Sabres Rumors & News

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    wkbw.com "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

  • Lombardi, Schoenfeld, Housley among names considered for Sabres vacancies

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres have some vacancies to fill now that they’ve fired GM Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, some names are already popping up. Kypreos named former Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi as an obvious candidate. “But another one I’m..." April 23

  • Sabres owner to address media tomorrow

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sabres owner Terry Pegula will address the media tomorrow morning — and, boy, will Buffalo reporters have some questions for him. Pegula cleaned house today, firing general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. The moves came after Pegula met with Murray, who’d just held his own..." April 20

  • Sabres fire Bylsma, Murray

    TSN "Dan Bylsma and Tim Murray are out in Buffalo. The team announced on Thursday that both their coach and general manager have been fired. The Sabres fired the pair after a 33-37-12 campaign. The team finished last in the Atlantic Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference. The team has not..." April 20

  • Agents: Eichel not pushing for Sabres coaching change

    TSN "If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives say their client is not the one pushing for a change. Peter Donatelli tells The Associated Press a coaching change was "not even on (Eichel's) radar screen" last week during the player's exit..." April 19

  • Misconceptions Fueling Reinhart Trade Talk

    The Hockey Writers "Sam Reinhart was the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He was the first big piece the Sabres added in their rebuilding process. Just a year ago the 21-year old was considered one of the promising young core pieces moving into the future. Now, a year later, he’s being talked about as an..." April 19

  • After playing alongside Eichel, Sabres' Foligno wants to do it again

    Buffalo News "Marcus Foligno knows there were times he couldn’t keep up with Jack Eichel. He also knows that by driving the net and acting as bodyguard, he gave Eichel more room to show his skills. Foligno hopes that was enough to stay next to the Sabres’ high-scoring center. No left winger played more..." April 14

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Jack Eichel calls out Sabres’ desire to win after disappointing season

    Fox Sports "The Buffalo Sabres’ season mercifully came to an end with a 4-2 loss against the Lightning Sunday. Buffalo’s 78 points in the standings put it at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and second-lowest total in the Eastern Conference. For sophomore centerman Jack Eichel, that’s not nearly good..." April 10

  • Point leads Lightning to season-closing win vs. Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Brayden Point ended an impressive rookie with his second multi-goal game of the week to lift the Tampa Bay Lighting to a season-closing 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Andrei Vasilevskiy closed out the season by picking up his 23rd victory while making 26..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Huberdeau scores twice; Panthers win Thornton's final game

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- From the perspective of the Florida Panthers, who were playing their final home game of the season, this was a bittersweet goodbye to their fans. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and James Reimer posted his second shutout of the season as Florida defeated the Buffalo Sabres..." April 08

  • Okposo discharged from hospital

    Pro Hockey Talk "Good news from Buffalo — Kyle Okposo has reportedly been discharged from hospital. WIVB-TV cites a source with knowledge of the situation for the report. The same source could not verify Okposo’s illness. The Sabres have been tight-lipped about Okposo’s situation. " April 08

  • Sabres' Kyle Okposo showing signs of improvement

    Sporting News "Though nothing is definitive in the curious case of Kyle Okposo, one thing positive was reported Friday. He is showing signs of improvement, according to The Associated Press, which cited an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation. The Sabres forward, 28, has been undergoing..." April 07

  • Guhle reportedly headed to Sabres’ AHL team

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the most important Buffalo Sabres prospects is on his way to the AHL. Brendan Guhle, a 19-year-old defenseman whose season with the Prince George Cougars just ended, is reportedly headed to Rochester. From the Prince George Citizen: The Cougars’ MVP has already proven he can play..." April 06

  • Sabres' Kyle Okposo in intensive care, undergoing tests

    Buffalo News "After Dan Bylsma admitted to being “very concerned” about Kyle Okposo’s health, word came that the Buffalo Sabres forward is hospitalized and in intensive care. Okposo is in the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Medical Center, Paul Hamilton of WGR-AM 550 reported Wednesday. The Buffalo..." April 06

  • Sabres halt Canadiens' five-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Following one of their worst losses of the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about in their final home game of the season. Rasmus Ristolainen and Tyler Ennis scored to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday..." April 05

  • Sabres embarrassed they haven't given fans good times

    Buffalo News "The Sabres and their fans say goodbye Wednesday. Will it be a fond farewell? Good riddance? Or, like many other nights, will the sides barely acknowledge each other? As the players prepared for the home finale against Montreal, they reflected on the folks who regularly journey to KeyBank..." April 05

  • Okposo (illness) ruled out for Buffalo’s final three games

    Pro Hockey Talk "Buffalo forward Kyle Okposo will miss the rest of the season with a mysterious illness that the Sabres aren’t saying much publicly about. From yesterday’s Buffalo News, with a quote from head coach Dan Byslma: “Kyle’s still dealing with sickness and illness,” Bylsma said. “He has gone..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • Quick burst guides Maple Leafs past Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With an early burst of offense, the Toronto Maple Leafs made quick work of the Buffalo Sabres and are knocking on the door of the playoffs. The Maple Leafs scored three goals in 43 seconds on their way to a 4-2 win over the Sabres on Monday night. Toronto (39-24-15, 93..." April 03

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