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Jagr, Czech Republic oust USA, Gaustad

Jaromir Jagr scored three times today, leading the Czech Republic to a 4-0 victory over the United States at the world championships. The quarterfinal loss eliminates the Americans.

Sabres center Paul Gaustad finished with no goals and one assist in six games for the U.S. team.

Buffalo defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani will try to help Canada beat Russia in their quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised by Versus.

---John Vogl

Wednesday morning look around the NHL

Happy Wednesday. Unless you're a San Jose Sharks fan, that is ...

*For all their Stanley Cups and memorable playoff victories, the Detroit Red Wings haven't done anything like this in a long, long time.

Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula scored less than two minutes apart in the third period, and the Red Wings came from behind again for a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive seventh game after trailing 3-0 in the pulsating second-round series.

Detroit is the eighth NHL team to force a Game 7 after starting a series with three straight losses. The Red Wings did it themselves once, but that was back in 1945, and they ended up losing the finale to Toronto.

*The San Jose Mercury News writes the Sharks have one more chance not to make ingloriously horrible history.

One more chance not to go down in National Hockey League lore as a legendary gagging team that built a perfect 3-games-to-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series -- and then watched it all leak away in defeat.

One more chance not to join the three other infamous hockey teams that have done that, the only three teams on that list since 1939 when the NHL began playing best-of-seven series.

Is this, like, supposed to be fun? Because it doesn't feel like fun. Exciting and tense, maybe. But not fun.

*The NHL is considering a legal move to clear the way for the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. The league also may have another potential buyer stepping forward in place of Hulsizer as the saga over ownership of the troubled team enters its third year.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made those comments late Tuesday night after a marathon Glendale City Council meeting ended with a 5-2 vote in favor of giving the league $25 million in operating costs to keep the Coyotes in Arizona for another season.

*Ryan Kesler would never admit that he and the Vancouver Canucks need a few days off before the Western Conference finals.

Kesler is the player who asked doctors to cut off a badly broken finger in his first postseason game four years earlier, and he is also the guy who returned to Game 5 on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators in the same period in which he was hit so hard by a deflected puck that the cut went right through his lower lip and knocked out a tooth.

So even with his swollen face turning shades of yellow and purple around the stitches crisscrossing jaggedly an inch below his lip, Kesler wouldn't say he wanted time to recover.

That doesn't mean he isn't happy to have the well-timed break. The Canucks will be well-rested when they face the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Red Wings in the opening game of the West finals at home on Sunday night.

*Flyers captain Mike Richards headlines a list of five players that need offseason surgery.

*Nashville coach Barry Trotz doesn't want his Predators to forget the pain of losing in the playoffs. Just consider it the necessary pains of growing up in the NHL.

*For real? That's the best they could come up with? Really good video, though. For real.

---John Vogl

Sabre Stats: Moving up the list

Lindy Ruff and some other NHL coaches are moving into some historically interesting territory when it comes to victories.

Ruff finished the 2010-11 season with 526 wins as the Sabres coach. That's the second-most of any coach for wins with the same team.

Quietly, other names are moving up the all-time list. Take a look at Barry Trotz of Nashville, who is sixth -- ahead of Dick Irvin and Scotty Bowman. Paul Maurice and Mike Babcock joined the top 20 this year as well:

Name – Team – Wins
Al Arbour – N.Y. Islanders – 740
*Lindy Ruff – Buffalo – 526
Billy Reay – Chicago - 516
Toe Blake – Montreal – 500
Glen Sather – Edmonton - 464
*Barry Trotz – Nashville - 455
Dick Irvin – Montreal - 431
Scotty Bowman – Montreal – 419
Jack Adams – Detroit – 413
Scotty Bowman – Detroit – 410

Punch Imlach – Toronto – 370
Art Ross – Boston - 361
Bryan Murray – Washington - 343
Emile Francis – N.Y. Rangers – 342
Jacques Martin – Ottawa - 341
Sid Abel – Detroit – 340
*Paul Maurice – Carolina - 315
Fred Shero – Philadelphia - 308
Joel Quenneville – St. Louis – 307
*Mike Babcock – Detroit – 304

--- Budd Bailey

NHL conference finals to start Saturday

Boston will host Tampa Bay at 8 p.m. Saturday in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals, signifying the first drop of the puck in hockey's final four. Vancouver will host either Detroit or San Jose on Sunday.

