Sabres Rumors & News

  • Sabres trade Hudson Fasching to Coyotes for Brandon Hickey, Mike Sislo "On Thursday the Buffalo Sabres made their first trade of the offseason, acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey and winger Mike Sislo from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Hudson Fasching.  Hickey, 22, captained the Boston University Terriers this season, tallying 14 points in 35..." June 15

  • Sabres should not trade Ryan O’Reilly

    Pro Hockey Talk "Look, when you nab the top pick of the draft, chances are you’re in a rebuild. Whether they wanted to be in this spot again or not, the Buffalo Sabres certainly played like a rebuilding franchise once again in 2017-18, putting themselves in a position to win the Rasmus Dahlin..." June 12

  • Sabres' Botterill should use caution on trading Ryan O'Reilly

    Buffalo News "For all the talk at the Stanley Cup final you heard about the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Marc-Andre Fleury, there was a player with a building buzz as the calendar crept into June and he had not played in an NHL game in more than two months. The name? Ryan..." June 11

  • Sabres weighing pros, cons of trading Ryan O'Reilly

    Sporting News "Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly's season-ending remarks in April regarding his club's culture of losing prompted some pundits to suggest he could be shopped this summer. The 27-year-old is among the league's best two-way forwards and would draw considerable interest on the trade..." June 09

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Sabres Expected To Buy Out Matt Moulson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Sabres are expected to buy out winger Matt Moulson once the window to do so opens up in mid-June, reports Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.  The plan to do so shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after Moulson cleared waivers earlier this season after just 14 games with..." May 26

  • Housley on Dahlin: 'I've been watching on YouTube and, boy, it's incredible'

    Buffalo News "Phil Housley has spent the last few weeks in Minnesota doing what a lot of Sabres fans have been doing — looking up highlights of Rasmus Dahlin. "I know these are highlights and he's a young man and has to mature and really get to the NHL and North American game,"..." May 26

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Sabres sign prospect Rasmus Asplund to entry level contract

    WIVB 4 "The Buffalo Sabres signed Swedish forward Rasmus Asplund to a three-year entry level contract Wednesday. The 5'11", 176 pound forward had career highs in goals (8), assists (20) and points (28) in 50 games in the Swedish Hockey League. " May 23

  • Sabres, Blue Jackets to play in Kraft Hockeyville USA game "Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA)..." May 18

  • Buffalo Sabres Could Make Big Changes This Summer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have the first-overall pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, and are expected to use it on Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. That gives them another potential superstar talent to ice with Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt as what would be a solid core. If that’s the..." May 17

  • Sabres sign Swedish D-man of the year Pilut to 2-year deal "The Buffalo Sabres Tuesday announced that they have signed Swedish defenseman Lawrence Pilut to a two year entry level contract. Pilut led all Swedish defenseman in points last year. He had 38 points in 52 games for HV71 and was named SHL defenseman of the year. " May 15

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Ryan O’Reilly “Preparing To Be In Buffalo”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the end of the season, Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres was very critical of himself and the fact that he had lost some of the love he had for the game of hockey. He spoke about maybe becoming too complacent and allowing the team to be satisfied with losing. It immediately sent up alarm..." May 11

  • Sabres Expected To Receive Trade Interest In Ryan O’Reilly

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While John Tavares is going to receive the bulk of the headlines when it comes to available centers this summer due to his looming free agency, Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly is certainly a name to keep an eye on as well. In a segment on 630 CHED (audio link), Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman stated that..." May 07

  • Buffalo Sabres bring back Casey Nelson on two-year deal "Add Casey Nelson to the list of players returning for the Buffalo Sabres next season. On Wednesday the team announced that Nelson has agree to a two-year deal worth an average salary of $812,500 per season. Nelson, 25, appeared in 37 games with the Sabres last season, scoring three goals and..." May 02

  • Lottery luck sees Sabres' number called twice

    The Score "Lady luck was finally on the side of the Buffalo Sabres. After previous draft lottery losses saw the Sabres miss out on Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid, a winning combination belonging to Buffalo came up not once, but twice Saturday night. Already winning the top pick in the first lottery,..." April 29

  • Sabres win top pick; Hurricanes get second pick, Canadiens third

    Sporting News "The Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday and will have the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Hurricanes will have the second pick, and the Canadiens' name came up third. Earlier in the day, slots 4-15 were determined. The top three spots were announced during the second intermission..." April 29

  • Sabres GM: Rasmus Dahlin is a defenseman 31 teams want

    The Score "Jason Botterill knows he's in line to add a prime talent. The Buffalo Sabres won Saturday's NHL Draft lottery, and can now select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who's projected to be the consensus top pick. As a result, Botterill is now the envy of his colleagues. "He’s a defenseman 31..." April 29

  • Buffalo, Montreal, Carolina Early Winners In Draft Lottery

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes each have won spots in the top three of the 2018 NHL draft at Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery. Any of the three can win the first overall pick in upcoming draft. The three teams will have to wait until the second intermission in..." April 28

