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DUFFER: After some signings and a big trade, a look at the depth chart

Brian Duff maps out potential position battles heading into 2018-19

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

It's July 2 and general manager Jason Botterill probably isn't done.

So consider this more of an exercise to show what the Sabres have, rather than where these players might play. 

It's also a good time to reiterate what head coach Phil Housley said on April 9: "What are they willing to change?"

The individuals who figure that out clearly have openings to grab hold of:

 

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#DUFFALO: All-Star Efforts

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

On Ice

I was fortunate to be in Tampa with our Sabres.com crew for the NHL's All-Star Weekend. And while every player's story is unique and meaningful, there wasn't a better one than the unlikely and unexpected appearance of Brian Boyle.

A first round pick of the LA Kings in 2003, Boyle joined his 5th team this past off-season as a now 33 year-old mentor for the young and improving NJ Devils.

But before he could really dive into that role he was hit with a startling diagnosis: leukemia.

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HALL: It's that time of year!

by Lauren Hall @LaurenHall / Sabres.com

It's hard to believe Christmas weekend is already here, which for the Sabres family and all Western New York hockey fans this year, also signifies the beginning of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The tournament begins on Tuesday at KeyBank Center, with Team USA and Team Canada facing off in their preliminary matchup at New Era Field on Friday. 

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DUNLEAVY: In praise of the NHL's newest rink

by Dan Dunleavy @Dan_Dunleavy / Sabres.com

I am old school when it comes to my sports. I do not like instant replay under any circumstances. I prefer the sound of an organ played between whistles over blaring pop music that has no connection to the game. I would prefer to see players use wooden sticks, smaller pads and goalies go back to the gear worn in the 1970s to play the game as it was invented. 

I like walking hallways of a rink that smells and feels like hockey. I liked hockey before social media, and think the game had more characters in it without Twitter being necessary. 

I also know that what you can't do is fight change or - as some like to label it - progress. I get it. As one generation of fans moves along in the hockey or sports journey, a fresh new breed of fan grows up with the game being played in a much different light.

So I learn to adapt, I play along, and under my breath say to myself, "I still think the game would be better if…" 

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#Duffalo: Sharing positive messages in hockey and in life

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

ON ICE

With two games remaining this week, the Sabres will close out their first 20-game segment under first-year head coach Phil Housley.

After a winless-in-five start (0-4-1), the most recent games have produced a record of 5-5-3.

How different would it feel if they had secured a point or more from: 
-A 3-2 loss versus San Jose at home, in which they led 2-1 after 39 minutes?
-A 1-1- game versus Florida at home after 40 minutes?

Or two points from:
-A winnable game in Montreal, in which they led going into the third period.
-A winnable game in Pittsburgh, in which they led going into the third period.

Four more points seems reasonable.
Six more points would have been ideal.

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HALL: Road trippin' and honoring our military

by Lauren Hall @LaurenHall / Sabres.com

For my first blog post of the season, I'm excited to share some fun things we have been up to away from the rink over the last couple weeks! 

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DUNLEAVY: Thoughts on the first month of the season

by Dan Dunleavy @dan_dunleavy / Sabres.com

The easy way out is to be negative, to say, "Here we go again." The way to a playoff spot in any league is not via any "easy way." The day the Buffalo Sabres clinch an NHL playoff berth again, you will likely hear yourself saying, "Waiting for this day was not easy."

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#DUFFALO: Remembering Dave Strader, Mike Boland and Gord Downie

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

OFF ICE

Whenever I walk into an arena, no matter the city, the history of the game - and the connections that I've been fortunate enough to have made over the years - tend to make their way to the forefront of my mind.

Just a few weeks ago at HarborCenter was no exception.

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#Duffalo: A look back at development camp

Brian Duff gives his take on the Sabres' summer and answers your questions

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

Time for a summer edition of #Duffalo…

 

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DUFFER: A very early look at the Sabres' organizational depth chart

After some July 1 signings, what could the lineups in Buffalo and Rochester look like this fall?

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

As we dive headlong into summer, a quick refresher seems to be in order given all the change we have witnessed in the past two months.

Since being hired in the second week of May, general manager Jason Botterill has brought in two head coaches and 12 new players for the Sabres and Amerks well in advance of the 2017-18 season.

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