Buffalo Sabres 2009-10 Season Preview

Last season did not exactly go as Sabres fans may have hoped.  The team finished tenth in the Eastern Conference with 91 points (two points out of the final playoff spot behind the Canadiens) and clearly didn’t realize the expectations that Darcy Regier had of them. On a positive note, the Sabres did have a […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Buffalo Sabres,Columns,Season Previews on September 4, 2009

NHL Morning Papers: Tuesday Edition

With the ouster of Patrick Marleau as Sharks captain, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News feels that Dan Boyle will be next in line for the C. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe writes that its best for Patrick Kane to move on from the cab incident. Though Messier’s heart belongs in […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Chicago Blackhawks,NHL Morning Papers,Philadelphia Flyers,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs,Vancouver Canucks on August 18, 2009

On the Beat: Wings lines and reaction from Dave Tippett

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Penguins fans are calling this “The Shift 2,” courtesy of Brooks Orpik.  The Penguins’ entire defense corps really is underrated. Here are the lines from the Wings’ last practice of the season.  Datsyuk still with Zetterberg. Everyone else Mike Heika has Dave Tippett’s reaction […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Northeast Division,On the Beat,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

Non-Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Risebrough says goodbye

Jochen Hecht was very unsatisfied with his performance for the Sabres this season. While Doug Risebrough admitted to being surprised by his firing, he exited the franchise gracefully, writes Michael Russo.  (Writer’s note: Russo will be on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show tonight to provide more insight on the Wild.) Damien Cox has some more information about top […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Buffalo Sabres,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers on April 22, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Canadiens/Bruins, Rangers/Capitals, Flames/Blackhawks

Be sure to check out the Team Game Threads so you can chat with other fans of your favorite teams while the games on.  Lots of good comments and good local color.   And you thought Ovechkin was only good as a forward.  Check out that ability to get back.     FINAL T         […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 20, 2009

On the Beat: Antoine Vermette promoted to top line, new lines in St. Louis and Tavares the third best prospect?

I’ve been away the past few days, but I’m back with the regular On the Beat and the Morning Papers tomorrow. For now, here’s what beat writers are saying this afternoon: Here is the lineup the Bruins expect to roll out for tonight’s game in Montreal.  Bitz, while not the player Lucic is, brings many […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,New York Rangers,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Washington Capitals on April 20, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): NHL Draft Lottery tonight on TSN, EA Sports says Bruins will capture the Stanley Cup, Cam Ward has waited three years to return to this stage, The Chris Osgood factor, Rene Bourque skated with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen on the top line

Here are the morning papers for Tuesday the 14th of April: Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8) According to an EA Sports simulation, the Bruins will beat Chicago in six games to capture the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens have been more than just a playoff nemesis to the Bruins, they have flat-out […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,General NHL,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,Nashville Predators,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Ottawa Senators,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 14, 2009