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Buffalo Sabres Project Poorly in 2014-15 Fantasy NHL Rankings

July 27th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

As one would expect of a team coming off its worst offensive performance ever, the Buffalo Sabres aren't projected to have many impact players to fantasy hockey fans in 2014-15.

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Projections from NHL.com have only a handful of Sabres in the top 200. None are in the top half of the rankings:

  • Matt Moulson, No. 136; 23 goals and 28 assists in 75 games last season for the Sabres, New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild.
  • Cody Hodgson, No. 153; 20 goals and 24 assists in 72 games last season.
  • Chris Stewart, No. 194; 15 goals and 11 assists in 63 games for the Sabres and St. Louis Blues last season.
  • Jhonas Enroth, No. 199; 4-17-5 record with a 2.82 GAA and .911 save percentage last season.

One glaring omission would seem to be Tyler Ennis, who led Buffalo with 21 goals last season. And Enroth still could lose the starting job in training camp to Michal Neuvirth, who posted a stellar .949 save percentage in an admittedly small sample size of two games (both losses) for the Sabres after being acquired from the Washington Capitals.

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Buffalo Sabres’ Many National TV Appearances Highlight Team’s Drawing Power

July 26th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres remain a favorite of the national TV networks, in spite of their league-worst finish last season.

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The team has its fans squarely to thank for that appeal.

NBC announced this past week that the Sabres will play in 11 national games in the 2014-15 season on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. That's behind only the 12 appearances each by a group of playoff teams – the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks

Those 11 appearances are all the more impressive when combined with the fact that a team from the nation's No. 1 market, the New York Islanders, won't make a single appearance. They're not much good, either, but they did make the playoffs two years ago and play in a market about 10 times the size of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls market.

The bottom line is that the schedulers recognize the Sabres are a draw no matter what. Buffalo's local games on MSG were the second-highest-rated local games in the NHL, behind only the Pittsburgh Penguins. And the Buffalo market routinely finished in the top 10 during the Stanley Cup playoffs, which were played without the Sabres for a third straight season.

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Buffalo Sabres Set to Host Street Hockeyfest for Yet Another Year

July 25th, 2014 at 7:39 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Registration is now open for the popular street hockey tournament held by the Buffalo Sabres each year.

Street Hockeyfest will be held on Aug. 24, regardless of weather, and will consist of teams of five players. Every team is guaranteed to play three games, and the cost of the tournament will be $125 per team. 

The tournament will display three-on-three action, with a goaltender and a substitute player, and is open to children 17 and under. There will be divisions split up by age groups and registration will close on Aug. 15, or sooner if the tournament fills up. All participants will receive a Street Hockeyfest t-shirt and hat, and parking for the event will be free. Anyone who is interested can sign up at the Team's official website.

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Buffalo Sabres Sign Defenseman Andre Benoit

July 24th, 2014 at 7:46 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday that the team had come to terms on a one-year contract with free agent defenseman Andre Benoit.

Benoit, who had spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche where he appeared in 79 games during the regular season where he recorded seven goals and 21 assists for a career-high 28 points. 

Benoit also appeared in seven playoff games for the Avs recording an assist. 

In his career, Benoit has recorded 39 total points and 40 penalty minutes in 120 games. 

The Sabres have added yet another piece to a young rebuild. The one year contract means that Benoit can leave if he doesn't fit in or can re-sign if the team shows progress.

Benoit played for the Senators for parts of two seasons before joining the Avalanche. He holds a +/- of -2 for his career, having a +2 last season in Colorado. Benoit will be a solid depth defenseman for the Sabres moving into this season and will not create too much of a road block for young players to make their mark on the season. 

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Buffalo Sabres Announce National Television Schedule for Upcoming Season

July 23rd, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that the team will appear on national television 11 times during the upcoming season.

The team, which was an eye sore last season, will hope that its newly constructed roster will save embarrassment for the organization when they are in front of the entire nation, while showcasing some of the young talent that will make up the roster.

Buffalo will play on the NBC Sports Network on each of their 11 nationally televised games, with no games scheduled to air on NBC. Below is a list of games that are scheduled to air on the network:

 

  • Oct. 14 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 18 at Detroit, 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 3 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
  • March 17 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

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