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  • Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign C.J. Smith

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres are making quick work of their restricted free agents, signing Danny O’Regan, Nicholas Baptiste and Justin Bailey over the last few days. Today they’ve scratched another one off the list by inking C.J. Smith to a one-year two-way contract worth $874K at the NHL..." July 16

  • Sabres re-sign Danny O’Regan

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "The Sabres have re-signed forwards Nick Baptiste and Danny O’Regan to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced this morning. The deals are worth $787,500 and $874,125, respectively, in the NHL. Baptiste, 22, earned regular NHL duty throughout..." July 15

  • Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Nicholas Baptiste

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent forward Nicholas Baptiste. He signs a one-year, two-way deal that is worth $788,000 at the NHL level. Baptiste is scheduled to be a restricted free agent again next summer. Baptiste has spent his entire three-year..." July 14

  • Sabres sign forward Sean Malone

    WIVB 4 "The Sabres have signed forward..." July 12

  • Sabres add Steve Smith as assistant coach

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have added a veteran to their existing coach staff, hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Smith as an assistant coach two days after resigned from a similar post with the Carolina Hurricanes. Smith, 55, has been an NHL assistant for nine years and spent four years..." July 11

  • Samuelsson develops physical style for Sabres similar to father Kjell "Mattias Samuelsson had the perfect mentor growing up. The defenseman, the second-round pick (No. 32) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 NHL Draft, is the son of 14-year NHL veteran Kjell Samuelsson, who was part of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship team in 1991-92 and..." July 10

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Sabres sign Rasmus Dahlin to entry level contract

    WKBW "The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have signed first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year entry-level contract.  Dahlin became the third player in Sabres history to be taken first overall last month in Dallas, Texas.  " July 09

  • Eichel unveils new, old number, former teammate Kane chimes in "Jack Eichel's new number for 2018-19 is also his old number. The Buffalo Sabres forward revealed Friday that he will wear No. 9, which he also sported at Boston University and for the United States at the World Junior Championship, after wearing No. 15 for the past three..." July 07

  • St. Louis Blues Sign Jordan Nolan

    Last Word On Hockey "The St. Louis Blues signed free agent forward Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Nolan spent last season with the Buffalo Sabres. Over his seven-year NHL career, Nolan has played primarily for the Los..." July 05

  • O'Reilly stands by end-of-season comments about losing love of game

    The Score "Ryan O'Reilly has no regrets about how his end-of-season locker room clean out interview went. After another losing season with the Buffalo Sabres, O'Reilly said the following when asked if the team was mentally strong enough, according to The Athletic's Joe..." July 02

  • Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Scott Wilson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Scott Wilson played for three different teams last year, but was far and away the most successful in Buffalo. The Sabres hope that can continue, as they have signed the forward to a contract extension. Beat writer Bill Hoppe reports that it is a two-year deal worth $1.05MM annually. " July 01

  • Buffalo Signs Brandon Hickey To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey from the Arizona Coyotes last month, the Sabres had until August to sign the Boston University product before he became an unrestricted free agent. Per The Athletic’s John Vogl, Buffalo has gotten a deal done, signing Hickey to a..." July 01

  • Ryan O’Reilly Traded To St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues added some forward depth today by signing Tyler Bozak and David Perron, but weren’t done making a splash. The team has acquired Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly according to Pierre LeBrun and Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. The Sabres will acquire a 2019..." July 01

  • Sabres get strong deal on Hutton contract, will add Wedgewood in goal for Amerks

    Buffalo News "Free agents can't officially sign until Sunday at noon but details of the Sabres' three-year deal with former St. Louis backup Carter Hutton are leaking out and the news is good. Buffalo is expected to sign Hutton at a value price of $8.25 million -- a cap hit of $2.75 million..." July 01

  • Sabres expected to sign free-agent goalie Carter Hutton

    ESPN "St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton is expected to sign with the Buffalo Sabres once the NHL's free-agency period opens Sunday, according to multiple reports. The two sides are close to having the framework of a deal in place after Hutton visited Buffalo this week, according to..." June 30

  • O’Reilly trade makes sense for Habs, even if it costs too much

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s easy to understand why trading for Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly could be too rich for many tastes. Even just directly, the 27-year-old costs a lot by way of his $7.5 million cap hit, which doesn’t expire until after the 2022-23 season. That actually is a..." June 28

  • Carter Hutton Visits Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres made a bold move when they decided not to qualify Robin Lehner, letting their starting goaltender walk into unrestricted free agency instead of trying to fix the inconsistencies in his game. Linus Ullmark, the heir apparent to the Sabres net, will be playing a healthy number..." June 28

