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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.




Episode 10.6 - Featuring Joe Yerdon of Noted Hockey

Very happy to have Joe Yerdon join the show once again, this time to discuss his brand new site, Noted Hockey. Joe and I discuss the new site, what fans can expect from his coverage and even get into some of the nitty gritty of today's hockey media landscape. We also dig in on the Sabres opener and discuss some of the potential bright spots in this rebuilding season.


Episode 10.5 - Opening Night for the NHL on ESPN

As the NHL regular season opens, we chat about the return of hockey to the ESPN airwaves, what it means for the sport and some of the impressive features the network showed off on their initial broadcast. We also touch on the Turner product and our anticipation for that along with some Sabres roster discussion to close out the show.


Episode 10.4 - NHL Season Preview with a Twist

Rather than run down the usual list of teams we think will succeed this year, we tried our hand at a slightly different format of a season preview. We offer up a trio of potential stand out storylines to keep an eye on for the season and how they could affect the league at large. Before getting to that, we provide a quick update on the latest Jack Eichel news and reflect on where the Sabres stand as they continue to pare down their training camp roster.


Episode 10.3 - Taking the Preseason Pledge

Preseason hockey is underway and we discuss the progress the Sabres have made so far but through the lens of preseason hockey. We touch on a few players who have stood out so far, including JJ Peterka and Linus Weissbach. The potential goaltending battle between Aaron Dell and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is touched on and we catch up on Rasmus Dahlin's contract extension after missing the chance to discuss it last week.


Episode 10.2 - The Jack Eichel Saga Takes Another Turn

Joe Yerdon joins the show for another guest appearance as we discuss all of the drama from the first day of practice at Sabres training camp. We run through Kevyn Adams' comments to open camp and the decision to remove the captaincy from Eichel. How the Sabres move forward in their effort to trade Eichel and how they're being perceived nationally were big topics for the podcast before eventually moving on to discuss the camp roster and the players we're most excited to see in camp and...


Episode 10.1 - Previewing the Sabres at the Prospects Challenge

There will be actual hockey games played in Sabres uniforms this week as the 2021 Prospects Challenge kicks off on Friday night. This episode runs down the Sabres roster for the tournament and hits on the key players we're looking forward to seeing on Friday and Saturday. Not only do we dive in on some of the bigger names like JJ Peterka and Jack Quinn but we touch on some of the invites on the roster and what's intriguing about them for the weekend. We also touch briefly on the new COVID...


Episode 9.36 - The NHL is Returning to the Olympics

The NHL will be returning to the Olympics and the 2022 Beijing games. We discuss the implications of the NHL's return and the pros and cons of the deal that was struck. Additionally, we talk through the end of the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet and Montreal's acquisition of Chrisitan Dvorak while also running through the new contracts for Casey Mittelstadt and Henri Jokiharju.


Episode 9.35 - Agents of Change

We are back for another episode and we're discussing Jack Eichel's decision to take on new representation with NHL power agent Pat Brisson. We run down what it means for his current surgery stalemate with the Sabres and the trade rumors that have followed both him and the team since the spring. We also touch on the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet from the Hurricanes and wrap up the show with some thoughts on the current stadium discourse with the Buffalo Bills.


Episode 9.34 - Bills Stadium Negotiations with Tim Graham of The Athletic

Tim Graham of The Athletic joins the show to run through everything that's been happening with the Bills stadium negotiations. From the public posturing to how and where the money will be spent we touch on just about everything that's been discussed publicly and lend some opinions on what the stadium could or should look like once shovels are in the ground.


Episode 9.33 - Waiting on an Eichel Deal

In the wake of free agency we discuss the latest drama surrounding Jack Eichel, the Sabres and Eichel's agents. We touch on the new information learned about the surgery he's seeking, the statement made by his representatives and where trade talks appear to stand at this point. Later in the show we go over Buffalo's free agency activity and crown the teams we feel have improved (and those who haven't) in the offseason.


