Buffalo Sabres

Sabres' coach Ralph Krueger retains Steve Smith on his staff

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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Important 2019 NHL offseason dates

With the Stanley Cup Final now officially over, the NHL offseason is officially underway league-wide. Here are some important dates to keep in mind moving forward: June 15: First player buyout period begins June 19: NHL Awards in Las Vegas June 21: Round 1 of the NHL Draft in Vancouver June 22:...
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O'Reilly on top of the hockey world

I’m not going to lie. When the playoffs started I was rooting against the St. Louis Blues. More specifically I was rooting against Ryan O’Reilly. But those feelings dissipated over the two month run by the Blues who won the first Stanley Cup in the 52 year history of the franchise. O’Reilly had a...
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The Sabres to hire Mike Bales as goalie coach

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that Mike Bales has resigned as goaltending coach. WGR Sports Radio 550 has confirmed that Bales will be the Sabres new goaltending coach replacing Andrew Allen. Joe Yerdon was the first to report this. Bales spent two seasons coaching...
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Skinner's top priority in Buffalo is winning

After being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes last offseason, Jeff Skinner tallied a career-year for the Buffalo Sabres with 40 goals and 63 points in 82 games. The 27-year-old also earned an All-Star appearance in his one season on the Sabres. Heading into the offseason, Skinner was set to...
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Sabres Skinner didn't see the need to talk to other teams

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jeff Skinner was in Buffalo on Tuesday to sign his new contract and meet with the media. Skinner came to term 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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Sabres' Botterill never wavered in his belief that Skinner would remain a Sabre

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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The Skinner Bet

I’ll remember a lot of things from the last hockey season. I’ll remember the win streak in November, the epic collapse, the emergence of a lethal top line with two guys going to the All-Star Game… and I’ll remember my “Skinner Bet”. When the Buffalo Sabres traded for Jeff Skinner last August, I...
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Report: Jeff Skinner closing in on a new contract with the Sabres

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Sabres and Jeff Skinner are closing in on an eight-year contract extension for around $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...
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Dreger: Negotiations between the Sabres and Skinner are 'reaching a breaking point'

Time continues to tick away as contract negotiations between the Buffalo Sabres and soon-to-be free agent Jeff Skinner continue. As of July 1, Skinner will officially become an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team that he chooses without any restrictions. On June 23, Skinner is...
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