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Hank Balling's Archive

Skinnerstadtsson Tonight / G2 Thoughts

October 1, 2021 - 7:39 AM ET

It’s a Sabres game day! It’s also a chance to see the probable first line of your 2021-2022 Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres’ opening line of the 2020-2021 season featured a $23.2m trio comprised of Taylor Hall, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. This season’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Casey Mittels...

Sisyphus and the Week Ahead

October 4, 2021 - 7:40 AM ET

In Greek mythology, the god of the underworld, Hades, sentenced Sisyphus to roll a boulder uphill for all of eternity as punishment for cheating death twice. The torture was designed to punish Sisyphus for the hubristic belief that he could outsmart Zeus and the pantheon of other Greek gods. The...

Transactions, Bird Law, and Game Notes

October 6, 2021 - 7:41 AM ET

The Sabres have made a bunch of moves in the past few days so that feels like an appropriate place to start this blog: - The Sabres claimed winger Axel Jonsson-Fjallby off waivers on Monday. The Swedish-born forward who is best known for his speed has played with Rasmus Dahlin in the past at Wo...

Final Roster Projection

October 8, 2021 - 7:30 AM ET

The Sabres will face off against the Detroit Red Wings in Buffalo for a Saturday 3 pm matinee game (MSG, WGR550) which will be a final opportunity for some players to cement their place on the roster. On Thursday, the Sabres announced a couple of roster moves ahead of Saturday’s final preseason...

First Week Is Key for Young Sabres

October 11, 2021 - 8:01 AM ET

Among Sabres fans, the optimism meter is reading awfully low heading into the first week of the season. The needle is buried at zero for many fans who have watched the team sputter over the course of the last decade, and as a result, we’ll likely see a KeyBank Center that’s filled to less than h...

Sweater Letters, 2C Thompson + “Let’s Go, Drop the Puck!”

October 13, 2021 - 7:53 AM ET

The end of this interminably long offseason is finally upon us with the Sabres taking on the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow at 7 pm in Buffalo. This offseason has been filled with intrigue, trades, departures and arrivals with a fair number of surprises thrown in at every turn. The latest news involves...

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

October 14, 2021 - 9:46 PM ET

The NHL world was looking for blood with the hard-luck Sabres playing their first game, and they got it. But it wasn’t the Sabres who bled. After one of the more depressing season-opening sequences that saw the KeyBank Center filled to below half capacity, the Sabres, under Don Granato, put...