Eastern Conference

Saturday, May 14     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Tuesday, May 17     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Thursday, May 19     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Saturday, May 21     at Tampa Bay, 1:30 p.m.     NBC
*Monday, May 23     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Wednesday, May 25     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Friday, May 27     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC

Western Conference

(if San Jose advances)

Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Friday, May 20     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Sunday, May 22     at San Jose, 3:00 p.m.     NBC, CBC
*Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Thursday, May 26     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC

(if Detroit advances)

Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Friday, May 20     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Sunday, May 22     at Detroit, 3:00 p.m.     NBC, CBC
*Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Thursday, May 26     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC

---John Vogl

Sabres seek fan input for team Hall of Fame

The Sabres are asking fans to nominate worthy players or personnel to be considered for the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. The team's Hall of Fame Selection Committee will accept nominations until 5 p.m. May 20 via e-mail at bobsab1@aol.com.

Player nominations are limited to former Sabres, and fans are asked to include the number of games and total points accumulated by the player. Nominations of Sabres personnel in other categories, such as coaches, trainers and front office, will be determined and chosen by the committee, taking into account any fan suggestions.

---John Vogl

Sabres' prospects heading to Michigan tourney

The Sabres, who already have a preseason stop in Europe on the schedule, continue to make travel plans. Buffalo's prospects will head to northern Michigan to take part in the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, an eight-team event hosted by the Detroit Red Wings.

Prospects for the Sabres, Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will participate from Sept. 10-14. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round-robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for seventh-, fifth-, third-place and championship games on the final day.

---John Vogl

Monday morning look around the NHL

Happy Monday, and happy 13th birthday to my son, Ty. And now, your look around the NHL, starting right here in the B-lo:

*The Buffalo Sabres' goaltending evolution could have been awkward.

Ryan Miller could merely watch one of his best friends get shoved aside. Patrick Lalime, that aforementioned best friend, could only sit idly by as he got pushed out of the crease -- and likely out of the NHL.

It could have been awkward, but winning and past experiences helped make Jhonas Enroth's arrival a smooth and successful one.

*My childhood street hockey buddy and fellow concert-goer Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com assesses the Sabres' future with an extensive look at the prospect ranks.

*Fewer than 24 hours after their elimination from the Calder Cup playoffs, members of the Portland Pirates were packing up Saturday and heading for home.

*The Detroit Red Wings are coming home with a chance to take a step toward history. Suddenly, that seems well within reach.

Tomas Holmstrom broke a tie with 6:08 remaining, and the Red Wings scored three third-period goals to avoid elimination with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

"There's a lot of character on this team. There's not any quit," said Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 39 saves. "Our season was on the line there in the third period, and we found a way."

Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson also scored in the final period to send the series back to Detroit for Game Six on Tuesday night. After winning the first three games, San Jose is clinging to a 3-2 lead.

*The Nashville Predators are reminding the Vancouver Canucks that it's never over till it's really over.

Once again.

The Canucks thought they learned that lesson after nearly blowing a 3-0 series lead and needing overtime in Game Seven to knock off the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. They led Nashville 3-1 only to see the Predators win their first elimination game in six tries Saturday night to extend this Western Conference semifinal to Game Six tonight in Nashville.

*The Boston Bruins picked the right time to play their best hockey. The offense is clicking, the defense is stingy and the coaching philosophy of sticking with the system is working. The Bruins are in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992.

*In a season where winning the Stanley Cup was the only goal, the Philadelphia Flyers fell flat at the end.

*NHL.com has a brief look at the Eastern Conference finals featuring the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

*The Czech Republic overcame the arrival of Alex Ovechkin to beat Russia 3-2 Sunday and maintain a perfect record at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Jakub Voracek, Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec scored a goal each for the Czech Republic as Ovechkin couldn't help Russia avenge a 2-1 loss to the Czechs in the final of last year's worlds.

Also Sunday, Mikael Backlund scored 7:47 into the third period and added an empty-net goal to give Sweden a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Switzerland to secure a place in the quarters. The result means that the United States also advanced.

*The City of Glendale will vote Tuesday whether to ante up another $25 million to ensure the Phoenix Coyotes remain in town for at least another year.

The City of Glendale released its council agenda Friday and multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com the city is looking at replicating an arrangement that cost $25 million this season to help cover operating costs while the NHL finds an owner for the franchise for next season.

The proposal is expected to pass -- one source told ESPN.com Friday it would be a "no-brainer" for the city -- and could take some of the pressure off of the municipality to sell more than $100 million in bonds that are crucial to closing a deal with Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer.

