This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Sabres Digital Press Box "The Buffalo Sabres today announced several changes to the team’s coaching staff, effective immediately: Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed;..." April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Sabres GM Tim Murray on Ville Leino buyout: "Very good possibility."
Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15
Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres’ season is over. Try not to cry. Aside from the scoreboard crashing to the ice again or the team having to forfeit for lack of players, there was no more fitting end to the Sabres’ miserable season than goal-less Ville Leino losing the puck and failing to score in a shootout..." April 14
Buffalo Bills News "The Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans both play games at 5 p.m. While the Amerks' game is more meaningful, the Sabres had little choice but to raid the minor-league roster again. Buffalo has called up goaltender Andrey Makarov, defenseman Mark Pysyk and forward Nicolas Deslauriers for the..." April 13
Boston Globe "Cheering fans stood and waved gold and black towels as the Boston Bruins claimed the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best regular-season record. The celebration will be a lot bigger if the Bruins achieve their ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup. ‘‘We've still got to do some work here in..." April 13
Pro Hockey Talk "Buffalo Sabres goalie Matt Hackett wasn’t the only player to get hurt in their 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (concussion) and forwards Matt D’Agostini (lower-body), Brian Flynn (lower-body), and Chris Stewart (re-injured ankle) all left the Saturday afternoon tilt..." April 13
INJURY UPDATE: Brian Flynn has a lower-body injury and he will not return to the game. #Sabres
Buffalo News "Guys competing for jobs in the NHL should be willing to do anything. Brian Flynn has a future because he does, in fact, do almost anything. Injuries have been an opportunity for the Buffalo Sabres forward. He’s played center and both wings, skated on all four lines, killed penalties and..." April 12
WGR 550 Sports Radio "As promised the Sabres sent Andrey Makarov back to Rochester so he could help the Amerks play three games in three nights. Buffalo gets Connor Knapp to back up Matt Hackett this weekend. Knapp was a 6th round pick in 2009 and just last year was ahead of Nathan Lieuwen and Makarov on the depth..." April 12
CBSSports.com "The Buffalo Sabres were just trying to play out the season and get some minutes for their younger players. While playing the Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon, the game proved rather costly for the league's last place team. Sabres' top goaltending prospect Matt Hackett was injured when he was..." April 12
Bergeron finished after 40. Will not return. Club provides no further details.
New York Post "So the Rangers have wrapped up home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, everyone in the locker room was speaking of confidence as if it abounds, and, boy, isn’t life jolly? The reality is that Thursday night at the Garden should have been a wake-up call, a 2-1 win over the..." April 11
Detroit News "Mike Babcock has achieved much in his coaching career already, but Tuesday’s milestone was yet another impressive one. Babcock passed Jack Adams for first place in career wins with the Red Wings with victory No. 414 as the Red Wings defeated Buffalo, 4-2. Possibly more importantly, along..." April 09
CBSSports.com "Zac Rinaldo's regular season is finished. The Philadelphia Flyers forward has been suspended for four games. The hit in question for Rinaldo came on Sunday night at home against Buffalo. Immediately upon seeing the hit, just about every hockey fan's reaction was simply: how many games? It was..." April 08
NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk and goaltender Andrey Makarov (mah-KAHR-rahv) from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis. The team also announced it has assigned forward Luke Adam to Rochester. Pysyk..." April 08
CSN Philly "Mark Streit already knew the Flyers were in desperate need of a win. Then he looked up at the scoreboard and saw that the Columbus Blue Jackets had won their game against the New York Islanders -- meaning they were suddenly tied with the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division..." April 07
R. Klesla cleared unconditional Waivers.
Detroit Free Press "There were suggestions about being too cute and too cautious afterward, but most of all there was the chatter of celebration. The Red Wings rolled out their fourth straight victory, a 3-2 win Friday against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena. It was not the prettiest performance, but the NHL..." April 05
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in front of 16,146 at Scottrade Center on Thursday, becoming the winningest regular-season team in the 46-year history of the franchise. The victory also pulled the Blues even in points with Boston atop the NHL standings. They have played one less game..." April 04
Buffalo News "Ville Leino had no idea what was going to happen when Ted Nolan called his name to take part in the rollicking shootout. The Sabres’ coach did. “I mentioned to John Scott, ‘Watch the crowd go crazy on this one,’ ” Nolan said with a smile. Indeed, the folks in First Niagara Center raised..." April 02
Sabres remove interim tag and make Ted Nolan coach. Gets extension. Long road for Sabres.
