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Time for some free advice for Bills General Manager Doug Whaley.  Draft a quarterback on Friday.  There are a number of people who will tell you not to do this for various reasons.  1.  This year's group of quarterbacks is underwhelming....
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Since Mock #1 earlier the week, it’s been reported Missouri DE Shane Ray's toe injury that may require surgery.  Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered during...
Former UB guard Shannon Evans is bolting the program to join his old coach.   Evans told WKBW's Shawn Stepner that he’s transferring to Arizona State to be with former UB coach Bobby Hurley.   Evans, who’s entering his junior...
Twitter: @SalSports Every NFL draft has its strengths and weaknesses.  Last year, wide receiver was clearly one of the deepest positions going into the draft and it was proven on the field with several wideouts having huge impacts on...
Considering the Buffalo Bills hired, signed or traded for Rex Ryan, LeSean McCoy, Ritchie Incognito, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay this offseason, it's fair to say we should be prepared for surprises as long as Doug Whaley is general...
In a release the Sabres announced they’ve signed free agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract.   Rodrigues who will be 22 in July is 5'11", 176 lbs. He recently finished his senior season playing wing on Jack...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter: @SalSports   According to a study by two University at Buffalo industrial engineering students, from 2009-2013, NFL teams won just 44.7 percent of their games when playing opponents who had extra rest and injury-recovery...
In 2004 the Sabres took Drew Stafford in the first round. Stafford has played 589 NHL games. When you look at that draft second round pick Mike Funk played nine games, third rounder Andrej Sekera has played 486, fifth rounder Michal Valent never played in...
University at Buffalo point guard Shannon Evans is free to transfer where he wants. The athletic department has granted his full release with no restrictions.   In a statement released today, athletic director Danny White says after meeting...
I'll start this where it began for me, reading quotes from the Bills Draft Luncheon. General Manager Doug Whaley. “We don't have a proven franchise quarterback, that's obvious,” Whaley said. “But what we wanted to do is...
The NHL Draft lottery has come and gone.  The Buffalo Sabres will have the second overall pick.  Odds are, the Sabres will pick the Boston University going, Hobey Baker winning Jack Eichel. The only question left is, will Jack Eichel leave college...
This offseason, the Buffalo Bills have had major roster changes, from the blockbuster trade bringing in LeSean McCoy, the signing of Percy Harvin, along with trading for quarterback Matt Cassel. While the Bills are not ready to close the door...
Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has said numerous times this offseason that it will be difficult for late-round picks to make the roster.   He reinforced that sentiment Monday afternoon at the Bills annual predraft luncheon at...
The Bills don’t have a first round pick this season and won’t draft until 50th overall. Buffalo’s draft board is 200 strong and begins right at the top as if they had a number one selection.   Despite not having a first...
The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away.  The Bills don’t have a first-round pick.  They’ll have to wait until pick #50, unless they make a deal.  So here’s how my first “Mock through 50” plays...
With the University at Buffalo’s official football scrimmage Saturday, the spring season has come to a close.   It was a chance to lay a foundation for the 2015 season (which kicks off against Albany Sept. 5) under new head coach Lance...
That was more nerve-racking than I thought it would be.  It wasn't bad during the day and the final hours leading up to the NHL Draft Lottery but then around 7:45 it started to hit me.  As it turns out, I was wrong. (I know...
We all knew going into Saturday’s Draft Lottery that there was an 80 percent chance that the Sabres would come home with the second overall pick. The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid lottery, leaving the Sabres with Boston University forward Jack...
Despite holding the league's worst record once again, the Buffalo Sabres will not pick first overall when the NHL Draft is held in June. Instead, they will hold the second overall selection. The Edmonton Oilers, who finished the season with the league's...
On the night before the NHL Draft lottery, Sam Reinhart reminded everyone that the Buffalo Sabres' rebuilding plan is about more than Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid. Reinhart made his debut for the Rochester Americans on Friday night playing...
On the night before the NHL Draft lottery, Sam Reinhart reminded everyone that the Buffalo Sabres' rebuilding plan is about more than Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid. Reinhart made his debut for the Rochester Americans on Friday night playing...
As you all sit and wait for tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery to see if Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel will become a Buffalo Sabre, it’s interesting to look back.   It used to be that if you won the lottery, you could only move up four places....
With the lottery upon us, WGR decided to take a look back at what we went through to get to the guarantee of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. LISTEN to WGR's tribute to the tank Also some fun links.... In the comments, leave your favorite...
