TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29
The Buffalo Sabres tell me they have mutually agreed to part ways with president Ted Black. Russ Brandon is the new president of #Sabres.
Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25
Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22
TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22
NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract. In 2014-15, Larsson (5'11", 206 lbs., 7/25/1992) appeared in a career-high 39 NHL games and recorded 16 points (6+10) as a member of the Sabres. The Lau, Sweden native also played 44 games for..." July 21
The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20
Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20
Pro Hockey Talk "The following players agreed to qualifying offers with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday: Tim Schaller, Jerome Leduc and Nathan Lieuwen. Schaller (pictured) generated two points in 18 games with the Sabres, representing his first NHL reps. The 24-year-old also generated 43 points and 116 PIM in 65..." July 17
NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Grigorenko, who was a restricted free agent, was acquired from Buffalo on June 26 along with defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward J.T...." July 16
The Hockey Writers "Former NHLer Taylor Pyatt has announced that he will retire from hockey after playing 859 NHL games split between the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played for Geneve Servette in Switzerland last..." July 15
NHL.com "The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams attempting to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice...." July 15
Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14
Hockey Fights "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Mark Pysyk to a two-year contract. Pysyk (6’1”, 192 lbs., 1/11/1992) has registered 15 points (4+11) in 70 career NHL games for the Sabres during the last three seasons. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native also spent parts of the..." July 14
Pro Hockey Talk "Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene following an incident at a Tim Horton’s restaurant, according to Ontario’s AM 980 Radio. More: OPP [Ontario Provincial Police] announced Monday that O’Reilly, 24, from Bluewater,..." July 14
NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Philip Varone to a one-year, two-way contract. Varone (5'10", 185 lbs., 12/4/1990) appeared in a career-high 28 NHL games during three recalls with the Sabres in 2014-15, logging five points (3+2) and 10 penalty minutes. He spent..." July 13
NHL.com "Defenseman Johnny Oduya remains the primary target of Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray in his attempt to add a left-handed shot on the blue line. "He hasn't signed anywhere yet, so I haven't moved on," Murray told the Buffalo News on Sunday. "We've looked at everybody we feel are going..." July 13
Buffalo News "Jack Eichel casts a big shadow. Evan Rodrigues' biggest chore is stepping out of it to prove he can play on his own. After three quiet seasons at Boston University (21 goals and 39 assists in 115 games), Rodrigues exploded as a senior while playing on Eichel's left wing. Rodrigues put up 21..." July 12
CBS Sports "Buffalo Sabres fans are excited again. After sitting through back-to-back seasons of pretty terrible hockey on the ice, including one where a large portion of the fan base was actually rooting for the team to lose (and for good reason!), Sabres fans have reason to believe again. Evander Kane,..." July 12
Buffalo News "Jake McCabe knows that at the very least he'll compete for a roster spot in Buffalo. The best-case scenario has the 21-year-old defenseman starting on the Sabres' blue line next season. "I can't say exactly where I'll fit in, but I'm hoping to play my best hockey I've played and show the..." July 11
Pro Hockey Talk "Matt Ellis will return to the Buffalo Sabres organization for an eighth season. The 33-year-old has signed a one-year, American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans for the 2015-16 season. The forward appeared in 39 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season scoring one goal..." July 10
CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09
Buffalo News "Cal Petersen entered the record books. Jason Kasdorf exited his hometown team. Neither thought it was possible, and neither will ever forget it. Petersen and Kasdorf, two Sabres prospects vying for the title of “goalie of the future,” arrived in Buffalo for development camp with..." July 08
Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07
Fox Sports Midwest "The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced Monday. The 31-year-old dressed in 59 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres last season, posting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and 20 penalty minutes." July 06
NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06
Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres free agent frenzy continues (if by frenzy you mean a bunch of smaller, depth signings) as the team announced today they've signed Carlo Colaiacovo and Cal O`Reilly. Colaiacovo will likely serve as one of the Sabres bottom two defenseman, as he fulfills the left-handed..." July 03
The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have locked up their new star center. Ryan O'Reilly has signed a seven-year, big-money contract extension, the team announced Friday. The talented, two-way center was acquired in a draft-day deal with the Colorado Avalanche that saw defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards..." July 03
#Sabres sign Bobby Sanguinetti to 1-year, 2-way deal. D-man having nice AHL career. Will forever be known as pick ahead of Claude Giroux.
Defenceman Matt Donovan has signed a one-year deal in Buffalo. Working on terms. Could be good vlaue signing. #TSN
O'Reilly signs with BUF. Two year deal at $700K per. One way deal. That's CAL O'Reilly, Ryan's older brother. Guess we know who's next.
Hearing Buffalo Sabres are very close to signing Ryan O'Reilly to long-term deal... likely a max deal which would be 7 yrs
Sportsnet "Jack Eichel will not be returning to Boston University for his sophomore season. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has signed an entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres." July 01
A source tells me Jack Eichel will be in Buffalo today and will sign his first pro contract with the #Sabres today.
CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29
The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have paid the way for a break up with Cody Hodgson. The 25-year-old has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout, according to multiple sources. Hodgson was set to make $4.25 million over the next four seasons, and will become an..." June 29
Buffalo News "The Sabres’ rebuild timeline changed radically Friday night with a blockbuster trade. Buffalo acquired budding star center Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche as part of a multiplayer package that had folks at the NHL Draft buzzing and Sabres fans looking toward rapid..." June 27
Buffalo News "The Jack Eichel era is officially on in Buffalo. More than two months after learning they would pick second overall in the wake of the NHL Draft Lottery, the Sabres made the Boston University star center their top choice Friday in BB&T Center. It took just four words from General Manager Tim..." June 27
#Sens are closing in on a deal for Lehner with the Sabres. Expect a No. 1 pick to be part of the trade and perhaps David Legwand.
Robin Lehner heading to BUF. Sounds like Lehner and Legwand to BUF for 21st pick. Pending trade call. Not official yet.
Tim Murray: "If you'd have told me we'd end up w Eichel, Kane and Lehner for 3 first round picks, I'd have said you were high on mushrooms."
CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24
CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24
CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23
CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "Former Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch faces eight months home detention and must pay the U.S. government $265,000 as punishment for his role in an illegal gambling operation that was shut down last summer. Paetsch, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday morning to two..." June 22
Talbot trade watch continues. Expect he gets traded this week. Buf, Edmtn, SJ and Dallas in the mix. Great contract requires high return.
Pro Hockey Talk "About a week ago, rumors circulated that the Buffalo Sabres were trying to find out if Mikhail Grigorenko would opt for the KHL, especially if the Sabres only offer a two-way contract. GM Tim Murray told the Olean Times Herald that he believes Grigorenko, 21, needs extra seasoning in the AHL..." June 19
Sportsnet "Turns out, you don’t have to win a dang lottery to follow the Pittsburgh model. Even before former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma landed the head-coaching gig with the Buffalo Sabres, he began trying to model 2015′s expected second-overall pick after Sidney Crosby. Armed with reels of footage..." June 17
Pro Hockey Talk "Mikhail Grigrenko’s development process has been a bumpy one, to say the least. In fact, it sounds like there’s some reason to believe that it will continue with a KHL team rather than in the Buffalo Sabres’ system. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Sabres told Grigorenko that they’d like to..." June 14