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Follow Me on TwitterChris Ostrander is a 2008 graduate of John Carroll University where he played all four seasons with JCU's ACHA hockey team. After graduation Chris spent the 2008-09 season with the Buffalo Sabres organization working for the Sabres and Buffalo Bandits (indoor lacrosse) Public Relations department. After his time with the Sabres, Chris worked with NBC's hockey coverage for the 2010 Olympic games prior to his current role as the Public Relations Director for the American Collegiate Hockey Association. He runs the Sabres, Bills and Buffalo-centric blog Two in the Box. If you have questions or wish to contact Chris, you can email him at costrander@ourhometown.ca

Clever contract manuvering gives Murray flexibility
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Clever contract manuvering gives Murray flexibility

Jul. 19, 2014: The Buffalo Sabres’ dismal 52-point campaign in 2013-14 was punctuated by a historically bad offensive output that put the team nearly 40 goals behind the next closest club and well below the 200-goal plateau. It was a campaign that brought about the long overdue firing of Darcy Regier, the introduction of Tim Murray along with the groundwork to select Sam Reinhart second overall at this year’s entry draft. FULL STORY

Players to watch at Sabres Development Camp
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Players to watch at Sabres Development Camp

Jul. 17, 2014: Development Camp is an interesting event for a few reasons. It offers onlookers their first look at many of a team’s recent draft picks mixed in with other organizational prospects. Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen, a pair of players who are likely penciled into the Sabres’ opening night roster at this point. While they’ll certainly stand out due to where they are on the development curve, my interest in them is much lower than other individuals and groups. FULL STORY

Double Minors: 2014 Sabres Development Camp scrimmage
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Double Minors: 2014 Sabres Development Camp scrimmage

Jul. 17, 2014: The Sabres annual prospect’s scrimmage came and went last night with a sloppy 5-1 win for Team White. Two of the most obvious standouts were Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen. The two towering defensemen were split between the two squads but they were certainly noticeable when they were on the ice. Zadorov was very active joining the rush and even chipped in with an assist as his booming slapshot caught the end boards and wound up on Jerome Leduc’s tape for a tap in to open the scoring. FULL STORY

Haul from Vanek trade continues to grow for Sabres
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Haul from Vanek trade continues to grow for Sabres

Jul. 3, 2014: GM Tim Murray may have inherited a clunker of a roster from Darcy Regier, but the Buffalo Sabres organization still had good bones despite the kamikaze job Regier did on the roster prior to his departure. One of Regier’s final acts continues to bear fruit for the Sabres as the trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders may serve as a major catalyst for Buffalo’s rebuild. FULL STORY

Who poses a threat to Sabres
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Who poses a threat to Sabres' Mission McDavid in 2015?

Jun. 26, 2014: With the 2014 NHL Draft just a few days away, the Buffalo Sabres will be making the second highest selection in franchise history that should serve as a major piece of their current rebuild. While the Sabres’ 30th place finish this year ensured them a top-two selection at the draft, the real prize sits atop the 2015 NHL Draft when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are set to be picked first and second (not necessarily in that order). FULL STORY

Looking back at the draft: 2009
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Looking back at the draft: 2009

Jun. 24, 2014: Future Captain Canuck, Johnny Tavares was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. In fact, the 2009 draft had a stellar top three with Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene rounding out the selections taken by the Islanders, Lightning, and Avalanche. Here is a look at where the remaining players drafted in the first round of 2009 could have landed in the last instalment of Two in the Box's 'Looking Back at the Draft'. FULL STORY

Looking back at the draft: 2008
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Looking back at the draft: 2008

Jun. 19, 2014: If only GMs and coaches had a crystal ball...There have been countless analysts who have given their two cents on the draft choices of teams heading into the sophomore seasons of many young NHLers. Hindsight aside, had teams known what they do now, it is safe to assume the makeup of a number of teams would be different. Here is the 2008 instalment of "Looking Back at the Draft". FULL STORY

Looking back at the NHL Entry Draft: 2007
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Looking back at the NHL Entry Draft: 2007

Jun. 16, 2014: This is part four in a series of posts looking back at the NHL Draft between 2004 and 2009 This might be my favorite draft of the six that I worked through. There seemed to be a few more big moves than the others I looked through. There seemed to be a number of seriously talented players lurking in the middle of this draft which made slotting them in properly a challenge in many cases. FULL STORY

Murray will have few partners in his quest to get back into the first round
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Murray will have few partners in his quest to get back into the first round

Jun. 12, 2014: The Buffalo Sabres' front office will be busy according to GM Tim Murray. Murray has made it public that the Sabres' organization will be looking to acquire more first round picks for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft happening at the end of the month. June will be an exciting and interesting time for Sabres' faithful, as they will have to wait until the 27th to see how many prospects their club will acquire in the first round. FULL STORY

Building a winner takes more than just top picks
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Building a winner takes more than just top picks

Jun. 9, 2014: What makes a competitive team in the NHL? There are many variables and formulas that clubs have used throughout the years, but it seems the more recent Cup winning teams have focused on late round draft acquisitions, as well as adding depth aside from one or two star players. Here is a detailed look at what made the Pittsburg Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup winning teams. FULL STORY


11Looking back at the NHL Entry Draft: 2005
12It’s time for the Sabres to run an equipment sale
13Looking back at the draft: 2004
14Isles take another step towards keeping 2014 pick with Halak trade
15Proposing a change to the NHL series format
16Spitballing the Sabres: Creating a Sabres fantasy camp
17Sabres have an arsenal of first and second round assets
182014 2ITB Sabres Awards
19Decisions in the crease could be looming for Sabres
20One night in Smashville
21Sabres pipe dream: Mini goal mask giveaway
22Miller’s new Blues mask isn’t a miss, but it’s not a hit either
23Sabres could benefit from proposed changes to the draft lottery
24Murray’s track record shows an adept talent manager
25Let the Sabres piggyback on the USA Hockey coverage
26Revisiting the 20 coolest Goalie Masks from the Winter Classic
27Buffalo Sabres GM search taking shape
28Let @FakeDarcy’s end serve as a death to parody accounts
29Elimination of goalie fights can be avoided
30Between the Pipes - Moulson shines in Ruff’s return
31Strong return for Vanek trade despite surprising timing
32Between the Pipes: Sabres Weekend update
33Between the Pipes: Ugly game underscores uglier hit
34Basement Brigade presents Black & Red Night on October 28
35Between the Pipes: Canucks blank Sabres
36Sabres should go back to red and black for Hasek
37Ott and Vanek named co-captains, nothing to see here
38Injuries present unique situation for Zadorov, Larsson
39Buffalo Sabres can fast track youngsters this season
40Projecting the 2014 US Olympic Hockey roster - The Goalies
41Projecting the 2014 US Olympic Hockey roster - The Defensemen
42Projecting the 2014 US Olympic hockey roster - Forwards
43Pump the brakes on the Vanek to New Jersey talk




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