Tampa Bay Times "The box score from the Lightning's 4-3 overtime victory over the Sabres on Saturday night will show Steven Stamkos with two goals — including the winner 1:53 into the extra period — and three points. What it will not show is the third goal the captain scored at the First Niagara Center, an own..." March 30
CBSSports.com "One of the greatest netminders to grace an NHL crease will finally have his number retired by the team with which he made his name. Dominik Hasek's iconic No. 39 will be raised to the rafters by the Buffalo Sabres next season, the team announced. The legendary netminder spent nine seasons with..." March 29
Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28
Tennessean "The Predators snapped a six-game home losing streak in style on Thursday, scoring early and often in a 6-1 win over Buffalo. Nashville scored four first-period goals off the sticks of Colton Sissons, Colin Wilson, Calle Jarnkrok and Shea Weber to put the Sabres in a hole that was too deep to..." March 28
I'm sorry Leino, upper body injury and won't return
Montreal Gazette "The skinny: One night after going on the road and beating the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens were hard-pressed to beat the worst team in the National Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres played the Canadiens to a standstill for 50 minutes before Max Pacioretty scored at 10:53 of..." March 26
Vancouver Sun "The Vancouver Canucks are actually on a winning streak. It has been a while and of course that streak is going to have to get much longer if the Canucks are to beat very long odds and grab a Western Conference playoff spot. A 4-2 decision Sunday night over the last-place Buffalo Sabres at..." March 24
Buffalo News "Someone other than Tyler Ennis or Drew Stafford actually scored for the Buffalo Sabres here Thursday night. No coincidence the Sabres actually won a game. Former Canisius College star Cory Conacher notched his first two goals as a Sabre with a pair of nifty deflections as Buffalo broke away..." March 21
Calgary Sun "There’s more than one NHL GM giving himself a well-deserved swift kick to the posterior. Michael Cammalleri was available at the trade deadline earlier this month. But Calgary Flames interim-GM Brian Burke wasn’t willing to part with the pint-sized sniper for anything less than market..." March 19
Ted Nolan's three-year contract extension with BUF in hands of lawyers. Contract language still being finalized. Not "done" quite yet.
Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens completed a weekend sweep Sunday as they defeated the hapless Buffalo Sabres 2-0 at the First Niagara Center. Dustin Tokarski was a surprise starter in goal, but he made 29 stops for his first NHL shutout and he ran his record with the Canadiens to 2-0. The win allowed the Canadiens..." March 17
Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres announced that they have summoned Nathan Lieuwen on an emergency basis. Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury and won’t be available for tonight’s game against Montreal. Given that Jhonas Enroth played between the pipes on Saturday, there’s at least a slim..." March 16
New York Post "When the Islanders’ lead was cut in half in the opening minute of the third period, the sense of impending doom began wafting through Nassau Coliseum. After all, the Islanders had won just nine of their 20 previous games in which they led after two periods. But Ryan Strome scored 39 seconds..." March 16
Buffalo News "After four months in the minors, Rasmus Ristolainen is back with the Sabres. Buffalo has recalled its top pick in the 2013 draft on an emergency basis because of injuries to the defense corps. Alex Sulzer suffered an upper-body injury Thursday in Carolina, while blue-liners Tyler Myers and Mike..." March 15
Nolan says Tyler Myers will miss tonight's game. Sulzer will be out at least a week. #sabres -CR
Raleigh News & Observer "It would have been easy for the Carolina Hurricanes to have gotten frustrated Thursday at PNC Arena. For more than 50 minutes, they kept firing shots at Buffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth. For more than 50 minutes, only Jeff Skinner got a shot past him. But the Canes kept pushing, kept..." March 14
On The Forecheck "In their second game in two nights, Nashville's scorers are able to keep up the pace as they down the Buffalo Sabres. Last night, the Predators almost shot themselves in the foot by blowing a three-goal lead in a single period. Well, nothing is better for getting back on the horse than playing..." March 12
Ted Nolan said Chris Stewart was probably 4-5 weeks away with his lower-body injury. His season is likely done.
Chicago Tribune "Fans filed into the First Niagara Center and took their seats shortly before the players took the ice — for the morning skate. "I've never seen that many people at a morning skate," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'm sure Kaner had a lot to do with that." St. Patrick's Day came a week..." March 10
Pro Hockey Talk "After starting his NHL career with 24 points in 35 games with Tampa Bay, Cory Conacher‘s NHL career has been on a steep decline since he was dealt to Ottawa. His tenure with the Senators ended when he was claimed off wiavers on Wednesday. Now the 24-year-old forward is getting ready to start..." March 09
Girgensons, Mitchell, Stewart all out for at least a week, #Sabres Interim Coach Ted Nolan says.
NHL.com "Defenseman Rostislav Klesla said Saturday he will not join the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. The trade, which also sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo and goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a draft pick to Washington, came one day after..." March 09
Buffalo News "After splitting back-to-back games in the Sunshine State, the Sabres are taking today off. Well, except for Luke Adam. He's heading back to the Amerks. Adam, who was on an emergency recall for Friday's 2-0 loss at Florida, has been sent back to Rochester. The Amerks play in Syracuse tonight...." March 08
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It may have felt like throwback jersey night at the BB&T Center, but it was actually a smashing homecoming for goalie Roberto Luongo as he was serenaded by Panthers fans wearing his No. 1 jersey with cheers that sounded like jeers all night long: Louuuuuuuuuuuu! All Luongo did in his first..." March 08