  • Sabres didn't have trade in place for O'Reilly at draft, says GM

    The Score "He might not be generating the kind of attention that another highly sought-after center is, but Sabres pivot Ryan O'Reilly's name has been in the mix regarding a potential deal out of Buffalo over the last couple weeks. Most recently, reports indicated the team had a deal in..." June 27

  • Sabres add Conor Sheary & Matt Hunwick from Penguins

    WKBW "Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill didn't wait for free agency to start wheeling and dealing. On Wednesday, Botterill called up his former boss and made a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending left-winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Sabres in..." June 27

  • Habs nearly dealt Pacioretty, landed O'Reilly in 3-team blockbuster at draft

    Sportsnet "Marc Bergevin was on the verge of killing three birds with one stone this past weekend, and then reality got in the way. If things had gone according to plan, Bergevin would’ve walked away from the draft floor on Saturday having replenished the Montreal Canadiens’..." June 26

  • Dahlin 'doesn't need to be the savior' for Sabres, GM Botterill says "Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, should not be expected to revive the Buffalo Sabres by himself, general manager Jason Botterill said Monday.   "He doesn't need to be the savior," Botterill said during the 18-year-old defenseman's..." June 25

  • Buffalo Sabres Will Not Qualify Antipin, Wilson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres had already made news when they revealed they would not qualifygoaltender Robin Lehner, and today while introducing Rasmus Dahlin to the media GM Jason Botterill was up front about a few other decisions. " June 25

  • Relaxed Rasmus Dahlin welcomes Mattias Samuelsson, who quietly takes it in

    Buffalo News "Rasmus Dahlin, wearing his blue Buffalo Sabres jersey and cap from the night before, sat with his family in the lower bowl of the American Airlines Center. It was Saturday morning; he was waiting for Day 2 of the NHL Draft to begin. Dahlin was relaxed, leaning over to talk to his..." June 24

  • Sabres stay quiet on trade front – for now

    Buffalo News "Lots of talk but no trades. Yet. The Buffalo Sabres were in celebratory mode this weekend after drafting Rasmus Dahlin Friday night with the No. 1 overall pick. General Manager Jason Botterill kept forging on, of course, but kept his focus mostly on the draft. So Ryan..." June 24

  • Sabres talked trade on O'Reilly but no deal

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres had considerable trade talk on centre Ryan O'Reilly during the draft, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, but are expected to leave the draft in Dallas without a deal done. McKenzie mentioned the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens amongst the teams..." June 23

  • Sabres select Rasmus Dahlin with first-overall pick of NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres have selected Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin with the first-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old becomes the second Swede ever chosen with the No. 1 pick — the first since the Quebec Nordiques drafted Mats Sundin in 1989 — and the first..." June 22

  • Flyers reportedly interested in trading for Ryan O'Reilly

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Culture change is a funny thing, and it doesn’t just happen in Philadelphia — it’s happening in Buffalo. It’s no secret the Sabres want to change their recent fortune of not being very good at hockey and it all begins tonight at the draft when they’re..." June 22

  • Rasmus Dahlin addition can be a franchise changer for Sabres

    Pro Hockey Talk "The moment NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flipped over the card to reveal the Buffalo Sabres logo, it was a done deal where Rasmus Dahlin would begin his professional hockey career. But maybe out of superstition or not wanting to get ahead of things, the 18-year-old Dahlin..." June 22

  • Sabres GM says RFA Robin Lehner ‘not coming back next year’

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres are letting goalie Robin Lehner walk. General manager Jason Botterill told reporters in Dallas Friday the team will not be extending a qualifying offer to the pending restricted free agent, making him a UFA on July 1 and saving the team roughly..." June 22

  • Sabres parting ways with Robin Lehner

    WKBW "It appears Robin Lehner's tenure with the Buffalo Sabres has come to an end. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Sabres aren't expected to resign the restricted free agent goaltender this summer. Lehner will now become an unrestricted free agent.  Lehner, 26, won 14..." June 21

  • Anticipation building for Sabres to be atop hockey world at NHL Draft

    Buffalo News "It has been 31 years since the Buffalo Sabres had this chance. It will be the first time for General Manager Jason Botterill. Friday night in Dallas, Botterill will step to the microphone and announce to the world what is widely known – Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 overall..." June 20

  • Canadiens, Hurricanes, Blues showing interest in Ryan O'Reilly

    The Score "If the Buffalo Sabres decide to trade premier center Ryan O'Reilly, they have at at least three potential suitors. The center-needy Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, and St. Louis Blues have all shown interest in O'Reilly, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun...." June 20

  • Sabres trade Hudson Fasching to Coyotes for Brandon Hickey, Mike Sislo

    WKBW "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

    WKBW "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