Sabres Rumors & News

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Sabres' Scandella takes maintenance day to ease back from hip surgery

    Buffalo News "The Sabres went through their third day of training camp Sunday with one notable exception: Marco Scandella. The defenseman, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in May, took a maintenance day. "He really went after it yesterday, just testing it out," coach Phil Housley said in..." September 17

  • Sabres' Bogosian hopes Housley will help tap into his offensive potential

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian loves jumping in the rush and utilizing perhaps his most underrated asset, his skating. “Unfortunately, the last two years in Buffalo I haven’t really had that role,” Bogosian said Saturday following practice inside HarborCenter. That time span, not..." September 17

  • Sabres’ Alexander Nylander week-to-week with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres began training camp without one of the franchise’s prospects. Alexander Nylander is dealing with what the team describes as a lower-body injury and the eighth-overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft is considered week-to-week, Sabres head coach Phil Housley told reporters in..." September 15

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Brian Gionta Has Several Interested Teams

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Brian Gionta has been clear that he’d like to go back to the Buffalo Sabres if possible, but he certainly has other options. John Vogl of the Buffalo News reached out to agent Steve Bartlett, who told him Gionta has had a “number of teams” interested in signing him already. Gionta continues to..." September 07

  • Sabres' Kyle Okposo back on the ice after 'scary' head injury

    Sporting News "The Sabres can breathe a sigh of relief before the start of the hockey season as they welcomed Kyle Okposo back to the ice Tuesday. The forward skated with the team in Buffalo for the first time in months after he sustained frightening concussion-like symptoms in March. "It was obviously a..." September 06

  • Sabres sign defenseman Cody Goloubef to professional tryout

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have already improved their defense. They're giving Cody Goloubef a chance to make it better. Buffalo has signed Goloubef to a professional tryout contract, the team announced Tuesday. The 27-year-old defenseman has 129 games of NHL experience with Columbus and Colorado. Goloubef..." September 06

  • Eichel has 'no problem playing year out' with Sabres "Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is willing to play the final season of his three-year, entry-level contract without an extension, he told WGR Sports Radio in Buffalo on Tuesday. "I have no problem playing the year out - if that happens, it happens," Eichel said. "I'm pretty adamant about..." September 05

  • Report: No extension, no problem for Jack Eichel

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s reasonable to assume that this has been a pretty good summer for Jack Eichel, at least in an indirect way. Just look at the big, eight-year deals the Edmonton Oilers handed out. Whether it be Connor McDavid getting $12.5 million per year or Leon Draisaitl receiving $8.5M in AAV, each..." September 04

  • “Positive” Talks Continue Between Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres finished re-signing their restricted free agents recently when they inked Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract, and immediately turned their attention (if it hadn’t been there already) to an extension for budding superstar Jack Eichel. With Connor McDavid receiving his..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • 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