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POSTED ON Monday, 07.27.2015 / 1:12 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE

During the first hour, Andrew Peters and I discussed the recent rankings from Yahoo! Sports of the top 25 players by position. The only Sabres player to make the list was Evander Kane at the left wing.

In the second hour, we were joined by the interim head coach of the Buffalo State Bengals, Steve Murphy. He discussed his plans in to continue the success of the program, and his Alaskan roots.

INTERVIEW WITH STEVE MURPHY

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.24.2015 / 1:14 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Toronto Maple Leafs)

We focused on the new GM in Toronto, Lou Lamoriello, in the first hour of the show.

Matt Loughlin, the radio voice of the Devils, joined the show to talk about Lamoriello's legacy in New Jersey and the decision to move on. For balance, the voice of the Leafs, Joe Bowen, came on to discuss what the addition means for Toronto.

Interview with Matt Loughlin

Interview with Joe Bowen

The second hour of the show focused on the organizational depth of the Sabres and Rochester Americans. We also touched on the Canadiens signing Alexander Semin to a one-year deal.

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

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 1:14 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The big news of the day, besides Andrew Peters returning from vacation, was the the resignation of Lou Lamoriello in New Jersey to become the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Andrew played for Lamoriello in New Jersey, and had plenty of perspective on the move.

Brian Blessing, the former host of the Hockey Hotline television show in Buffalo, who is now a radio host in Las Vegas called in. Blessing had great insight on life in Vegas, the expansion bid, and how well he thinks the NHL will do in Sin City.

INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN BLESSING

Finally, Tim Schaller joined us in the last hour to discuss his goal of making the Sabres roster right out of training camp this year.

INTERVIEW WITH TIM SCHALLER

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 4:40 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

It was a roundtable Wednesday on the show as Harry Neale, Dan Dunleavy and Brian Duff joined me in studio.

We discussed the lineup fit for the recently signed Johan Larsson, expectations for Matt Moulson this year and if there's room for Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta remains an unrestricted free agent.

The hour ended with a debate about 3-on-3 overtime and if implementing it this season was the right decision.

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The second hour featured expansion talk with guest Renaud Lavoie from TVA Sports in Montreal discussing the excitement in Quebec with the possible return of the Nordiques.

INTERVIEW WITH RENAUD LAVOIE

Andrew Peters returns tomorrow from vacation. We’ll be on at 10 a.m. on WGR 550.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 12:06 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: NHLI)

“The Buffer and the Duffer”

We started the show talking about Dustin Byfuglien and his contract status with the Jets. He is in the final year of his contract, bringing an extension or trade the only two scenarios for the big blue liner.

Matthew Coller and I discussed if he would fit here, what you'd have to give up and if it would be worthwhile. The answer? NO. Our opinions anyway.

Then Brian Duff joined the show and we discussed that there were only two applications for expansion teams in the NHL and why. Brian expressed concern for both markets, Las Vegas and Quebec City, citing economics and the Canadian dollar.

That led to further discussion on the economics of the NHL, healthy franchise and revenue sharing.

Interview with Duffer

I’ll be back on the air Wednesday at 10 a.m. on WGR 550 with Harry Neale scheduled to join me in studio.

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:14 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Courtesy of the Buffalo Bills)

Today's show was filled with some of the greats in Buffalo sports history, as the show was live from the Danny Gare and Friends Golf Classic to benefit UNYTS.

Rick Jeanneret started the show off with his thoughts and perspective on the passing of legendary Bills play-by-play man Van Miller.

Interview with RJ

Danny Gare and Rene Robert shared their memories of Van conducting post-game interviews, and being at the Aud in his days as the voice of the Buffalo Braves of the NBA.

Interview with Danny Gare and Rene Robert

The show finished with Bills alumni Lou Piccone and Booker Edgerson, who told stories about Miller and what he meant to the Bills family.

Interview with Lou Piccone and Booker Edgerson

Interview with Mark Simon of UNYTS

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.17.2015 / 12:36 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

We talked a lot about Johan Larsson and where he fits in the Sabres lineup. Andrew Peters spoke to the versatility Larsson brings to the team, and thinks that will be an asset for Dan Byslma this season.

Player agent Steve Bartlett joined the show to give perspective on the dollars drying up in the free agent market. Bartlett said it's been a tough year for veteran free agents, as many have accepted or will have to accept less money and term.

He also echoed Andrew's surprise from yesterday when it comes to so many 2015 draft picks already signing contracts this summer.

Interview with Steve Bartlett

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 12:35 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The Sabres’ defense was once again the show’s hot topic and whether or not the team needs to add another blue liner.

Former Sabres defenseman Jay McKee joined us in the first hour to assess the Sabres’ back end. McKee thinks the team can be patient with the D and also talked about the challenges of playing the off-side on defense.

Jay McKee Interview

In the second hour, Brad May made his weekly appearance and did not disappoint. May gave his opinion on what Ryan O'Reilly faces from a teammate standpoint. Brad also gave his assessment of the defense corps, specifically, how good he thinks Mark Pysyk is going to be.

Cody Franson also came up as a possibility, and Brad likes Franson's ability to get the puck to the net from the point.

Brad May Interview

Join Andrew Peters and me each morning from 10 a.m.-noon for more roster talk and moves around the NHL

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 12:05 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The majority of Wednesday's show featured discussion about the Sabres blue line. The left side was talked about most as Tim Murray has stated in the past the desire for a veteran D-man with a left-handed shot.  

Mark Pysyk joined the show in the first hour to discuss his new contract, and his readiness for the upcoming season. Pysyk said he'll play with anybody and became comfortable playing the left side in Rochester last year. He went into detail on the challenges of playing the off-hand side.   

Interview with Mark Pysyk

Free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks decided to join the Dallas Stars over a reported offer from the Sabres. Dan Dunleavy stopped by the studio for the final hour to discuss what that signing means for the Stars -- and that there is no need to panic over Oduya not signing here. 

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 11:49 AM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host / HOCKEY HOTLINE
(Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

Tuesday on Hockey Hotline, Andrew Peters gave his opinion on how he thinks teammates will react and support Ryan O'Reilly in the wake of his incident.

Kris Baker from SabresProspects.com joined us for a development camp wrap up. Baker spoke highly of Justin Bailey's goal in the scrimmage and the progress he's made over the past two years.

Interview with Kris Baker

We also talked about free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, whom is reportedly nearing a decision on which team to join as it appears the Blackhawks will not re-sign him.

Brian Duff is all for bringing Oduya on board, but also thinks Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen could potentially make a great top pair.

Interview with Brian Duff

Be sure to join Andrew and me each morning at 10:00 a.m. for Hockey Hotline on WGR 550 AM.

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