  • Alex Nylander fails to inspire with Sabres watching

    Buffalo News "Alex Nylander just got out of his teens. He's in a no-win position with his draft status. He started the season with a serious injury. It's almost unfair to rip his play. But he makes it so easy. The Buffalo Sabres prospect had an uninspired postseason as Rochester was swept out of the first..." April 28

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Victor Olofsson To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have added another interesting piece to their prospect pool, signing Victor Olofsson to a two-year entry-level contract. " April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Barkov, Karlsson, O’Reilly are 2018 Lady Byng Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights, and Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced on Friday. The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers..." April 20

  • Evander Kane trade continuing to bear fruit for Cheveldayoff, Jets

    Sportsnet "Kevin Cheveldayoff couldn’t help but smile Friday night as he walked around the bowels of MTS Place, the building with the greatest home ice advantage in the league. The club he’d constructed with his oft-criticized patience had just doubled its franchise playoff victory total and become the..." April 14

  • Sabres GM promises changes after finishing last in NHL "Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill was honest, frustrated and angry during his end-of-season press conference Wednesday, and vowed changes will be made after the Sabres finished with the worst record in the NHL this season. Botterill made it crystal clear Buffalo's 25-45-12 record..." April 12

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Andrew Oglevie To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have signed an NCAA free agent, inking Andrew Oglevie to an entry-level contract. Oglevie recently finished his junior year at Notre Dame, where he helped them to the title game in the NCAA tournament. Though the press release indicates that the contract is for three seasons,..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Sabres' O'Reilly on another losing season: 'I've lost the love of the game'

    The Score "After finishing at or near the bottom of the NHL standings in all three seasons since his trade to Buffalo, losing is starting to take its toll on Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly. O'Reilly was asked about yet another tough season while Buffalo players cleared out their lockers Monday, and was..." April 09

  • O'Reilly breaks NHL record for faceoff wins in a single season

    The Score "Ryan O'Reilly is the new king of the dot. The Buffalo Sabres center set the NHL record for faceoff wins in a single season Saturday night, winning his 1,269th draw to break the previous record set by Rod Brind'Amour in 2005-06." April 07

  • Sabres' C Mittelstadt to join USA at WHC

    TSN "Buffalo Sabres centre Casey Mittelstadt will join Team USA at the World Championship in Denmark next month according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. In four games this season for the Sabres, the 19-year-old has three assists. Prior to his time with the big club, he had 30 points (11 goals,..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Sabres assured of 31st-place finish, best draft lottery odds

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres made history Wednesday by becoming the first team to finish 31st in the NHL standings. Buffalo clinched the league's last-place position with a regulation loss to the Ottawa Senators, whom the Sabres won't be able to catch with only two games remaining and a five-point gap..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Buffalo Sabres Recall Alex Nylander From AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have little to play for over the last few games of the season, so they are going to give an opportunity to one of their young prospects." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Hartnell says he ‘didn’t try to hurt’ Antipin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville Predators winger Scott Hartnell hopes that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin is OK after being stretchered off the ice thanks to a check he delivered. (Moments before this post was about to be published, the Sabres announced that Antipin has been released from hospital. The..." April 01

  • Sabres' Housley: Antipin 'doing well' after being stretchered off

    The Score "Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin is "doing well" after he was stretchered off the ice Saturday following a hit from behind into the boards from Scott Hartnell, head coach Phil Housley told reporters postgame, according to's Robby Stanley. Housley added that Antipin did go to the..." April 01

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Christian Ehrhoff retires, on Sabres' payroll through 2027-28

    Buffalo News "Christian Ehrhoff has hung up his skates. The paychecks from the Buffalo Sabres will keep coming for another decade. After helping Germany win an Olympic silver medal and reaching the playoffs in the German elite league, Ehrhoff announced his retirement Sunday. The 35-year-old played for..." March 27

  • Sabres sign top prospect Casey Mittelstadt

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have signed their top prospect. Buffalo has agreed to a three-year deal with center Casey Mittelstadt. He is expected to arrive in town Monday or Tuesday. Coach Phil Housley said he'd like to play Mittelstadt as soon as possible. Because of Mittelstadt's birth month (November) and..." March 26

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign St. Cloud’s Will Borgen To Entry-Level Deal "At long last, highly touted prospect Will Borgen is joining the Buffalo Sabres organization. Borgen will forego his senior season with St. Cloud State and join the Rochester Americans as they prepare for a playoff push. His three-year entry-level deal with the Sabres will begin at the start of..." March 25

  • Rangers must not fall into this Sabres’ rebuilding trap

    New York Post "Across the ice from the Rangers on Saturday night, in one of those games no one really wants to have to play, were the Sabres, one of the NHL’s prime illustrations of a team that has not won for losing, and an example the Blueshirts would not want to emulate. Because despite drafting in top..." March 25

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • 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