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The Buffalo Sabres are in full Coach Watch mode since Mike Babcock selected the Toronto Maple Leafs rather than coming to Buffalo. One name that has been rumored for months is that of Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson,...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The draft is complete, all the picks have signed their contracts, undrafted free agents have been added, and Phase Two of offseason conditioning is over.  The Bills have 90 players on their roster, the number...
Tim Murray joined Schopp and the Bulldog on WGR Sports Radio 550 Thursday afternoon.   Thursday was the day Mike Babcock was introduced as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.   Normally teams don’t talk about coaches that don’t...
  By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced...
Sabres general manager Tim Murray says the team didn't dwell long after losing out on Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Appear on WGR with Schopp and Bulldog, Murray said the team has been talking to candidates during and throughout the Babcock...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports  Real OTAs are finally here. Up until now, the Buffalo Bills haven't been allowed to run any offense vs. defense, including 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 drills, during offseason workouts.  All that changes...
Mike Babcock was introduced on Thursday as the next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. When listening to him speak it was obvious Toronto was the place for him. He also said, "I believe this is Canada's team and we need to put Canada's team back...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   It’s not the norm to have a true workhorse running back in the NFL these days.  Most teams prefer a two or even three-back system, utilizing guys in different roles and keeping everyone fresh. ...
So no Babcock. With Mike Babcock electing to become the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres will now kick their coach search into top gear. Considering they were a finalist for in the Babcock sweepstakes – one...
On Tuesday there was confidence inside the walls of the arena that Mike Babcock was the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres.   Wednesday rolled around and to say the Sabres are upset that Babcock pulled out in late morning would be an understatement. Babcock...
The NFL owners approved the competition committee’s proposal Tuesday to move back extra-point kicks and allowing defense to score on 2-point conversions. The new rule indicates that the ball will be snapped from the 15-yard-line on PAT’s so...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Buffalo Bills have their entire 2015 draft class under contract after the team announced the signing of second-round pick Ronald Darby (CB, Florida State) on Tuesday.    The 5-11, 195-pound...
Sammy Watkins had the best quote of all the exit interviews following the 2014 season. “Watch the tape,” he said when asked about his numbers being below other top rookies. Watkins finished the season with 65 catches and just...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports In what most consider a surprise announcement Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings in San Francisco, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said his organization will not appeal the penalties handed down to them by...
It won't be the only story line during Rex Ryan's first Bills training camp but it sure will be the biggest one.  The quarterback competition and who emerges as the winner will be front and center for those inside and outside of the organization....
Mlive.com is reporting that Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is done talking with other teams and is likely to make a decision on Wednesday. Babcock has visited with the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs about their coaching openings and...
It appears some stragglers are still trying to join the BabWatch party.  ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports Mike Babcock will meet with the San Jose Sharks sometime this week, but he won't be extending the time he wants to take to make the decision...
Tyler Ennis was alternating on Canada’s fourth line, but when it mattered the most, he was Canada’s best player leading the Canadians to a 6-1 win over Russia and a gold medal at the World Championships.   When the game was scoreless the...
Team USA played 5.5 good periods in the Medal Round of the World Championship and that helped Jack Eichel and his teammates go home with the Bronze Medal.   On Sunday, Team USA beat the host Czech Republic 3-0. Eichel had a gorgeous assist when he won...
Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock is expected to decide this week on where he will coach next season, and Sportsnet reports it is down to a three-horse race. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto...
BabWatch could be coming to a close soon. Mike Babcock sat down with TSN's Darren Dreger to discuss his coaching future.  Babcock was also joined by Detroit GM Ken Holland.   Babcock was granted permission by the Red Wings to speak with...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Bills now have seven players with the last name "Williams" on their roster.  In alphabetical order by first name, they are: Aaron, Chris, Duke, Erik, Karlos, Kyle, Mario.  How well do you think...
The Buffalo Sabres have had a carousel in goal since Ryan Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline two seasons ago. They gave Miller’s backup Jhonas Enroth a shot, traded for Michal Neuvirth, Chad Johnson and Anders...
WGR's Upon Further Review takes you through the day that was, wrapping up today's important headlines all in one place. Tom Brady and the NFLPA officially appealed his four-game suspension today.  In a statement on their website, the NFLPA...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Two more Bills draft picks are under contract.  The team announced today the signings of third-round pick John Miller (G, Louisville) and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams (RB, Florida State). ...
