Sabres Rumors & News

  • Depositions detail aggressive behavior of Sabres' Kane

    Buffalo News "Sworn depositions given to Buffalo police by four people who filed complaints against Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane describe a series of aggressive incidents – including grabbing women by the neck and pulling their hair – on the night of June 24 in Bottoms Up, a bar on West Chippewa..." July 28

  • Evander Kane Grabbed Women's Necks At Bar, Fought With Bouncer

    Deadspin "Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane grabbed two women’s necks, pulled another woman’s hair, and fought with a bouncer at a Buffalo club called Bottoms Up on June 24, according to sworn statements to police acquired by Buffalo news station WKBW. The ABC affiliate showed excerpts from the..." July 27

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Evander Kane would fill Canucks’ scoring needs

    The Province "He’s a major problem — and a potential star. The optics of another off-ice altercation by the wayward Evander Kane were ugly, but the timing may not have been better for the Vancouver Canucks, who desperately need to acquire a second-line left-winger. The Sabres’ enigma was handcuffed..." July 26

  • SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN BURGDOERFER "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract. Burgdoerfer (6’2”, 210 lbs., 12/11/1988) spent all of last season with the Hershey Bears (AHL), where he recorded 20 points (6+14) and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games" July 23

  • Sabres’ Evander Kane charged with misdemeanor trespassing in bar incident

    Buffalo News "Three Buffalo Police detectives were seen meeting Kane outside the Central Booking Bureau in City Court around 11 a.m.. They put handcuffs on Kane and accompanied him into the City Court building. Kane turned and walked away from a Buffalo News reporter when she asked them if he had any..." July 22

  • Sabres issue statement, league monitoring Kane situation

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have issued a terse, two-sentence statement on Evander Kane's arrest today. It says simply: "We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month. Our organization will have no further comment at this time.” General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan..." July 22

  • Former Islander Matt Donovan signs with Frolunda

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan is leaving the NHL. He signed a one-year contract with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish League. Donovan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders. He played 67 games with New York between 2011-12 and 2014-15, but was..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Canucks would like to ‘add a proven scorer,’ so cue the Evander Kane speculation

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sven Baertschi took positive steps last season, as one of the few bright spots on a team that eventually finished 28th in the overall standings. Once the now 23-year-old forward established himself as an every-game player — and that was a challenge under head coach Willie Desjardins at the..." July 16

  • Sabres sign Alex Nylander to 3-year, entry-level contract

    The Hockey Writers "On Friday, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray announced that the team signed Alex Nylander to a three-year entry-level contract. Nylander, 18, was chosen by the Sabres 8th overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2015-16 regular-season, Nylander played for the Mississauga..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Sabres Re-Sign Marcus Foligno

    The Hockey Writers "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 season. The cap-hit for the contract is being reported at $2.25 million, matching his salary from last season, per Shawn Stepner of WKBW-TV. The Sabres have been one of the NHL’s most disappointing..." July 14

  • Sabres GM says it's Jimmy Vesey's 'show right now' "Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Tuesday he "felt really good" about the meeting last week with free agent forward Jimmy Vesey. "It is what it is," Murray said at Sabres development camp. "We made a trade, we traded one of our four third-round picks to be able to talk to him. We..." July 13

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly acquitted of all charges in impaired driving case

    WIVB 4 "Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been acquitted of all charges accusing him of driving into an Ontario Tim Hortons while ability impaired. In addition to being charged with DWAI, O’Reilly was also charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident following a 2015 incident in the..." July 11

  • Nylander steals the show with breakaways at Development scrimmage

    Buffalo News "Alex Nylander may not be ready to play for the Buffalo Sabres just yet, but he'd probably already be the team's best shootout specialist. Nylander scored two of Team Gold's goals on penalty shots in a 5-3 loss to Team Blue at the Sabres Development Camp Scrimmage Saturday. He capped off the..." July 10

  • Sabres sent cavalry to meet with Vesey in Boston

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was a big meeting between Buffalo and reigning Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey today, per the Providence Journal, and the Sabres sent a pretty healthy contingent along. The report claims GM Tim Murray, head coach Dan Bylsma and assistant Jerry Forton all spent “two-plus hours” in Boston..." July 08

