We had a brief holiday layoff and it appears the Sabres did as well. Chris and Tyler are back to discuss the dust-up between Justin Falk and Evander Kane at practice today. We also touch on Jack Eichel’s All Star nomination, Zach Bogosian’s injury and the recall of Brendan Guhle and Linus Ullmark.
Finishing minutes before Alex Nylander was officially loaned to Team Sweden by the Sabres, Chris and Tyler discuss the outlook for this year’s World Junior tournament. We offer up some thoughts on the medal favorites while also providing a few games worth circling for the upcoming tourney.
Jason Botterill made a big statement this week, waiving Matt Moulson and assigning him to Ontario of the AHL. He also made his first in-season trade in an effort to improve a struggling club. Buffalo wasn’t the only hot spot in the hockey world this week as the Devils and Ducks made a big trade and Seattle set the groundwork to land an expansion franchise. We discuss all of that and which deals Botterill could make in order to set the Sabres up for improvement now and in the future.
The Sabres stunning Winter Classic jerseys were released last week and while we didn’t get a chance to offer up our thoughts right away, we’re here now to talk about how much we love them.
The Sabres are seeing success in Rochester this season as the prospects Buffalo has in the Flower City have lifted the Amerks to second in the AHL’s North Division. Led by the likes of CJ Smith and Brendan Guhle, the Amerks are proving to be a development dream for the Sabres. In what’s looking like a lost season, does it make sense for Jason Botterill to pull up his growing youngsters, or should he stay the course and allow those players to develop away from the struggles of the NHL club?
We discuss this, the looming return of Zach Bogosian and George Parros’ first serious foray into suspensions on this week’s episode.
We recorded a special bonus Instigator Podcast this week in order to talk about the recent rumors involving Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart. Specifically we try to determine what the overall strategy would be from the Sabres perspective in any such deal.
This week’s podcast is slightly different. We wanted to honor Gord Downie’s passing by opening and closing the episode with The Hip, so the intro is longer than usual. On the Sabres front, we talk about the west coast road swing and the holes in Buffalo’s lineup that continue to hinder the team’s ability to progress.