Sabres Rumors & News

  • Sabres Sign Karabacek to Entry Level Deal "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year, entry-level contract. Karabacek (6’0”, 199 lbs., 5/2/1996) tallied 30 points (18+12) and 56 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats of the..." May 26

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Sabres ink defenceman Brycen Martin to entry-level deal "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Brycen Martin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Martin (6’2”, 199 lbs., 5/9/1996) tied his career-high totals in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips (WHL)..." May 22

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Former Sabres defenseman McKee named coach of Kitchener in OHL

    Buffalo News "After working alongside two Coach of the Year candidates, Jay McKee is ready to run a bench on his own. The longtime Sabres defenseman is the new coach of the Kitchener Rangers, the Ontario Hockey League team announced Thursday. McKee worked with the Rangers as an associate coach this season..." May 15

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Sabres re-sign forward Johan Larsson to 1-year deal "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract. The Sabres had retained the rights to Larsson by extending him a qualifying offer last month. The signing was announced on Tuesday." April 29

  • Ducks’ loss gives Sabres 12 picks in June’s NHL Draft

    Buffalo News "Sabres fans attending this year’s NHL Draft in Buffalo will have 12 opportunities to welcome a prospect to the organization. As of now, anyway. The Sabres’ draft picture cleared up some Wednesday night when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs. The Sabres sent forward Jamie McGinn to..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Sabres’ Girgensons blames his down year on man in the mirror

    Buffalo News "While sniffing for answers as to why his encore wasn’t a success, Zemgus Girgensons found there was one person to blame. Himself. After a sophomore season that featured storybook moments, Girgensons’ third chapter lacked drama. He suffered major dips in offense and playing time. His goal..." April 15

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Sabres' McCormick to retire due to blood clot issue

    The Score "After sitting out the entire 2015-16 season due to a blood clot issue, Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick will be forced to retire, general manager Tim Murray told reporters during a season-ending press conference. Murray did indicate that though his playing career is over, the 32-year-old..." April 11

  • Jack Eichel won't play for U.S. at world championships

    ESPN "Buffalo Sabres rookie center Jack Eichel is passing up the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Ice Hockey Championships next month because he feels he needs a break. Eichel made the announcement Sunday, a day after the Sabres closed their season. The 19-year-old says he is..." April 11

  • Eichel needs 'a little break,' to skip World Championship

    Buffalo News "It’s time for Jack Eichel to shut it down. After a whirlwind year that including playing for a college championship, winning the Hobey Baker Award, representing the United States at the world championships, sharing the spotlight with Connor McDavid during the NHL Draft process, headlining the..." April 10

  • Islanders' playoff fate in limbo after loss to Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New Islanders know they will open the postseason next week in Pittsburgh or Florida. They will have to wait 24 hours to find out their destination. John Tavares assured the Islanders of at least a point by getting the tying goal with 6:26 left in the third period and..." April 09

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    Joe Yerdon @JoeYerdon

    Update on Zach Bogosian: lower-body injury and he’s out against the Islanders.

  • Sabres GM won't attend draft lottery

    The Score "A man can only handle so much heartbreak. Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Friday he isn't going to the draft lottery later this month. "They can save the paper and the call inviting me. I will not be there," Murray said on Buffalo radio station WGR 550. "I'm not saying..." April 09

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Sabres deny Rangers' bid to clinch

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- If you believe the New York Rangers, at no point during an 82-game schedule will an NHL team find an easy victory. That's what players usually say after they are handled by a club far below them in the standings. It wasn't a coincidence that was the sentiment in the..." April 02

  • O'Reillys make Sabres' win vs. Leafs a family affair

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ryan O'Reilly has had plenty of nights to remember in his first year with the Buffalo Sabres. On Thursday, it was his older brother's time to shine. Cal O'Reilly scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the first two-goal game..." March 31

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    Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres

    JUST IN: Coach Bylsma says Evander Kane is out for the remainder of the season; injury is upper body with 3-4 weeks timeline.

