Thursday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Sabres-Flyers Preview (AP)
Flyers-Sabres 5 things (CSN Philadelphia)
Sabres’ Girgensons, Larsson questionable (NHL.com)
Five things: Sabres vs. Flyers (PhiladelphiaFlyers.com)

A year later: Sabres and Jets both benefited from Kane mega-trade

‘Fresh start was a common theme with this blockbuster trade.’

How The Trade has worked out for all parties one year after Jets-Sabres blockbuster

‘Make no mistake, the Sabres are quite happy with what they got in return, though you can’t deny the fact the loss of Kane and Bogosian took away some of the Jets identity, in terms of being a team that was fast and incredibly tough to play against.’

Evander Holyfield approves of Sabres’ Evander Kane’s fighting form

‘But hey, why take anyone else’s word for it? Judge the three fights for yourself! (If, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.) Incidentally, both Kane and Petrovic were assessed 29 penalty minutes over the course of Tuesday’s contest.’

NHL players Alex Petrovic and Evander Kane drop gloves, fight three times

‘While entertaining, Kane seemed to get the better of Petrovic each time they dropped the gloves, even though the tale of the tape is quite even — Kane is 6-foot-2, 204 pounds and Petrovic is 6-foot-4, 206 pounds.’

Sabres place Girgensons on IR, call up Bailey from minors

‘Bailey is also enjoying a stretch in which he has five goals and six assists in his past eight games.’

Sabres send F Girgensons to IR

‘Girgensons sat out the Sabres’ 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night with an upper-body injury that he suffered in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.’

Sabres recall F Bailey

‘Through the first 47 games of his professional career, Bailey ranks second among Rochester skaters in goals (10) and fourth in points (23), and leads the team with 104 shots.’

Sabres call up Bailey

‘Bailey found out the news during practice. He said, “We were just doing drills and Cunney called me over and pulled over Tails and they just kind of told me that you’re going up. There was a little bit of disbelief at first, but I was excited and looking forward to it.”’

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he must get better with everything

‘“I at times think Rasmus is trying to do too much with his puck play and needs to be a little more simpler.”’

Similar to Sabres, Leafs making wily chess moves

‘The Leafs, who are neck-and-neck with the Sabres and a couple of other teams at the bottom of the NHL standings with two months to go, haven’t yet landed the whales of Eichel or Ryan O’Reilly. But by clearing what now appears to be an incredible $29M in cap space for next season — and by being Toronto — the Leafs are in position to do almost whatever they damn well please.’

WNY native Bailey to make Sabres, NHL debut

‘The 20-year-old has ten goals on the season for the Amerks, which is good for second on the team. He’s fourth in points with 23. He’s scored five goals and six assists in the past eight games.’

Bailey recalled from Rochester; Girgensons placed on IR

‘Bailey, a Buffalo native, has adapted well to the American Hockey League in his first professional season, ranking second on the Rochester Americans in goals (10) and fourth in points (23). He’s scored 11 points (5+6) in his last eight games alone.’

Sabres fight for their dignity but get ripped by Panthers

‘“I mean that was an embarrassing effort to have at home,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable. … There’s nothing that we can say this was the reason or that was the reason. Just flat out not good enough to start the game.”’

Big trade is way for Leafs to make a run at Stamkos

‘The legitimate concern here is the Sabres have most of their future core in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Robin Lehner. It’s one reason why entering Tuesday just one point up on the Leafs – and just one point out of the NHL basement – rates as an abject disappointment.’