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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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DUNLEAVY: Where can Jack Eichel go from here?

by Dan Dunleavy @Dan_Dunleavy / Sabres.com

November 29, 2016 in Ottawa - A date that we can reflect on as Sabres fans, employees and broadcasters as the day we started saying quietly to ourselves, "If this team does not make the playoffs, tonight, perhaps, showed us what could have been."

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#DUFFALO: Green Day, A Memorable Night & More To Come

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

ON THE ICE

 

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HALL: Champions and good causes highlight the week

by Lauren Hall @LaurenHall / Sabres.com

We had a special guest in the building for our home game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

 

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