Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane's names have both come up in trades rumors as of late. Chris and Tyler discuss the viability of trading one or both of the players and what the path forward would be for the Sabres if a trade for either would materialize.
An ever so slightly different format for this week's episode as we open and close with a pair of songs from The Tragically Hip. In between our friend Gord, we discuss Buffalo's west coast swing and just where we see things coming apart for Buffalo early in the season.
After a promising showing in a losing effort against Montreal, the Sabres laid a pair of eggs against the Islanders and Devils, getting off to an awful 0-2-1 start in a season many of us felt would be a breakthrough year. We discuss what has gone wrong and what solutions are in front of the Sabres as we look forward to the next 79 games.
Had a phenomenal discussion with Greg Balloch of In Goal Magazine about the early returns for Buffalo's goaltenders, specifically the strengths and weaknesses of Robin Lehner's game. Greg goes into great detail regarding how Lehner plays the game, where he needs to clean things up and what he has to offer down the line. He also digs into some of the more telling goaltending stats, something that should give a lot of fans something to chew on.
Jack Eichel is locked and loaded with a new contract, Jason Botterill acquired yet another defenseman after shipping away Nic Deslauriers and we are back to offer our thoughts on what type of season we see the Sabres having in 2017-18.
We are just days away from the start of the 2017-18 NHL season and Chris and Tyler are here to offer our thoughts on how we see both the Eastern and Western Conference shaping up. We lay out a couple of surprises in a league that appears to be gaining more parity by the day.
The first preseason game is in the books and the Sabres have a host of players vying for a select few roster spots. Chris and Tyler discuss exactly who has the inside track to lock down spots in the bottom six and on the blueline. The blueline was a little more straightforward while Seth Griffith, Johan Larsson, Justin Bailey, Nick Baptise and Evan Rodrigues were at the center of the debte over the potential makeup of Buffalo's bottom two lines.
Our summer break is over and the Sabres are back in action. Chris and Tyler chat about the results of this past weekend's Prospects Challenge, the changes to game presentation and giveaways for the coming season and offer our reaction to the Winter Classic logos released at last week's press conference.
The Instigator Podcast 6.5 - Discussing the Bright Spots at Development Camp and Key Sabres Contracts
With yet another Development Camp in the books, Chris and Tyler sit down to talk about which Sabres prospects fared well and showed promise for the future of Buffalo's pipeline. We touch on Casey Mittelstadt, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Rasmus Asplund and many more. We also discuss the contract status of Robin Lehner, Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel after Jason Botterill's comments on each of them.
Hot on the heels of the Sabres acquiring Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville, we offer up our thoughts on what looks to be a massive coup for Jason Botterill's efforts to rebuild the blueline but also how it will affect free agency and the Sabres outlook heading into 2017-18.