---John Vogl

Canada beats U.S. in a shootout at worlds

Former Sabres goaltender Ty Conklin stopped 48 shots in regulation and overtime, but he was beaten by Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash in the shootout as Canada topped the United States, 4-3, at the world championships.

Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani had an assist for Canada. Paul Gaustad was kept off the score sheet for the U.S. team.

---John Vogl

Friday morning look around the NHL

Happy Friday. I guess the best thing about the NHL's second round is that it's almost over. Sweep, sweep, sweep (?) and five games (?). Not exactly the drama the league was looking for, eh?

*Terry Pegula watched Tim Connolly get crushed into the boards from behind. He saw Rob Niedermayer unsuspectingly accept a blow that sent him into the boards.

The Buffalo Sabres' owner began thinking of a rule change.

"I suggested some rearview mirrors for our headgear next year," Pegula said, "but I don't know if that's legal in the league."

Mirrors definitely won't be on the agenda of the NHL's board of governors or the competition committee. However, Pegula and Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier do have a few legitimate ideas they'd like the league to examine.

*Bucky Gleason writes that Pegula eliminating financial restrictions in pursuit of a Stanley Cup goes far beyond broadening the Sabres' options for acquiring players or expanding scouting. It also can be extended to keeping players in the system in an effort to help them manage the salary cap while improving their depth.

Take defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, for example. He isn't likely to crack the lineup next season but has one year and $2.075 million on his contract. One option would be buying out his deal to create more cap space, but they would have more salary room if they stashed him in Portland. Morrisonn would get the playing time he needed, offer guidance to younger players and still be available if they ran into injuries.

*Ryan Kesler seems to be trying to carry the Vancouver Canucks into the Western Conference finals almost singlehandedly.

Kesler broke a tie with a power-play goal at 7:28 of the third period for his second straight game-winner, and the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 Thursday night to grab a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

*No NHL team knows better than the Philadelphia Flyers how hard it is to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series.

Philadelphia beat Boston four straight times in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals to eliminate the Bruins en route to the Stanley Cup finals. This year, the Flyers are in a hole again, but at least they know the deficit isn't insurmountable.

The Bruins put the Flyers on the brink of elimination with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night that gave Boston a chance to complete the sweep in Game Four tonight.

*While Ovechkin was Washington's best player in the second-round loss to Tampa Bay, he did not dominate games nearly as often as has come to be expected from one of the best players in the world.

Throughout this season when Ovechkin's lack of offensive production was brought up, the response from members of the organization was that it was related to the team's attempt to switch to a more defensive-oriented system. When the team met with the media for the final time this season Thursday, Ovechkin's injuries were the response to those questions.

*Canada and the United States are playing right now in the world championships. It's scoreless after one period. Paul Gaustad plays for the Americans, while Marc-Andre Gragnani is playing for Canada.

---John Vogl

Capitals' owner apologizes to fans, calls out his team

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, a former owner of AOL who is obviously big on the Internet, took to his blog today to analyze his top-seeded team's sweep at the hands of Tampa Bay. Among the excerpts:

"Little things seemed to bother us this series. We weren’t resilient and we didn’t get over obstacles placed in our way. We are all accountable on this performance starting with me.

"Their role players outplayed our role players.

"Their highest paid players outplayed our highest paid players.

"In fact, their role players outplayed our highest paid players.

"Their goaltending was better.

"Their special teams were better.

"They adhered to their coaches’ system better than we adhered to our coaches’ system.

"The wheels fell off for us. No doubt about that.

"Thank you for caring so much. I am so very sorry we let you all down."

---John Vogl

Cinco de Mayo papers from the NHL

Happy Cinco de Mayo, y'all. If you make it to Cozumel on Elmwood, have one or two (dozen) for me. Till then, a look around the NHL:

*Mike Grier's teammates have had their say. Now it's up to the right winger and the Sabres on whether he'll be back next season.

"He's one of the nicest guys I've ever played with, one of the best leaders I've ever played with," said Ennis, trying to keep his composure while staring straight ahead, refusing to glimpse at Grier. "I hope he keeps playing. I hope he comes back."

Those sentiments echoed throughout the Sabres' dressing room when the players cleaned out their lockers last week.

