Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Video: Lindy Ruff a possibility for the Rangers?

Watch other segments from this week's "Bucky & Sully Show" here.

Sabres' combine work just starting as up to 75 prospects set to visit Buffalo

By John Vogl

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Kevin Devine, the Sabres' director of amateur scouting, has been at the NHL combine all week. General Manager Darcy Regier spent three days at the event. It wraps up Saturday, but the Sabres' work is just getting started.

For the third straight year, the Sabres are hosting their own combine. Up to 75 prospects will visit Buffalo from Sunday through Thursday, including 30 who were good enough to be invited to the NHL event.

Continue reading "Sabres' combine work just starting as up to 75 prospects set to visit Buffalo" »

Panthers' Tallon gauging trade interest for second overall pick in NHL draft

By John Vogl

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Dale Tallon isn't actively shopping the second overall pick in the NHL draft. He's open to offers, though.

"We’re in good position," the Florida Panthers' general manager said this morning at the NHL scouting combine. "We’ll take advantage of it."

Continue reading "Panthers' Tallon gauging trade interest for second overall pick in NHL draft" »

Road to the NHL Draft: Seth Jones

Memorial Cup Hockey_Naso
Associated Press Photo

 

By John Vogl

Seth Jones

Position: Defense

Junior team: Portland (WHL)

Born: Arlington, Texas

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds

2012-13 stats: 61 games, 14 goals, 42 assists, 56 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 1

Continue reading "Road to the NHL Draft: Seth Jones" »

Sabres sign Jacobs, leaving West Seneca's Lepkowski as last unsigned junior drafted in 2011

By John Vogl

Colin Jacobs got a taste of life in the Buffalo Sabres' organization toward the end of the season. He'll get a much better feel over the next few years.

The Sabres have signed the center to an entry-level contract, Jacobs tweeted today. Terms were not immediately available.

Jacobs signed an amateur tryout deal with Rochester in mid-March and played 11 games with the Amerks. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder recorded a goal and two assists before being scratched for Rochester's three playoff games.

Continue reading "Sabres sign Jacobs, leaving West Seneca's Lepkowski as last unsigned junior drafted in 2011" »

Ruff edges Vigneault, Messier as favorite to get Rangers' coaching job

By John Vogl

The bookies are big on Lindy Ruff.

When Vancouver axed Alain Vigneault last week, the gambling website Bovada.lv installed Ruff as the favorite to replace him. The Rangers fired coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, and once again Bovada is looking at the former Sabres coach to step behind the bench.

Here are the odds, with our usual disclaimer: Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on whiskey, women and concerts.

Continue reading "Ruff edges Vigneault, Messier as favorite to get Rangers' coaching job" »

Blackhawks eliminate Red Wings as Walkom avoids infamy; only last four Cup winners remain

By John Vogl

Chicago thought it was moving on to the Western Conference finals when Niklas Hjalmarsson broke a 1-1 tie with 1:49 remaining Wednesday. But referee Stephen Walkom waved off the goal because of a scuffle away from the play, and the Red Wings bounced toward overtime while Chicago and its fans cursed their luck.

"At the end of the day, there's nothing you can do but move on," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "You're going to overtime and it was no goal, so you can't just sit around and feel sorry. There's still a game, there's still overtime and still somebody's got to score another goal to win it. There was no panic. We just moved on from it."

Indeed, the Blackhawks won Game Seven anyway when Brent Seabrook bounced a shot off the leg of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall with 3:35 gone in the extra session.

The victory saved Walkom from going down in referee/umpire infamy. (For Walkom defenders: Had Hjalmarsson's goal counted, would anyone be saying, "Oh, man, Detroit got robbed because they didn't blow the whistle during a scoring chance because of a scrum 100 feet away from the net"?)

Chicago will face Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals, while Boston will take on Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference. It's the first time since 1945 that the past four Stanley Cup champions are the last four teams remaining.

Western Conference

Saturday     5 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, TSN
Sunday    8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, TSN
Tuesday     9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, TSN
Next Thursday   9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, CBC
*Saturday, June 8      8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBC, CBC
*Monday, June 10   9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, CBC
*Wednesday, June 12   TBD     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, CBC

Eastern Conference

Saturday   8 p.m.    Boston at Pittsburgh     NBC, CBC
Monday    8 p.m.     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC
Next Wednesday    8 p.m.     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
Friday, June 7    8 p.m.     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
*Sunday, June 9   8 p.m.     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC
*Tuesday, June 11  TBD     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
*Wednesday, June 12     TBD     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC

Rangers fire Tortorella; could Ruff go from Sabres to New York for a second time?

