Sabres Rumors & News

  • For Jack Eichel, the money is secondary

    Lowell Sun "Last season, his second in the National Hockey League, Jack Eichel was agonizingly close to earning a $2 million performance bonus. The North Chelmsford native averaged 0.934 points per game. The bonus kicked in if he finished the year among the league's top 10 in points-per-game production...." August 19

  • Sabres sign Zemgus Girgensons to two-year deal "On Thursday the Buffalo Sabres announced that forward Zemgus Girgensons has signed a two-year deal worth an average of $1.6 million per season. Girgensons, a 2013 first round draft, has spent four years with the Sabres, appearing in 277 career games. In 2016-2017, Girgensons scored the fewest..." August 17

  • Sabres to Meet With Will Butcher

    The Hockey Writers "Free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey chose dirty-water dogs, Broadway lights and the New York Rangers. Free agent goalie Cal Petersen opted for the film industry, Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Kings. For Sabres fans, let’s hope with defenseman Will Butcher, the third time is the charm and he opts..." August 16

  • Eichel: Sabres 'think we can be a playoff team' "Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is sick of losing. He's tired of watching other teams and players, especially his peers, pass him and the Sabres by. Connor McDavid, the only player selected before Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft, took the Edmonton Oilers to the Western Conference Second Round..." August 16

  • Report: Devils, Sabres, Vegas in on Hobey Baker winner Butcher

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Will Butcher sweepstakes began today, and there are already a few interested suitors lined up. Per the Denver Post, Butcher — the Denver University product that captured this year’s Hobey Baker — has officially balked on signing with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche, and..." August 15

  • Sounds like Evander Kane motivated going into contract year

    Fanrag Sports "Whether or not Evander Kane will fit into the vision of the new regime of the Sabres remains to be seen, but that clock is ticking. Kane, 26, is entering the final season of his six-year, $31.5 million contract and has been eligible to sign an extension since July 1. But does Kane want to..." August 14

  • Swedish junior coach expects Alexander Nylander to crack Sabres' lineup

    Buffalo News "Last year, Alexander Nylander was one of the stars of the IIHF World Junior Championships. Playing for his native Sweden, he finished among the tournament leaders with 12 points (five goals, seven assists). But to make that happen, Nylander need permission from the Buffalo Sabres organization...." August 06

  • Will the Sabres snap their playoff drought?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres haven’t been to the postseason in quite some time. In fact, the last time they played playoff hockey was in 2011 when they were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers. Since then, the Sabres have undergone a massive rebuild that has tested their fans’..." August 02

  • What will Jack Eichel’s next contract look like?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres have one of the best young forwards in the NHL in Jack Eichel, and now they need to figure out how to get him under contract for the foreseeable future. The Sabres have already said that they’d like to get something done this summer, but they can still take care of business..." August 02

  • Sabres star Jack Eichel about to get very rich

    CBC Sports "A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel are discussing a contract extension that could run the NHL maximum eight years. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the talks have been private since formal..." August 02

  • Sabres have big decision looming on Evander Kane

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jack Eichel‘s pending contract extension will probably be the signature move of Jason Botterill’s brief tenure as Buffalo’s GM. But there may be another. Botterill and the Sabres are facing a quandary with forward Evander Kane. Kane, who turned 26 on Wednesday, is heading into the last of a..." August 02

  • Sabres hire Mike Komisarek as player development coach

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres have hired Mike Komisarek as a player development coach. Komisarek was an NHL defenceman for 11 seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Carolina Hurricanes." August 01

  • Sabres sign defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to two-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.4 million, the team announced on Monday. Beaulieu, 24, had 28 points and a plus-8 rating in 74 games with the Montreal Canadiens this past season. " August 01

  • Sabres re-sign Eichel's college teammate Rodrigues to 2-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres might have signed Evan Rodrigues back in 2015 in part because he enjoyed so much success as a college linemate with Jack Eichel at Boston University, but the undrafted forward seems like he’s making a case that he’ll be a part of their future in his own right. The Sabres..." July 28

  • Sabres re-sign Robin Lehner to one-year, $4 million deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres avoided salary arbitration with goalie Robin Lehner, as they inked him to a one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday morning. Lehner and the Sabres were scheduled to have their hearing on July 27, but that obviously won’t be necessary anymore. The 26-year-old played a..." July 25

  • NHLers happy to see Okposo healthy and playing again "Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness. Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • How Much Should Jack Eichel Get?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Many publications discuss Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel in the same sentence. That’s because the two have been linked together for years as they went No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft. They both were considered franchise changing centers and neither has disappointed. However four days..." July 16

  • Botterill: Talks continuing with Eichel and Lehner but no plans for early extension for Reinhart