The coaching staff is set for new University at Buffalo head men’s basketball coach Nate Oats. Jim Whitesell is the new associate coach; Donyell Marshall – who averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds over a 15-year NBA career – will work...
  The NFL Draft begins two weeks from tonight.  So, let’s take a minute to refresh everyone on the details, specifically where the Bills stand.   2015 Draft dates: Round 1: Thursday, April 30th Rounds 2-3: Friday, May...
Sabres 2014 first round pick Sam Reinhart played nine games with the Sabres this season before being sent back to junior.   It was obvious from the time he stepped on the ice for the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City that Reinhart was not strong...
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, Wednesday, April 15, that Peter Chiarelli has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Boston Bruins. An Interim General Manager will not be named at this time and the search for...
After spending $91 million in guaranteed money, signing several skill position players, re-signing pass rusher Jerry Hughes, and bringing in QBs Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete for the QB job with EJ Manuel, there doesn’t appear to...
The Buffalo Sabres relieved Ted Nolan of his head coaching duties Sunday evening, along with his assistant coaches.  General Manager Tim Murray lauded Nolan's professionalism, but said the Sabres did not improve enough to warrant Nolan keeping...
Hello, how are you enjoying your day? Here, skies are bright and it's just not the weather. Not everything in life is hockey, no, but for the last couple of months I've felt like it is. I stepped, willingly, into the cauldron that was the controversial...
Risk and reward. That has been the theme of the last two seasons of decision making by Buffalo Bills’ general manager Doug Whaley. From the Sammy Watkins trade to the signing of Ritchie Incognito, Whaley has shown he is willing to take a...
Former Sabres coach Ted Nolan has released a statement through All Sports of Western New York. Nolan said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kim and Terry Pegula, Pat Lafontaine, my coaches and the Sabres management, players, medical,...
The University at Buffalo athletic department moved fast in announcing a successor to the men's basketball program, freshly off its first ever NCAA tournament appearance. The school announced Saturday that top assistant Nate Oats has been named the...
As expected five players have been sent to Rochester. Johan Larsson played 39 games in Buffalo scoring six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Mikhail Grigorenko was in 25 games netting three goals and three assists for six points. Defenseman Chad...
          The logo is the same, but pretty much everything else surrounding the Buffalo Bills is different since quarterbacks coach David Lee was last a member of the Bills’ coaching staff. New owner, new coach...
Well that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after the season ended, Ted Nolan's second tenure as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres also came to a close. You might say the meter was running the entire time. I know, coaches are hired to be fired...
It didn’t take long for Tim Murray to relieve Ted Nolan of his coaching duties. This has been one of the worst kept secrets for the past three or four months, but Murray said he didn’t decide until the whole evaluation process was finished which...
It was a record-breaking weekend for Jordan Spieth.  The 21-year-old broke the two-day and three-day course records at Augusta with 14-under par through two days and 16-under through three.  On Sunday, Spieth broke another record reaching 19-under...
Josh Gorges could only play 46 games this season thanks to a knee injury. Gorges said, “I had to have a microfracture surgery on my knee.”   Gorges played his last game on February 10, but he says he won’t miss any more time because...
Not everybody in the Sabres locker room is heading home.   Tyler Ennis said he will play for Team Canada at the Word Championships in the Czech Republic. The winger said, “I’m going to go to the Worlds and work on my game and hopefully win...
Friday night, following the Sabres McEichel clinching loss to Columbus, I went out with my wife to watch a local band and have a couple of drinks.  As I sat there listening to the music, I realized it was the first time I was able to completely relax...
It’s fan appreciation night as the Sabres play their final game of the season against Pittsburgh.   The players voted for the team award which always means more.   Mike Weber was chosen as the team’s unsung hero. Weber had one of...
Welcome for one final time into the First Niagara Center for the 2014-15 season. We are high atop ice level in the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box. The Sabres look to play spoliers for the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, and can help Boston make one last push...
The Sabres will wear white at home on Fan Appreciation Night as they will maybe have a chance to spoil Pittsburgh’s playoff chances.   This is what the NHL says has to happen for Pittsburgh to get in.   “They have to beat the...
Two days after losing head coach Bobby Hurley to Arizona State, the Bulls have hired Nate Oats to be their new men's basketball coach. Oats was originally named the interim coach, but per the UB athletics website athletic director Danny White said...
It's over.   At the start of the season, the Buffalo Sabres set out to accomplish a goal, and for the first time in franchise history, they’ve achieved it.   We the fans, made it through.  Whether you were on board for Game...
