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A Buffalo Sabres podcast hosted by Chris and Tyler of the Buffalo blog Two in the Box. The Instigator focuses on Sabres hockey, the NHL and other Buffalo-related topics.

A Buffalo Sabres podcast hosted by Chris and Tyler of the Buffalo blog Two in the Box. The Instigator focuses on Sabres hockey, the NHL and other Buffalo-related topics.


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A Buffalo Sabres podcast hosted by Chris and Tyler of the Buffalo blog Two in the Box. The Instigator focuses on Sabres hockey, the NHL and other Buffalo-related topics.




The Instigator Podcast 11.2 - Sabres Enjoy Promising Prospect Challenge

Sabres training camp is right around the corner, with their first preseason game fewer than five days away. The club wrapped up a 3-0 showing at the Prospects Challenge, driven mostly by the play of Matthew Savoie, Isak Rosen, Alexander Kisakov and Tyson Kozak. It was a strong showing for some of Buffalo's most vital prospects, many of whom will be suiting up for Rochester this coming season. We also discuss Nathan MacKinnon's new contract in Colorado and the retirement announcements for...


The Instigator Podcast 11.1 - Diving into the Prospect Challenge

We kick off another season of the podcast with a conversation about the Prospects Challenge. We run through the highlights of the roster expected to play this coming weekend and even dip into the invites who will be helping to round out the roster for the tournament. Our conversation touches on some of the expected standouts for the tournament, the unknowns in net and closes with our thoughts on some of the players who could be worth watching for when Sabres training camp opens.


The Instigator Podcast Featuring Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine and

Kevin Woodley joins the show this week to share his goaltending expertise and talk about the outlook for the Sabres in net for the coming season. We talk at length about Eric Comrie's strengths and weaknesses and his ability to take on a larger workload. Kevin also shares his thoughts on Craig Anderson and how both he and Comrie can work in tandem this season. We touch on Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and, of course, Devon Levi as we wrap up the show. Along the way you'll catch some terrific...


The Instigator Podcast 10.47 - Red and Black is Back in Sabreland

The Sabres, at long last, have announced they will be bringing back their red and black uniforms as an alternate jersey for the 2022-23 season. The team made the announcement on Wednesday, stating that they will wear the jersey 12 times during the year beginning with a November face-off with the St. Louis Blues. We talk about the excitement surrounding the decision and the nostalgia this brings as we reminisce about some of the great memories made while the Sabres wore the Goathead the first...


The Instigator Podcast - Fantasy Corner with Pete Jensen of

Pete Jensen of joins the show to offer up a fantasy hockey outlook for the coming season. Pete lends his expertise to discuss which players are candidates to climb up draft boards, players poised for a breakout year in fantasy and which Sabres will carry the most fantasy value this season. We also talk about which rookies will be worth targeting in your drafts and some big picture fantasy draft strategy.


The Instigator Podcast Featuring Noah Ennis of Shell Shock Paint

Noah Ennis, goal mask artist and owner of Shell Shock Paint joins the show for an expansive conversation about goalie mask art and the pro clients Noah works with. New Sabres goalie Eric Comrie is among the roster of pro clients Ennis works with in addition to the Anaheim Ducks' Lukas Dostal, John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz, Laurent Brossoit of the Vegas Golden Knights and many other NHL and AHL netminders. Our conversation covered some of the finer details of working with NHL goalies on...


The Instigator Podcast 10.46 - Listener Q&A on Jerseys, Trades and More

As we continue through August, it seemed like a good time to field a few more listener questions. This week's episode tackles a bunch of different topics including the Sabres Reverse Retro sweaters, shoulder patches, goaltending plans, special teams alignments and trade targets. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for this week's Q&A.


The Instigator Podcast 10.45 - When do the Sabres Go for It featuring Chad & Anthony of Expected Buffalo

Chad and Anthony from Expected Buffalo join the show for another roundtable discussion. This time we talk about when the Sabres will be ready to take the next big step in their rebuild and when the right time for it will be. We talk about how this summer has helped shape the next step in their rebuild and look ahead to whether or not next summer will be the time that Kevyn Adams starts making big splashes. We wrap up by touching on the prospects who could be most impacted by future...


The Instigator Podcast 10.44 - Sabres Take Care of Business in Free Agency

It's a busy show as we spend a little time talking through Buffalo's draft class before diving into free agency. We discuss the signings of Eric Comrie and Ilya Lyubushkin and how they address the two biggest needs the Sabres had in free agency. We look into how Buffalo's roster makes it more difficult to freely add additional bodies despite having an apparent need to get further clear of the salary cap floor. We offer up a few names who could be wise additions for the team before moving on...


