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The Eichel Difference

Jack Eichel delivered on his return to the Sabres line up with flying colors. (Getty Images)

Jack Eichel delivered on his return to the Sabres line up with flying colors. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

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A Hard Foul Sports Thanksgiving

Who cares if he hasn't played yet this year? I'm still very much thankful for Jack Eichel. (Getty Images)

Who cares if he hasn’t played yet this year? I’m still very much thankful for Jack Eichel. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

I’m a simple man, so when it comes to defining what I’m thankful for in the sports world the answer is simple: I like it all. But there are a few things that stand out: Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep: 52 – Matthew Coller of WGR550 and ESPN

San Jose's Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

San Jose’s Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

NFL, NBA, NHL. We talked about it all on this episode of the podcast. In our first segment, Jim Bearor joined Evan Sally and Steve Stich to talk about the Eagles trading to the #2 pick. We then took a look at the NBA Playoffs, the pathetic (Houston), the surprising (Miami) and the head scratching (Oklahoma City).

Evan and Stich were then joined by Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) of WGR550 and ESPN’s NHL coverage about 32 mins into the show. The guys dug deep into the Sabres season and take a look at what the future may look like. Hint: A lot of Eichel and Reinhart. We then took a look at the NHL Playoffs where Matt has an interesting pick as to who he likes to win the Cup and he makes the case for Alex Ovechkin being the greatest goal scorer of all time. We also briefly touched on the Bills, should they draft a QB? And if so, what round?

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 50 – NCAA Title Game, Sabres, NBA, MLB

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Episode 50 is here! For the first episode of our second year of Hard Foul Sports, Steve Stich,  Mike Tolsma and Evan Sally discussed:

  • Villanova are the national champions as North Carolina loses in a heartbreaker. Have we reached the peak of the Crying Jordan meme?
  • The Sabres season is wrapping up. What did we learn from year one about Jack Eichel? What’s your favorite part of his game?
  • NBA Playoffs are just a week away. What are the biggest surprises of the season?
  • Baseball is back!

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep. 49: Sabres, Final Four, Lakers and NBA

For the Sabres, it's all about the kids. (Getty Images)

For the Sabres, it’s all about the kids. (Getty Images)

Mike Tolsma and Evan Sally start the show talking about the Sabres season. With only 5 games left what have we learned? Who has disappointed? And is Sam Reinhart a more important piece than Eichel?

Steve Stich then joined the show. The guys talked about how Syracuse was able to make it to the Final Four, how Buddy Hield’s game will translate to the NBA and pick their NCAA Champion. They then talked about D’Angelo Russell filming his teammate Nick Young and what the fallout will be for the Lakers, if LeBron’s social media antics will have any effect on the Cavs and if the Warriors pursuit of the wins record will effect them in the playoffs.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 46: Brock Osweiler got how much money?!; Bills/Sabres/Leafs Talk

Brock Osweiler now has 72 million reasons to smile. (Getty Images)

Brock Osweiler now has 72 million reasons to smile. (Getty Images)

We had a show planned for you but then Brock Osweiler signed his eye popping deal with the Houston Texans, so that dominates the early portion of the show. Mike and Evan go on to discuss the Bills retaining some of their free agents and how they can improve next season without cap space. We wrap up the show talking about how well Eichel and Reinhart play together for the Sabres, and the tanking process in regards to the Leafs and Sabres.

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Better Days Are Coming for Buffalo

Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres youth movement. (Getty Images)

Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres youth movement. (Getty Images)

Brian Hardwick

As a Buffalo Sabres fan for many years, you’ve come to realize that there’s been better days for the Sabres.  For the past few seasons we’ve looked more forward to the draft, trade deadline or off-season than we did with the actual season. But, right now we can all take a deep sigh of relief and say “The end  of the beginning is near Buffalo”.    Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 43: 2/18/16 – Sabres, NBA, College Basketball

Evander Kane has been playing well lately but might need to work on his ability to set an alarm in the morning. (Getty Images)

Evander Kane has been playing well lately but might need to work on his ability to set an alarm in the morning. (Getty Images)

This week on the show Mike, Stich and Evan talked about the State of the Sabres rebuild, what the NBA trade deadline means for teams in 2016 and beyond and finished talking some college basketball as we prepare for March Madness.

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3 Reasons Sabres Fans Should Embrace Stamkos Rumors with Open Arms

Steven Stamkos' impending free agency has the NHL in a fervor. Sabres fans should embrace the fun. (Getty Images)

Steven Stamkos’ impending free agency has the NHL in a fervor. Sabres fans should embrace the fun. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally (@Evan_Sally)

Last week, one of the most, if not the most, highly respected hockey journalists out there sent Sabres fans into a bit of a frenzy. When TSN’s Bob McKenzie said Buffalo could be the one of the best options for free agent-to-be Steven Stamkos, Sabres fans got very excited and understandably so. McKenzie has a reputation like no other, and even though the video clip that traveled around Twitter like wild fire was less of an official report and more of his opinion, his reputation in the hockey universe gave it a lot of weight. It’s been reported since the news of Stamkos’ disillusionment with the Tampa Bay organization that his ultimate goal would be to go to his hometown Maple Leafs, in a LeBron James-ish type maneuver, and lead them to championship glory. To hear that maybe the Sabres could be a monkey wrench in our rival’s plan made the McKenzie video clip that much more stirring. An opportunity to send the Sabres rebuild to light speed while slowing down the Leafs? Where do I sign up? I assumed this was a sentiment shared by most, if not all, of Sabres fans. Continue reading

5 Trades The Buffalo Sabres Should Consider Making

New hockey writer Brian Hardwick‘s debut on HardFoulSports.com!


Sabres GM Tim Murray works the phones like no other. (Getty Images)

Sabres GM Tim Murray works the phones like no other. (Getty Images)

With the National Hockey League trade deadline approaching,  the Buffalo Sabres currently sit in a 6-way tie for last place with 47 points with 30 games left.  Sabres GM Tim Murray recently went on a local radio show in Buffalo to give his thoughts on the upcoming deadline “I believe in two weeks or so it’ll be pretty clear what we should do. I don’t have the answer. I’m leaning a certain way, but I’m gonna wait to see what our players and coaching staff do between now and then to show me exactly where we are.”    Buffalo will seem to be a seller once again come this year’s deadline on February 29th,  but here are 5 moves that Tim Murray can make over the next few weeks to help rebuild and guide the Sabres into the playoffs next year.

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