    Buffalo News "Connor McDavid has his money now. The Buffalo Sabres still intend to give Jack Eichel a good chunk of theirs as well. General Manager Jason Botterill said Tuesday negotiations with his star player continue to progress as the team tries to get Eichel to sign a long-term extension. "Our..." July 12

  • Sabres To Wait On Sam Reinhart Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While new GM Jason Botterill and the Sabres front office are reportedly working diligently on an extension for star center Jack Eichel in hopes of having a deal done this summer, they aren’t placing the same emphasis on a new contract for a fellow young forward. With one year remaining on his..." July 11

  • Sabres rebuild begins with new coach, general manager "It's been an offseason of change for the Buffalo Sabres. The hope is that it translates to some long-awaited success. Jason Botterill replaced Tim Murray as general manager on May 11, one month and two days after the Sabres completed their sixth straight season without a trip to the Stanley Cup..." July 11

  • Sabres hire Jankowski as new director of amateur scouting

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres made some changes to their amateur scouting department this weekend by announcing the hiring of Ryan Jankowski to serve as their new director of amateur scouting. Along with the hiring of Jankowski the team also announced that Jeff Crisp has been promoted to their assistant..." July 09

  • Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 2-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Buffalo Sabres have officially re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.475 million. The 24-year-old posted 11 points across six goals and five assists in 36 games last season. However, his campaign came to an end after he suffered a wrist..." July 08

  • Could Connor McDavid deal affect future contracts for Matthews, Eichel?

    Sportsnet "There’s no young player in the NHL quite like Connor McDavid and that’s why the 20-year-old was just handed a record contract by the Edmonton Oilers. But does his deal have the ability to alter things for players who follow? Jeff Jackson, McDavid’s agent, joined Prime Time Sports on Thursday..." July 07

  • Sabres AHL affiliate names Chris Taylor new head coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, have named Chris Taylor as their new head coach, the club announced Friday. Taylor first began playing with the Americans back in 1999, and rounded out his playing career with them with a 51-point season in 2010-11. He also has a..." July 01

  • Sabres could be forced to look left during free agency

    Buffalo News "The Sabres added to their defense and right wing depth Friday with the acquisition of Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville. It came at the cost of two left wingers, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. They may have to pluck a left winger from free agency Saturday. Here’s a look at the Sabres’..." July 01

  • Sabres add to blueline depth with two-year deal for ex-Canes defenseman Matt Tennyson

    Buffalo News "The Sabres need more depth on defense, both in options at the NHL level and mainstays in Rochester. They've made a move in that direction by signing Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract. The first year is a two-way deal, the second is a one-way. Terms were not immediately available. Tennyson,..." July 01

  • Kulikov likely headed to Jets

    TSN "Veteran defenceman Dmitry Kulikov is likely headed to the Winnipeg Jets, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. After spending the first seven years of his career with the Florida Panthers, Kulikov was in Buffalo last season, finishing with two goals and three assists in 47 games with..." July 01

  • Sabres sign G Johnson, F Pouliot

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres have signed goalie Chad Johnson to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. The 30-year-old posted an 18-15-1 record with a 2.59 GAA and a .910 save percentage with three shutouts over 36 games with the Calgary Flames in 2016-17, his first season with the club. Johnson appeared in..." July 01

  • In short order, Botterill remodeled Buffalo’s blueline

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the biggest challenges Jason Botterill faced upon becoming Sabres GM was fixing the club’s defense. He’s been on the job for 50 days now. And he’s certainly faced that challenge head on. Friday’s acquisition of Marco Scandella — along with former captain Jason Pominville, while..." June 30

  • Sabres' Botterill hopes to sign Lehner in next month, has good talks with Eichel camp

    Buffalo News "As NHL teams prepare to add new players Saturday in free agency, the Sabres are working to keep two they already have. Starting goaltender Robin Lehner is a restricted free agent who needs a new deal. Star center Jack Eichel has one year left on his entry-level contract, but he can negotiate an..." June 30

  • Wild trade Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella to the Sabres for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Less than a year after defenseman Marco Scandella previewed the 2016-17 season by forecasting, “It could be our last year as a group, so it’s now or never,” Scandella indeed won’t be returning. The second-longest tenured Wild player was traded Friday to the Buffalo Sabres along with former..." June 30

  • Sabres, Eichel open extension talks

    TSN "With the Edmonton Oilers closing on a massive eight-year deal with the top pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have opened contract talks with their top pick from the class, Jack Eichel. The Oilers are reportedly negotiating an extension with Connor McDavid worth roughly $13.25..." June 28

  • Sabres bring back defenseman Fedun on two-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Taylor Fedun, the Sabres depth defenseman that was set to become a UFA on Saturday, has agreed to a two-year, two-way extension, Buffalo announced on Monday. Fedun, 29, appeared in 27 games for the Sabres last year, splitting time between the NHL and the club’s AHL affiliate in Rochester." June 26