"I hope he continues to play," left wing Thomas Vanek said. "Mike sat right next to me my first year, and he helped me out a ton. I hope he plays and continues because he's good for this room. He's good not just for young guys but with everyone. He's just a good person, good leader, and he's obviously still a good player."

*With time winding down, chants of "sweep, sweep, sweep" reverberated through the building, and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept pushing the Washington Capitals - all the way out of the NHL playoffs.

Sean Bergenheim scored two goals and Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots, helping the streaking Lightning complete a series sweep of the top-seeded Capitals with a 5-3 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

"We're definitely happy, but we're not popping champagne or anything," Lightning forward Ryan Malone said.

Meanwhile, there was no comeback for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals - only more postseason disappointment.

"It was a tough year - we went through peaks and valleys - but I just thought if we persevered that something good was going to happen," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said.

ESPN's Scott Burnside writes: As we watched the Washington Capitals shake hands at center ice of the St. Pete Times Forum, heads bowed, shoulders drooping, we were struck by one thought: what a waste.

*The Detroit Red Wings played their best game of the Western Conference semifinals. It wasn't good enough.

Devin Setoguchi scored his third goal of the game 9:21 into overtime, giving the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over Detroit and a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.

*The Philadelphia Flyers know they can do it. They just can't afford to think about it - not yet, at least.

For the second consecutive year, the Flyers have spotted Boston a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Last year, Philadelphia won the next four games to eliminate the Bruins on its way to the Stanley Cup finals.

"We can't look at trying to win four in a row. We're not going to win four games on Friday," Flyers forward Danny Briere said on Wednesday after Boston won 5-1 in Game Three. "We have to win one game and go from there. That's all we should be focusing on."

*The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that more than two months after declaring a “sense of urgency” to find a buyer or investors who would keep the Thrashers in Atlanta, part-owner Michael Gearon Jr. reports limited progress.

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Thrashers and their fan base, and in the rumor-rich NHL, speculation has gained momentum recently that the team’s fate could be tied to how another franchise resolves its own muddled ownership situation.

The Phoenix Coyotes are expected to be sold soon, either to a Chicago businessman who would keep them in Arizona or to a Winnipeg, Manitoba, group that would move them to the Canadian city. If the Coyotes remain in Glendale, Ariz., Winnipeg reportedly would pursue another team — possibly the Thrashers, whose ownership group, Atlanta Spirit, wants to shed the franchise’s financial losses.

---John Vogl

U.S.-Canada to meet Friday at worlds

The qualification round of the world championships will begin with a rivalry game. The United States and Canada will play each other Friday, the most-anticipated game of the tournament so far.

Sabres center Paul Gaustad is an alternate captain for the United States, while defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani plays for Canada.

---John Vogl

 

Sabres Statistics: "The Cy Young Award"

I remember Scotty Bowman talking about a player who had many more goals than assists. He looked at the scoring line for the season, which was 34-18 (goals and assists), and said something like, "He may win the Cy Young Award with a stat like that."

The winner of the NHL's Cy Young Award for 2010-11, then, is Michael Grabner of the Islanders. He didn't score all of his goals against the Sabres, although it might have seemed that way. And Drew Stafford of the Sabres wasn't far behind:

Name – Team – Goals – Assists – Diff.
Michael Grabner – N.Y. Islanders – 34 – 18 – 16
Brian Gionta – Montreal – 29 – 17 – 12
Ryan Jones – Edmonton – 18 – 7 – 11
Scottie Upshall – Columbus – 22 – 12 – 10
Drew Stafford – Buffalo – 31 – 21 – 10
Brenden Morrow – Dallas – 33 – 23 – 10
Nikolay Zherdev – Philadelphia – 16 – 6 - 10
David Jones – Colorado – 27 – 18 – 9
Matt Moulson – N.Y. Islanders – 31 – 22 – 9
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver – 41 – 32 - 9

You can find the all-time leaders by going here.

--- Budd Bailey

Wednesday morning NHL papers

Greetings from midweek. Here's a glimpse at what's up in the NHL:

*Drew Stafford's maturation on and off the ice resulted in a career year. Stafford set personal bests with 31 goals and 52 points, becoming the type of player Buffalo envisioned when it drafted him 13th overall in 2004.

"I definitely made some steps in the right direction as far as the type of player that I can be," Stafford said. "I don't plan on stopping. I can still get better. That's the plan over the summer."

*Jerry Sullivan writes the Sabres are in dire need of a mature presence on the blue line. Their young defense had its moments against Philly, but their lack of skill and experience was sadly evident.