By John Vogl

The first time Lindy Ruff left Buffalo, back in 1989, he went to the New York Rangers. It's possible the scenario could happen again.

The Rangers have fired coach John Tortorella, which might open the door for Ruff to step behind the Blueshirts' bench.

Continue reading "Rangers fire Tortorella; could Ruff go from Sabres to New York for a second time?" »

ESPN releases short film about Sabres' Malarchuk titled 'Cutthroat'

By John Vogl

My former Sabres beat mate Tim Graham told the harrowing tale of Clint Malarchuk back in 2004, a story that allowed readers into the former Buffalo goaltender's tortured and deranged mind, as Malarchuk himself described it.

ESPN has taken its turn.

The sports network's acclaimed "30 for 30" series has a "30 for 30 Shorts" spinoff, and today ESPN released "Cutthroat," the story of Malarchuk's battle. It includes the slicing of his neck by a skate in Memorial Auditorium.

It can be viewed by clicking here.

Kings ready for Chicago or Detroit; Penguins-Bruins start Saturday

By John Vogl

Three teams have advanced to the NHL's conference finals. The fourth team will join them tonight.

Detroit visits Chicago in Game Seven of the Western Conference semifinals, and the winner gets a date with the defending Stanley Cup champs. Los Angeles moved on to the conference finals with a 2-1 victory over San Jose in Game Seven on Tuesday.

If Chicago wins tonight, Los Angeles comes to the Windy City on Saturday to start their series. If Detroit upsets the Presidents' Trophy winners, the series will start Friday in L.A.

The Eastern Conference finals between Pittsburgh and Boston will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Saturday   8 p.m.    Boston at Pittsburgh     NBC, CBC
Monday    8 p.m.     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC
Next Wednesday    8 p.m.     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
Friday, June 7    8 p.m.     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
*Sunday, June 9   8 p.m.     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC
*Tuesday, June 11  TBD     Pittsburgh at Boston     NBCSN, CBC
*Wednesday, June 12     TBD     Boston at Pittsburgh     NBCSN, CBC

If Chicago wins ...

Saturday     5 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, TSN
Sunday    8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, TSN
Tuesday     9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, TSN
Thursday, June 6   9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, CBC
*Saturday, June 8      8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBC, CBC
*Monday, June 10   9 p.m.     Chicago at Los Angeles     NBCSN, CBC
*Wednesday, June 12   TBD     Los Angeles at Chicago     NBCSN, CBC

If Detroit wins ...

Friday     9 p.m.     Detroit at Los Angeles     NBCSN, TSN
Sunday      8 p.m.     Detroit at Los Angeles    NBCSN, TSN
Tuesday     8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Detroit     NBCSN, TSN
Thursday, June 6  8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Detroit     NBCSN, CBC
*Saturday, June 8     8 p.m.     Detroit at Los Angeles     NBC, CBC
*Monday, June 10     8 p.m.     Los Angeles at Detroit    NBCSN, CBC
*Wednesday, June 12     TBD     Detroit at Los Angeles     NBCSN, CBC

WNYers Bailey, Malone set for simultaneous fitness testing at NHL combine

By John Vogl

The NHL combine is underway in Toronto, but the heavy lifting won't come until later this week. Two local players -- Justin Bailey and Sean Malone -- will lift at the same time.

Representatives from all 30 teams began gathering in The True North over the weekend, and more than 100 draft-eligible prospects were set to join them. Teams can interview as many prospects as they wish during a four-day span (Monday through Thursday), and they have access to independent medical reports.

"What the players have to keep in mind is that this will be their initial contact with many NHL teams, so they have the chance to make that good initial impression," Dan Marr, NHL director of central scouting, told NHL.com. "Some kids aren't that comfortable when they're in an interview environment, so it's important they be prepared to talk about themselves, which is something they might not be used to doing. The combine gives the NHL teams a chance to get to know the player away from the rink."

The talks lead to action at the end of the week. The fitness test portion of the combine will be conducted Friday and Saturday. Bailey, who's ranked 38th by Central Scouting, and Malone, who is No. 62, will work out at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

There are 13 individual tests designed to show the prospects' endurance.

Chicago rallies to force Game Seven against Detroit; Sharks-Kings set to decide series tonight

By John Vogl

Chicago isn't done yet. Either Los Angeles or San Jose will be tonight.

Both semifinal series in the Western Conference are going to Game Seven after the Blackhawks used a third-period rally Monday to beat Detroit, 4-3. Chicago was in a 2-1 hole heading into the third period but scored three straight times to stay alive.

Game Seven is Wednesday in Chicago. The Blackhawks have won two straight to keep the Red Wings from advancing.

