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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 9.6 - Questions in Net Loom for the Sabres

The Sabres may be facing a difficult challenge with regard to their goaltenders as Carter Hutton exited Tuesday's game early after a second period collision. Linus Ullmark already missed a scheduled start due to personal reasons. That leaves the Sabres staring at Jonas Johansson as their potential starter, a scenario that could torpedo their season. Also in this week's show is a discussion over Buffalo's first four games and why there's reason for hope due to the start they've had and in...


The Instigator Podcast 9.5 - 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres Season Preview

Regular season NHL action is finally back and the Sabres will be taking the ice for the first time in over 300 days. We discuss the shape of the Sabres' roster and the potential for a positive outlook on the 2020-21 season. Along the way we project where we think the Sabres will fall in the East division and take a deeper look at the current scenario playing out with Jeff Skinner. The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and free shipping by using the code 2ITB...


The Insitgator Podcast 9.4 - Thoughts on the First Sabres Scrimmage

The Sabres hit the ice for the scrimmage as camp progressed and there were a number of standouts in the first game action for the club since March of 2020. We discuss the strong play of Tage Thompson, Arttu Ruotsalainen, the Eric Staal line and others. We also touch on the latest news of teams opting out of the AHL season and have some fun remembering some of the players who switched teams in this lengthy offseason. The Instigator Podcast is supported by Manscaped. You can get 20% off and...


The Instigator Podcast 9.3 - Sabres Camp Roster Leaves Minimal Openings for Battles

The smaller camp roster and established veterans leaves very little wiggle room for the Sabres as training camp is set to open. This week's episode addresses the 33 players going to camp with the Sabres and the few roster spots that may be up for grabs prior to the start of the season.


The Instigator Podcast 9.2 - Catching a Taxi Squad

The NHL's format for the 2020-21 season has been confirmed. We discuss the key factors of the 56-game season, specifically the key dates set for the start of the season, trade deadline, playoffs and the draft. The introduction of a taxi squad was the main focus of the show as we broke down the different ways it can be utilized and what approach the Sabres should take with the group. Casey Mittelstadt and other key Sabres prospects were at the center of the debate as questions about the AHL...


The Instigator Podcast 9.1 - Ready to Roll with the 2020-21 Season

We're back for the 2020-21 season. With the divisions and rough structure of the regular season announced, we jump into discussing just what this unusual season may have in store for the Sabres. We also hit on the upcoming World Junior Championships and the Sabres prospects who will likely be competing in the event.


The Instigator Podcast - Fabric of the Game with Chris Creamer and Todd Radom

Chris Creamer and Todd Radom join the show to discuss their new book Fabric of the Game. We discuss some of the excellent stories in the encyclopedic book about the NHL's uniform and logo history. They also share some great stories from their careers, their personally favorite uniforms and logos and even some thoughts on the NHL's Reverse Retro uniforms.


The Instigator Podcast - Reverse Retro Edition

The NHL's Reverse Retro collection is here and Tyler and Chris go deep on their favorite (and least favorite) designs of the new uniforms. They also discuss the Sabres entry to the collection and their excitement over the new addition. Also on the docket is a discussion over the uncertainty surrounding the start of the 2020-21 season.


The Instigator Podcast 8.39 - Offseason Update with Joe Yerdon

Joe Yerdon joins the show yet again as we discuss the Sabres work at the draft and free agency. We touch on how Taylor Hall will impact the roster and whether or not his acquisition gives the Sabres enough fire power to take the next step. Jack Quinn is on the table as well as we run through the draft and the tepid reaction to Quinn's selection.


The Instigator Podcast 8.38 - Draft Round Table with Expected Buffalo

Chad and Anthony from Expected Buffalo and Die By The Blade joined the show for our first ever draft round table. We discuss our preferred targets for the Sabres at eighth overall and how the top of the draft may shake out.


The Instigator Podcast 8.37 - Staal Trade and What's Next for the Sabres

We break down the Sabres trade for Eric Staal, discuss what might come next for the team and touch on the hiring of Mike Weber and Adam Mair in Rochester. We also run through the tough situation in Arizona and some of the odd decisions made by Jim Rutherford in Pittsburgh.


The Instigator Podcast 8.36 - Balancing the Sabres Internal Budget

Reports that the Sabres are expected to operate with an internal budget this season were greeted with trepidation. Reports that the budget could sit as low as $70 million were greeted with outright anger. We discuss the ramifications such a restrictive budget could have and whether or not we believe the Sabres could actually pull that off (spoiler: we don't). We also touch on news from around the NHL as the league inches closer to crowning a champion.


The Instigator Podcast 8.35 - Featuring John Vogl of The Athletic

John Vogl of The Athletic joins the show to discuss his recent article about the Sabres Hall of Fame and it's lengthy hiatus. We talk about the odd circumstances surrounding the team Hall of Fame and even get around to discussing some roster building topics as well.


The Instigator Podcast 8.34 - NHL Postpones Playoff Action

The NHL players led a decision to postpone play for two nights in response to the continued unrest throughout the country. We discuss the decision, the NHL's initial reaction and other factors surrounding the league and how they've reacted to the Black Lives Matter movement. We also discuss the trade that sent Kasperi Kapanen to Pittsburgh and touch on a potential trade partner for the Sabres.


The Instigator Podcast 8.33 - Royally Fun First Round

We're playing catch up on this week's episode after missing last week's batch of news. So we run down the Sabres return to royal blue and the unveiling of their new uniforms. We touch on the Rangers lottery win, the qualifying round and the Amerks' hiring of Seth Appert. The bulk of the episode is devoted to the first round of the NHL playoffs and how each of the series has shaped up.


The Instigator Podcast 8.32 - NHL Playoff Preview Extravaganza

The NHL officially returns in just a few short days and we devote this week's show to previewing and predicting the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and offering up our picks for who will play for the Stanley Cup.


The Instigator Podcast 8.31 - NHL Awards Prediction Show

With the finalists announced for the NHL awards, we run through our selections on who we think will win the awards - and who with think should win in a few cases. Also on the show is a discussion about the Blue Jays and Buffalo and a quick rundown of the NHL Qualifying Round.


The Instigator Podcast Interview Featuring Julie Stewart-Binks

Julie Stewart-Binks, host of Drinks with Binks and Call it a Night with Julie Stewart-Binks on fubo Sports Network joined the show to discuss all manner of topics, including the NHL qualifiers and playoffs, bubble cities, how COVID-19 has affected broadcasting and a whole lot more. You can catch Julie and Drinks with Binks on fubo Sports Network Friday nights at 8pm and 24/7 on the fubo Sports Network website along with Pluto, XUMO, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio, and to...


The Instigator Podcast 8.30 - NHL Return to Play Schedule Reported as CBA Extension Looms

New details have been released on the schedule the NHL will follow as they proceed with the return to play process. This includes a tentative start date for the 2020-21 NHL season. We discuss just how things will unfold between now and when the Sabres take the ice again in December, the schedule for the qualifying round and playoffs and the abbreviated offseason. We also touch on Lindy Ruff's hiring in New Jersey and other news from around the NHL.


The Instigator Podcast 8.29 - Who Should the Sabres Pick at 8?

The Sabres are picking eighth overall in the NHL Draft after Friday's lottery. We discuss where the Sabres wound up, who they should target with the pick and offer up a reaction to a placeholder team winning the first pick. We also discuss Rick Dudley surfacing as a possible front office candidate for the club and just what his role might look like.