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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

2014 2ITB Sabres Awards
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2014 2ITB Sabres Awards

Apr. 23, 2014: The Annual 2 In The Box Sabres Awards have been issued. Read about the players who surprised, angered, disappointed, and amazed Sabres' fans, and where your favourite players stack up against the opinions of 2 In The Box contributor Chris Ostrander and Co. This year's group of honourees include Tyler Ennis, Matt Moulson, Ville Leino, and more. FULL STORY

Decisions in the crease could be looming for Sabres
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Decisions in the crease could be looming for Sabres

Apr. 6, 2014: Given the circumstances, the Buffalo Sabres may be shopping for a goaltender this offseason if contract negotiations turn sour. Jonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth both have one year remaining on their respective contracts, however, other netminders in the organization are set to become UFAs and RFAs. For the sake of the success of both the main club and farm teams, the Buffalo Sabres brass will need to be prepared this upcoming offseason. FULL STORY

One night in Smashville
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One night in Smashville

Apr. 3, 2014: The Music City certainly loves the sport of hockey, as Bridgestone Arena is home to some of the most eccentric fans in the NHL. That is not to say that every other team lacks passionate fans, but it does offer the suggestion that other organizations should revisit how their own arenas are operated. Anyone looking to catch a game outside of their hometown should consider traveling to Tennessee, where they will be greeted with a raucous Nashville Predators' crowd, and some good ol' southern hospitality. FULL STORY

Sabres pipe dream: Mini goal mask giveaway
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Sabres pipe dream: Mini goal mask giveaway

Apr. 1, 2014: The Buffalo Sabres have declared April to be a 'Fan Appreciation' month, which does not come as a surprise given the dismal campaign the Sabres put forward this season. Chris Ostrander offers an idea as to what the Sabres' brass should offer their loyal fans, an idea that could possibly "save" the organizations fan base. FULL STORY

Miller’s new Blues mask isn’t a miss, but it’s not a hit either
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Miller’s new Blues mask isn’t a miss, but it’s not a hit either

Mar. 22, 2014: Wearing the same mask design for 10 years isn’t easy in today’s NHL. Most goalies switch their mask art each year with some even switching in-season. That’s what helped make Ryan Miller’s Buffalo mask so iconic and what will make getting used to his new Blues mask so difficult. FULL STORY

Sabres could benefit from proposed changes to the draft lottery
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Sabres could benefit from proposed changes to the draft lottery

Mar. 19, 2014: Even before Darcy Regier uttered the word suffering at his press conference last year, the Buffalo Sabres were embarking on a rebuilding effort that would see many of their established veterans traded for futures that include prospects and picks in the coming drafts. Fans who were expecting to have a chance to purchase a Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel jersey in a few years may be watching another fan base with envy. FULL STORY

Murray’s track record shows an adept talent manager
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Murray’s track record shows an adept talent manager

Jan. 9, 2014: With Tim Murray set to be the star of this morning’s Buffalo Sabres press conference the front office makeover will have been completed nearly two months after it began with the introduction of Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine. Murray was part of a management team that scouted and drafted players like Joffery Lupul, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan in Anaheim before working with his uncle in Ottawa to draft players like Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen, Robin Lehner and others. FULL STORY

Let the Sabres piggyback on the USA Hockey coverage
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Let the Sabres piggyback on the USA Hockey coverage

Jan. 5, 2014: The US Olympic selection committee did an interesting thing providing complete access to a pair of reporters throughout their evaluation process for the 2014 Olympic Team. If you haven’t already read Scott Burnside or Kevin Allen’s breakdown of the process, I strongly recommend you do so now. My challenge is for the Buffalo Sabres and for them to allow someone in the room to cover the trade deadline in a manner similar to that of what Allen and Burnside did with USA Hockey. FULL STORY

Revisiting the 20 coolest Goalie Masks from the Winter Classic
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Revisiting the 20 coolest Goalie Masks from the Winter Classic

Dec. 31, 2013: This is an update version of a post I originally ran prior to the Rangers vs. Flyers Winter Classic in 2012. While the unfortunate cancellation of last year’s Classic caused us to wait on any sort of new equipment for the goalies involved, it appears that each goalie who will be appearing in the 2014 Winter Classic will have some sort of special gear for the event. FULL STORY

Buffalo Sabres GM search taking shape
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Buffalo Sabres GM search taking shape

Nov. 23, 2013: Pat LaFontaine’s search for the Sabres’ next General Manager has likely hit high gear now that he’s had time to get settled, take a look at his team an begin contacting candidates. The moment news broke that LaFontaine wouldn’t just be coming in as Buffalo’s new President of Hockey Operations, but that he’d be conducting the search for a new GM, speculation began to run rampant over who hey may interview, and which candidate would serve the Sabres best. FULL STORY


11Let @FakeDarcy’s end serve as a death to parody accounts
12Elimination of goalie fights can be avoided
13Between the Pipes - Moulson shines in Ruff’s return
14Strong return for Vanek trade despite surprising timing
15Between the Pipes: Sabres Weekend update
16Between the Pipes: Ugly game underscores uglier hit
17Basement Brigade presents Black & Red Night on October 28
18Between the Pipes: Canucks blank Sabres
19Sabres should go back to red and black for Hasek
20Ott and Vanek named co-captains, nothing to see here
21Injuries present unique situation for Zadorov, Larsson
22Buffalo Sabres can fast track youngsters this season
23Projecting the 2014 US Olympic Hockey roster - The Goalies
24Projecting the 2014 US Olympic Hockey roster - The Defensemen
25Projecting the 2014 US Olympic hockey roster - Forwards
26Pump the brakes on the Vanek to New Jersey talk




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