"If I would have told our whole team before this series, if I would have told Detroit, Michigan before this series, that we were going to be playing Chicago in Game Seven, I think everyone would have been pretty excited about that," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I love Game Sevens. I'm excited about it. We've got a chance to push them out of the playoffs. Should be a lot of fun."

Los Angeles will host San Jose in Game Seven at 9 tonight. The Sharks won Game Six to force the deciding game against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The home team has won every game in the series.

Video: Bucky & Sully on Tortorella, Red Wings-Blackhawks series

News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan talked NHL playoffs Friday during their weekly live show.

Bucky & Sully on Tortorella/Richards:

On Blackhawks-Red Wings:

To watch more segments from the show, click here.

Want to bet Lindy Ruff will end up in Vancouver? You can

By John Vogl

Lindy Ruff stood strong in Buffalo for 16 years while coaches all around him lost their jobs. Now, whenever someone gets fired, Ruff gets mentioned as a replacement.

He's the betting man's choice to end up in Vancouver.

The Canucks fired Alain Vigneault this week, and the gambling website Bovada.lv has installed Ruff as the favorite to take over.

Here are the odds, with the usual disclaimer: Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, women and whiskey.

Continue reading "Want to bet Lindy Ruff will end up in Vancouver? You can" »

Fredonia's Bailen leaves the Amerks for Finland

By John Vogl

Nick Bailen's hockey journey is set to take an overseas turn.

The Fredonia native has signed with Tappara Tampere, the Finnish club announced. Bailen joined the Rochester Americans in March after leaving Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He played 12 games with the Sabres' minor-league affiate, including all three playoff outings.

The 23-year-old defenseman had no goals, three assists and a minus-5 rating during the regular season and no points with a minus-3 during the playoffs. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder had 12 goals and 31 points in 35 games at RPI this season.

Rangers avoid sweep; Sharks, Blackhawks on the brink

By John Vogl

The NHL's tripleheader Thursday featured one team staying alive and two others get pushed toward extinction.

The Brad Richards-less Rangers avoided elimination with a 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins. New York heads back to Boston for Game Five in a 3-1 hole.

Chicago, the Western Conference favorites, can't solve Detroit and fell into a 3-1 series hole. The Red Wings moved a game away from eliminating their archrivals with a 2-0 victory.

The Kings also earned a shutout, blanking San Jose, 3-0, in Game Five to take a 3-2 series lead.

Tortorella scratching Richards for Rangers' elimination game

By John Vogl

John Tortorella called Brad Richards this morning. It was a wake-up call of the wrong kind.

The New York Rangers' coach told Richards he'd be scratched for tonight's game against the Bruins. Boston has a 3-0 series lead and could end the Rangers' season.

"I don't know if surprised is the right word for it," Richards told reporters. "I'm disappointed."

Continue reading "Tortorella scratching Richards for Rangers' elimination game" »

Alfredsson becomes the anti-Messier by saying Sens probably won't win

By John Vogl

Mark Messier's legend grew exponentially in 1994 when he guaranteed the Rangers, in a 3-2 series hole against New Jersey, would win Game Six. They did as Messier scored three times in a 4-2 win that helped propel them to the Stanley Cup.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson will join Messier in the Hall of the Fame, but he won't be in the same class anymore.

The Senators fell into a 3-1 hole against Pittsburgh on Wednesday with a 7-3 setback. Alfredsson was asked if the Sens could win three straight to come back against the Penguins.

Continue reading "Alfredsson becomes the anti-Messier by saying Sens probably won't win" »

Best presser of the playoffs

By Mike Harrington

Senators coach Paul MacLean was short and sweet and took no questions after Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Penguins. Right to the point. About 20 seconds worth. Classic stuff from the Bug-Eyed Walrus.

Sens sitting Conacher for Game Four against Penguins

By John Vogl

Cory Conacher was the buzz of the Eastern Conference semfinal between Ottawa and Pittsburgh after Game One. For Game Four, he'll be a healthy scratch.

The Senators are expected to sit the Canisius College product tonight and use 21-year-old Mark Stone.

"It's nothing particular," Senators coach Paul MacLean told reporters in Ottawa. "Somebody has to come out if we're going to put somebody in. He has played well for us and scored some big goals for us. He's been out of the lineup in the past and gone back in and played well. You're trying to find your best, most competitive team every night. You're going to make changes. He shouldn't see this as anything more than a numbers game.”

Stone will play alongside Jason Spezza.

"It's awesome," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "What an opportunity. I feel more for Conacher, who has to get out of the lineup."

« Older Entries
Advertisement
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 | [email protected]

About Sabres Edge


Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

Subscribe

Advertisement