  • Randy Sexton to leave Penguins for Sabres' assistant GM job

    TSN "It appears Randy Sexton, the director of amateur scouting for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, is leaving the organization to join the Buffalo Sabres front office, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. McKenzie says Sexton will work for the Sabres new general manager,..." June 25

  • Sabres goalie prospect Petersen won’t sign, Botterill ‘disappointed’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Cal Petersen, the Notre Dame standout drafted by Buffalo four years ago, won’t be signing with the Sabres, new GM Jason Botterill said on Friday. “I’ve spoken to Cal. At this time I think he’s going to probably move to free agency and we’ll go from there,” Botterill said, per the Buffalo News...." June 23

  • Source: Sabres not bringing back assistant coaches

    Buffalo News "The new general manager and coach are in place. It sounds as if a new staff of assistants is coming, too. The Sabres are not planning to bring back Terry Murray, Bob Woods and Tom Ward, a source tells The Buffalo News. It’s not a surprise that Phil Housley will want his own people beside him as..." June 21

  • Sabres' Kane aware of trade rumors: 'My name seems to create buzz'

    The Province "Left winger was part of Giants' 2007 Memorial Cup reunion golf tournament Friday at Tsawwassen Springs Even Evander Kane can have a chuckle about Evander Kane trade rumours. “My name seems to create a buzz with some reporters and radio stations. I wonder if I have some thank-you cards..." June 19

  • Sabres acquire Beaulieu from Canadiens

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in 2017. The 24-year old is currently a restricted free agent. In 2016-17 Beaulieu registered four goals and 24 assists in 74 games and added an assist in five playoff games." June 17

  • Kyle Okposo 'will be ready' for training camp after late-season medical scare, Botterill says

    Buffalo News "Just over three months ago, Kyle Okposo was in the Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General Medical Center. Then-head coach Dan Bylsma was "very concerned" about his forward's health after he was admitted to the wing designated for the most seriously injured or ill patients. Okposo..." June 16

  • Sabres expected to name Phil Housley as next head coach

    Sportsnet "It appears the Buffalo Sabres are close to hiring Dan Bylsma’s replacement behind the bench. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the team is closing in on naming Phil Housley as their next head coach. Housley has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville..." June 15

  • Sabres name Hall of Famer Phil Housley head coach

    Sporting News "A familiar face will be returning as the Sabres head coach next season. Buffalo has hired Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Housley as its 18th coach in franchise history, the team announced Thursday. "Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head..." June 15

  • Buffalo didn’t contact Tocchet for head coaching gig

    Pro Hockey Talk "Many assumed Pittsburgh assistant coach Rick Tocchet was a candidate for the Sabres’ vacant head coaching gig, given his ties to new Buffalo GM Jason Botterill. Turns out that’s not the case. Per TSN, the Sabres didn’t reach out to Tocchet for the bench boss job. It was widely assumed..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Sabres re-sign goalie Linus Ullmark to two-year contract

    Buffalo News "Linus Ullmark showed he could handle a heavy workload. The Sabres have rewarded him. Buffalo has signed the goaltender to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million. The 23-year-old was set to be a restricted free agent July 1. “Linus has worked hard both on and off the ice, and his performance at..." June 13

  • Sabres hope to hire coach by early next week

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres' coaching search has resumed, with general manager Jason Botterill telling The Associated Press he hopes to make a decision by early next week. Botterill declined to reveal what candidates from the two Stanley Cup finalists he intends to interview after Pittsburgh beat..." June 13

  • Sabres GM ready for new challenges after tenure with Penguins "Jason Botterill stood on the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated with the Stanley Cup, a Penguins towel draped over his right shoulder. Sometimes he used the words "our" and "us," sometimes "their" and "they." He's general manager of the Buffalo Sabres..." June 12

  • Sabres waiting to interview Housley, Tocchet, Martin

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "It appears as though the Buffalo Sabres are now the only team in the National Hockey League without a head coach. TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported on Saturday morning that the Florida Panthers are closing in on a deal to make former Sabres defenseman Bob Boughner their next head coach. The..." June 10

  • Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund to remain in Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the wake of the massive shakeup in the Buffalo Sabres organization earlier this offseason, prospect center Rasmus Asplund has reportedly decided to remain in Sweden for next season. The Sabres selected the now 19-year-old Asplund in the second round, 33rd overall, of last year’s NHL Draft...." June 08

  • Evander Kane trade a growing topic at Cup final

    Buffalo News "You hang around the Stanley Cup final and you hear the names you would expect. Sidney Crosby, P.K. Subban, Evgeni Malkin, Pekka Rinne, Matt Murray, Evander Kane. Evander Kane? You bet. Speculation about a trade involving the Sabres winger is gaining traction here and the likeliest teams..." June 06