With the second round of the playoff over, the Sabres now know where they’ll be drafting in June.   Buffalo of course has the second overall pick with its own selection.   In the Evander Kane deal with Winnipeg, the Jets got Buffalo’s...
Team USA beat Switzerland on Thursday 3-1. That puts the 7-1 Americans into the semifinals on Saturday against Russia or Sweden. Word is Alex Ovechkin is on his way to the Czech Republic to play if Russia beats the Swedes.   Jack Eichel did not have...
Derek Stepan snapped a rebound past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to put the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers were down in the series 3-1, but fought back to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night....
Pete Carges @pcarges550 The second round of the NHL playoffs wraps up tonight, and get your fill hockey fans, because it looks like there will be some completely unnecessary days off before the conference finals start. Also, a...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   As a senior at Seaside High School in California, Ty Powell led the Spartans football team to a state title.   That was as the starting quarterback and cornerback. When he went to college at tiny...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Rex Ryan has reunited with "The Terminator."   The Bills today announced the signing of free agent fullback John Conner. Details of the contract were not released.   ...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports By his own admission, Marquise Goodwin spent too much time in the training room last year and staying healthy was “his biggest nemesis.” The Buffalo Bills third-year wide receiver says...
Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was benched after a Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans last season, causing many to ask whether his time in Buffalo was over. However, a coaching change has Manuel and the coaching staff about having a "clean slate."...
Jeremy White Whitey@wgr550.com @JeremyWGR Jack Eichel's play at the World Championships offers a glimpse into what he might look like as an NHL player.  If the last few games, featuring some of the world's best players, are...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 Relax puckheads, the hockey playoffs are back tonight with a very interesting Game 6. Also in the NBA, two series on opposite ends of the excitment spectrum head to game 5. What's on Tap for Tonight:...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports You've heard it many times before. The further away we get from the Buffalo Bills four consecutive Super Bowl losses, as much as it still hurts for Bills fans, the more it is respected and revered around the nation...
The man who the Sabres will likely draft second overall in June looked just as good as advertised Tuesday at the World Championships.   Mike Babcock is in the Czech Republic and if he needed a Sabres selling point, Eichel gave him one live.  ...
While many Bills fans might be celebrating the four game suspension for  New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, you should expect a more low key response from Bills players and coaches.  Bills center Eric Wood was a guest on the WGR morning...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   One division game.  Out of the four games Tom Brady will have to serve as a suspension for ordering the deflating of footballs, then lying about it and not cooperating with league investigators,...
"It's not personal, it's strictly business."  That classic quote from "The Godfather" is exactly how I feel about the suspension for Tom Brady and the penalties levied against the New England Patriots by the NFL.   ...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Tom Brady won’t be lining up under center against the Bills September 20 in Orchard Park.  The NFL handed down a four game suspension for the Patriots quarterback for his involvement in the deflating of...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   The Bills are now at the 90-man roster limit after signing former UTEP safety Wes Miller to a free agent contract.   NFL teams are allowed to bring 90 players to training camp.  That list...
When Justin Bailey heads to the Sabres rookie camp he will have just turned 20 years old. Bailey has been in the Sabres organization for two training camps since being taken in the second round of the 2013 draft.   The Western New York native will join...
I want Mike Babcock to be the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres.  I want this quite a bit. There is only be thing I want more. I want Mike Babcock to want to be the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres. I want you to want me. Never a bad time...
WGR's Weekend Review catches you up with the weekend that was in sports   The Sabres hosted Red Wings coach Mike Babcock for a visit Sunday afternoon, as reported by our own Matthew Coller.  Babcock spent most of the day touring the facilities. ...
BabWatch is heating up.     I'm hearing Mike Babcock is meeting with the Buffalo Sabres today — Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) May 10, 2015 WGR's Matthew Coller reports the Sabres are meeting with Mike Babcock today....
Top Draft prospect Jack Eichel won’t officially have his name on the back of a NHL jersey until next month, but he is getting a taste of pro hockey now by suiting up for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships. Eichel has plenty of highlight reel...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Day two of Bills rookie minicamp concluded Saturday afternoon.  Here are some notes, observations, sights and sounds: --After tryout QB Austin Trainor (West Georgia) took every rep yesterday, the Bills...
