Ahead of Fan Appreciation Night, Chris and Tyler discuss the Sabres missing an opportunity to take advantage of engaging fan giveaways throughout the season, especially on Fan Appreciation Night. We compare and contrast what teams around the league are doing and what the Sabres are failing to do. We also run down the poor decision by the NHL to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Now that the league has confirmed each team's protected lists will be made public prior to the Vegas Expansion Draft, Chris and Tyler sat down to determine who Tim Murray will expose to the Golden Knights and which players he's hoping to sneak through. Along the way we discuss new Sabres singee CJ Smith and the newest on the USWNT negotiations.
Buffalo Beauts forward Jacquie Greco joined the show with the Isobel Cup (!!) to talk about the Beauts championship victory over the Boston Pride and the future of the women's game. Along the way we discuss the pros and cons of professional Olympic participation and even touch on Dan Bylsma's future with the Sabres.
Having lost eight of their last ten games, the Sabres have slid out of the playoff race. The skid has raised new questions about the lack of talent on the blueline and problems behind the bench. In addition to referencing some rumors we've heard via #sources, we discuss whether the leadership in the Sabres room is getting the job done.
Despite a quiet deadline, we found plenty to discuss with Joe Yerdon of NHL.com. In addition to addressing Tim Murray's lack of action, we also opine over the general lack of action around the league. We hit on expansion's potential role in today's action along with the roadmap for Murray heading into the offseason. Special thanks to Big Ditch Brewing for hosting us for this week's show.
We're one week from the NHL trade deadline and the Sabres are stuck between being buyers or sellers. With only a few unrestricted free agents and the opportunity to add a body or two for the long term, we discuss what path Tim Murray may take next week. We assess the value of Brian Gionta, Cody Franson, Dmitry Kulikov and Anders Nilsson while also determining what players the Sabres could target for additions.
After Sunday's postgame comments from Robin Lehner and Kyle Okposo, Dan Bylsma's system and coaching has come under even more scrutiny. We were joined by Bill Hoppe of Buffalo Hockey Beat to discuss Sunday's postgame comments, the holes in Buffalo's system while also chatting about Buffalo's options with their pending UFAs for this year's trade deadline. Thanks again to Bill for taking the time to join us for the show, we appreciate it.
In the wake of Jake Eichel's inoccuous comments following Buffalo's comeback victory over San Jose, Chris and Tyler discuss the unnecessary fall out from the postgame session. The Coyotes were in the news again regardling relocation and the Isles got a friendly invite to visit Hartford. We also tackle the Sabres You Can Play Night and the quickly approaching trade deadline as Brian Gionta, Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov's names have entered the mix.
On this edition of the Instigator Interview we are joined by Polo Kerber of Sole High on Elmwood Ave. Kerber and Sole High have gained noteriety lately for their one-of-a-kind custom cleats they have been making for various NFL players. Kerber chats with us about the finer details of the customization process and some of Sole High's big-time clients. We even hear about a cool new project he's working on for Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
As the trade deadlne approaches, more discussion over Evander Kane's availability has cropped up on social media. Chris and Tyler analyze whether or not it would be wise for the Sabres to move Kane despite the strong numbers he's posted this year.