Sabres Rumors & News

  • 18h
    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    Defenceman Matt Donovan has signed a one-year deal in Buffalo. Working on terms. Could be good vlaue signing. #TSN

  • 18h
    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    O'Reilly signs with BUF. Two year deal at $700K per. One way deal. That's CAL O'Reilly, Ryan's older brother. Guess we know who's next.

  • 21h
    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing Buffalo Sabres are very close to signing Ryan O'Reilly to long-term deal... likely a max deal which would be 7 yrs

  • Sabres sign Jack Eichel to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "Jack Eichel will not be returning to Boston University for his sophomore season. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has signed an entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres." July 01

  • 23h
    Shawn Stepner @StepnerWKBW

    A source tells me Jack Eichel will be in Buffalo today and will sign his first pro contract with the #Sabres today.

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Sabres place Cody Hodgson on unconditional waivers

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have paid the way for a break up with Cody Hodgson. The 25-year-old has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout, according to multiple sources. Hodgson was set to make $4.25 million over the next four seasons, and will become an..." June 29

  • Trade moves O’Reilly to center stage with Sabres

    Buffalo News "The Sabres’ rebuild timeline changed radically Friday night with a blockbuster trade. Buffalo acquired budding star center Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche as part of a multiplayer package that had folks at the NHL Draft buzzing and Sabres fans looking toward rapid..." June 27

  • Sabres make Eichel their top pick, 2nd overall

    Buffalo News "The Jack Eichel era is officially on in Buffalo. More than two months after learning they would pick second overall in the wake of the NHL Draft Lottery, the Sabres made the Boston University star center their top choice Friday in BB&T Center. It took just four words from General Manager Tim..." June 27

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    Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch

    #Sens are closing in on a deal for Lehner with the Sabres. Expect a No. 1 pick to be part of the trade and perhaps David Legwand.

  • 5d
    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Robin Lehner heading to BUF. Sounds like Lehner and Legwand to BUF for 21st pick. Pending trade call. Not official yet.

  • 5d
    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    Tim Murray: "If you'd have told me we'd end up w Eichel, Kane and Lehner for 3 first round picks, I'd have said you were high on mushrooms."

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Ex-Sabre Paetsch accepts plea in Marina gambling

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "Former Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch faces eight months home detention and must pay the U.S. government $265,000 as punishment for his role in an illegal gambling operation that was shut down last summer. Paetsch, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday morning to two..." June 22

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Talbot trade watch continues. Expect he gets traded this week. Buf, Edmtn, SJ and Dallas in the mix. Great contract requires high return.

  • Sabres GM wonders why Grigorenko is ‘afraid’ of two-way contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "About a week ago, rumors circulated that the Buffalo Sabres were trying to find out if Mikhail Grigorenko would opt for the KHL, especially if the Sabres only offer a two-way contract. GM Tim Murray told the Olean Times Herald that he believes Grigorenko, 21, needs extra seasoning in the AHL..." June 19

  • Sabres’ Bylsma using Crosby to school Eichel

    Sportsnet "Turns out, you don’t have to win a dang lottery to follow the Pittsburgh model. Even before former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma landed the head-coaching gig with the Buffalo Sabres, he began trying to model 2015′s expected second-overall pick after Sidney Crosby. Armed with reels of footage..." June 17

  • Contract talks could get tricky between Sabres and Grigrenko

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mikhail Grigrenko’s development process has been a bumpy one, to say the least. In fact, it sounds like there’s some reason to believe that it will continue with a KHL team rather than in the Buffalo Sabres’ system. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Sabres told Grigorenko that they’d like to..." June 14

  • Sabres' Murray talks about Hodgson and other topics

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "We had a chance to speak with Sabres GM Tim Murray and new coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday. Here are some highlights from that. Cody Hodgson is in Sweden trying to become a better skater. Murray said his agent Claude Lemieux has been sending video updates showing his progress. Murray said..." June 12

  • Dreger on Sabres’, Oilers’ Interest in Lehner

    Todays Slapshot "On if he heard anything new on the Ottawa goaltending trade situation over the weekend: “No, not really by way of update. I mean, we know that Robin Lehner is the carrot that’s being dangled and the Ottawa Senators believe that they’re going to get the most for him. That’s not being..." June 09