WGR's Upon Further Review takes you through the day that was, wrapping up today's important headlines all in one place. No suspensions yet from the NFL for the New England Patriots, but there could be sanctions coming soon reports Gary Myers...
Fans looking for the best deal on individual game tickets this year will have to look at Buffalo's opponent. The team announced Friday it will use variable ticket pricing for 10 home games this upcoming season at Ralph Wilson Stadium....
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The first day is in the books.  38 rookies and first-year eligible players hit the practice field for the Buffalo Bills on Friday for the start of rookie minicamp.  Originally, there were to be 39 players....
The internet was ablaze on Thursday after soon-to-be Buffalo Sabre Jack Eichel made a highlight-reel play, stealing the puck at the blueline and making a power move toward the net. WATCH Here is another angle..... Listen to Howard, Jeremy...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports When rookie minicamp gets underway Friday for the Buffalo Bills, the team will have several players participating who were invited on a tryout basis.  These players are not under contract by the team and do...
What would have to happen, really? Would a playoff game have to go into a fifth overtime, scoreless? Would two games in the same series have to do that? Would seven? Would a network have to abandon a game for middle-of-the-night paid programming? ("It's...
"Who's our goalie?" One of the offseason storylines surrounding the Buffalo Sabres is how they will find their next goaltender(s). Since Ryan Miller was traded, the Sabres jumped from goalie to goalie, giving opportunities between...
Wednesday was the first time to ask Bills head coach Rex Ryan about his meeting with La’el Collins. Ryan was talkative on many subject, but not about this one. Ryan meet with reporters today and this was the...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, new Bills running back LeSean McCoy explained he originally did not want to come to Buffalo because he didn't know anything about it, but then "when you sit back...
While Sabres fans await the possible jump of Jack Eichel from Boston University to the NHL next season, Sabres prospect JT Compher is staying in college for now.  Compher, who was taken by the Sabres in the second round of the 2013 draft, was a guest...
The Buffalo Bills' coaching staff has said that Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor all have an equal chance to win the quarterback competition. Taylor joined WGR on Wednesday to talk about the competition. He said it was the possibility...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 Two Western Conference NHL teams on a collision course looking to put a strangehold on their series'. Meanwhile in the NBA, the two hottest teams in the playoffs can snag their 6th W in a row. Here's...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Bills head coach Rex Ryan was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday having dinner with former LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins, who has been questioned as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of...
For the third straight year, a University at Buffalo Bull was drafted by an NFL team and five other seniors were offered invitations to minicamp.   Kristjan Sokoli was drafted in the 6th round (214th overall). The Seahawks plan to turn the...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 The weekend sports extravaganza is over but the conference semi-finals are heating up. Just one NHL game tonight but two highly anticipated openers in the NBA, here's your daily cheat sheet on all the playoff...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday the siging of thirteen undrafted rookie free agents:   WR Andre Davis – South Florida TE Clay Burton - Florida OT Jermaine Barton – Illinois State...
Memo to the Buffalo Bills: Please don't trade your first round picks anymore.  It makes the draft far less interesting.  On Thursday night, I felt like someone who didn't get an invitation to the party everyone else was enjoying.  The...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Earlier today, the Bills brought in free agent defensive lineman and former Bill Alex Carrington for a visit.  By 3:30pm, he was signed to play again for the team that originally drafted him. Carrington was...
The Buffalo Bills did not have a first round pick, but they came away with two players that may have an impact right away in Florida State's Ronald Darby in the second and offensive lineman John Miller from Louisville in the third....
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the 2015 draft is over, the Buffalo Bills will get back to their voluntary offseason program this week, and welcome in new rookies for their first round of workouts, as well.  Here's out the week's...
The difference between the excitement of 2014 compared to lack thereof in 2015 was noticeable over the three-day NFL draft. Without a first-round pick, the Bills sat out Thursday night, and then did not pick a flashy position on Day 2.  It...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Bills have yet to officially announce any 2015 undrafted free agents.  However, putting together various reports and tweets, here’s a look at what’s being reported as players they will be bringing...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   If there's one word to describe the 2015 Buffalo Bills draft class, it’s “diverse.” The Bills went into the draft with only six elections.  They came out of it with players at six...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the Bills have used their only two selections in the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL draft, they’re not scheduled to pick again until the fifth-round, number 155 overall.  Including...
