1. A Look Back at Lindy Ruff's Career with the Buffalo Sabres

    It's always sad when any professional sports team says goodbye to someone who has been synonymous with their organization for years. Never has that been more true than with Lindy Ruff 's departure as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres ...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 1,749 reads 3 comments

  2. 'Help Wanted' Ads for Every NHL Team Early in the 2013 Season

    While it's unlikely you'll ever walk by your local NHL team's arena and see a "help wanted" sign in the front window, most organizations are always looking to improve...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 11,743 reads 94 comments

  3. Power Ranking the Top 20 Performers Early in the NHL Season

    After months of enduring that gargantuan waste of time otherwise known as the lockout, NHL fans were chomping at the bit once they knew there would be a season...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 8,043 reads 101 comments

  4. Buffalo Sabres: 4 Early Signs That They Will Not Be a Playoff Team in 2013

    The Buffalo Sabres began this shortened season with a lot of promise. Yet, after only 10 games in, that promise has again become disappointment...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 2,547 reads 20 comments

  5. 3 Reasons Steve Ott Will Flourish in His 1st Season with the Buffalo Sabres

    When the Buffalo Sabres acquired Steve Ott from Dallas last summer, it was the most important of several moves to make this team tougher to play against. Plain and simple, fans had to endure a squad that was spineless last season...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 1,802 reads 5 comments

  6. Buffalo Sabres: 4 Reasons Keeping Mikhail Grigorenko Was the Right Decision

    The biggest question surrounding the Buffalo Sabres since they started this shortened season was whether or not Mikhail Grigorenko would stay with the team or be sent back to juniors...

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  7. Buffalo Sabres: 3 Reasons Giving Darcy Regier an Extension Was a Mistake

    Before they began their shortened season this past Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had signed GM Darcy Regier to a contract extension. It was a surprise move for a team that badly underachieved last year under his watch...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 2,722 reads 24 comments

  8. Buffalo Sabres: 3 Reasons That Mikhail Grigorenko Will Become a Star

    When the Buffalo Sabres picked Mikhail Grigorenko 12th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, they knew they were getting an all-world talent...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 6,053 reads 16 comments

  9. Buffalo Sabres: 5 Players This Team's Potential Depends Upon

    Now that the Buffalo Sabres ' opening game of the season is less than 72 hours away, it's time to really analyze what they have the potential to do this year. Both Lindy Ruff's and Darcy Regier's future rest with that potential...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 2,936 reads 9 comments

  10. Buffalo Sabres 2013 Schedule: Breaking Down the Shortened Season

    The Buffalo Sabres 2013 schedule has them playing 48 games in a mere 97 days. They can thank that monumental waste of time over the last five months for that...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 2,676 reads 3 comments

  11. 2013 NHL Season: 5 Things the Buffalo Sabres Need to Address

    Now that all of this lockout nonsense is behind them, the Buffalo Sabres can finally look at the 2013 NHL season as a certainty. They hope to erase the memory of a terribly disappointing 2011-12...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 5,136 reads 6 comments

  12. Buffalo Sabres: The 5 Most Memorable Playoff Goals in Franchise History

    For a team that's never won a Stanley Cup, the Buffalo Sabres still have a long list of playoff dramas. Those runs have seen this team captivate a city like few others in professional sports...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about over 1 year ago 1,922 reads 4 comments

  13. Buffalo Sabres: Will Their Free Spending in Free Agency Last Year Hurt Them?

    The final grade on the Buffalo Sabres ' 2011 free-agent signings remains incomplete because of the lockout. Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino are both coming off subpar seasons, but then again so is 95 percent of this team's roster...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,164 reads 5 comments

  14. The 10 Longest-Tenured NHL Coaches and the Biggest Strength of Each

    Life as an NHL coach these days is pretty boring. That's a change for what's usually the most unpredictable profession in all of sports...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 5,059 reads 2 comments

  15. NHL Free Agency 2013: 3 Teams Still in Desperate Need of Physicality

    While the initial rush of NHL free agency occurred in July, the uncertainty brought upon by the lockout means several veteran players remain without jobs...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 3,375 reads 9 comments

  16. NHL Winter Classic: Which Cities Should Host the Next 5 Games?

    The NHL 's annual Winter Classic has been bringing in casual fans of the game since its inception in 2008. It gives hockey a national spotlight it rarely sees at any other point in the season...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 4,310 reads 56 comments

  17. 3 NHL Coaches Who Could Still Get out on the Ice and Compete

    As with any sport, the best NHL players don't necessarily translate into successful head coaches. See Wayne Gretzky's tenure in Phoenix for proof of that...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 2,782 reads 4 comments

  18. Why Philadelphia Flyers Legend Eric Lindros Deserves Spot in Hockey Hall of Fame

    As another class of players were recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, many fans wondered why former Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros wasn't in the group...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,453 reads 9 comments

  19. Buffalo Sabres: 4 Reasons to Believe Christian Ehrhoff Will Bounce Back

    When the Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff last summer, expectations were high for both him and the team. However, Ehrhoff and the Sabres failed miserably at living up to those hopes...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,577 reads 7 comments

  20. NHL Lockout: 3 Players Who Need to Go Overseas Right Now

    As the NHL lockout continues, the entire hockey world waits to see if anything comes of the last spate of meetings the league had with the NHLPA. Optimism is beginning to fade with each passing day...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 4,524 reads 36 comments

  21. NHL Winter Classic Cancelled: Gary Bettman's 4 Worst Moments

    With Friday's announcement that the NHL's Winter Classic has been canceled, the current lockout has claimed its most significant casualty thus far. Gary Bettman 's already got the lost season of 2004-05 and the "No Goal" controversy on his record...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 182 reads 23 comments

  22. Buffalo Sabres: Why Pressure Will Be on Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier This Season

    The Buffalo Sabres were considered serious contenders in the East coming into last season. But after finishing ninth and missing the playoffs for the third time in five years, they ended up being the biggest disappointment in the NHL ...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,137 reads 21 comments

  23. 3 Reasons Buffalo Bills Should Already Be Focusing on Next Year

    The Buffalo Bills head into their bye week at a disappointing 3-4. Their last-minute loss to the Tennessee Titans probably cost them their season...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,617 reads 13 comments

  24. Will Gary Bettman Ever Be Able to Gain Favor with NHL Fans?

    With no end in site to the current labor unrest, NHL fans have nothing to do but stew about who's more to blame for the lockout. Yet, no matter whose "side" you're on, we all share one thing in common...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 636 reads 15 comments

  25. 4 NHL Role Players That Will Break out in 2013

    Ask any team in the NHL that's won the Stanley Cup, and they'll tell you it can't be done without quality role players. More often than not, their emergence in the playoffs is the difference between advancing and going home...

    Erik Cotton Written by Erik Cotton about almost 2 years ago 1,573 reads 4 comments