Sabres Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Maple Leafs, Sabres face brutal December schedules

    Pro Hockey Talk "Don’t be surprised if you see a bunch of “What’s wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs?”-type articles during the next few weeks. Actually, if you don’t, that might be the biggest deal of all. Mike Babcock’s bunch has already shaken off some turmoil – some of it inner, as young players like Mitch..." December 02

  • Sabres GM Jason Botterill still weighing what to do with Kane

    Buffalo News "Jason Botterill is very happy with Evander Kane. The Buffalo Sabres' general manager is also unsure whether he'll keep or trade the high-scoring winger. On one hand, trading Kane seems like a bad idea since he is the only consistent scorer on the NHL's lowest-scoring team. On the other, Buffalo..." December 02

  • Minnesota Claims Nate Prosser, Buffalo Waives Matt Tennyson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have claimed Nate Prosser off waivers, essentially replacing Kyle Quincey on the roster after he cleared. Jordin Tootoo, the third player on waivers yesterday also cleared and has been assigned to Rockford. Today, Nathan Walker (WSH) who we addressed earlier, and Matt Tennyson..." November 30

  • Buffalo Willing To Retain Salary In Evander Kane Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "On the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading, the panel—Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie—discuss several interesting rumors around the league including Evander Kane. LeBrun reports that the Buffalo Sabres have started telling teams that they would be willing to retain part of Kane’s..." November 29

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Sabres place Seth Griffith on waivers

    Buffalo News "Seth Griffith got another chance to show what he could do. Now he’s headed to Rochester or another team. The Buffalo Sabres placed the forward on waivers Sunday. Other NHL teams have until noon Monday to claim him. If not, the Sabres can send Griffith to the Amerks. Griffith has two goals,..." November 26

  • McDavid, Eichel looking for wins, not sympathy "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel aren't looking for sympathy. Only wins. Unfortunately for each of them, those have been few and far between this season. It was 29 months ago that McDavid was taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and Eichel was taken at No. 2..." November 25

  • Unfortunately for the fans, the Buffalo Sabres have to be patient

    iSportsweb "Let’s shoot straight here: this season’s Buffalo Sabres are a big disappointment. After forcing their fans to watch two of the worst seasons of hockey in the last twenty years in order to tank for the best draft picks possible, the Sabres were supposed to take a step forwards this season. Instead,..." November 23

  • Housley: Sabres 'outbattled, outworked, outcompeted' in loss to Wings

    Buffalo News "Perhaps it's long overdue but Phil Housley's stern face late Friday night seemed to indicate his patience is wearing thin. More than any time this season, Housley was exasperated with his team after the Buffalo Sabres' 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Little Caesars Arena. It was a game..." November 18

  • Ducks, Evander Kane could be a perfect match

    Yardbarker "Injuries have hit the Anaheim Ducks hard so far this season. They have yet to have a game in which all their top four defensemen have played, and their top two centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler won’t be back until at least Christmas. Despite their injury issues, the Ducks have not performed..." November 17

  • Sabres' Scandella fined $5K for slashing Penguins' Hornqvist

    Buffalo News "Marco Scandella is $5,000 poorer. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman unleashed a wicked two-hand slash Tuesday night, and the NHL Player Safety Department hit back Wednesday with a $5,000 fine. It is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the Players'..." November 15

  • Evander Kane Thriving amid Trade Speculation

    The Hockey Writers "As the Buffalo Sabres yet again find themselves in the Eastern Conference basement, Evander Kane has been a rare bright spot, emerging as the perfect complement on Jack Eichel’s wing, though his success is somewhat bittersweet. Kane possesses everything you hope for in a power forward, and his..." November 15

  • Sabres' Pouliot to have hearing for check to head on Panthers' Yandle "Buffalo Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday for an illegal check to the head against Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle. The incident occurred with 2: 15 remaining in the third period in the Panthers' 4-1 victory against..." November 11

  • Sabres star Jack Eichel: ‘I don’t feel like I’m making an impact’

    Sportsnet "Two things hockey fans have been able to count on thus far in the 2017-18 NHL season: the Buffalo Sabres will lose most of their games and Jack Eichel will talk about how he’s unhappy about it. The Sabres franchise centre hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustrations and did so again Friday..." November 11