  • Agent: Vesey 'very comfortable' with Sabres after 1st meeting

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey's representative said they were satisfied after their sit-down with the Buffalo Sabres. "I felt the first meeting with the Sabres went quite well and was certainly informative," Peter Fish wrote in an email to WGR 550's Howard Simon. "Jimmy was very comfortable with (general..." July 08

  • Kyle Okposo sees similarities between Jack Eichel and John Tavares

    Buffalo News "Kyle Okposo was entering his third NHL season when "The Next One" arrived. John Tavares had unlimited potential, and New York Islanders fans were ready to watch. Okposo rode shotgun as Tavares grew from heralded prospect to rookie phenom to All-Star center to Hart Trophy finalist. Along the..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Bruins, Sabres look like favorites to land Vesey

    CBS Sports "While July 1 remains the most important day on the offseason calendar, almost every NHL general manager will have a second date circled. That would be August 15, the date Harvard star forward and Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey officially becomes an unrestricted free agent. It is at that..." July 07

  • Evander Kane will face non-criminal charges for Buffalo bar incidents

    Buffalo News "Sabres forward Evander Kane put his hands on four people - three women and a man - at a Chippewa Street bar during the early morning of June 24 but he will face non-criminal harassment charges for his actions against just two women, two police sources familiar with the case told The Buffalo..." July 07

  • Sabres' Okposo: 'We're going to be contenders'

    Buffalo News "The Sabres are going to use many tactics in their recruiting pitch to Jimmy Vesey. Kyle Okposo revealed the simplest one of all. Tell Vesey the Sabres are going to win. Okposo, officially introduced Thursday in Buffalo, sees good things ahead for his new organization and hopes Vesey sees it,..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Chance to win Stanley Cup sold Okposo on Sabres

    The Score "Kyle Okposo wants to win a Stanley Cup. He believes he can do it with the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo left the New York Islanders on Friday, signing a seven-year deal with Buffalo reportedly worth $42 million. "What sold me was the chance to win a Stanley Cup," Okposo said, according to the Times..." July 02

  • Blues trade Anders Nilsson to Sabres for 5th-round pick

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues traded goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the 2017 NHL draft, the Sabres announced Saturday. Nilsson started last season with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to the Blues in February. He posted a 10-13-2 record with..." July 02

  • Sabres GM Murray unhappy with Kane's latest legal trouble

    Buffalo News "Maybe the latest investigation of Evander Kane will show he did nothing wrong. Maybe it won't. No matter the result, he can expect a sitdown with Tim Murray. Based on Murray's comments Friday, Kane should walk away feeling like an embarrassed kid instead of a 24-year-old..." July 02

  • SABRES RE-SIGN SCHNEIDER "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Cole Schneider to a one-year, two way contract. A native of Williamsville, New York, Schneider (6’1”, 198 lbs., 8/26/1990) appeared in his first two NHL games in April 2016 with the Sabres." July 01

  • Prized prospect Vesey has 'a couple of teams in mind,' but open to anything

    Buffalo News "The thought of playing with Jack Eichel and the Sabres is apparently growing on Jimmy Vesey. After previously being steadfast in their desire to test unrestricted free agency Aug. 15, Vesey’s representatives are now open to talking with Buffalo about signing a contract. “We hope to meet with..." July 01

  • Kyle Okposo Signs 7-Year Contract with Sabres

    The Hockey Writers "Kyle Okposo looks to have found his home for the foreseeable future, as he will reportedly join the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo was arguably the best forward available this summer, with names like Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson in the mix as well. The 28-year old right-wing has been very productive,..." July 01

  • Flames sign Chad Johnson to 1-year, $1.7M contract

    The Score "The Calgary Flames have reportedly landed a backup goalie to spell newcomer Brian Elliott. The Flames signed Chad Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet." July 01

  • Sabres sign Jake McCabe to 3-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenceman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract extension. McCabe was a restricted free agent and signed on Thursday, three days after Buffalo retained his rights by tendering a qualifying offer." July 01

  • Casey Nelson signs two year extension

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres have announced a two-year extension for defenseman Casey Nelson. The extension is for a reported $1.3 million over the two years. Nelson had been signed by Buffalo in March earlier this year, and he featured in seven games late in the 2015-16 season. Click here for a..." June 30

