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  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • 5 players who could still be traded this summer

    The Score "The NHL offseason has slowed down considerably since July 1. Outside of Jake Gardiner, the list of remaining unrestricted free agents is uninspiring. However, that doesn't mean there won't be any more exciting movement, as a handful of intriguing players could still be dealt..." July 16

  • Dylan Cozens Signs Entry-Level Contract

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres sign Dylan Cozens to an entry-level contract. Cozens was the seventh overall draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Cozens, who stands at 6’3″ tall and weighs180 lbs., was selected by the Sabres in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft..." July 15

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Forward Johan Larsson

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent center Johan Larsson to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season. Over his 7-year NHL career, Larsson has played for the Minnesota Wild and..." July 12

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Sabres made big strides this offseason, and may not be done yet

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s tempting to call the Henri Jokiharju trade the cherry on top of a delicious offseason sundae for the Buffalo Sabres, but GM Jason Botterill can’t quite desert his office just yet, as his work might not be done yet. Here’s a delicious thought, though: the Sabres..." July 11

  • Jason Botterill revamps right side of Sabres’ defense

    Die By The Blade "In reviewing at the Buffalo Sabres’ defensive depth chart, it’s hard to believe just how much it has changed in such a short period of time. Since the 2019 trade deadline, Jason Botterill has made that position group his top priority. In his end of the season press conference, he..." July 11

  • Trading Alexander Nylander was inevitable for Sabres

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Following another underwhelming season, it felt like only a matter of time before the Sabres cut their losses and traded winger Alexander Nylander. Through three years as a pro, Nylander, the eighth overall pick by the Sabres’ old regime in 2016, has mostly been a..." July 11

  • Marcus Johansson brings playoff experience, consistency to Sabres "Marcus Johansson believes in the Buffalo Sabres. Between their other offseason moves and the top-end talent already in place, the 28-year-old forward decided to sign a two-year, $9 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $4.5..." July 09

  • Alex Nylander: I 'thought maybe I'd be in the NHL sooner'

    The Score "Alexander Nylander took what could be viewed as a not-so-subtle dig at the Buffalo Sabres after they dealt him away Tuesday. The Chicago Blackhawks' newest acquisition praised his new organization while lamenting the fact that he didn't play more regularly at the top level..." July 09

  • Did the Buffalo Sabres overpay for Marcus Johansson?

    The Sports Daily "The Buffalo Sabres once again opened up their wallet during the 2019 National Hockey League offseason when they signed Marcus Johansson to a two year contract worth $9 million on Saturday. At first glance, Sabres fans have every right to ask what is general manager Jason Botterill..." July 09

  • Sabres aiming for turnaround under new coach Ralph Krueger "The Buffalo Sabres hope a new coach will help them contend for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ralph Krueger was hired May 15 to replace Phil Housley, who was fired April 7 after two seasons. The Sabres missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season, the longest active..." July 09

  • Blackhawks Acquire Alex Nylander From Sabres for Henri Jokiharju

    The Hockey Writers "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Alex Nylander from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defender Henri Jokiharju, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday. Both Nylander and Jokiharju were first-round selections in their respective draft classes with Nylander going..." July 09

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs to miss Hockey Canada’s summer World Junior camp

    Sportsnet "Buffalo Sabres first-round pick Dylan Cozens and Vegas Golden Knights first-rounder Peyton Krebs will miss Hockey Canada’s summer World Junior camp with injuries. Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael has been added to the roster as a..." July 08

  • Sabres sign forward Marcus Johansson to two-year contract

    Buffalo News "When the first day of free agency passed without a significant signing, Jason Botterill reminded the media there was still time for the Buffalo Sabres to add to their roster. That signing came Saturday when the Sabres added forward Marcus Johansson on a two-year contract worth $9..." July 06

  • Sabres re-sign former first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons to one-year, $1.6M deal

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Zemgus Girgensons to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. This contract allows the parties to avoid arbitration. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season. Girgensons has spent his entire six-year career in Buffalo with the Sabres...." July 06

  • Sabres top draft pick Dylan Cozens could miss up to 3 months after surgery

    Buffalo News "Dylan Cozens' slim chance of making the Buffalo Sabres may be over two months before training camp. Cozens, the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft last month, underwent "successful" surgery on his left thumb Wednesday and is expected to need two to three months to..." July 06

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Sabres sign winger C.J. Smith to two-year, $1.4 million deal

    Buffalo News "The Sabres signed the first of their seven restricted free agents Tuesday, reaching agreement on a two-year, $1.4 million contract with winger C.J. Smith. Smith, 24, had 28 goals and 30 assists last season in Rochester, ranking second on the team in goals and points and third in..." July 02

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Buffalo Sabres to Sign John Gilmour

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly signed free agent defenceman John Gilmour to a new one-way contract. Length and terms of the deal are to be disclosed. Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest first reported the deal on Sunday. The Montreal native has only played for the New York..." July 01

  • Sabres' Sign Jean-Sebastien Dea

    CBS Sports "Dea inked a one-year, one-way contract with Buffalo worth $700,000 on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The fact that Dea's deal is one-way in nature will ensure the center gets every opportunity to earn a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Lightning..." July 01

  • Sabres sign Andrew Hammond

    Buffalo Hockey Central "The Sabres added a goaltender on Monday afternoon, inking Andrew Hammond to a one-year deal. The “Hamburglar” hasn’t appeared in many NHL games (just 56), but does support a 27-15 -6 record with a 2.31 GAA and a .923 save percentage. " July 01