  • Jack Eichel hasn't decided on Boston or Buffalo

    Sporting News "The most interesting part of Monday’s meet-and-great with the top NHL Draft prospects — other than the revelation that Connor McDavid doesn’t have particularly strong feelings about music — was Jack Eichel’s indecision. If Eichel, fresh off one of the best-ever seasons by an NCAA freshman,..." June 08

  • Less than three weeks to draft, Eichel remains undecided about going pro

    Pro Hockey Talk "Call it posturing if you want. But if you do, be sure mention the lack of wavering. With less than three weeks before he’ll be chosen second overall by the Sabres at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Jack Eichel continued to insist — even after participating in the Buffalo-based scouting combine —..." June 08

  • Sabres choose not to interview Connor McDavid "The Buffalo Sabres determined it was not necessary to interview Erie Otters center Connor McDavid this week during the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to go No. 1 to the..." June 07

  • Agent: Contract talks between Sabres, Kaleta expected this week

    Pro Hockey Talk "The agent for Patrick Kaleta and Sabres’ GM Tim Murray are expected to have contract talks this week. Kaleta’s three-year, $3.75 million deal is set to expire next month. Anton Thun tells PHT he hopes to have a better idea of where his client sits with the Sabres heading into the NHL Draft..." June 06

  • Daniel Briere considering retirement after 18 NHL seasons

    Yahoo! Sports "Has Daniel Briere skated his last shift in the NHL? Alain Sanscartier of RDS and Ottawa 94.5 FM reported on Thursday that Briere will announce his retirement this summer after 18 years in the NHL, most recently with the Colorado Avalanche. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July..." June 06

  • ' I wasn't saying I would be beter than Connor McDavid,' says Eichel

    Pro Hockey Talk "As reports from the NHL Scouting Combine swirl that Jack Eichel told teams in the interview process he’ll be better than Connor McDavid, the highly touted Boston University star has clarified a few things on that point. McDavid is expected to go No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft later this month...." June 06

  • In combine interviews Eichel is saying he'll be better than McDavid

    Boston Globe "The Buffalo Sabres are very good at losing. They were the worst team in the NHL this season. They recorded the fewest points in 2013-14, too. Their chase after coach Mike Babcock failed. They had the best odds of winning this year’s draft lottery, and that did not fall in their favor. But..." June 06

  • Jack Eichel excited to play for the Buffalo Sabres, but he’s not ready to try the wings just yet

    National Post "Jack Eichel wants wings. It’s a few days before the fitness tests at the NHL Draft Combine and the projected No. 2 overall pick is hungry. He knows he should eat healthy. But he’s in Buffalo, a city that is about to become his new home, and so he feels a natural desire to eat what the locals..." June 05

  • Sabres' Kane 'ahead of schedule' with recovery

    Pro Hockey Talk "The hiring of head coach Dan Bylsma wasn’t the only good news for Buffalo Sabres fans this week. Evander Kane was in Buffalo on Thursday to have his surgically repaired left shoulder re-evaluated, and according to Kane’s agent Craig Oster, the forward is ahead of schedule on the initial 4-6..." May 30

  • Pysyk hopes to be shutdown defender with Sabres

    Edmonton Journal "Three months after the scare, Mark Pysyk still has no idea why he collapsed running up and down a basketball court in a pickup game the day after playing an American Hockey League contest with the Rochester Americans. All the former Edmonton Oil Kings captain knows is he’s 23, he feels..." May 30

  • Sabres' top prospects stand to benefit from Bylsma's insights

    Buffalo News "For the first four years of his career, Sidney Crosby’s faceoff skills ranged from abysmal to mediocre. Not many people cared. He was already an MVP and a Stanley Cup champion. One person cared, however. Crosby. He didn’t want flaws in his game, so he worked hard on his draws heading into the..." May 30

  • After reinterpreting rule, draft pick sought for Bylsma's hiring

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "There was a reason the Penguins sought draft-pick compensation when the Sabres hired former coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday — and not when the Devils hired former Penguins general manager Ray Shero. It comes down to the interpretation of a rule passed last June that awards compensation to select..." May 29

  • There should be no compensation given when other teams hire fired NHL GMs, coaches

    Edmonton Journal "This compensation for fired coaches and GM’s is blatantly ridiculous. Teams gassed general managers such as Peter Chiarelli in Boston after one missed playoff and Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh, who won a Stanley Cup there, and they get a sweetener back? The sweetener is getting out from under paying..." May 29

  • 34d
    Mike Harrington @BNHarrington

    #Sabres were fully planning to hold a Bylsma presser this afternoon. Still may. #Pens insistence on compensation is the holdup. Goofy rule.