  • Sabres see big upside in new defenseman Kulikov

    Buffalo News "The Sabres learned a lot from Dmitry Kulikov’s play in the postseason. So did he. He’s eager to bring the knowledge to Buffalo. Kulikov, already regarded as a top-four defenseman, showed this spring he can handle an expanded role. He skated more than 25 minutes per night during Florida’s..." June 29

  • Police Release Redacted Report on Evander Kane Incident

    WBEN "Buffalo Police have released an incident report relating to an early Friday morning incident involving Sabres forward Evander Kane at a Chippewa Bar. The report states that a woman was threatened by Kane while inside Bottoms Up on Chippewa early Friday morning. The woman continued to allege..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Sabres thrilled with draft weekend accomplishments

    Buffalo News "As soon as the NHL Draft ended Saturday, arena workers stormed the First Niagara Center floor. The dismantling was swift and efficient as tables, logos and signs disappeared. Meanwhile, up in the Buffalo Sabres’ offices, they were celebrating for the opposite reason. As others were tearing..." June 26

  • Buffalo Sabres draft Alexander Nylander with 8th pick

    Die By The Blade "For the past two season, the Buffalo Sabres have had the #2 pick in the NHL Draft, picking franchise players in Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. This year, the team wasn't picking quite as high, but Tim Murray and company are hoping the player they pick in the first round proves just as successful as..." June 26

  • Sabres take forward Vasily Glotov with pick #190

    Die By The Blade "With the 190th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken Vasily Glotov, forward for Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg of the MHL. I don't know too much about him, and his player profile at Euro Hockey lists his handed-ness as "Shoots: N/A" so I'll leave this tweet here and we'll..." June 26

  • Sabres take hometown defenseman Austin Osmanski at #189

    Die By The Blade "With their 189th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres picked up their fourth defenseman of the weekend with Austin Osmanski from the OHL. Osmanski, a left handed dman who turned 18 a couple of months ago, is a local boy from East Aurora who the organization is already familiar with..." June 26

  • Sabres take LW Brandon Hagel with pick #159

    Die By The Blade "With the 159th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken left winger Brandon Hagel of the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. Hagel stands 6'0'', 165 lbs, and is ranked #104 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He scored 13-34-47 in his first WHL season, and has..." June 26

  • Sabres take defenseman Vojtech Budik with pick #130

    Die By The Blade "Back to back defensemen in the fifth round give the Sabres more depth along the blueline. With the 130th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Vojtech Budik from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. Born in the Czech Republic, Budik stands 6'1'' and 194..." June 26

  • Sabres take Philip Nyberg at #129

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres had two picks in a row in the fifth round, and took a defenseman with the first at #129, Swede Philip Nyberg from Linkoping in the Swedish Juniors League. Nyberg is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the upcoming season. He shoots right-handed and turned 19 earlier..." June 26

  • Sabres take LW Brett Murray at #99 in Round 4

    Die By The Blade "With the 99th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken left winger Brett Murray from the CCHL. Murray, ranked #83 among North American skaters, scored 14 goals and 32 assists this year for the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL. He is committed to Penn State next year, and..." June 26

  • Sabres take Casey Fitzgerald at #86

    Die By The Blade "With the 86th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres have taken Casey Fitzgerald from Boston College. The defenseman is a product of the USNTDP system, and just turned 19 earlier this year in February. He will be a sophomore with the Eagles this upcoming season after having led all defensemen in..." June 26

  • Sabres take Cliff Pu at #69

    Die By The Blade "With the 69th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres have taken Cliff Pu from the Memorial Cup champion London Knights. Pu just turned 18 three weeks ago and had 31 points (12+19) in 69 games for the Knights, which was good for 10th on the team last season. Pu has played a total of two seasons for..." June 26

  • Sabres' Bylsma on Kane: 'I'm not pleased to see the headline'

    Buffalo News "Like police, the Buffalo Sabres are still trying to determine exactly what happened with Evander Kane at a downtown bar. No matter the result, it was disconcerting to see negative news again accompany the forward. “I’m not pleased to see the headline,” coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday. Buffalo..." June 26

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