The Sabres didn’t start well in Columbus as they let Nick Foligno just walk down the slot wide open. The winger beat Anders Lindback far side and in just 14 seconds it was 1-0 Columbus.   Buffalo got some pressure pretty quickly after that and...
After a good, crisp practice and talking to the players the past two days, it seems like they’re determined to finish the season strong.   Buffalo has won three of five games scoring four goals in three of them, three in one and none in the other....
With Andre Benoit out, The Sabres recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester. Ruhwedel joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season. In two NHL games during his first recall in March, he recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating. Ruhwedel...
Rex Ryan was the only man on the field, but he still faked a throw over to first base. The Buffalo Bills’ new head coach had an ear-to-ear grin as he came to the set, dug into the rubber and fired the ball toward home plate. Juuust a bit outside…...
The Buffalo Bills have announced their preseason opponents for the 2015 season. -Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers -Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (ESPN) -Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -Week 4: at Detroit Lions The Bills are coming...
For some today is a sad day and for others it’s a happy one as the Sabres went through their final practice of this season. Of course they will have one or two morning skates, but they are not really practices.   For Ted Nolan he said, “I...
Robert Woods has started 29 games so far in his young NFL career.  Yet, he’s already had four different quarterbacks throw him passes in games.     Now, with the Bills trading for Matt Cassel, signing Tyrod Taylor, and a...
​ Arizona State is hiring University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley. News emerged earlier this week that the 43-year-old former Duke star was emerging as a frontrunner. Hurley led UB to its first NCAA tournament...
Sam Reinhart will end his 2014-15 season as a Rochester American. According to his WHL team, the Sabres have assigned their top prospect to Rochester after his junior season came to an end earlier this week. Reinhart's Kootenay Ice club was eliminated...
The Bills brought in some pretty talented offensive players with high-profile names this offseason.  Guys who want to have the football in their hands, and are used to getting it.  Now, with all of them on the same team, they may have to get...
The Sabres did a feature during the 2013 draft where Kevin Devine was so relieved that Nashville took Seth Jones at number four. Many had Jones going first overall, but that honor went to Nathan MacKinnon who was selected by Colorado.   Florida grabbed...
The longest tenured Buffalo Bill isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  And that’s just fine with him.  Because Kyle Williams loves Buffalo, and says he belongs here. Williams has been with the Bills since he was 22-years old. ...
The Bills may be in the market for a veteran safety.  The team announced Tuesday free agent Dawan Landry is visiting One Bills Drive. Landry is familiar with Rex Ryan's defense.  He played for Ryan and new Bills defensive cordinator Dennis...
Associated Press report HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus reached a plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped for crashing his Jaguar into a tree near a busy suburban Buffalo intersection last year. Dareus...
Freshman Tyus Jones led all scorers with 23 points, including a key three pointer with 1:24 to play that propelled Duke to their fifth national championship in a 68-63 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis....
The Hurricanes outshot Buffalo 23-12 in the first period, but it was the Sabres that led 2-0. Anders Lindback made some great saves on Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal early. The Hurricanes outshot Buffalo 23-12 in the first period, but it was the Sabres that...
Welcome once again inside of the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, high atop ice level at First Niagara Center. Tonight marks the penultimate home game for the blue and gold as they entertain the Carolina Hurricanes.  Just one more regulation loss will...
Ten Buffalo Bills players are not yet medically cleared to fully participate in football-related activities, according to head coach Rex Ryan.  However, Ryan expects all of the players, and everyone else on the roster, to be ready to go...
Carolina is in town, but the Sabres can satisfy many fans and achieve their organizational goal tonight. A regulation loss to the Hurricanes would clinch 30th place and either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel for the franchise.   Buffalo lost its last...
The Buffalo Bills began Phase I of their 2015 offseason conditioning program Monday morning.  The workouts are voluntary and players are not required to attend. Of the 71 players listed on the Bills roster, several counts had the number of attendees...
The white flag is being waved. Its the last lap of the race and the Sabres are in the lead. All they need to do is not wreck on their way to the finish line. According to Sports Club Stats, the Sabres have a 98% chance of ending up 30th thanks to the...
Wow!!! What an incredible weekend.   On Friday night, the Buffalo Sabres are less than two minutes away from catching Arizona and moving into a tie for 29th place.  Then Jonathan Toews steps out of the phone booth in the Superman outfit and saves...
The Buffalo Bandits fell back to the .500 mark in the standings with a 12-11 loss to the New England Black Wolves on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center.  The Bandits never led during the game and were forced to play from behind for most of...
Andrey Makarov was called up at the end of last season when the Sabres ran into goaltending injuries, but never played.   Injuries to Matt Hackett and Chad Johnson have brought the young Russian back, and this time he made his first NHL start on Saturday....
