National Hockey League

Paul Hamilton
May 05, 2019 - 12:38 pm
(WGR 550) - The website Iltalehti is reporting that the Sabres have come to an agreement with European free agent center Arttu Ruotsalainen. Ruotsalainen won't be playing with Team Finland at the IIHF World Championship. I translated the article as best I could, and I think that since he has a...
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Paul Hamilton
May 02, 2019 - 10:59 am
Rochester, NY (WGR 550) - Alex Nylander had another injury plagued, disappointing season. The 21-year-old only played 49 games in Rochester, and then got 12 games with the Sabres. In those 49 games, the winger had 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points. His stint in Buffalo started very well, but he...
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Paul Hamilton
April 30, 2019 - 5:19 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin is one of the three finalists for the NHL’s Calder Trophy that recognizes the rookie of the year. Dahlin was very good this season, but I don’t think there’s any question that the best is yet to come. The Swedish defenseman was 18-years-old throughout the...
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Paul Hamilton
April 28, 2019 - 12:52 pm
Rochester, NY (WGR 550) - Despite not picking up a point in his three AHL playoff games, I think Victor Olofsson will be one of the young guys to earn a spot on next year's Sabres team. In 66 games with Rochester, the hard-shooting winger netted 30 goals and 33 assists for 66 points. The Amerks'...
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Paul Hamilton
April 27, 2019 - 4:36 pm
(WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin is one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. Dahlin is joined by St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington and Vancouver winger Elias Pettersson. Only Phil Housley had more points as an 18-year-old defenseman than Dahlin. This past year’s first...
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Paul Hamilton
April 24, 2019 - 12:58 pm
(WGR 550) - TSN’s Darren Dreger added Jacques Martin's name to the Sabres' coaching search. Martin has been in Pittsburgh since 2013 as an assistant and knows Jason Botterill and Randy Sexton very well. Dreger was on WGR Sports Radio 550 and told The Instigators, “This isn’t a news flash because it...
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Paul Hamilton
April 23, 2019 - 3:35 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Culture. It’s the new buzz word of sports. Every coach and GM talks about it, but only a chosen few can execute it. Culture is a very misunderstood term. Folks that have never played sports and have never experienced it, mock it. There are no analytics to measure culture, so...
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Paul Hamilton
April 23, 2019 - 11:10 am
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres kept saying Zach Bogosian was day-to-day as he was missing games down the stretch. As it turns out, Bogosian is going to be out five to six months after undergoing hip surgery. This is Bogosian's second hip surgery in 14 months, but this time it's the other hip...
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Paul Hamilton
April 22, 2019 - 3:38 pm
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - In the last half of the season, Carter Hutton had trouble talking after games. It didn’t matter if he played well or played poorly, the results seemed to be the same. I could tell the frustration was wearing on him and he said, “There’s a lot to reflect on, a lot to learn...
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Paul Hamilton
April 17, 2019 - 3:15 pm
(WGR 550) - The Sabres have nominated Jack Eichel for the King Clancy Trophy. That trophy is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." In a release, the league outlined the criteria:...
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