On this episode of Talking Buffalo, Patrick Moran is recording/streaming live from Imperial Pizza in South Buffalo and is joined by Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic as well as Kris Baker of Sabres Prospect, who together form the Baker Fairburn Hockey Show for a conversation primarily focused on the Sabres in wake of the organization firing head coach Don Granato this past week.

Its always nice to get together with Matthew for a chat and the timing couldn’t be better on this one. The Sabres fired Granato the morning after the regular season finale, a surprise to many as it felt Terry Pegula would retain him going into next season seeing Granato had an extension. Matthew has several thoughts on the firing and why he believes it has to happen. Matthew was also at the arena this week for players locker room cleanout day and media availability and shares some of what he heard in addition to some thoughts on who can be the next head coach to take over. Could it be Lindy Ruff?

Matthew has also covered the Buffalo Bills for The Athletic previously and the guys spend some time talking football, including getting Matthew’s thoughts on Stefon Diggs and him being traded for Houston, the assumption that the Bills will take a wide receiver with their first draft pick next week and his thoughts on head coach Sean McDermott.

That plus a little wings, Buffalo, media talk and much more. Shout out as always to  Imperial Pizza for their great hospitality and killer wings. This show was recorded at the 1035 Abbott Road location but they also now have their 1655 Main Street location alive and kicking as well.

You can follow Matt on Twitter at @MatthewFairburn and of course check out his coverage of the Sabres at The Athletic, Be sure to check out the Baker Fairburn Hockey Show wherever you get your podcasts.


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