  • Jimmy Vesey traded to Sabres by Rangers "Jimmy Vesey was traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the New York Rangers on Monday for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The 26-year-old forward had an NHL career-high 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Rangers this season. He has one season remaining on a..." July 01

  • Sabres reportedly sign non-tendered Curtis Lazar

    Die By The Blade "According to a tweet from Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson, the Buffalo Sabres will sign a one-way deal with former Calgary Flames forward Curtis Lazar. The move comes after the Flames failed to tender an offer to Lazar, who appeared in one NHL game last season. The Flames acquired..." July 01

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Sabres first-round pick Dylan Cozens to see specialist after suffering thumb injury in 3-on-3 tournament

    Buffalo News "Fans who came to Harborcenter Saturday morning to get a look at Sabres first-round draft pick Dylan Cozens got the one sight they didn't want to see: The No. 7 overall pick leaving with an injury. Cozens suffered a left thumb injury when he was upended by defenseman Brandon Hickey..." June 29

  • Jeff Skinner sees Sabres ending drought soon with talented young core "Jeff Skinner will have only one focus heading into training camp in September with the Buffalo Sabres: ending their eight-season Stanley Cup Playoff drought. "To get in the playoffs, that should be the goal," the 27-year-old forward said at the NHLPA Golf Classic at Glen..." June 28

  • Sabres set to acquire Colin Miller from VGK

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres are set to acquire defenceman Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a pair of draft picks, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. The Golden Knights will receive a second-round selection in 2021 and and a fifth-round pick in 2022. The..." June 28

  • Oilers, Sabres reportedly among teams interested in Brian Boyle

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Five to six teams have reached out to free agent forward Brian Boyle according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, who lists the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres as two interested parties. Boyle is coming off a two-year $5.1MM contract that he signed with the New Jersey Devils but finished with..." June 28

  • NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2019

    Sportsnet "Did John Tavares and his $77-million sweepstakes open his UFA followers’ eyes for what might be possible if you peek beyond the curtain? The summer of 2019 will deliver no shortage of star power, as a two-time Vezina winner, a finalist for three major 2018-19 trophies,..." June 24

  • Sabres Trying To Trade Rasmus Ristolainen

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Rasmus Ristolainen has certainly showcased flashes of brilliance as the Buffalo Sabres’ workhorse defenseman. Remember when he torched superstar Brent Burns in November to extend the Sabres’ winning streak to 10 games? What about the time he took over a game in 2015-16..." June 23

  • Sabres select defenseman Ryan Johnson with last pick in first round

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "With the 31st overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Ryan Johnson from the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League. The Sabres made Johnson the last pick of the first round of the NHL Draft, a pick that was originally owned by..." June 22

  • Sabres select Yukon native Dylan Cozens with No. 7 pick in NHL Draft

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres made a key addition to the center depth of their organization Friday night with their first pick of the NHL Draft, selecting Lethbridge center Dylan Cozens with the No. 7 overall pick in Rogers Arena. Cozens is a native of Whitehorse, the largest city in..." June 21

  • Five big questions heading into 2019 NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The NHL Draft is coming up fast and the trade rumours and speculation are heating up. Here are some of the bigger questions to consider before the fireworks begin: WHICH PLAYER WILL BE CHOSEN FIRST OVERALL? Jack Hughes has long been the projected No. 1 in this..." June 21

  • Gary Bettman confirms series of rule changes for 2019-20 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season. The alterations were approved by the league's Board of Governors, general managers, and competition committee. The most prominent changes pertain to video reviews, which underwent..." June 21

  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Rasmus Dahlin enjoyed one of Sabres’ greatest rookie seasons ever

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Rookie seasons like the one Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin just enjoyed don’t come along very often. At 18, the Swede quickly morphed into one of the Sabres’ most valuable players, taking over games with his dynamic puck-moving skills and producing offense at a historic..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Trade rumors surrounding Rasmus Ristolainen persist

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For some reason, Rasmus Ristolainen can’t seem to escape trade rumors. Seemingly every summer there is some sort of report that has his name in trade talks, and this year has been no different. Today, Ristolainen popped up in reports from two different reporters on opposite..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Buffalo Sabres Have Talked to Rangers About Jimmy Vesey

    Blueshirt Banter "Stop me if you have heard this one before; the Buffalo Sabres are interested in Jimmy Vesey. Per Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts: 9. There’s a ton of trade talk. Among the most aggressive teams: Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Philadelphia,..." June 15

  • Which NHL GM has toughest job this summer?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Every general manager has an extremely difficult job when trying to assemble a championship contending team. No matter the sport it is a daunting task that requires vision, a plan, an ability to actually perform that plan, having the right people around you, and an understanding of..." June 15

  • Jay Bouwmeester finally won the Stanley Cup. Who are the other notable veterans seeking their first?

    The Hockey News "It took 764 career regular-season games with three teams for Jay Bouwmeester to finally make the playoffs. At 35, with 75 post-season games under his belt, Bouwmeester can finally call himself a Stanley Cup champion. Bouwmeester sat third in games played by an active player without a..." June 15

  • Jeff Skinner believes future is bright with Sabres "Jeff Skinner saw enough in his first season with the Buffalo Sabres to believe in their future. As a result, Skinner, who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, signed an eight-year, $72 million contract ($9 million average annual value) to remain with Buffalo on June..." June 12

  • Sabres contacted Wild about winger Jason Zucker

    Sporting News "The Sabres aren't going to be satisfied with simply signing Jeff Skinner to an extension this offseason. According to The Athletic, the team has now turned its attention to the trade market in hopes of acquiring a second-line center and a top-six winger. The same report..." June 08