Sabres Rumors & News

  • Casey Nelson signs two year extension

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres have announced a two-year extension for defenseman Casey Nelson. The extension is for a reported $1.3 million over the two years. Nelson had been signed by Buffalo in March earlier this year, and he featured in seven games late in the 2015-16 season. Click here for a..." June 30

  • Sabres see big upside in new defenseman Kulikov

    Buffalo News "The Sabres learned a lot from Dmitry Kulikov’s play in the postseason. So did he. He’s eager to bring the knowledge to Buffalo. Kulikov, already regarded as a top-four defenseman, showed this spring he can handle an expanded role. He skated more than 25 minutes per night during Florida’s..." June 29

  • Police Release Redacted Report on Evander Kane Incident

    WBEN "Buffalo Police have released an incident report relating to an early Friday morning incident involving Sabres forward Evander Kane at a Chippewa Bar. The report states that a woman was threatened by Kane while inside Bottoms Up on Chippewa early Friday morning. The woman continued to allege..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Sabres thrilled with draft weekend accomplishments

    Buffalo News "As soon as the NHL Draft ended Saturday, arena workers stormed the First Niagara Center floor. The dismantling was swift and efficient as tables, logos and signs disappeared. Meanwhile, up in the Buffalo Sabres’ offices, they were celebrating for the opposite reason. As others were tearing..." June 26

  • Buffalo Sabres draft Alexander Nylander with 8th pick

    Die By The Blade "For the past two season, the Buffalo Sabres have had the #2 pick in the NHL Draft, picking franchise players in Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. This year, the team wasn't picking quite as high, but Tim Murray and company are hoping the player they pick in the first round proves just as successful as..." June 26

  • Sabres take forward Vasily Glotov with pick #190

    Die By The Blade "With the 190th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken Vasily Glotov, forward for Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg of the MHL. I don't know too much about him, and his player profile at Euro Hockey lists his handed-ness as "Shoots: N/A" so I'll leave this tweet here and we'll..." June 26

  • Sabres take hometown defenseman Austin Osmanski at #189

    Die By The Blade "With their 189th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres picked up their fourth defenseman of the weekend with Austin Osmanski from the OHL. Osmanski, a left handed dman who turned 18 a couple of months ago, is a local boy from East Aurora who the organization is already familiar with..." June 26

  • Sabres take LW Brandon Hagel with pick #159

    Die By The Blade "With the 159th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken left winger Brandon Hagel of the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. Hagel stands 6'0'', 165 lbs, and is ranked #104 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He scored 13-34-47 in his first WHL season, and has..." June 26

  • Sabres take defenseman Vojtech Budik with pick #130

    Die By The Blade "Back to back defensemen in the fifth round give the Sabres more depth along the blueline. With the 130th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Vojtech Budik from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. Born in the Czech Republic, Budik stands 6'1'' and 194..." June 26

  • Sabres take Philip Nyberg at #129

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres had two picks in a row in the fifth round, and took a defenseman with the first at #129, Swede Philip Nyberg from Linkoping in the Swedish Juniors League. Nyberg is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the upcoming season. He shoots right-handed and turned 19 earlier..." June 26

  • Sabres take LW Brett Murray at #99 in Round 4

    Die By The Blade "With the 99th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken left winger Brett Murray from the CCHL. Murray, ranked #83 among North American skaters, scored 14 goals and 32 assists this year for the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL. He is committed to Penn State next year, and..." June 26

  • Sabres take Casey Fitzgerald at #86

    Die By The Blade "With the 86th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres have taken Casey Fitzgerald from Boston College. The defenseman is a product of the USNTDP system, and just turned 19 earlier this year in February. He will be a sophomore with the Eagles this upcoming season after having led all defensemen in..." June 26

  • Sabres take Cliff Pu at #69

    Die By The Blade "With the 69th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres have taken Cliff Pu from the Memorial Cup champion London Knights. Pu just turned 18 three weeks ago and had 31 points (12+19) in 69 games for the Knights, which was good for 10th on the team last season. Pu has played a total of two seasons for..." June 26

  • Sabres' Bylsma on Kane: 'I'm not pleased to see the headline'