Episode 9.32 - Breaking Down a Wild Draft Weekend

The NHL Draft offered up plenty of drama as there were a handful of blockbuster trades and a few draft picks in between. We break down the Buffalo Sabres trades of Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart, the Chicago Blackhawks addition of Seth Jones and offer an update on the Jack Eichel situation. We also dive in on Buffalo's draft picks and provide a brief primer for free agency as it is set to open on Wednesday.


Episode 9.31 - Expansion Draft and NHL Draft Breakdown

It's the busiest week of the offseason in the NHL as Seattle has selected their roster via expansion and the NHL Draft kicks off on Friday. We offer a breakdown on Seattle's expansion draft selections along with a discussion on what Buffalo will be looking at with their first two selections of the draft. There's also a quick chat on the trades made on Thursday and a brief Jack Eichel update.


Episode 9.30 - Expansion Considerations

The offseason is officially in full swing as two big stories dropped this week in the NHL. We break down the trade that sent Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers and the decision by the Minnesota Wild to buy out the contracts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Our main topic for the week is discussing Buffalo's expansion outlook and the players they're likely to leave exposed as Seattle prepares for the expansion draft next week.


Episode 9.29 - Stanley Cup Final Recap

We're back on the heels of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, breaking down what helped power the Tampa Bay Lightning to their second-straight title and what went wrong for the Montreal Canadiens. We discuss what's next for the Habs as whether or not they can capitalize on their unexpected run. We also touch on the Lightning's cap overage and whether or not the outrage over it is deserved.


Episode 9.28 - Dropping the Puck on the 2021 Stanley Cup Final

The Cup Final is rolling and we offer up our views on the series between Tampa Bay and Montreal. We discuss the matchup issues Montreal may encounter, how Carey Price can be the x-factor and offer up our prediction for how the series will go. We also discuss the NHL's officiating issues and touch briefly on the Sabres coaching search.


Episode 9.27 - Remembering Rene Robert

Sabres great Rene Robert passed away on Tuesday and we discuss how his loss will leave such a huge hole in the organization and with the Sabres alumni group. We also touch briefly on JJ Peterka and some of the signs for cautious optimism with regard to Buffalo's pipeline and upcoming draft capital.


Episode 9.26 - A Busy Summer Awaits featuring Lance Lysowski

Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News joined this week's show to discuss the laundry list of topics happening in the Sabres orbit. We talk about the mounting rumors regarding Jack Eichel's future and what sort of return Sabres fans should expect (or hope) to see the team fetch for their captain. We also discuss the top of the draft and the expectation that the Sabres just might be picking twice in the top 10 come July and the prospects they'll have to choose from should that come to fruition.


Episode 9.25 - Draft Lottery Rewind

The Sabres retained the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft after winning the draft lottery last week. We discuss last week's lottery and some of the top prospects in this year's draft including Owen Power, Matthew Beniers, William Eklund and others. We also hit on the second round of the NHL playoffs and some of the top storylines of what's been a solid year of postseason series for the NHL.


Episode 9.24 - Cooking Up Eichel Packages

This is a little outside the norm for the podcast but knowing what this summer is bound to hold, it seemed wise to discuss potential landing spots and packages in a potential Jack Eichel trade. We also discuss Wayne Gretzky joining the TNT NHL broadcast and some of the current playoff results. Tyler's Deals DET: Joe Veleno, Evgeny Svechnikov, Danny DeKeyser, 2021 1st, 2 2021 2nds, 2022 2nd ANA: Sam Steel, Alex Volkov, Rickard Rakell, 2021 1st, Benoit-Oliver Groulx, Max Comtois NYR:...


Episode 9.23 - Assessing the Sabres Coaching Search

With the Sabres fully in offseason mode, we felt it was time to go deep on Don Granato and the Sabres coaching search. We determine whether Granato is the right choice to be the Sabres next head coach or if another hire is the better option. Along the way we laugh about reports of the Sabres other interviews and even offer up a playoff preview.