  • Sabres' Pouliot escapes discipline for hit on Panthers' Yandle

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres got a break from the long arm of the NHL law and will have Benoit Pouliot in the lineup when they meet the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Bell Centre. After a phone hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety ruled there would be no supplemental discipline for Pouliot in..." November 11

  • Is Evander Kane worth a new contract with the Buffalo Sabres?

    iSportsweb "Evander Kane has a complicated image in the NHL. When he was with the Winnipeg Jets, Kane went through multiple controversies that cast a shadow on his personality. He has not found himself in any trouble since coming to Buffalo, but his reputation still precedes him in the league as a locker room..." November 10

  • Housley: Ristolainen week-to-week with UBI

    TSN "Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen is now considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury head coach Phil Housley announced Thursday. Ristolainen has missed the last two games and was originally considered day-to-day after suffering the injury last week against the Arizona Coyotes." November 09

  • After blockbuster, here are six players who could be traded this season

    USA Today "The Ottawa Senators’ inability to re-sign potential unrestricted free agent Kyle Turris was the impetus for Sunday's three-team blockbuster deal that involved Turris, Matt Duchene, plus four other players and three draft picks. The Senators didn’t want the risk of having Turris leave without..." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Sabres sign Cliff Pu to entry-level contract

    Buffalo News "The Sabres think highly of Cliff Pu, so they've wasted little time signing him. Buffalo has signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level contract. Pu is playing his fourth year of junior hockey and will turn pro next season. The contract won't start until then. Pu impressed new Buffalo..." October 23

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Sabres' Eichel: 'I'm sick of losing'

    Buffalo News "It's only mid-October but you can already feel the exasperation bubbling in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. The Sabres don't have much going on right now in the wake of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center that opened their four-game road trip. They're 0-3-1, tied with..." October 13

  • Former Sabre Brian Gionta to skate with Amerks

    Buffalo News "Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta was invited to practice with the Rochester Americans as the center prepares for international play. "We were recently approached by Brian and his agent about him practicing regularly with Rochester as he prepares for international competition," Amerks..." October 10

  • Eichel Sets The Market For Matthews And Laine

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the eight-year, $80MM contract extension that the Sabres handed center Jack Eichel earlier this week ensures that Buffalo has their franchise player under contract for almost the next decade, it also goes a long way towards setting the market for 2016 top picks Auston Matthews (Toronto) and..." October 07

  • Sabres extend Eichel on eight-year, $80M deal

    TSN "Jack Eichel is staying put in Buffalo for a long, long time. The Sabres announced on Tuesday evening that they have agreed to terms with their star forward on an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $10 million. The deal will be officially signed on Wednesday,..." October 04

  • Sabres demote Alex Nylander; Kyle Connor can’t make Jets cut

    Pro Hockey Talk "Teams need to get their rosters ready for the 2017-18 season, which means some key prospects will need to go to junior or the AHL. Let’s address some of the bigger names that don’t qualify as players on waivers or worse. Alex Nylander and Sean Malone were sent down to the AHL on..." October 03

  • Sabres, Eichel close to 8-year extension

    TSN "It looks like Jack Eichel is staying put in Buffalo for a long, long time. The Buffalo Sabres are expected to lock Eichel up to a long-term extension according to Kathryn Tappen of NBC Sports. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the contract is expected to be in the neighbourhood..." October 03

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Sabres beef up with Jordan Nolan after Kings waive him

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley wants to ice an aggressive, fast team. Even so, it’s interesting to see that the Sabres are also becoming a beefier bunch. That continued on Wednesday, as the Sabres claimed Jordan Nolan off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Nolan, 28, isn’t..." September 27

  • Sabres' Okposo hopes for tolerance as political debates extend into sports

    Buffalo News "Kyle Okposo is a news junkie. He knows the political and sports worlds have collided. As the Sabres forward has watched the angry drama play out, he's wished people would listen to each other rather than yell. "As a country we need to become more tolerant of people and of views," Okposo said..." September 27

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • Evan Rodrigues has hand injury

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Phil Housley said that Evan Rodrigues has suffered a hand injury. The head coach didn’t know if it’s long or short term. Jake McCabe also missed practice. Housley said, “Jake has an upper body injury, more maintenance. It’s more of a week-to-week right now.” Housley doesn’t think it’ll keep..." September 26

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • 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