    Buffalo News "Like police, the Buffalo Sabres are still trying to determine exactly what happened with Evander Kane at a downtown bar. No matter the result, it was disconcerting to see negative news again accompany the forward. “I’m not pleased to see the headline,” coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday. Buffalo..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Sabres trade Mark Pysyk and picks for Dmitry Kulikov and picks

    Die By The Blade "Everyone figured the Buffalo Sabres would either draft or make a trade for a left-handed defenseman at the NHL Draft, but Tim Murray waited until Day Two to fill that hole. The Sabres traded Mark Pysyk as well as the 38th and 89th pick to the Florida Panthers for 25-year old defenseman Dmitry..." June 25

  • SABRES ADD WOODS TO COACHING STAFF "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Bob Woods to join the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Woods joins the Sabres after spending the last two seasons as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades (WHL). During his tenure in Saskatoon, Woods guided the team to..." June 24

  • 2 crime reports filed against Sabres’ Evander Kane

    WIVB 4 "Sources have confirmed to News 4 that two crime reports have been filed against Sabres’ left winger Evander Kane. The crime reports relate to an alleged incident following Kane’s appearance at a Buffalo bar called Bottom’s Up on Chippewa Street on Thursday night. A group, including Kane, had..." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Dreger on speculation Sabres ‘going absolutely all-in’ on Stamkos

    Today's Slapshot "On if the Sabres will be able to change Jimmy Vesey’s mind, of if he’ll hit free agency when he becomes eligible in mid-August: “Well, according to the agent, that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to wait until the middle of August, and they’ll make their final decisions at that point. “I..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Sabres GM: 'I'd be a tool not to' use Eichel to recruit Vesey

    The Score "Tim Murray certainly has a way with words. The Buffalo Sabres general manager, who acquired the rights to free agent forward Jimmy Vesey on Monday, creatively expressed his plan to use fellow college standout and good friend Jack Eichel in the recruiting process. "I'd be a tool not to,"..." June 21

  • Predators Acquire Third-Round Selection from Buffalo "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey. The Predators now have eight selections..." June 20

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • No-move clause puts Bogosian in trade spotlight

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "As we count down the days to the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres are being named in just about every trade rumor. With a number of teams looking to drop salary and teams like the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche focusing on reshaping their rosters, the Sabres are in a position to add high-end..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Sabres talking with NHL to keep draft combine in Buffalo

    Buffalo News "When Buffalo hosted the NHL Scouting Combine last year, the event was hailed as the best of its kind. This year, it is going even better. So it's no surprise the parties are interested in extending the two-year agreement that is set to expire. "Right now we're talking with Buffalo for 2017,"..." June 04

  • Panthers hire Sabres assistant coach Dave Barr

    Pro Hockey Talk "Dave Barr has gone from an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres to the Florida Panthers coaching staff, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. This news follows a major organizational shake-up in the front office for the Panthers, and after the club fired assistant coach John..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Sabres Sign Karabacek to Entry Level Deal "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year, entry-level contract. Karabacek (6’0”, 199 lbs., 5/2/1996) tallied 30 points (18+12) and 56 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats of the..." May 26

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Sabres ink defenceman Brycen Martin to entry-level deal "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Brycen Martin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Martin (6’2”, 199 lbs., 5/9/1996) tied his career-high totals in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips (WHL)..." May 22

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Former Sabres defenseman McKee named coach of Kitchener in OHL

    Buffalo News "After working alongside two Coach of the Year candidates, Jay McKee is ready to run a bench on his own. The longtime Sabres defenseman is the new coach of the Kitchener Rangers, the Ontario Hockey League team announced Thursday. McKee worked with the Rangers as an associate coach this season..." May 15

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Sabres re-sign forward Johan Larsson to 1-year deal "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract. The Sabres had retained the rights to Larsson by extending him a qualifying offer last month. The signing was announced on Tuesday." April 29

  • Ducks’ loss gives Sabres 12 picks in June’s NHL Draft

    Buffalo News "Sabres fans attending this year’s NHL Draft in Buffalo will have 12 opportunities to welcome a prospect to the organization. As of now, anyway. The Sabres’ draft picture cleared up some Wednesday night when Nashville eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs. The Sabres sent forward Jamie McGinn to..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

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