There will be several prospects in free agency. Owner Terry Pegula should instruct Darcy Regier to get a proven commodity who can step in and be one of the top two D. It will cost $5 million or more in salary. But we're talking about a team that paid Tim Connolly $4.5 million this season. A top defenseman is well worth the investment.

*Buffalo's status as a hockey-watching town received another boost Tuesday. The Sabres announced they led the NHL in ratings for the first round of the playoffs.

*In an instant, the top-seeded Washington Capitals went from climbing back into the Eastern Conference semifinals to the brink of elimination against the surging Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone scored 24 seconds apart in the third period and the fifth-seeded Lightning beat the reeling Capitals, 4-3, to take a commanding 3-0 series lead Tuesday night.

*Ryan Kesler drew a penalty, then tipped in a shot for a power-play goal at 10:45 of overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 win over the Predators on Tuesday night. Vancouver grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals series, bouncing back from a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game Two.

*The NHL has exercised its option to take $25 million from the city of Glendale to cover losses by the Phoenix Coyotes this season. The Arizona Republic takes a look at the past two years of the Coyotes saga.

*The San Jose Sharks have been skating hard to the net against the Red Wings, stopping just short of Jimmy Howard while delivering plenty of sprayed ice -- the so-called hockey snow shower.

Are they bugging the Detroit goaltender?

"Nope," he insisted Tuesday.

---John Vogl

Sabres led NHL in first-round TV ratings

Buffalo’s status as a hockey-watching town received another boost today. The Sabres announced they led the NHL in ratings for the first round of the playoffs.

The Sabres’ series with Philadelphia featured six games on their home channel of MSG. Buffalo averaged an 18.8 rating (119,000 homes) on MSG, more than two points ahead of Pittsburgh’s 16.5 for its seven games against Tampa Bay. The 18.8 doesn’t include the 24.0 rating that Buffalo achieved for NBC’s broadcast of Game Six.

The Sabres’ Game Seven loss in Philadelphia on April 26 averaged a season-high 19.7 on MSG. The finale peaked at 24.1 between 8:15-8:30 p.m., and an average of 126,000 homes tuned in to watch.

"This was a perfect stew," Sabres President Ted Black told The News. "People love to watch a team when it’s winning, and it was an exciting team to watch. All the games down the stretch were tight. All the games in the series were tight, except for the last one.

"I’m excited to see where we can take it. When we’re really clicking and when we’re winning that Stanley Cup, you’re going to see astronomical ratings around here."

The Sabres added pregame and postgame shows to their MSG package late in the season. Black said the programs will be back for 2011-12.

"Absolutely, we’re looking at continuing that," he said. "It’s going to be an expense, so the revenue might have to catch up to it, but first and foremost, we’re fans, too. I want more."

---John Vogl

Should Sabres pin a letter on Myers?

The Sabres rely on Tyler Myers more than any other skater. He's their prime young player, the kind of guy a team can build around during long-term planning.

Myers is aware of his role. The 21-year-old defenseman embraces it. Now that he has two full seasons in the NHL, folks in Sabreland can expect him to accept more leadership roles.

"As time goes on, I'd like to take a leadership role," Myers said last week after cleaning out his locker. "As a young guy, you want to let the more experienced guys and the guys who have been here longer take control if they want to. But, definitely, if I can give myself more of a leadership role coming into next year, I want to do that."

---John Vogl

U.S. rallies at worlds; Gaustad gets an 'A'

The United States scored four times in the third period today, rallying for a 4-2 victory over Norway at the world championships. The U.S. team improved to 2-0.

Goose

Sabres center Paul Gaustad played his first game for the Americans, recording one shot and one penalty. He has been named an alternate captain for the club. Atlanta's Mark Stuart is the captain, while Los Angeles' Jack Johnson is the other alternate.

---John Vogl

(Photo taken by HHOF-IIHF)

 

Flyers going back to Boucher

The Flyers' 7-3 loss to Boston on Saturday featured two things that shouldn't have surprised anyone in Buffalo.

A) Danny Briere scored.

2) The Flyers used two goaltenders.

Philadelphia starter Brian Boucher was yanked late in the second period, giving way to Sergei Bobrovsky. The Flyers host Game Two tonight, and they are going back to Boucher.

"Brian will go back in net today," coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. "Today for me is a game where we all have to go back in there and try and right some wrongs. Everybody gets an opportunity, and he deserves it."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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