This is it for the story of the Buffalo Sabres against the New York Islanders in Long Island. The Isles move to Brooklyn next season, but the history of Stanley Cups and Hall of Fame players is right here. Bryan Trottier was maybe the greatest player to...
The shots in the first period were 12-11, but for the first 10 minutes the Blackhawks just toyed with the Sabres. Chicago passed and skated and Buffalo seemed helpless to do anything about it.   At the 2:16 mark, Zac Dalpe got right in front of Anders...
Welcome yet again inside of the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, high atop ice level. There will only be a few more chances for me to say that this season. Tonight marks the third to last home game for the blue and gold. The Chicago Blackhawks make their only...
It’s possible the Sabres could have issues getting 20 bodies in uniform tonight against Chicago.   Two players missed the morning skate and could miss the game. Ted Nolan said, “Moulson woke up this morning not feeling very well, so hopefully...
Pat Kaleta was playing junior with Peterborough when he got the best news he could ever get, he was drafted in the 6th round of the 2004 draft by the Buffalo Sabres.   The soon to be 29 year old played nine seasons and 343 NHL games with the only...
Just over a month ago, the Buffalo Bills were listed as 66/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50 at Bovada.com.  Only six teams were considered more of a long-shot at the time.  That was before the the Bills re-signed Jerry Hughes, traded for LeSean...
A report from ESPN's Josina Anderson Friday says Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had surgery this offseason on an area near his hip.  Watkins had been dealing with, and playing through, a hip injury for most of the last month of the season afer...
Jack Parker first saw Jack Eichel play when Eichel was just over 14 years old.  Parker, who was recruiting Eichel for Boston University, knew right away he'd be a terrific player and a top NHL prospect. Ironically, Eichel was playing in a tournament...
The Bills on Thursday announced their offseason workout program and minicamp schedule for rookies and veterans.  As per a media release by the team, the dates and events are as follows: Voluntary Offseason Conditioning Monday, April 6 –...
  The last time Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass in a real football game, it was to give Virginia Tech a 9-7 lead over Andrew Luck’s Stanford Cardinal in the Orange Bowl.   That was over four years ago.    Since...
The Sabres came home from their west coast swing and played a pretty good 1st period before coming back in the 3rd for the 4-3 win.   Mikhail Grigorenko took an early high sticking penalty. Jonathan Bernier didn’t see him coming out of the box...
Welcome once again inside of the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, hight atop ice level at First Niagara Center. I can now count on one hand how many home games are left for the blue and gold, with tonight taking another off of the ledger. The Toronto Maple...
Thom Cich Twitter: @ThomWGR Buffalo, NY (WGR) Six days later it's as if the hometown cheers for the visiting Coyotes are still reverberating through the rafters at First Niagara Center.  The Sabres look to shrink the gap between 30th and 29th...
A few news items and notes related to the Bills today, Wednesday, April 1st…. —Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the Bills have shown interest in Albany tight end and Henrietta, NY native Brian Parker. Albany tight...
I think we could see a sloppy game tonight. Toronto was at home last night beating Tampa Bay 3-1, while the Sabres didn’t get home until about 5:00 Tuesday night from Phoenix and are likely jet lagged.   The Leafs have actually won two...
So how bad is the stress from the race for 30th? I had to completely unplug this past weekend to get into a better place.  The wife and I went out of town and I stayed off twitter, didn't check work emails and didn't watch any NHL Gamecenter,...
So how bad is the stress from the race for 30th? I had to completely unplug this past weekend to get into a better place.  The wife and I went out of town and I stayed off twitter, didn't check work emails and didn't watch any NHL Gamecenter,...
When the Bills dealt their 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins trade last year, GM Doug Whaley said he did it, in part, because he expected the pick to be a “low one.”  He didn’t put a number on it, but considering...
  Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Kraig Urbik started following college basketball a lot more closely within the past four or five years.  And who can blame him?  That’s right around the time Bo Ryan started taking his Wisconsin...
The Bills want to keep Marcell Dareus for a long time.  They also know it won’t be easy.  Or cheap.  But a report Monday indicates the team is ready to get to work on making that happen. A story in The Buffalo News quotes...
The Sabres had the better of the play in the first period, but came away trailing 1-0. Johan Larsson had maybe the best 20 minutes I’ve seen from him as he caused numerous turnovers that produced Grade-A scoring chances. The first turnover set Brian...
