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  • Sabres GM: Extension talks with Jeff Skinner have been 'extremely positive'

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres needed to find a coach before doing anything else this offseason. Their new bench boss would be a huge influence on the direction of the team this summer, and now that they have Ralph Krueger locked up as their man, they can move onto other important decisions. One of those..." May 20

  • Beware of the 5 NHL teams with extra first-round draft picks

    Sportsnet "The trade winds, they are a-blowing. Come June 21 in Vancouver, keep an eye on the five NHL teams that hold an extra first-round pick to use at the 2019 NHL Draft. Last spring, four late first-round selections were swapped on draft night, starting at No. 22. While..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Report: Sabres to hire Ralph Krueger as 19th coach in franchise history

    Buffalo News "A five-week long exhaustive coaching search that began with the firing of Phil Housley has reportedly led Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill to a man with perhaps one of the most unique resumes in professional hockey. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Ralph Krueger, a..." May 15

  • Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut undergoes shoulder surgery

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres' depth on the blue line took another hit with Monday's announcement that Lawrence Pilut underwent "successful" shoulder surgery that will require five to six months for recovery. Pilut, 23, appeared in 33 games during two separate stints with the..." May 13

  • Team Europe World Cup coach Ralph Krueger in Sabres coaching mix

    Sportsnet "Out of the playoff picture for the past nine seasons and counting, the Buffalo Sabres still likely won’t be expected to be seen in the post-season dance next year, despite some of the top-end talent they feature on their roster. As such, they’ll need to find a new head..." May 12

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Buffalo Sabres owners give up women's team in NWHL

    ESPN "The Pegula family, which owns the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, severed its relationship with the National Women's Hockey League. Pegula Sports and Entertainment bought the Buffalo Beauts last season, and they were the only independently owned team in the five-member..." May 08

  • 7 NHL teams that could threaten to offer-sheet a superstar

    Sportsnet "Let’s be upfront and clear: Executing a successful NHL offer sheet is about as common as spotting Bigfoot riding Halley’s Comet to the lost city of Atlantis. We haven’t seen one signed since Calgary dangled $10 million over two years in attempt to lure Ryan..." May 08

  • Buffalo Sabres Expected To Sign Arttu Ruotsalainen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres look to be close to bringing in some young talent as The Athletic’s John Vogl reports that a Finnish source (Twitter link) has stated that the Sabres have come to a verbal agreement to sign Finnish prospect Arttu Ruotsalainen. The entry-level deal would be signed after..." May 05

  • Despite missing the playoffs, Buffalo Sabres once again top the local NHL ratings

    Awful Announcing "It’s a familiar refrain for the Buffalo Sabres. They miss the playoffs, but are in the top five in local NHL television ratings. This season, the Sabres lead the pack among most of the American NHL teams. Per the Sports Business Journal, Buffalo saw a huge 75% spike in the ratings on..." April 30

  • Pettersson, Binnington, Dahlin voted finalists for Calder Trophy "Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues, Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres and Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks were named finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Saturday. The award is given annually to the best rookie in the NHL. The winner will be announced at the..." April 27

  • Extending Evan Rodrigues is a no-brainer

    Buffalo News "One of the easier decisions the Buffalo Sabres have this summer? Extending restricted free agent forward Evan Rodrigues. Rodrigues has been around the Sabres organization for four seasons, but it is fair to say he established himself as a full-time NHL talent in the last two..." April 24

  • Penguins assistant Jacques Martin a candidate for Buffalo Sabres job

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Jacques Martin is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Buffalo Sabres, according to multiple reports. Martin, 66, has been with the Penguins for the last six seasons, serving mostly as the assistant coach who works most closely with the..." April 24

  • Zach Bogosian has hip surgery, could miss start of next season for Sabres "Zach Bogosian could miss the start of next season for the Buffalo Sabres after having hip surgery. The 28-year-old defenseman is expected to need 5-6 months to recover. He had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 65 games this season. He missed the Sabres' final..." April 23

  • Is Jeff Skinner’s value dropping?

