The Instigator Podcast 5.42 - Decompressing After the Firing of Bylsma and Murray

April 20, 2017

Terry and Kim Pegula sent shockwaves through the hockey world as they decided to fire not only Dan Bylsma but Tim Murray as well. Chris and Tyler offer reaction to the decision and our thoughts on potential the potential candidates to replace Murray and Bylsma.


The Instigator Podcast 5.41 - Cloudy Outlook for Bylsma’s Future in Buffalo

April 13, 2017

Tim Murray's end of season press conference was lacking in glowing praise for Buffalo's head coach. While Dan Bylsma is still employed at this time, it was hard to see his position as safe after Murray held court on Wednesday. Chris and Tyler run through the pros and cons of keeping or canning Blysma. Also on the show are our playoff picks before jumping in on the analysis of Bylsma's future.


The Instigator Podcast 5.40 - NHL Bails on the Olympics while the Sabres Bail on Giveaways

April 5, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.39 - Who Should the Sabres Protect in the NHL Expansion Draft

March 30, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.38 - Celebrating the Buffalo Beauts NWHL Championship with Jacquie Greco

March 23, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.37 - Do the Sabres have a Leadership Problem?

March 12, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.36 - Recapping a Quiet Deadline with Joe Yerdon of

March 1, 2017

Despite a quiet deadline, we found plenty to discuss with Joe Yerdon of 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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.35 - Trade Deadline Preview

February 23, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.34 - Breaking Down the Sabres System with Bill Hoppe

February 15, 2017

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.


The Instigator Podcast 5.33 - Eichel, Booing and more Sabres Deadline Talk

February 8, 2017

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.