With the 50th overall selection, the Bills made cornerback Ronald Darby their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday. Darby comes to Buffalo by way of Florida State, where he started all 14 games last season and registered 43 tackles...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the first round is complete and teams can reset their boards, it gives us a chance to reevaluate who is still out there and where the Bills might go with their first selection.  I still believe they’d...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Right after the conclusion of the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley spoke to reporters and answered questions surrounding his thoughts on day one and what day two might hold. ...
The Sabres haven’t announced their ticket increases for next season, but I have finally seen the materials sent out to season ticket holders.   Buffalo has been raising prices in other years saying it’s so they can participate in NHL revenue...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports In an exclusive one-on-one interview just hours before the 2015 NFL draft, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley told me there’s less of a sense urgency to pick a player who makes an immediate impact...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 Not worried about round one of the NFL draft? Perfect. Plenty of playoff action tonight across the sports landscape to keep you occupied. Here's your daily cheat sheet. Go ahead, drop some knowledge on your friends:...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Here is my final 2015 mock draft:   1. Tampa Bay (2-14) - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 2. Tennessee (2-14) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 3. Jacksonville (3-13) - Leonard Williams, DE, USC 4. Oakland...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   The Bills will most likely be sitting out the first-round of tonight’s NFL Draft.  They aren’t scheduled to select until pick #50 overall, Friday night.  Unless, of course, they make a...
The Buffalo Sabres are in the market for a coach and one potential bench boss just hit the market.  The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night after a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will move on to play...
If you do a quick Google search of the words “does building through NFL Free Agency work?” you get red flags, flashing signs and guys in yellow vests waving you in the other direction. Historically – it turns out – the...
There won't be many starting spots up for grabs when the Bills hit training camp.  Quarterback for sure and left guard  too.  There's probably just one starting job open on the defensive side of the ball and it's the safety spot...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 The days are getting longer and the temperature is warming up, but for many sports fans, especially in this area, the months of April, May and June mean only one thing. Playoffs. Wasting away countless hours in front...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Here's my third mock draft, getting close to beig finalized.  The final mock will be out a few hours before the draft. Round 1 1. Tampa Bay (2-14) - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 2. Tennessee...
Rex Ryan made it pretty clear on Day 1 of Voluntary Bills Camp that he’s having a quarterbacking competition that consists of three guys and not Jeff Tuel.   Ryan spoke on Tuesday on how good Matt Cassel looked. He liked EJ Manuel too, but wanted...
With the draft lottery putting the Sabres in position to select Jack Eichel, it's important to know as much as possible about the Boston University product.  In the weeks leading up to the lottery, we had a number of guests on our shows who spoke...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Despite one of the most talented groups in the league, ranking in the top-four in most major categories, and now one of the best defensive-minded head coaches in the NFL in charge of them, the Bills still need to...
Rex Ryan finally got his brand new football team on the field. Tuesday was the first day of Voluntary Veteran Minicamp. Obviously players don’t need to be here, but Ryan likes what he saw, “We had a really high number in attendance. We did have...
  The Buffalo Bills have exercised their 5th year option on cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.  The move comes as no surprise.  General Manager Doug Whaley said at the league’s owner’s meetings in...
Oh look, a head shot. You know the playoffs are really cooking now in the NHL. No, not because the field is almost all set for round two. I know because we had a leave your feet headshot that didn't even result in a penalty.  Here is...
The Buffalo Bills do not have a first round pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, but Bills GM Doug Whaley is busy scouting players who could be available when they are on the clock with the 50th overall pick. WKBW's Joe Buscaglia reports that...
Last night, NFL.com listed six draft trades they'd love to see. Number five hits close to home. The trade:  Washington Redskins trade Robert Griffin III to Buffalo in exchange for EJ Manuel and change. That's right,...
Former Sabres coach Marcel Pronovost has died at the age of 84.   Pronovost brought the Sabres to second place in the Adams Division in 1977-78 which was his first season.   In the first round of the playoffs, Pronovost’s team beat the...
Brian Gionta has not been used to losing in his long NHL career and has a Stanley Cup ring from New Jersey to prove it. This year took a lot out of the Sabres captain, “It’s tough, you’re a competitive guy and you want to win. With a few...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter: @SalSports   Bills General Manager Doug Whaley is already on record saying this year’s rookie class (mostly, late-round picks and undrafted free agents) will have a tougher time than most making the team, considering...
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...
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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.
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