    Die By The Blade "The temperatures in Buffalo have only surpassed 65 degrees a on a couple of occasions so far this spring, but Sabres fans are sweating heavily right now. Since the trade deadline passed on February 25, twitter has been...atwitter with inquisitive minds that all want to know one thing:..." April 22

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Jacob Bryson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Jacob Bryson to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal will begin for the 2019-20 season, but Bryson has signed an amateur tryout to join the Rochester Americans for the rest of this year. The 21-year old recently completed his junior..." April 15

  • Todd McLellan no longer in consideration for Buffalo Sabres

    WKBW "After days or reports and rumors it appears Todd McLellan won't be the next head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. On Friday afternoon Bob McKenzie from TSN tweeted that McLellan was discussed as a candidate but a deal was never finalized. McKenzie adds the expectation is now that..." April 13

  • Sabres' Jeff Skinner not playing in World Championship

    CBS Sports "Skinner will not partake in the World Championship, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Skinner finished the season with 63 points, the third time he's hit that mark in his career. More importantly, he reached 40 goals for the first time. " April 08

  • Sabres' Skinner won't rush decision on future

    Buffalo News "The raw emotion lingered with Jeff Skinner in the immediate aftermath of another nonplayoff season. The Buffalo Sabres' 26-year-old winger has failed to reach the postseason in his 661 games, the longest active streak in the NHL. He and his teammates seemed destined to bring..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Report: Todd McLellan closing in on Sabres head coaching job

    WKBW "According to Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic, the Buffalo Sabres appear to be closing in on Todd McLellan to be their next head coach. McLellan, 51, has previously served as a head coach for both the San Jose Sharks [2008-2014] and Edmonton Oilers [2015-2018]. April 08

  • Phil Housley fired as Sabres' coach after two seasons

    Buffalo News "The unexpected, meteoric of the Buffalo Sabres in November had the city's hockey fans bracing for the franchise's first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance since 2011. Four months later, they will now await word on whom Kim and Terry Pegula will choose to be the latest person to attempt to..." April 07

  • Alex Nylander Day-To-Day For Buffalo Sabres

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres won’t have their young forward Alex Nylander when they will take on the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. The Sabres have announced that Nylander is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Swedish winger also received stitches for a cut on the back..." April 05

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Islanders' Lehner calls Buffalo an 'atmosphere of negativity'

    Newsday "Robin Lehner craves all the positives in his healthier and sober new life and, among them, is being on the cusp of a postseason run in which he may be the No. 1 goalie. The Islanders can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a win against the Sabres on Saturday night at..." March 29

  • Tage Thompson sent to Rochester to play 'meaningful minutes'

    Buffalo News "As the Buffalo Sabres were leaving KeyBank Center early Thursday afternoon, Tage Thompson was stepping on the ice for his first practice in Rochester. His first season in Buffalo likely came to an end when the 21-year-old winger was assigned to the Amerks. Thompson had seven..." March 28

  • Sabres owner: Housley 'can grow as a coach'

    WIVB 4 "While attending the NFL Owners meetings in Arizona, Terry and Kim Pegula, who also own the Buffalo Sabres were asked about how the season has gone and whether there will be any additions or changes to the organization. Here are some of the main topics that were discussed. On..." March 27

  • Sabres sign defenseman Casey Fitzgerald to entry-level contract

    Buffalo News "Following the recalls of Lawrence Pilut and Will Borgen to the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Casey Fitzgerald a two-year, entry-level contract Tuesday night. Fitzgerald, 22, recently completed his senior at Boston College, where he was a two-time captain and recorded..." March 26

  • Sabres recall defenseman Lawrence Pilut

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres announced this afternoon that they’ve recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilutfrom Rochester Americans of the AHL. Pilut was returned to Amerks at the end of February after playing 25 games with the Sabres earlier this season. At practice today the..." March 25

  • Dahlin having historically good rookie season for Sabres "Rasmus Dahlin has been outstanding, every bit as good as advertised. Maybe even better. No. 1 picks in the NHL don't typically enter with a lack of fanfare. Instead, they are the shining hope for the future. Such was the case with Dahlin, the defenseman who was selected first by..." March 21

