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Paul Hamilton
June 14, 2019 - 11:32 am
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - It’s really been no secret that Ralph Krueger was going to keep Steve Smith on his coaching staff. Jason Botterill had told all the coaches except Smith that they could look for work over a month ago. Smith was hired by Phil Housley before last season after coaching in...
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Paul Hamilton
June 14, 2019 - 9:59 am
(WGR 550) - The trading has begun in the National Hockey League as Washington traded defensemen with Philadelphia to help with their salary cap. Matt Niskanen goes to the Flyers for Radko Gudas. Niskanen is $5.75 million against the cap and he has two more years remaining on his deal. Gudas makes $...
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Paul Hamilton
June 12, 2019 - 7:22 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Wednesday that Mike Bales has resigned as goaltending coach. On Friday, the Buffalo Sabres officially announced the hiring of Bales as the team's new goaltending coach, replacing Andrew Allen. The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team...
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Paul Hamilton
June 11, 2019 - 4:49 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jeff Skinner was in Buffalo on Tuesday to sign his new contract and meet with the media. Skinner came to terms on a deal Friday night and is in Buffalo for the next eight seasons. Skinner talked about why he chose to stay in Buffalo and he did say, “I love it here.” Skinner...
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Paul Hamilton
June 10, 2019 - 10:29 am
(WGR 550) - The Bruins have gotten to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final with an interesting roster. Of course there are the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Brandon Carlo, David Pastrnak, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, but some smart drafting and signings have really helped...
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Paul Hamilton
June 08, 2019 - 4:44 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jason Botterill kept having a very positive perspective throughout talks with Jeff Skinner. He always believed they’d come to an agreement and wasn’t afraid to say so. The Sabres GM said, “I think it’s my job to show optimism. I think when the organization wants a player and...
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Paul Hamilton
June 07, 2019 - 9:36 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jeff Skinner has agreed to an eight-year contract extension with the Sabres for $9 million per-season. Skinner liked playing in Buffalo, and after he spoke with new coach Ralph Krueger, he decided he’d like to stay if they could come to an agreement. Skinner, who just turned...
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Paul Hamilton
June 06, 2019 - 4:43 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The best goal scorer in this year’s NHL Draft is Cole Caufield. He netted 72 goals last year with the U.S. National Program, so you may be asking why isn’t he going to be the first overall pick? The answer is simple: he’s 5’ 7" and he’s not a center. I got a chance to speak...
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Paul Hamilton
June 05, 2019 - 11:51 am
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jason Botterill is always pretty vague when talking about Jeff Skinner’s contract because both sides agreed they weren’t going to negotiate in the media. I did ask the Sabres GM if he still has a high level of confidence that he’ll be able to get an agreement done for...
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Derek Kramer
June 05, 2019 - 11:43 am
Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger was formally introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Wednesday since being hired by the team on May 19. Krueger was asked about his coaching style, the status of Jeff Skinner, the leadership of Jack Eichel and plenty more in his opening...
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