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Nikita Zadorov Contributes for Buffalo Sabres in First Game Back from Suspension

January 31st, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Nikita Zadorov played his first game for the Buffalo Sabres last night since being suspended by the organization, and he found a way to contribute.

Zadorov was suspended by the Sabres for failing to make Monday's practice, as his flight home was over-booked. Zadorov made the trip to the west coast with the Sabres, but sat the first two games out. He got into the game last night against the Vancouver Canucks. and did what he could to make his presence felt.

Zadorov earned an assist, registered a hit and a blocked shot in last night's loss. Ted Nolan didn't seem to have any restrictions on him, as he logged 19:04 in ice time, most of which was played with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Zadorov took responsibility earlier in the week for the mishap that led to his suspension, and he seems to have learned his lesson. Too many times to young players hang their heads after being disciplined, instead of learning from the experience that led to the disciplinary action. Zadorov told the media that he had made a mistake, and that he would make a better effort to ensure it would never happen again. His play last night told fans that he was not shaken by the suspension.

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Ryan Miller Shines in His First Game Against Buffalo Sabres

January 31st, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Ryan Miller played with the Buffalo Sabres since 2002, so it was strange for him to be in the opposing net in last night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Miller opted not to face his former club last season when the Sabres traded him to the St. Louis Blues. Buffalo traveled to St. Louis shortly after the trade, but Miller was given the option to play or sit. He decided it was too soon.

Last night, Miller had no option. He is the No. 1 goaltender for the Canucks, and has been solid for Vancouver all season. Last night was no exception, as Miller stopped 20 of Buffalo's 22 shots. The two goals Miller allowed were somewhat strange, and both were scored by Chris Stewart.

With the win, Miller joins former teammates and coaches that have prevailed against the Sabres in their first meeting. Jason Pominville scored in his first game against Buffalo, and earned a win. Lindy Ruff sat through an emotional tribute at the First Niagara Center, before escaping with a win.

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Buffalo Sabres Finish January Winless After Loss to Vancouver Canucks

January 31st, 2015 at 12:52 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres suffered yet another loss tonight to the Vancouver Canucks, extending their winless streak to 14 games.

Chris Stewart scored the first goal of the game for the Sabres at the four-minute mark on the power play. Vancouver answered with three goals of their own, before Stewart scored his second goal of the game to cut Vancouver's lead to one. Chris Higgins scored in the third period, and Radim Vrbata ended the game with an empty-netter to seal the game for Vancouver.

The story of tonight's game was Ryan Miller's first game against the Sabres since being traded last season. Miller stopped 20-of-22 shots against his former club, and never allowed a goal to a former teammate. Stewart was acquired by the Sabres in the trade for Miller last season, and he was the only goal-scorer.

The Sabres have been historically bad lately. They didn't get a single point in the standings in January, and though February is loaded with opportunities, it's hard to expect things to turn around for Buffalo. The Sabres will try to end their miserable losing streak on Tuesday, when they play the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 pm. That game will complete Buffalo's current road trip.

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Buffalo Sabres Forward Chris Stewart Makes the Hockey News’ Players to Be Traded List

January 30th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

As if Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart hasn't been linked to enough rumors throughout the season, The Hockey News' Jared Clinton has ranked Stewart as the number three player on his list of five players he expects to be traded.

Clinton, who clearly has been following rumors this season, even jabbed at the fact that Stewart is seemingly always on the trade block.

Here is his what he said about Stewart and being moved at the deadline:

"If nothing else, he needs to be gone so the rumors surrounding him can dissipate and he can start playing hockey again. It seems as though Stewart’s name has been bandied about from opening night, and with a deal that expires at the end of this season, he might be worth a look for competing teams that are looking for a big winger that has the ability to score."

"Twice a 28-goal scorer, Stewart has talent that is going to waste in Buffalo. On pace for the lowest full-season goal total of his NHL career, it’s going to mean that trading Stewart is going to fetch a much lesser return than Sabres GM Tim Murray may have expected. Even so, a trade is still worth it, as Stewart is unlikely to be back in Buffalo next season."

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Buffalo Sabres AHL Affiliate Rochester Americans Bracing for Major League Changes

January 30th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The American Hockey League announced major changes Thursday that the league would be relocating four teams to the west coast and creating a pacific division of the western conference.

The moves will completely re-align the AHL, possibly bringing the Rochester Americans out of the current western conference.

According to theahl.com, here is a list of the teams relocating:

  • Norfolk Admirals will be purchased by the Anaheim Ducks and relocated to San Diego.
  • The Adirondack Flames will relocate from Glens Falls, N.Y. to Stockton, California
  • The Oklahoma City Barons will move to Bakersfield, California
  • The Manchester Monarchs will move from New Hampshire to Ontario, California

The move would take two teams from the eastern conference to the west, leaving a vacancy for two teams to move over. So far the Amerks are in the North Division of the west.

Currently that division would have the following teams left in it:

  • Toronto Marlies
  • Utica Comets
  • Hamilton Bulldogs
  • Rochester Americans

These teams represent the four eastern-most teams in the western conference. While all of these teams are clearly east, the restructuring of the league will need to be voted upon by league officials to decide the league's alignment once again.

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