  • Sabres announce Bylsma hiring; reportedly agree to 5-year deal

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma as their new head coach. The Sabres will reportedly give the Pittsburgh Penguins a third-round draft pick as compensation, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Bylsma signed a five-year contract, Dreger added. A press conference to introduce Bylsma is set for..." May 28

  • Bylsma wants Sabres' head coaching job

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres may have missed out on Plan A, but their Plan B continues to look promising. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joined Calgary's Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning and discussed the coaching vacancy in Buffalo. The Sabres are interested in former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan..." May 25

  • Dan Bylsma to meet with Buffalo Sabres this week

    Sportsnet "The Buffalo Sabres’ coaching search is moving forward after the club fell short on landing high-profile candidate Mike Babcock. The Sabres reportedly received permission to speak with Dan Bylsma and the club will visit with the former Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss later this week, according to..." May 24

  • 39d
    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Babcock says the Sabres offer was bigger. He wanted to coach the Leafs.

  • Sabres granted permission to interview Bylsma for coaching job

    Buffalo News "The Sabres' search for a new coach is back underway, with Dan Bylsma reportedly next on the interview list. Buffalo has been granted permission by the Penguins to interview Bylsma, ESPN reported Thursday. Permission is needed because he is still under contract with Pittsburgh despite being..." May 23

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBS Sports "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Sabres' Murray says it's easy pickings with Jack Eichel at No. 2

    Buffalo News "There shouldn't have ever been a doubt, but it's crystal clear now: The Sabres will draft Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in June. "Deciding on who we’re picking 2, that’s the easiest decision I think I’ll probably have in my general manager’s career," Tim Murray said Thursday on..." May 23

  • Mike Babcock says Sabres' offer was bigger than Maple Leafs'

    CBS Sports "Mike Babcock's popularity in Detroit may have dropped some, but it probably couldn't be any lower than it is right now in Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres were reportedly in a bidding war with the eventual winner, the Toronto Maple Leafs, to acquire the head coach's services. John Vogl of the..." May 21

  • Sabres get permission to interview Bylsma: report "The Buffalo Sabres have received permission to interview Dan Bylsma for their vacant coaching position, reported Thursday. Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins after the 2013-14 season with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in..." May 21

  • Expect more interest in Senators goalie Robin Lehner

    Ottawa Sun "There should be no shortage of interest in Ottawa's goalies. However, if the Senators want to get the best they can for one of their netminders, expect 23-year-old goaltender Robin Lehner to be on the move before next month's NHL entry draft in Fort Lauderdale. Sources say the Buffalo..." May 21

  • Sabres thought they had a deal with Babcock, aren’t happy

    Pro Hockey Talk "First the Buffalo Sabres lost out on Connor McDavid, much to the disappointment of general manager Tim Murray. Now it’s Mike Babcock they won’t get. And once again, there’s evidence of frustration within the organization: Shawn Stepner @StepnerWKBW League source tells me #Sabres..." May 21

  • Red Wings increase their offer to Mike Babcock; Toronto and Buffalo reportedly in bidding war

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings have upped the ante in their attempts to keep Mike Babcock as coach. A league source confirmed the Red Wings have offered Babcock a five-year deal worth $4 million per season, as first reported by's Darren Dreger. It appears as if that is Detroit's final offer. The..." May 20

  • Report: Sabres GM Tim Murray, Mike Babcock in contract talks

    The Score "The Mike Babcock saga may soon be coming to an end. The heavily pursued head coach is believed to be engaged in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray, according to John Wawrow of the Associated Press. A person familiar with the discussions reports the two sides were..." May 19