The Sabres are in Arizona tonight with six points separating the two teams. If Buffalo wins in regulation tonight and beats Toronto at home on Wednesday, Buffalo will only be two points in back of the Coyotes.   Arizona won the game in Buffalo on Thursday...
The Sabres have recalled goaltender Andrey Makarov from the Rochester Americans. Matt Hackett isn’t going to be able to play tonight. Ted Nolan said, “It’s his injury from before, just a reoccurrence of it so we just want to make...
Thom Cich reporting Twitter: @thomwgr Chris Brown reports on BuffaloBills.com that the franchise record for season ticket sales is within reach for the 2015 Bills.  According to Brown's report the current total of season tickets sold is more than...
For all intents and purposes, the race for 30th could come to an end this week. It all starts tonight when the Buffalo Sabres play their second game against the Arizona Coyotes in a five day span. The Sabres have a six point lead on the Coyotes with just...
How many primetime games?     Will any be at home?   Who will they get in the opener?   The same questions are asked by Bills fans every offseason until the actual schedule is released in April.  This year, there...
On draft day 2013, Sabres scouting director Kevin Devine was pretty excited. A video produced by the Sabres showed Devine celebrating when the Nashville Predators selected Seth Jones. When the Sabres picked eighth, we found out why: Because Buffalo’s...
After a few days of treatment, Tyler Ennis appears to be progressing. Ennis skated for about an hour pretty much by himself and really didn’t do much. Ted Nolan said, “We’ll make sure he’s 100 percent before we would even consider putting...
Much was made of the game against Arizona on Thursday with Sabre fans going as far as cheering for Coyotes goals. It left a bad taste to many of the players and Ted Nolan says Monday night in Arizona will be different, “I don’t think you’ll...
The Sabres opened the first period missing some great chances, but outshooting the Avalanche 7-3. Despite the gap, Buffalo also gave up some good opportunities thanks to some dandy giveaways. Things really started tilting Colorado’s way and they took...
When Andre Benoit showed up to play last year in Colorado, it was pretty much his first full NHL season.   Benoit was 30, but had only played 41 NHL games with Ottawa. In 79 games with the Avalanche he had seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points....
With Tyler Ennis missing tonight’s game with a shoulder or neck problem, Brian Gionta will move to his wing with Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson.   In his last two games he has three goals and four points. Gionta has seven points in six games....
The Sabres got a little good news on Friday. Ted Nolan said Tyler Ennis is going to the trip out west and could play Monday in Arizona.   Friday’s practice was optional and Matt Hackett did not participate. Nolan said Hackett is sore, but said...
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The Buffalo Bills are getting closer to the unveiling of the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium to the general public. The team allowed WGR Sports Radio 550 have a sneak peak to see just how far along they are with a little under three weeks to go before...
WGR's Howard Simon was in Canton on Saturday to watch as Bills reciever Andre Reed was inducted in to the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he took a few pictures to commemorate the event.  Check them out! 
Buffalo, N.Y. (wgr550.com) - Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick Sam Reinhart was in studio with Howard Simon and Jeremy White.  Here are some photos we snapped in the studio.
The Buffalo Bills honor their founder and owner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. by opening up their Fieldhouse in Orchard Park to fans. All pictures by Joe Buscaglia
The WGR team was at the Gallagher Center Friday night for the Purple Eagles' double header.
WGR Sports Radio 550 at NOCO Express French and Borden with Sal
Amherst, N.Y. (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills first round draft pick had little sleep and arrived in Buffalo early today.  Quarterback E.J. Manuel stopped in to visit with Howard SImon and Jeremy White in our WGR studios.  Here are some photos snapped...
Check out the pictures from the Transitowne event with Howard and the WGR Promo Team on March 16th!
Pictures from Sal Capaccio broadcasting live from the Labatt Pond Hockey Tournament
Sunoco sampling at the Bills tailgate at the last home game of the season on 12-30-12!
WGR's Pat Malacaro is in Ottawa for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend.  Head inside for his photos from Media Day and the Skills Competition.
WGR Ball Girls at Westwood Country Club in Amherst for the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament.
It's the start of a brand new era for the Buffalo Bills. With brand new helmets and uniforms for the franchise, the next new thing to be installed is the brand new A-Turf that will make up the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Some major changes to the field...
The Buffalo Bills unveiled their new uniforms Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Click to view the pictures!
Darth Vader was in the neighborhood, so he stopped by our studios to give Bulldog a Star Wars Bisons Jersey and to play some match game.
How do you feel about the Bills not having a first round pick?
  It has wiped out my usual pre draft excitement.
  It isn't a problem since they did so much via free agency/trades.
 
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