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The Instigator Podcast 8.25 - NHL Beginning to see Coronavirus Impact

The global impact of Coronavirus has been astonishing to follow and the spread of the disease has brought it to America where it has begun to creep into sporting culture. As various events and tournaments are impacted, with many being canceled, it's only a matter of time before the NHL and other pro leagues are impacted. We discussed the current state of the league as the virus has caused changes to be made to press availability along with airing some hypothetical scenarios that could play...


The Instigator Podcast 8.24 - Featuring Goalie Gear Nerd

Goalie Gear Nerd, one of the web's foremost experts on goalie equipment joined the show for the second time as we discussed his new website, some of the latest news and innovations in goal while also sharing some thoughts on David Ayres and the NHL's emergency backup system.


The Instigator Podcast 8.23 - Kahuna Matata: NHL Trade Deadline Review

Jason Botterill made a pair of additions on Monday's NHL trade deadline, picking up Wayne Simmonds and Dominik Kahun for the stretch run. It wasn't without some selling as Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues both went to Pittsburgh in exchange for Kahun as the Sabres hope to transition to contender status. We also run through some of the bigger trades that went down on Monday as the most eventful deadline in years wrapped up.


The Instigator Podcast 8.22 - Trade Deadline Preview

The trade deadline is next week and the Sabres are in a position where they almost have to make some waves in order to begin the process of finding upgrades to their forward group. We discuss the handful of UFAs the Sabres have to market along with floating a few potential targets Jason Botterill could chase in order to add to his roster. It's a big week for Botterill and the Sabres as the team floats on the periphery of the playoff race while struggling to gain a steady foothold in the...


The Instigator Podcast 8.21 - Sam, Skinner and Shakeups

Jeff Skinner's career-long goal drought and Buffalo's perpetual status as a one-line team was the focus of this week's episode. We discuss some of the reasons Skinner has struggled to get on the score sheet and whether or not it's a wise decision to reunite him with Jack Eichel and/or Sam Reinhart. We also discuss Reinhart and the tricky situation the Sabres are putting themselves in with respect to his upcoming contract negotiations.


The Instigator Podcast 8.20 - Crease Crashing

We're back from our long layoff with a discussion surrounding all of the drama happening outside the Sabres and a reflection on Alex Ovechkin's run at Wayne Gretzky's goal scoring record. We also talk about what the Sabres need to consider when it comes to improving their goaltending for either the remainder of this season and into 2020-21.


The Instigator Podcast 8.19 - Checking out Buffalo Twenty/20

It's been a long break for the show but we're back in action with a look at one of the newest Buffalo sports sites, Buffalo Twenty/20. Bill Kenney from the Buffalo Twenty/20 team joins the show to talk about the cool premise the site has taken on along with some talk about the current state of the Buffalo Sabres.


The Instigator Podcast 8.18 - The Right Time for a Pink Slip

On the heels of Ray Shero's firing in New Jersey, we spend this week's episode discussing when the right time to pull the trigger on a general manager or even a coach. Then we try to apply that logic in determining whether or not Jason Botterill's time in Buffalo is up or if he still has a little rope left to work with.


The Instigator Podcast 8.17 - Waiting For Movement with Jeremy White

WGR 550's Jeremy White joins the show this week to discuss the recent Marco Scandella and Michael Frolik deals and to boil down just what is (and isn't) happening within the Sabres front office. We run through a number of topics as they pertain to what Jason Botterill has been up to and just what he hasn't been up to when it comes to trades over the past two seasons.


The Instigator Podcast 8.16 - World Junior Preview with Kris Baker

Kris Baker joins the show to preview the World Junior Championship and the Sabres players who will be participating in this year's tournament. Along the way we discuss the Sabres decision to send Casey Mittelstadt to Rochester and the success Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has enjoyed since returning from injury.


The Instigator Podcast 8.15 - What to do with Mittelstadt

Kevin (@ntrider285) joins the show to talk about how the Sabres should handle Casey Mittelstadt as he struggles through his second full season. We discuss how the only logical solution is to give the young center time in Rochester thanks to the success the Sabres have enjoyed over the last few weeks. Also on tap is a discussion on the Alex Galchenyuk rumors and where the Sabres could find areas to improve their forward corps as they push to remain in playoff contention.


The Instigator Podcast 8.14 - Hall Monitors

Taylor Hall's name hit the rumor mill this week and we touch on whether or not the Sabres should consider the Devils star or if there are better options for the club to consider. We spend most of our time considering how the Sabres can capitalize on their recent run of strong play with a move (or moves) that would help supplement their lineup for this year and beyond.


The Instigator Podcast 8.13 - Death by Special Teams

There has been big news in the hockey world over the last seven days as Mike Babcock was let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bill Peters has been accused of using racial slurs towards his former player, Akim Aliu. The explosive news has rocked the hockey world and we spend time discussing Peters' actions and the fallout. We also touch on the monumental struggles of Buffalo's penalty kill and the other issues Steve Smith is dealing with on his end of the bench.


The Instigator Podcast 8.12 - Out of Patience

Fan discontent has swelled after the Sabres' hot start. Buffalo's recent skid hit a new low after falling to the Wild at home and we discuss Jason Botterill's comments regarding his efforts to improve the team in the trade market and just what has gotten the Sabres into yet another mess.


The Instigator Podcast 8.11 - Zero Hour on Moves Approaching

The Sabres returned from Sweden with two more losses, pushing their streak to five-straight. Trade rumors have been heating up and we explore some of the options available to Jason Botterill. We run through the latest news from around the league, including Ilya Kovalchuk's situation with the Kings and Sidney Crosby mulling surgery for a sports hernia.


The Instigator Podcast 8.10 - Sabres European Vacation

The Sabres will be packing up and heading to Sweden to participate in the NHL Global Series. Tyler will be heading overseas to take in the games and we open the show with a discussion on how fun team-centered trips can be. Topics this week also include Casey Mittelstadt's strong play, how we see the pairs shaking out as Brandon Montour is set to return and a status update on UPL.


The Instigator Podcast 8.9 - Blueline Decisions Looming for Sabres

The Sabres hot start has been fueled by a number of things, strong play from the blueline. Buffalo's group has been a strength and it stands to get stronger as Brandon Montour is nearing a return. Jason Botterill also confirmed that Zach Bogosian has started skating as well, that means the GM will have some tough decisions to make regarding his defense corps. We address what options Botterill has in thinning out a potentially overcrowded blueline before running through the highs and lows the...


The Instigator Podcast 8.8 - #SabresAfterDark Foreplay

The first edition of Sabres After Dark is upon us and the team heads west with an impressive 5-0-1 record. The Sabres have been doing just about everything right early on this season and we dig in on the exploits of Buffalo's "fourth" line while identifying the one big area of improvement the Sabres need to focus on.


The Instigator Podcast 8.7 - Sabres Enjoy Strong Early Returns

It's only been three games but the Sabres have looked far more engaged than at just about any point during the last few seasons. Their lone blemish, an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets served as the center of our conversation regarding the team's strong start, the players who have impressed early on and how continued success in executing their system could alter expectations for the season.


The Instigator Podcast 8.6 - Sabres Season Preview featuring Ben Mathewson

Ben Mathewson joins the show to help Tyler and Chris usher in another season of Sabres hockey. We go deep on Buffalo's forward lines, discuss just how poorly optimize the unit is. The defense corps gets some love and we offer up our predictions for how the season will go for the Sabres.