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POSTED ON Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:25 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

Today's show was live from Park Country Club, the site of the annual Buffalo Sabres Alumni Golf Tournament.

Andrew Peters and I had great chats with Rene Robert (who gave his thoughts on 3-on-3 overtime and soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Phil Housley), Larry Carriere (who shared a good Lee Fogolin story) and Dave Hannan (who scored the game winner in the four-overtime playoff game against the Devils).

The show then turned to the Bills (One Buffalo!) with the news of Fred Jackson being released and Tyrod Taylor being named the starting QB.

We’ll be back on the air Tuesday at 10 a.m. on WGR 550.

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.28.2015 / 1:43 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

We spent the show discussing the Sabres blue line and the possibilities if Cody Franson is signed. Many combinations were discussed.

WGR 550's Paul Hamilton joined Andrew Peters and me in studio for the second hour to discuss the entire roster.

Forward Nicholas Baptiste phoned in to update his summer and what he hopes to accomplish in training camp.

Interview with Nick Baptiste

Hour One // Hour Two with Paul Hamilton

We'll be back on Monday at 10 a.m. on WGR 550.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.27.2015 / 3:15 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

We talked coaching personalities and styles today on the show.

Jay McKee was up first and discussed the styles of the coaches he played for. McKee also gave some insight on how he thinks Dan Bylsma will be.

Interview with Jay McKee

Paul Hamilton joined the conversation to talk about Rex Ryan's style and hockey coaches that have big personalities.

Interview with Paul Hamilton

The second hour featured former Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr on retirement and winning the Stanley Cup.

Interview with Robyn Regehr

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 4:10 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

It was a busy show on Wednesday that started with team president Russ Brandon coming on to announce season tickets have been capped at 16,000. Brandon also talked about the the "buzz" that exists with both the Sabres an Bills right now.

Interview with Russ Brandon

Dan Dunleavy was up next, and we discussed expectations with him for goal scorers this season.

Interview with Dan Dunleavy

Vice President of Tickets, John Sinclair closed out the first hour with information on mini-packs and single-game seats going on sale.

Interview with John Sinclair


The second hour featured defenseman Mike Weber discussing his game and the team expectations for this season.

Interview with Mike Weber

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.25.2015 / 3:18 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE

Andrew Peters and I spent most of the show discussing advice to rookies in the NHL and player support.

Rob Zamuner from the NHLPA joined the show to discuss the various initiatives underway to help players.

Interview with Rob Zamuner

Don Stevens, the voice of the Rochester Americans, called in during the second hour to continue the discussion on 3-on-3 OT and reducing the number of shootouts.

Interview with Don Stevens

Hour One // Hour Two

We’re back on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on WGR 550.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.24.2015 / 1:10 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

We spent the first part of the show discussing players' preparation for training camp and how many preseason games are needed to get ready for the season.

Former Sabre Ric Seiling joined the conversation and shared the opinion that five games are needed to be in game-shape. That's what he needed and believes it's the same for players today.

Interview with Ric Seiling

The second hour of the show featured discussion on how 3-on-3 overtime will be received this year and if it will reduce the number of shootouts. Brian Duff called into the show and got into a spirited debate with Andrew Peters on the merits of shootouts vs. ties.

Interview with Duffer

Hour One // Hour Two

We're back Tuesday at 10 a.m. on WGR 550.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.20.2015 / 1:47 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE

Thursday's show featured a 'Franchise Four' discussion intertwined with several guests involved with youth hockey. Much of the 'Four' debate focused on the blue line between Phil Housley and Mike Ramsey. Ramsey won the day over the soon to be Hall of Famer. Former Buff State head coach Nick Carriere (father is Larry) joined the show to talk about his new job as an assistant with St. John in the AHL. We were also joined by Jason Jerome from Impact Sports Performance and Pat Oliveto from the Academy of Hockey with advice for youth hockey players. Jerome shared new research results on when is the right age an right type of off ice workouts for kids, while Oliveto spoke the virtues of choosing the college route.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 1:22 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE



We spent the majority of the show discussing participation trophies in youth sports. Andrew shared his experiences in youth hockey, and I shared my observations from my kids experience in youth sports. Several listeners called in and tweeted their opinions on the subject. Former net minder and current Academy of Hockey instructor, Marty Biron called in with his opinion, and with some tips on how young goalies should go about their business. We finished the show by discussing the possibility of advertisements on jerseys. The idea got mixed reviews.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 1:45 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE



We started the show by carrying over conversations Andrew and I had with fans at the Patrick Kaleta golf tourney concerning the Sabres chances this season. Optimism ruled the day with training camp a month away. Brian Duff joined the show at 10:30 to recap the Amerks Alumni golf tourney and his thoughts on Danny Briere calling it a career. The second hour of the show changed gears with Jeremiah Crowe from the Academy of Hockey calling in. Crowe gave some tips for parents entering a new season. Marty Biron is scheduled to do more of the same tomorrow on the show.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.17.2015 / 1:31 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / HOCKEY HOTLINE



The show was live from Patrick Kaleta's HITS Foundation golf tournament T Brierwood CC. Kaleta stopped by the show to talk about the Foundation's work in WNY and his free agent status. Ruben Brown visited at 11:00 am to talk Bills football. Nic Deslauriers was the final guest, and expressed his excitement to get this season started.

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