Sabres Rumors & News

  • 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

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Evander Kane likely on the move, Sam Reinhart not

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s clear that Evander Kane will be traded by the Buffalo Sabres before the February 26th deadline, but where exactly he will end up and how much he will cost are still very much up in the air. Today, Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted that interest is “heating up” but that the team still could wait,..." January 20

  • With new Sabres deal never discussed, Kane awaits trade call

    Buffalo News "Evander Kane knows his phone could crackle today, tomorrow, next week or that he might have to wait all the way until the NHL's trade deadline on Feb. 26. The Sabres' winger, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, knows the call is inevitably coming. He's going to be traded by the..." January 18

  • Sabres' steep asking price for Evander Kane stirs debate over worth

    Sporting News "The floundering Sabres are expected to move Evander Kane before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. The 26-year-old left wing is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July and could seek a significant raise over his current $5.25 million annual average salary. He might not fit into the Sabres'..." January 18

  • Possible destinations for Evander Kane and what they might have to offer

    Hockey Buzz "The NHL traded deadline is February 26, but with their fate pretty much sealed for this season, a bottom-dweller like the Buffalo Sabres has had ongoing trade talks for weeks with GM Jason Botterill reportedly fielding calls from numerous contending teams. Buffalo's big trade chip is winger..." January 16

  • The Buffalo Sabres’ problem with shopping Evander Kane

    Sportsnet "Here’s the problem with Evander Kane. When he was drafted, he was viewed as a prototypical power forward. A new era Cam Neely. That was 2009. And that’s the problem. It’s not 2009 anymore. Kane brought the skill set to the NHL, and then the NHL changed around him. Power forwards, players..." January 13

  • Bogosian leaves physical, emotional practice with injury "Following a loss to the Winnipeg Jets that prompted Phil Housley to call for his team to show a greater sense of defensive urgency, the Buffalo Sabres held a physical, competitive practice at KeyBank Center on Wednesday morning. With that physicality came emotion, and potentially a loss on..." January 10

  • Asking Price For Evander Kane Revealed

    Pro Hockey Rumors "We’ve heard speculation and rumor on the Buffalo Sabres’ asking price for Evander Kane in trade, but now Pierre LeBrun definitively reports on TSN’s Insider Trading that the team is looking for a first-round pick, prospect and a conditional pick based on whether Kane re-signs with the acquiring..." January 10

  • Tempers flare between Sabres’ Justin Falk, Evander Kane during practice

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Defenseman Justin Falk’s booming voice suddenly cut through the din of today’s intense Sabres practice. “Shut the (expletive) up, you selfish (expletive),” Falk yelled as he skated at winger Evander Kane on the KeyBank Center ice. Falk then shoved Kane before some coaches..." January 10

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Penguins Show Interest In Evander Kane

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, many expect them to be active in the weeks to come. On a radio appearance with Sportsnet 650 (audio link), Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggests that the Pens have shown some..." January 04

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Sabres hoping to use Winter Classic to jump-start positive second half

    Pro Hockey Talk "The climb in front of the Buffalo Sabres as the calendar turns to 2018 is a daunting one. Currently 16 points out of a playoff spot, playing any hockey beyond game No. 82 in April is unlikely, but as they prepare for the Citi Field Winter Classic game against the New York Rangers, the players are..." January 01

  • Sabres’ Jason Pominville ready for third outdoor game experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The weather was brutal. The snow was coming down. It was cold. It wasn’t pleasant to be outside. But that didn’t stop hockey fans from being out in the elements hours before the start of the first ever NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. As Jason Pominville..." December 29

  • Sabres' Lehner takes shot at Toronto hockey ops after Isles' disputed goal

    Buffalo News "Just what Buffalo fans needed. Another replay review. Unlike the Bills' controversial "incomplete pass" Sunday, the Sabres conclusively allowed a tying goal with 1:09 to play Wednesday. That didn't make the situation any easier for Robin Lehner. "I guess it's something in Buffalo waters,..." December 28

  • Buffalo Beauts Purchased By Sabres Ownership

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has operated since 2015, becoming the first North American female hockey league to pay their players a regular salary. Previously, all four NWHL teams were owned by the league itself, but all that has changed. Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula..." December 21

  • Sabres loan Nylander to Sweden

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres have assigned forward prospect Alexander Nylander to Sweden's world junior hockey team. The Swede scored five goals and added seven assists over seven games at the world juniors last year, tying the tournament lead in points. He put up a nine-point performance with Sweden in..." December 21

  • Sabres' Matt Moulson producing during his minor-league assignment

    Buffalo News "Matt Moulson has nothing to show for his 14 NHL games this season. He's certainly showing he can perform in the American Hockey League. The former Buffalo Sabres forward has seven assists in three games since being assigned to the Los Angeles Kings' minor-league affiliate in Ontario, Calif. The..." December 15

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Teams Gauging Availability Of Buffalo Goaltenders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have dominated the headlines this morning with the news that they’ll place Matt Moulson on waivers at noon, and Darren Dreger of TSN has some more information regarding the team. Dreger reports on Twitter that teams have called the Sabres about both Chad Johnson and Robin..." December 04

  • Sabres acquire forward Scott Wilson from Red Wings

    Buffalo News "After his new players failed to impress, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill is looking to people he knows. Buffalo has traded a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to Detroit in exchange for forward Scott Wilson. Botterill was with Pittsburgh when the Penguins drafted Wilson in the..." December 04

  • Sabres Notes: Asking Price For Kane, Listening To Offers On All But Eichel

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While many expect the Sabres to deal Evander Kane between now and the trade deadline, the asking price is believed to be higher than the top rental players from the previous deadlines. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has been told that Buffalo will be seeking a return higher than what Winnipeg..." December 04

  • Sabres place struggling Matt Moulson on waivers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly been trying to part ways with veteran forward Matt Moulson, but they haven’t found any takers. On Monday, the team announced that they’ll be placing him on waivers with the purpose of assigning him to the minors. When you take a quick look at Moulson’s..." December 04