Sabres Rumors & News

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Victor Olofsson To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have added another interesting piece to their prospect pool, signing Victor Olofsson to a two-year entry-level contract. " April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Barkov, Karlsson, O’Reilly are 2018 Lady Byng Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights, and Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced on Friday. The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers..." April 20

  • Evander Kane trade continuing to bear fruit for Cheveldayoff, Jets

    Sportsnet "Kevin Cheveldayoff couldn’t help but smile Friday night as he walked around the bowels of MTS Place, the building with the greatest home ice advantage in the league. The club he’d constructed with his oft-criticized patience had just doubled its franchise playoff victory total and become the..." April 14

  • Sabres GM promises changes after finishing last in NHL "Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill was honest, frustrated and angry during his end-of-season press conference Wednesday, and vowed changes will be made after the Sabres finished with the worst record in the NHL this season. Botterill made it crystal clear Buffalo's 25-45-12 record..." April 12

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Andrew Oglevie To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have signed an NCAA free agent, inking Andrew Oglevie to an entry-level contract. Oglevie recently finished his junior year at Notre Dame, where he helped them to the title game in the NCAA tournament. Though the press release indicates that the contract is for three seasons,..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Sabres' O'Reilly on another losing season: 'I've lost the love of the game'

    The Score "After finishing at or near the bottom of the NHL standings in all three seasons since his trade to Buffalo, losing is starting to take its toll on Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly. O'Reilly was asked about yet another tough season while Buffalo players cleared out their lockers Monday, and was..." April 09

  • O'Reilly breaks NHL record for faceoff wins in a single season

    The Score "Ryan O'Reilly is the new king of the dot. The Buffalo Sabres center set the NHL record for faceoff wins in a single season Saturday night, winning his 1,269th draw to break the previous record set by Rod Brind'Amour in 2005-06." April 07

  • Sabres' C Mittelstadt to join USA at WHC

    TSN "Buffalo Sabres centre Casey Mittelstadt will join Team USA at the World Championship in Denmark next month according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. In four games this season for the Sabres, the 19-year-old has three assists. Prior to his time with the big club, he had 30 points (11 goals,..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Sabres assured of 31st-place finish, best draft lottery odds

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres made history Wednesday by becoming the first team to finish 31st in the NHL standings. Buffalo clinched the league's last-place position with a regulation loss to the Ottawa Senators, whom the Sabres won't be able to catch with only two games remaining and a five-point gap..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Buffalo Sabres Recall Alex Nylander From AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have little to play for over the last few games of the season, so they are going to give an opportunity to one of their young prospects." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Hartnell says he ‘didn’t try to hurt’ Antipin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville Predators winger Scott Hartnell hopes that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin is OK after being stretchered off the ice thanks to a check he delivered. (Moments before this post was about to be published, the Sabres announced that Antipin has been released from hospital. The..." April 01

  • Sabres' Housley: Antipin 'doing well' after being stretchered off

    The Score "Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin is "doing well" after he was stretchered off the ice Saturday following a hit from behind into the boards from Scott Hartnell, head coach Phil Housley told reporters postgame, according to's Robby Stanley. Housley added that Antipin did go to the..." April 01

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Christian Ehrhoff retires, on Sabres' payroll through 2027-28

    Buffalo News "Christian Ehrhoff has hung up his skates. The paychecks from the Buffalo Sabres will keep coming for another decade. After helping Germany win an Olympic silver medal and reaching the playoffs in the German elite league, Ehrhoff announced his retirement Sunday. The 35-year-old played for..." March 27

  • Sabres sign top prospect Casey Mittelstadt

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have signed their top prospect. Buffalo has agreed to a three-year deal with center Casey Mittelstadt. He is expected to arrive in town Monday or Tuesday. Coach Phil Housley said he'd like to play Mittelstadt as soon as possible. Because of Mittelstadt's birth month (November) and..." March 26

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign St. Cloud’s Will Borgen To Entry-Level Deal "At long last, highly touted prospect Will Borgen is joining the Buffalo Sabres organization. Borgen will forego his senior season with St. Cloud State and join the Rochester Americans as they prepare for a playoff push. His three-year entry-level deal with the Sabres will begin at the start of..." March 25

  • Rangers must not fall into this Sabres’ rebuilding trap

    New York Post "Across the ice from the Rangers on Saturday night, in one of those games no one really wants to have to play, were the Sabres, one of the NHL’s prime illustrations of a team that has not won for losing, and an example the Blueshirts would not want to emulate. Because despite drafting in top..." March 25

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Sabres' Eichel has an answer for anyone wondering why he's playing

    Buffalo News "It's a question that's been asked often among fans. It's been asked to Jack Eichel himself. Why would the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player come back, play out the meaningless few weeks and risk reinjuring his ankle? "It's a bit frustrating for myself to get that question from people because..." March 20

