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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

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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Sabres: Coaches Challenges Are Taking Away From the Game

– Scott Goodwin

Risto has taken his game to another level this season. (Getty Images)

Risto has taken his game to another level this season. (Getty Images)

The only proper start for this write-up is an obligatory congratulations to Rasmus Ristolainen for his hat-trick recorded on December 10, 2015 against the Calgary Flames. A Buffalo blue-liner has not completed a hat-trick in over twenty years (Phil Housley 1987-88 season). Risto managed to notch all three goals in the short span of a single period of play (3rd).

The Sabres lost the game by a score of 3-4 after Sean Monahan was setup for the game-winner on a beautiful pass off of the stick of Johnny Gaudreau. It continues a trend of the Sabres losing to underperforming teams. That being said, Calgary deserves classification as a hot team, going 4-0-1 in their last five games and scoring over twenty goals total during that span. Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 32

Can Shady McCoy carry the Bills offense against a good Texans defense? (Getty Images)

Can Shady McCoy carry the Bills offense against a good Texans defense? (Getty Images)

We have a full house this week as Mike and Steve return to join Evan on the latest episode of the podcast. This week topics of discussion are:

  • Preview of Texans/Bills
  • The AFC Wild Card race; are the playoffs out of the Bills reach?
  • The incredible Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors
  • The end of Kobe Bryant
  • Checking in with the Sabres

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Sabres Have High Hopes for the Month of December

– Scott Goodwin

Buffalo’s scouting team breathes a sigh of relief as Reinhart tallies two goal in a Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Nashville [Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports]

Buffalo’s scouting team breathes a sigh of relief as Reinhart tallies two goal in a Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Nashville [Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports]

Boy does it feel good to write about this hockey team again. It was a heartbreaker over the weekend for only half of Buffalo’s professional sport spectrum. The Bills loss to the Kansas City Chiefs all but seals the fate of a team that currently holds the title of “longest playoff drought in professional sports”. Yes, as a big Buffalo guy it is very hard to hear that astounding fact.

On a more positive note the Buffalo Sabres finished up the month of November with a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators. The Preds shrugged off the Sabres only three nights before in a game that forced Buffalo fans to channel-swap between primetime hockey and Thursday Night Football. Continue reading

The Return of a Legend: Miller Back in Buffalo

Scott Goodwin

**This piece was written before the Sabres 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Attention has focused directly on Ryan Miller for this weekend’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. There will be intense emotions streaming throughout the First Niagara Center as fans, players, coaches and other staff members reflect on the 11 seasons that the Michigan native spent in between the pipes for the Buffalo Sabres.

It will be a different situation for Miller when he skates onto the ice wearing blue, white and green. I know, that sounded pretty good up until the green was mentioned. Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues on a night that went from routine to hectic. It became a scramble to find an additional goaltender when it was announced that a trade had been made a mere half hour before puck drop. Steve Ott and Ryan Miller were exchanged for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart on March 1, 2014.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 28

Bills fans are celebrating the return of this guy. (Getty Images)

Bills fans are celebrating the return of this guy. (Getty Images)

After a bye week full of interviews, Mike, Steve and Evan return to talk about the Bills massive game vs the Dolphins, heap praise on Ryan O’Reilly and debate who should be in the College Football Playoff.

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