  • Sabres assign Matej Pekar to the AHL

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres announced today they’ve reassigned 2018 fourth-round pick Matej Pekar to the Rochester Amerks of the AHL. The 19-year-old played with the Barrie Colts of the OHL this season. He scored 14 goals and 36 points in 33 games for the Colts this..." March 19

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Phil Housley’s Seat Is Red Hot

    The Hockey Writers "The Buffalo Sabres’ post-game answers have become as cliché as they get. The excuses flow faster than outlet passes from their zone. The blank stares match their scoreboard total. There’s talk about adding jam to their game. Competing. Digging deeper. It’s a broken..." March 15

  • Sabres’ Jack Eichel on suspension: ‘I just didn’t think that it matched up’

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "The Sabres aren’t too happy about Jack Eichel’s two-game suspension from the NHL. Eichel was suspended for a head hit to Colorado’s Carl Soderberg. Eichel said, “You don’t want to miss two games with the team, but it’s the league’s decision and we have..." March 11

  • Buffalo Sabres Jack Eichel Suspended Two Games

    Last Word On Hockey "The Buffalo Sabres will be without Jack Eichel after the NHL Department of Player Saftey issued a suspension on Saturday. Eichel landed an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg on Friday. The Sabres met..." March 11

  • Sabres' Jack Eichel will have hearing about hit

    CBS Sports "Eichel will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit to the head of Carl Soderberg in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche, John Vogl of The Athletic reports. As Eichel and Soderberg both raced to a loose puck, Eichel dished out a hit and his shoulder made..." March 10

  • Buffalo Sabres Recall Alexander Nylander From AHL

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres announced this afternoon that they have recalled forward Alexander Nylander from the Rochester Americans (AHL). This goes in the books as Nylander’s first recall of the season. In 49 games with the Americans this season, Nylander has tallied 31 points (12..." March 10

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe's season likely over because of upper-body injury

    Buffalo News "Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe's season is likely over after the 25-year-old suffered an upper-body injury during the second period of a 5-2 loss in Toronto Saturday night. McCabe had four goals among 14 points with a minus-7 rating in 55 games this season for the Sabres..." March 04

  • Sabres trade Nathan Beaulieu to Winnipeg for sixth-round pick

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres loosened some of their logjam on defense just as the NHL trade deadline hit Monday afternoon, sending Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets for a sixth-round pick. The deal was cleared by the league and announced about 3:40 p.m. Beaulieu, 26, was scheduled to be in..." February 25

  • Sabres Acquire Brandon Montour

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a relatively quiet day on the trade front so far but the Sabres and Ducks have made a notable swap as Buffalo has acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from Anaheim in exchange for blueline prospect Brendan Guhle and a first-round pick.  The Ducks will have..." February 25

  • Islanders, Panthers, Sabres Sign Minor League Goaltenders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Several teams have fortified their depth in net before the NHL Trade Deadline, which also acts as a deadline for players to sign and be postseason-eligible. The New York Islanders have signed Jeremy Smith, the Florida Panthers have signed Chris Driedger, and the Buffalo..." February 24

  • Sabres' Skinner (leg) leaves game early

    TSN "Buffalo Sabres leading scorer Jeff Skinner left Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals in the second period with an apparent leg injury. Skinner landed awkwardly and in pain when Capitals forward Carl Hagelin's stick made contact with the back of Skinner's left..." February 23

  • Sabres' Skinner returns after leaving game with apparent leg injury

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres appeared to lose their top goal scorer in gruesome fashion Saturday, but he made a seemingly miraculous recovery. Jeff Skinner was back on the ice to start the third period after leaving the Sabres' afternoon tilt against the Washington Capitals early in the..." February 23

  • Sabres remain hopeful of signing Skinner to new contract "The Buffalo Sabres remain hopeful of signing forward Jeff Skinner to a new contract, general manager Jason Botterill said Wednesday. Skinner leads the Sabres with 36 goals and is third in the NHL behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (42) and Patrick Kane of the Chicago..." February 21