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Buffalo Sabres release advanced stats guru Jim Corsi in coaching shuffle

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Advanced hockey stats guru Jim Corsi

Famed for his fancy stats work, Jim Corsi also made chicken salad out of the Sabres goalies this season. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Ted Nolan’s no different than any other boss. Given a choice, he’d rather surround himself with people he knows and trusts. So it’s long been expected that he’d sweep out the staff he inherited from Ron Rolston last November.

That axe finally fell today in Buffalo where four of Rolston’s former assistant coaches were told they won’t be needed next season.

Among the casualties was Jim Corsi, the team’s goaltending coach for the past 16 seasons and a man revered by the advanced stats crowd for creating the eponymous rating that affixed value to shots for and against.

It’s hard to believe it was a competence issue with Corsi. Buffalo’s goalies posted a .918 save percentage, a decent number on its own that looks a whole lot better in the context of the team’s porous defense and the six-man deep goalie rotation that included three rookies.

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • GIF: Sabres’ Luke Adam leaves after taking puck to the face vs. Red Wings

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    GIF Sabres' Luke Adam takes a puck right to the face. He... on Twitpic

    When you’re setting up a screen in front of the net, it’s preferable for the shot-firing defenseman to keep the pucks low. Well, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain did just that, but a little bad luck sent the puck straight into Luke Adam’s face.

    Adam, who was called up from the Sabres AHL affiliate Rochester Americans for Friday night’s game against the Red Wings, left the game after spilling some blood on the ice thanks to rubber bullet.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • New Jersey Devils lose another shootout, winless in last 15 attempts

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    Sabres and Devils

    The Devils remain winless in the shootout this season, with their loss to Buffalo bringing the total to 11. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

    By Amy Lilek

    The New Jersey Devils could only wish it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

    But the reality is they dropped yet another shootout on Tuesday night, this time in nine rounds to the woeful Buffalo Sabres. New Jersey is now 0-11 in so-called skills competitions this season and their latest failure extended their NHL-record winless streak in shootouts to 15 games, dating back to last season.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • VIDEO: Sabres induct former goalie Dominik Hasek into team’s Hall of Fame

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    By Nick Stoico

    Legendary netminder Dominik Hasek was welcomed into the Sabres Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. On Friday, the Sabres announced they will raise the No. 39 he wore in Buffalo from 1992 to 2001 during in the 2014-15 season.

    Nicknamed “The Dominator,” Hasek earned six Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s best goaltender in his 16-season career and ranks among the all-time leaders in wins, saves, goals against average, save percentage, shutouts, and total time on ice. Hasek, who was acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer prior to the 1992-93 season, was also a six-time NHL All-Star and added two Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s most valuable player to his trophy case. One the greatest goaltenders in league history, Hasek dominated the NHL in the 1990s – he holds the top five single-season save percentages for the entire decade.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014
  • Report: Sabres to announce three-year deal for coach Ted Nolan next week

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    Ted Nolan's second stint in Buffalo will get at least a little bit longer. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Ted Nolan’s second stint in Buffalo will get at least a little bit longer. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Ted Nolan is getting rid of the interim tag.

    Nolan will become the official head coach of the Buffalo Sabresas early as next week, SportsNet’s Nick Kypreos tweeted.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • SI.com NHL fan misery rankings: No. 3 Buffalo Sabres

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    Brett Hull scores the infamous foot in the crease goal vs. Buffalo in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final.

    Brett Hull’s controversial Stanley Cup-winning goal sums up what it means to be a Sabres fan. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

    By Sarah Kwak

    Sometimes it’s just plain awful to be a fan.

    We’re not talking about the occasional emotional bump and bruise, the kind fans get from a devastating last-second loss or a disastrous season-ending injury — or even when they watch their favorite team bow out in the conference finals, one round shy of a shot at the Stanley Cup. We mean years of suffering at the hands of a club that almost seems to delight in tormenting those who freely give to it their hearts, minds, time and money.

    This is the eighth in our series on the 10 NHL franchises that take an ongoing toll on their fans, the teams that suggest that their devoted followers are either bottomless wells of hope or certified masochists — or perhaps just a touch crazy. Today we look at the Buffalo Sabres, a team that inspires exceptional passion and dedication in its followers while often languishing on the lower end of the spectrum between bad and promising while cruel fate lurks to darken its brightest moments.

    TEAM 10: Winnipeg Jets | 9: Dallas Stars | 8: Columbus Blue Jackets | 7: Vancouver Canucks
    6:
    Florida Panthers | 5. Edmonton Oilers | 4. Washington Capitals | 2. New York Islanders
    1. Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Published On Mar 21, 2014
  • Sabres salute Thomas Vanek with video tribute during Canadiens’ Buffalo visit

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    By Mike McMahon 

    Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek returned to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Sunday for the first time since the Sabres traded him to the New York Islanders back in October. The Sabres honored their former scoring leader with a video tribute during the first period.

    The crowd showed its gratitude with a standing ovation while Vanek stood near the Habs’ bench and saluted the fans.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • VIDEO: ‘Thank you, Ryan’ — Sabres pay tribute to departing hero Ryan Miller

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    Sabres fans packed the First Niagara Center Friday night, knowing it likely would be the last time they’d get to cheer on franchise legend Ryan Miller.

    They never got their chance.

    Miller and team captain Steve Ott were traded to the St. Louis Blues an hour before the puck dropped against the San Jose Sharks, and while the two players stayed to speak with the media, they didn’t get that one last twirl around the ice to soak up the appreciation of the Sabres faithful.

    The club did the next best thing though, hastily assembling a brief video showcasing some of Miller’s most memorable saves, topped off with a simple message: Thank you, Ryan.

    It wasn’t quite the sendoff the fans were hoping for, but it did give them that cathartic moment they needed to say goodbye to Miller.


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Ryan Miller traded to St. Louis Blues in five-player deal

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    (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    The Blues acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, and two draft picks. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The St. Louis Blues are all in.

    Gearing up for a run at their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Blues swung a blockbuster five-player deal tonight with the Buffalo Sabres, acquiring franchise goaltender Ryan Miller and team captain Steve Ott.

    In exchange, the Blues sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart and prospect William Carrier to the Sabres, along with a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016.

    WATCH: Sabres pay tribute to departing hero Ryan Miller 

    Buffalo will also cover the difference between the salaries of Miller and Halak, approximately $1.75 million.

    This is a bold, game-changing move by GM Doug Armstrong, one that not only legitimizes the Blues as a Cup front-runner, but also throws down the gauntlet and dares other challengers to ante up.

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Rumor: Sabres pull Ryan Miller off the trade market

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    By Allan Muir

    A well-known NHL agent says that the Sabres have decided not to trade goalie Ryan Miller and instead will focus on re-signing the pending free agent.

    Brian Lawton, the former general manager of the Lightning, passed that rumor along early this morning via his Twitter account.

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  • Published On Feb 25, 2014


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