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Housley sees Predators as model for Sabres "Nine months after coming two wins shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup, Phil Housley once again will be behind the bench for a Nashville Predators game. Only this time, he'll be trying to beat them. Having served as a Predators assistant from 2013-17, Housley, 54, was named as coach of the..." March 18

  • Sabres' Jack Eichel: Will return Saturday

    CBS Sports "Eichel (ankle) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Blackhawks. Eichel has practiced with the team since Tuesday and has finally made enough progress to rejoin his teammates in game action for the first time since Feb. 10." March 17

  • Jack Eichel returns to Sabres practice

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres welcomed back a familiar face Tuesday morning, as Jack Eichel returned to practice for the first time in nearly a month. Eichel has been out since Feb. 10 with a high-ankle sprain, but it appears he's nearing a return. He resumed skating March 4." March 13

  • Sabres confirm Okposo suffered another concussion

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres confirmed what most suspected. Kyle Okposo suffered a concussion in Thursday's game in Ottawa and will be out indefinitely. Okposo was in a freak collision with Senators forward Bobby Ryan 1:56 into the second period. Neither saw the other coming and they skated directly into..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Sabres' Eichel resumes skating, hopes to play again this season

    Buffalo News "Jack Eichel has taken the first step to a return to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. The Sabres' top offensive player skated on his own Saturday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain Feb. 10 in Boston, coach Phil Housley said after practice Sunday in KeyBank Center. Eichel, however,..." March 04

  • Beleaguered Buffalo deserves to win draft lottery, get Rasmus Dahlin -- but likely won't

    ESPN "As I survey the draft lottery landscape, looking for the team most deserving of a generational talent like defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, I use the processes of elimination to narrow the field. I don't want to see the Montreal Canadiens win, because no general manager who trades away P.K. Subban..." March 03

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • San Jose Sharks Acquire Evander Kane From Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The San Jose Sharks have acquired Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN in exchange for a conditional 2019 first-round pick, conditional 2020 fourth-round pick and Daniel O’Regan. Kane has not signed an extension with the Sharks, and is still scheduled to become..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Sabres' McCabe to undergo shoulder surgery, miss 4-6 months

    CBS Sports "McCabe will undergo a procedure on his shoulder that carries a 4-to-6 month timetable. Given the new timetable, it's safe to rule out McCabe for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign and fantasy owners -- few as they may be -- can drop him in the vast majority of formats." February 20

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Sabres' Lehner day to day with upper-body injury; Ullmark recalled

    Buffalo News "Linus Ullmark is back. Robin Lehner is out. The Buffalo Sabres recalled Ullmark from the Rochester Americans on Monday morning because Lehner is out with a lower-body injury. Lehner did not take part in Sunday's optional practice. He left a morning skate last week complaining of leg pain but..." February 19

  • Kane focused on Sabres, not Trade Deadline "The days are rapidly ticking down toward Feb. 26, the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Fifteen of them remain. Fifteen days between where forward Evander Kane is now, and where he might be in the future, on another team, in another city, an unknown destination. With the Buffalo Sabres last in the..." February 11

  • Eichel out indefinitely with another high-ankle sprain

    CBS Sports "Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain Saturday against the Bruins and will be out indefinitely. The Sabres, and fantasy owners everywhere, are going to be lamenting" February 11

  • Sabres' Eichel leaves game following nasty fall

    Buffalo News "When Jack Eichel went down, the rest of the team stepped up. There were the usual goal scorers – a beauty breakaway from Evander Kane, set up by Sam Reinhart. There were the unusual suspects, like Scott Wilson who had a goal and an assist for just his third career multi-point game. It..." February 11

  • Sabres’ Larsson suspended two games for cross-checking Trocheck

    Buffalo News "Johan Larsson didn't mean to hit Vincent Trocheck in the face with his stick. The NHL Department of Player Safety doesn't care. It just knows that he did. As a result, the Buffalo Sabres center will serve a two-game suspension. The league's disciplinary arm announced the penalty Friday after..." February 02

  • Okposo on Hall’s dangerous hit from behind: ‘There’s no place for that’

    Sportsnet "New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall delivered a dangerous and blatant hit from behind on Buffalo’s Kyle Okposo Tuesday night. Hall only received a two-minute minor for the hit, possibly because Okposo was able to get to his feet and continue in the game. The NHL Department of Player Safety..." January 31

  • Sabres lose Zach Bogosian for the season with hip injury

    Sporting News "Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss the remainder of the season. The 27-year-old will undergo hip surgery next week and the estimated recovery time is four to six months. The Sabres do expect Bogosian, who is in his third season with Buffalo, to be ready for the start of 2018 training..." January 26

  • Laundry list of issues are keeping Sabres in NHL basement again

    Sportsnet "It’s not February yet, and the Buffalo Sabres are dead and buried for another season. ‘Twas ever thus, an excellent hockey market stocked with long suffering fans, underserviced in 2018 the way they were in ’17, ’16, ’15… The Sabres, an Original 14 franchise that has never drank from the..." January 23