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Evander Kane Done for Remainder of 2015-16

    The Hockey Writers "Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said today that Evander Kane will miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed upper-body injury. The Sabres made the announcement via their official Twitter account. Kane was forced out of a contest vs. the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night after..." March 31

  • Sabres goalie Robin Lehner undergoes season-ending ankle surgery

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Sabres goalie Robin Lehner has undergone successful season-ending surgery on his right ankle, the club announced this afternoon. Lehner, 24, suffered a high ankle sprain opening night and recently jammed it into the post twice in a week. The Swede hasn’t played since March 16. Sabres coach..." March 30

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Letang carries Penguins to shootout win over Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Kris Letang seemed determined to play every minute, every second if it enabled the Pittsburgh Penguins to stage an improbable rally. The Penguins did come back -- and it was largely because Letang almost never came off the ice, even when the clock wasn't running. Letang..." March 29

  • Matthews, Eichel similar in style "It isn't every day you see an 18-year-old prodigy take his talents overseas and dominate against many NHL-caliber players the way Auston Matthews did this season for Zurich in National League A, Switzerland's top professional league. Matthews, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., now looks to become..." March 29

  • Red Wings hang on to beat Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings turned a 3-0 lead late in the game into a nail biter. Luke Glendening's empty-net goal with three minutes remaining turned out to be the game-winner as Detroit held on for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Monday night. Glendening's eighth goal of..." March 28

  • Why was Ryan O’Reilly nominated for a ‘perseverance’ award while awaiting trial for drunk driving?

    SB Nation "I am not around the Buffalo Sabres much. Aside from one game I watched from a press box and a few games I’ve watched on TV, I am basically completely foreign to them this season. But I still know a few things: Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly was charged with impaired driving after he crashed..." March 28

  • Sabres' future looks bright after win

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres' future was on display for all to see against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. Rookies Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Hudson Fasching all scored to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Jets. "Obviously, the first thing that pops into your..." March 26

  • Sabres sign forward Eric Cornel to entry-level contract

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Eric Cornel to an entry-level contract, the team announced Friday. The 19-year-old was selected by the Sabres in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft." March 25

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23

  • Sabres rally to defeat Hurricanes

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- Buffalo will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season. But the Sabres aren't necessarily playing out the string down the stretch. Evander Kane and Johan Larsson scored one minute apart late in the third period as the Sabres rallied to defeat Carolina 3-2 on Tuesday..." March 22

  • Comparing McDavid, Eichel in six categories "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, have lived up to all the hype and expectations as rookies this season. McDavid and Eichel were the obvious frontrunners leading up to the draft because a big part of what made them remarkable was their consistency and..." March 22

  • NHL, former players await key ruling in concussion lawsuit

    TSN "The National Hockey League and former players suing the league over its handling of concussions are back in court Tuesday arguing over an issue the NHL hopes will lead to the case’s dismissal — pre-emption. The NHL contends that concussions are a health and safety issue, and these issues are..." March 22

  • Sabres ink Hudson Fasching to entry-level deal

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have signed college standout Hudson Fasching to an entry-level contract, the club announced Monday night. Fasching's spent the last three seasons with the University of Minnesota, and 2015-16 has been his most productive. He has 20 goals and 18 assists in 37 games. " March 22

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    Bill Hoppe @BillHoppeNHL

    Jack Eichel (flu/food poisoning) is expected to play tomorrow. #Sabres

  • KHL Won’t Stop Season for World Cup of Hockey

    The Hockey Writers "Russia’s KHL has determined not to stop the 2016-17 KHL season to make it easier for players to participate in the World Cup of Hockey, reports Aivis Kalnins of One Puck Short. The decision not to put their regular season hiatus isn’t entirely surprising. With the KHL season beginning in..." March 21

  • ‘Roster chaos’ – Let’s ponder some possible expansion draft scenarios

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the event that the NHL decides to expand by one team for the 2017-18 season, fans would be treated to more than just the potential of a franchise in Las Vegas. They’d also soak up unknown hours in armchair general managing while discussing an expansion draft. PHT provides an expansive..." March 21

  • Maple Leafs continue to roll with win over Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have the worst record in the National Hockey League, but you wouldn't know that by the way they are playing of late. With their 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night in front of a crowd of 18,829 at the Air Canada Centre, the Leafs have three..." March 19

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    Sports Insights @SportsInsights

    #NHL #Sabres - Jack Eichel, Illness - is out Saturday (3/19) at Toronto

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