The Instigator Podcast 10.43 - Final Prep for the 2022 NHL Draft

It's a big draft episode as we look ahead to Thursday's first round and the three picks the Sabres hold. We spend time talking about Ivann Fedotov's situation in Russia and how it could affect teams considering Russians in the first round of the draft. Specifically, Danila Yurov and the smoke surrounding him and the Sabres. We also talk about potential fits at the ninth pick, 28 and even pick 41. All that and more on this week's episode of the podcast.


The Instigator Podcast featuring Chris Peters of Daily Faceoff

Chris Peters of joins the show to offer up a preview of this week's NHL draft. We talk about the wide variance of opinions on virtually every facet of this year's first round. From the first pick through 32, we touch on how wide the range of rankings can be for numerous players. We also touch on Buffalo's trio of first round picks and the players Chris sees as ideal fits at each of those selections.


The Instigator Podcast 10.42 - Mogilny's Hall of Fame Snub and Listener Questions

This week we tackle the 2022 Stanley Cup Final and offer up our thoughts on the postseason. We move on to discuss Alexander Mogilny missing out on induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame once again and whether his resume is enough to get into the Hall in the future. We wrap up with listener questions which go heavy on Buffalo's options in net this offseason.


The Instigator Podcast 10.41 - The Best Pick in Sabres History

For some lighter offseason content we decided to dig into who we deem to be the best draft pick in Sabres history. We considered a few permutations for our discussion as Gilbert Perreault is an obvious and easy answer to lead with. Our conversation meanders through a number of fan favorites and franchise legends as we assess various picks from a number of angles. The show kicks off with a quick discussion of the latest in the NHL coaching carousel as Peter DeBoer and John Tortorella became...


The Instigator Podcast 10.40 - Featuring Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic

The newest Sabres beat writer joins the show as we welcome Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic to discuss a host of Sabres offseason topics. Matthew offers his thoughts on where the Sabres stand with regard to their rebuild and what moves he expects to see made this summer. We spend some time talking about the key vacancies in net and offer up a few potential targets that the Sabres could pursue. Matthew also provides some insight on what it's been like stepping into a new beat and some of the...


The Instigator Podcast 10.39 - Can McDavid Snag Conn Smythe Votes

Despite their Western Conference ouster, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl put on one of the most memorable playoff performances of recent memory. We discuss whether or not their play would be strong enough to garner attention for the Connn Smythe despite not reaching the Cup Finals. We also touch on the waves rocking the boat in Boston as Bruce Cassidy was fired earlier this week, three key veterans will miss the start of the season and now rumors are swirling that David Pastrnak may be...


The Instigator Podcast 10.38 - Ramping Up to the Conference Finals

We run down both the Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals now that the NHL's second round is complete. We touch on the no speed limit Western Conference Final and the goaltending battle that looms in the east. We also discuss the signing of Isak Rosen and how the Sabres might manage his development in Rochester or Sweden during the 2022-23 season.


The Instigator Podcast 10.37 - Which Eliminated Teams Are Ripe for Moves

With the first round of the NHL Playoffs complete, we look at which teams could be looking to make adjustments this offseason and whether or not the Sabres can capitalize on any such moves. We also touch on the signing of Alexander Kisakov and the latest on the Arizona Coyotes arena saga.


The Instigator Podcast 10.36 - Sabres Hold 9th and 16th Picks after NHL Draft Lottery

The Sabres didn't see their picks move in the NHL Draft Lottery and they will draft ninth and 16th in this year's draft. The only first round pick to be determined is that of the Florida Panthers, which will fall between 28th and 32nd depending on their finish. On this week's show we talk about the lottery results and who the Sabres could be looking at with their top two picks. We also talk about Barry Trotz' departure from the New York Islanders and run through some of the key talking...


The Instigator Podcast 10.35 - Sabres 2022-23 Season Recap

Another season is in the books and we look back at the way the Sabres played over the course of 2022-23 and what it means for them going forward. While we don't assign grades to any individual, we break down each of the team's position groups to see where the bright spots were and where the Sabres need to improve most. We wrap up the show with a brief conversation on the NHL playoffs and which early storylines in the postseason stand out most to us.


The Instigator Podcast - SkateSkins and the Intersection of Hockey and Fashion with JustDishin

Matt Keeler and Nick Ciavarella of JustDishin join the show to discuss SkateSkins and the product's introduction into the NHL. They also offer some tremendous insight into the intersection of hockey and fashion and how that evolution has the ability to move the sport forward on a number of levels. This wide ranging conversation touches on a number of intriguing topics, including SkateSkins, a product that made a huge splash in the NHL last week.