Which grouping do the Sabres belong in?  Not an easy question, but given Lindy Ruff's steady hand, and the recent bolstering of the roster they should be expected to be in the serious contenders group.  Let's look at how the Sabres stack up against the top tier teams in the east.

Best place to start is with the defending conference and world champion Boston Bruins.  These teams are similarly built: good defense corps , solid group of forwards with the real star being the goaltender.  On paper the Sabres have closed the gap by significantly upgrading the defense and adding skill...

Picking a Captain could be a "Ruff" Choice

There is a lot to be excited about this upcoming season for the Buffalo Sabres. Something that some fans are begging for is for coach Lindy Ruff to name his new captain. We have gone through the whole dance of dealing with Craig Rivet at helm with four rotating assistants, and then just the four assistants trading off night after night.

On the most basic level, it seems as if this team isn't really sure who it's leaders are. We knew that Danny Briere and Chris Drury were the type of players the Sabres wanted leading their squad when they were here (most fans are still sick they lost not one but both of them). Every time #48 in orange put up a point in the first round of the ...

Breaking Down the Sabres' Forwards

The Sabres boast a very deep and balanced corps of forwards.  The one thing they lack  is a true star player.  Many of the forwards (Leino, Gerbe, Roy and Vanek in particular) are highly skilled, but not (yet, at least) star players.  This is not necessarily a problem, however, as history has shown that if a team has three lines that can score they can be a threat to win it all.  The Boston Bruins have a good top line, but don't have a true star forward.  The Penguins showed this when their big guns missed the second half of last year as well.  

The Sabres made a splash on July 1st by inking former Flyer Ville Leino to a six-year deal.  Ma...

Taking a look at the Sabres' D

When the season starts, the Sabres will boast one of the best defensive corps in the NHL. Newcomers Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff will bolster the top two defensive pairings.  Defense is at a premium in the "new NHL" and adding players of the caliber of a Regehr or an Ehrhoff will provide immediate dividends.  With talents like Tyler Myers, Andrej Sekera, Jordan Leopold and Marc Andre Gragnani already in place, Ryan Miller will feel very secure in net.  

With the talent in place on the back end, it creates many options when it comes to defensive pairings.  Let's take a look at some likely pairings.  

Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff...

Evaluating Overtime (Part One)

The NHL's current rules regarding overtime and shootouts were implemented to improve the game of hockey. However, the rules have presented some issues of their own. This is part one of a two-part look at some steps the NHL could take in order to make overtime/shootouts less controversial.

The NHL’s current overtime system was put into place in 2005-06 when the shootout was added onto the five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period that was originally debuted in 1999-2000. In the current system, teams receive a point for getting to overtime, then earn an additional point if they score in overtime or win the shootout.  

But the system didn’t always operate th...

Sabres Poised For Deep Playoff Run

Another highly anticipated NHL season is just a couple of days away, and once again, the Buffalo Sabres are not favored to win the division. The Sabres haven’t changed too much from last year. A few players came and left, but for the most part, they are relatively the same. Many experts have already submitted their predictions for the 2010-2011 season, and many have favored Boston, or even Ottawa to win the Northeast Division. Puckmeplease.com even has Buffalo finishing in ninth in the Eastern Conference (view predictions here). That’s good enough for fourth in the division. You’re telling me that the Sabres have become that much worse since winning the division last season? M...

To "C" Or Not To "C"

There has been a lot of criticism of Craig Rivet’s play over this past season, and let’s be honest: most of it had merit. There has also been some recent unrest in his captaincy and leadership of the team. Should Rivet be the Captain? How has he done so far? And who could take his place? Let’s take a look. Craig Rivet came to the Sabres in the summer of 2008 after Darcy Regier pulled a “just kidding” on the San Jose Sharks and got a mulligan on the Steve Bernier trade. Almost immediately he was given the captaincy of the team (traded July 4th – Made Captian October 8th) replacing the rotating captaincy system. Rivet has been the captain for 2 seasons in Buffalo, so let’s ...

Sophomore Slump For Myers?

It’s no secret that Tyler Myers had a terrific rookie season last year with the Buffalo Sabres. He recorded 11 goals and 37 assists and played in all 82 games. To complete the phenomenal season, he was awarded with the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year. The 20 year old towering defenseman played just as big as his height as he lead the team in ice time per game. Myers is considered significantly ahead of his game and has been compared to guys like Chris Pronger and Zdeno Chara but far better for his age then they were. Many NHL players have struggled coming off of their rookie season. Will this season be a rough patch for Myers? Sabres fans hope that he doesn’t struggle, but it m...