It was a busy week in the hockey world. The Ducks and Devils made the season's first big deal, Seattle approved plans to renovate KeyArena and Russia was banned from the 2018 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Jason Botterill and the Sabres made a flurry of moves that included acquiring Scott Wilson and sending Matt Moulson to the AHL. With his first in-season trade in the rear view, we talk about what deals may be next for Jason Botterill and the Sabres.
The Sabres Winter Classic jersey was officially released last week and we have A LOT of good things to say about it.
As the Sabres season looks more and more like a lost cause, we explore if there's a right time to recall some of the top performers in Rochester. The lack of contributions from Buffalo's bottom six makes it a viable case, but the value of winning in Rochester and staying the course on development seems to be the better choice. We aslo touch on the potential return of a healthy defense corps and if Jason Botterill has plans to fill Seth Griffith's spot on the roster.
There have been some whispers that the Sabres are lacking when it comes to professionalism or maturity. We discuss whether or not that is something that could truly be affecting the Sabres or if it's an overblown talking point for a team that is simply lacking in talent. We close with a discussion of the Matt Duchene trade and the repurcussions that will come of the season's first big blockbuster.
Buffalo's up-and-down play over the past week has included a pair of solid wins. However, their inability to string together more than three victories in a row leaves them closer to the bototm of the league than the top. Chris and Tyler discuss what's not working for the Sabres and some potential solutions for getting things back on track.
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.