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  • Brian Gionta retires after 16-year NHL career

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brian Gionta announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, officially putting an end to an incredibly successful 16-year career. The 39-year-old Gionta made the announcement in Buffalo, where he will be taking on a small, unspecified role with the team that will allow him to remain..." September 24

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Former Sabres second-round pick Vaclav Karabacek clears waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there was not a report yesterday, Buffalo Sabres prospect Vaclav Karabacek has now cleared unconditional waivers and will see his contract terminated according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. Karabacek played just a single game in the AHL last season, instead suiting up..." September 20

  • Sabres are remarkably expensive, but relief is coming

    Pro Hockey Talk "After finally hammering out a bridge deal with rising forward Sam Reinhart, the Buffalo Sabres’ roster seems more or less set for 2018-19. There’s plenty of debate regarding whether this team will improve, take a step back after a minor step forward, or idle in the same..." September 19

  • Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Sam Reinhart

    Last Word On Hockey "  The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year contract worth $7.3 million. The contract carries an AAV or cap hit of $3.65 million per season. It carries the young forward through the 2019-20season. Reinhart was..." September 19

  • Sabres hit with injuries already

    Buffalo News "Injuries have hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the preseason. Sean Malone took a hit to the knee in the second period of Monday night's win against Columbus and hobbled off the ice. He is listed as out for six weeks. Malone was viewed as a player with a strong chance to..." September 18

  • Sam Reinhart joining Sabres in informal skates despite being unsigned

    The Score "A common occurrence in hockey circles is for unsigned players to avoid the ice - and potential injury - while awaiting a new contract. But that's not the case with Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart. The 22-year-old remains a restricted free agent, but has been..." September 11

  • Dahlin will be dynamic player for Sabres for years, Bowman says

    NHL.com "Rasmus Dahlin will be a complete and dynamic NHL player for many years, Scotty Bowman told NHL.com on Saturday. "His skating is so complete; he can go forwards, backwards and sideways so well and he has a good core," Bowman said of the Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman after..." September 09

  • Hutton aiming to be No. 1 goalie for first time with Sabres

    NHL.com "Carter Hutton is hoping to be a No. 1 goaltender to begin a season for the first time in his NHL career after signing with the Buffalo Sabres. The 32-year-old said he believes the Sabres are headed in the right direction after failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past..." September 09

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Skinner-Eichel combination key to unlocking Sabres’ playoff hopes

    Sportsnet "Are the Buffalo Sabres going to be this year’s pre-season predictions pearl — the one many flock to as a dark horse they’ll either flaunt or forget in April? Although the Atlantic Division is top heavy, there might be a route for a team (hopefully) on the rise like..." September 06

  • Matej Pekar Expected To Play In OHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Buffalo Sabres selected USHL standout Matej Pekar with their fourth round pick (94th overall) in June’s draft, it seemed that his path was set to eventually play in the NCAA at Miami University (Ohio). Pekar was likely going to play another season in the USHL before heading to..." September 04

  • O'Reilly 'absolutely' thinks Eichel is ready to be Sabres' captain

    The Score "If Jack Eichel thinks he deserves to be the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, he has one former teammate in his corner. Ryan O'Reilly, who spent the last three seasons in Western New York alongside Eichel before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues this summer, responded..." August 28

  • Sabres' Eichel confident in bounce-back season after summer additions

    The Score "The feeling around the Buffalo Sabres locker room is that the offseason changes are going to lead to a bounce-back season. Jack Eichel is one player who feels that way, and he points to the shake-ups made this summer by general manager Jason Botterill as a reason to believe in Buffalo..." August 25

  • Sabres’ best bet with Reinhart would be to lock him up long term

    The Hockey News "The Sabres and Sam Reinhart haven’t been able to iron out a new contract for the 22-year-old restricted free agent, and while a short-term deal might be the answer if push comes to shove, a long-term deal would be the best long-term bet for Buffalo. The off-season is winding..." August 21

  • C.J. Smith eyeing his chance to crack Sabres' roster

    Buffalo News "If there's one player who can force his way on to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this fall, it's probably winger C.J. Smith. The team's gaping holes at wing, especially on the left side, have been closed quite a bit by the trade acquisitions of Conor Sheary and Jeff..." August 21

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Draft Pick Currency Makes Buffalo Sabres Dangerous During Rebuild

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Plenty of people have been impressed with the work Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill has done this offseason to help turn around a franchise that is working on a seven year playoff drought. Not only did the Sabres get the chance to finally select first in the NHL Entry Draft, adding Rasmus..." August 12

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Skinner eager to join forces with Eichel, Sabres

    NHL.com "Jeff Skinner was presented by the Carolina Hurricanes with the opportunity of being traded to the Buffalo Sabres and becoming teammates with center Jack Eichel. It was an opportunity the 26-year-old decided he couldn't pass up. "I'm excited to get to know him..." August 06

  • Healthy Bogosian wants to fast-forward to Sabres camp

    Buffalo News "No matter if you're a coach, a fan, a teammate – or an internet troll – Zach Bogosian has a message for you. He's ready. He knows you've heard that before but this time, after hip surgery, he really means it. "I haven't played a game since..." August 05

  • Skinner waived full no-movement clause to join Sabres

    The Score "Jeff Skinner isn't afraid of the harsh Buffalo winters. Skinner, who was dealt to the Sabres on Thursday, waived a full no-movement clause to approve the trade to head to Western New York. "It excited us that Jeff had a full no-trade - and he came to Buffalo,"..." August 03

  • EA Sports chirps Hurricanes for Jeff Skinner trade

    Sportsnet "We’ve all pulled off that video game trade we feel kind of guilty about, right? Well it might have just happened in real life. The EA Sports NHL Twitter account threw some serious shade at the Carolina Hurricanes for the package they received from the Buffalo Sabres in..." August 03

  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Signs In OHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If you’re a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and the OHL you’re in luck, as top goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has decided to play for the Sudbury Wolves this season instead of going back to Finland. Luukkonen was the third pick in the CHL import draft which was a strong..." August 02

  • Jeff Skinner Traded To Buffalo Sabres

    Last Word On Hockey "An off-season of change continues in Carolina. In a bit of a stunner, the Carolina Hurricanes have traded one of their best forwards in Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in 2019, a third round pick in 2020 and a sixth round pick in 2020. Skinner..." August 02

  • Arizona Coyotes Discussed Ryan O’Reilly With Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In an almost unprecedented example of behind the scenes access, the Arizona Coyotes have released a 16-minute video that follows GM John Chayka as he prepared for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The feature shows clips from scouting discussions and prospect interviews, eventually concluding with the..." August 01

  • Sabres management impressed with Casey Mittelstadt’s progress

    Sportsnet "The buzz around Buffalo Sabres youngsters heading into the 2018-19 campaign is going to revolve mostly around No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, however another Sabres rookie is primed to steal some headlines. Casey Mittelstadt impressed in his brief stint with the Sabres this past..." July 21

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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