Sabres Rumors & News

  • 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

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • Dan Lambert fired as coach of Rochester Americans

    Buffalo News "Jason Botterill will be conducting two coaching searches instead of one after firing Rochester coach Dan Lambert on Friday. The Sabres' new general manager met with Lambert this week to discuss the organization's failed season. As in Buffalo, there will be a fresh start with the Amerks. “I..." May 27

  • Dan Lambert fired as coach of Rochester Americans

    Buffalo News "Jason Botterill will be conducting two coaching searches instead of one after firing Rochester coach Dan Lambert on Friday. The Sabres' new general manager met with Lambert this week to discuss the organization's failed season. As in Buffalo, there will be a fresh start with the Amerks. “I..." May 26

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Sabres sign defenseman Viktor Antipin to 1-year deal

    Buffalo News "The long-awaited deal is complete. Now Victor Antipin can compete for playing time in Buffalo. Rumored for months, the Sabres and the Russian defenseman agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract Thursday. The length and terms of the entry-level deal were limited by the collective bargaining..." May 26

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Defenseman Viktor Antipin expected to join Sabres next week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this month it was reported that defenseman Viktor Antipin was on the verge of joining the Buffalo Sabres after terminating his contract in the KHL. Following the IIHF World Hockey Championships on Sunday, where Antipin was a key player for the Russian team that won the Bronze Medal,..." May 22

  • No hearing scheduled for Wingels after Wilson headshot

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ottawa forward Tommy Wingels doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his late game headshot on Pittsburgh’s Scott Wilson, an NHL spokesman confirmed. The incident occurred with seconds remaining in the Penguins’ 7-0 Game 5 win on Sunday afternoon. Wingels wasn’t penalized on the play,..." May 22

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • New Sabres GM Jason Botterill will use Penguins’ blueprint to build Buffalo

    Sporting News "New Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill made a clear impression during his opening news conference that he has a fresh plan for the organization: instilling principles he learned from one the NHL’s top teams to lift up one of the league’s doormats. The Sabres hired Botterill on..." May 12

  • Sabres 'hosting' 2018 Winter Classic vs. Rangers reportedly saves MSG $40M

    CBS Sports "When the NHL unveiled plans for its 2018 Winter Classic , New York garnered attention not only because the Big Apple was deemed the host of the 10th annual outdoor game but also because two "local" teams, the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, were slated to square off with each other. Now,..." May 12

  • Sabres' new GM Botterill: Winning is a part of development

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill met with the media for the first time after being hired as the franchise's eighth general manager in team history on Thursday. "I'm looking forward to building a hockey operations department here that challenges me and creates a collaborative..." May 12

  • Sabres to hire Jason Botterill as GM

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres will name Jason Botterill as general manager on Thursday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Botterill, 40, has served as an associate general manager with the Penguins since 2014 and has owned a front-office role with the Penguins since 2007. He replaces Tim..." May 11

  • Sabres hire Penguins' Botterill as general manager

    Buffalo News "The wait is over. The Sabres have their third general manager in 20 years. Buffalo announced the hiring of Jason Botterill on Thursday, exactly three weeks after the team fired GM Tim Murray. Botterill emerged from a pack of seven candidates to earn the job. “We are very happy to welcome..." May 11

  • 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic to feature Sabres and Rangers "The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year's Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m...." May 09

  • Dan Bylsma to serve as guest analyst on NHL Network

    Buffalo News "During his year off from coaching following his dismissal from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Bylsma toured North America watching other teams and coaches, and also spent time on the air with NHL Network as an analyst during the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal. During that tournament, he..." May 08

  • Sabres expected to name Jason Botterill next general manager

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres are close to naming Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill as the team’s next general manager. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported on the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada that an announcement could come as soon as the Penguins’ series against..." May 07

  • Futa not expected to land Sabres GM job, excited about new Kings role

    LA Kings Insider "Having met with Michael Futa this afternoon, and based on follow-up conversations with both Futa and another team source, it appears as though he is no longer under heavy consideration for the open Buffalo Sabres GM job and is excited to continue his career with the Los Angeles Kings following his..." May 06

  • Mike Futa Unlikely To Take Buffalo Sabres GM Job

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, Mike Futa was in the running for the Buffalo Sabres GM job, but will be “no longer under heavy consideration”. Futa always seemed like a long-shot because of the recent promotion he’d received from the Kings to the position of assistant general manager...." May 05

  • Sabres ‘close’ to hiring GM, and Botterill looks like the favorite

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jason Botterill is one of several candidates to interview for the Sabres’ vacant general manager position. But he might be the only one to have interviewed twice. Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Botterill’s had “some kind of second interview” with Buffalo brass to replace the recently..." May 03

  • Charges against Evander Kane officially dismissed

    Buffalo News "A Buffalo City Court judge Tuesday dismissed charges against Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane stemming from alleged incidents involving two women and a bouncer at a West Chippewa bar in June 2016. Paul Cambria, Kane's attorney, said Tuesday night that the dismissal was the result of a plea..." May 03

  • Sabres reached out to Brodeur as part of GM search "Martin Brodeur declined the Buffalo Sabres' request for an interview, John Shannon of Sportsnet said Tuesday. The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on April 20. Shannon told WGR 550AM in Buffalo that the Sabres reached out to Brodeur, the St. Louis Blues assistant GM,..." May 03

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • Sabres interviewed Flames’ Conroy for GM gig

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday, Associated Press sources revealed that six candidates have already interviewed for Buffalo’s vacant general manager gig. Add a seventh name to that list. Per Postmedia, Flames assistant GM Craig Conroy has also spoken to the Sabres about the job. A native of Northern New York,..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Defenseman Viktor Antipin to join Sabres after terminating KHL contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like the Buffalo Sabres are close to signing their first free agent of the off-season. KHL defenseman Viktor Antipin has reportedly terminated his contract with Magnitogorsk so that he can sign with Buffalo. The 24-year-old has been a regular for Magnitogorsk since the 2012-13..." May 01

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Kings' Futa among candidates for Sabres GM job

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have asked for permission to interview a longtime Kings executive, but it’s not the one at the top of some lists. Buffalo has been granted permission to talk with Los Angeles Assistant General Manager Michael Futa. A Kings spokesman told The Buffalo News the Sabres have not asked to..." April 28

  • No names, but Sabres have ‘put a lot of work’ into GM and coach searches "Let the games begin. According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, the Buffalo Sabres have started interviewing potential candidates for their vacant general manager position. Dean Lombardi, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Kings has been a name that has generated a lot of interest and..." April 26

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