Sabres Rumors & News

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Tyler Ennis suffered through a long, dark season with his concussions in Buffalo

    Edmonton Journal "Tyler Ennis made it to the NHL because the 5-foot-9, 169-pound forward had the feet, the hands and the head for the game to avoid physical mayhem but last season in Buffalo the third part of the equation went missing because he suffered two concussions. The local boy, who has been one of the..." August 25

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Vesey closing in on free agency

    Buffalo News "The next phase of the Jimmy Vesey Watch opens this week, when the Hobey Baker Award winner becomes an unrestricted free agent and can speak to any team in the National Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres have owned the former Harvard University star’s exclusive rights since acquiring them in a..." August 15

  • Vesey camp in last-minute talks with Sabres

    The Hockey Writers "Coveted pending free agent Jimmy Vesey is officially a free agent Monday. But the team that owns his negotiating rights is getting one last stab at making a deal happen before there are 29 other teams allowed to talk with Vesey. The Buffalo Sabres are having last-minute negotiations with the..." August 15

  • Gudbranson and Kulikov ready to move on after Florida Panthers overhaul

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers will have a much different looking defensive unit next season with three who started in their opening round playoff series against the Islanders elsewhere. Two of them, however, are still in town. Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson remain in South Florida, spending their..." August 13

  • NHL hot for Jimmy Vesey, and Harvard star is narrowing list for Monday

    Boston Herald "Decision day fast approaches for former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey, who next week will make one NHL club very happy. As of midnight Monday, the high-scoring left winger will become an unrestricted free agent, and, probably, the richest member of the Harvard Class of ’16. Likely all 30 NHL..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Where Jimmy Vesey ends up adds to summer intrigue

    North Jersey "Yet it’s also a month of great anticipation. The players will start filtering back to their respective teams’ training facilities to begin skating informally — some are already there – before training camps open next month, both for the league’s 30 teams and the eight squads participating in the..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

    Die By The Blade "The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville..." August 08

  • Top prospects for Buffalo Sabres

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres have seen a number of prospects move through the organization to become full-time players in the NHL, and the next wave of talent is looking to follow in their footsteps. Last season, the Sabres had forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart join the likes of defenseman Rasmus..." August 08

  • Why Sabres GM Tim Murray is in a bind when it comes to Evander Kane

    Buffalo News "One quality Tim Murray possessed from the beginning that endeared him to Buffalo is his no-nonsense attitude. He didn’t have time or energy for schmoozing and messing around. He didn’t do warm and fuzzy. He conducted business without apology or sentiment or fear. Murray is the only guy in town..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Evander Kane facing civil suit over December assault allegations

    The Score "Evander Kane is facing legal trouble on a number of fronts. A day after the Buffalo Sabres winger pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a June incident at a local bar, his lawyers confirmed a civil suit has been filed against him by a woman who alleges he assaulted her back in..." August 02

  • Evander Kane -- Pleads Not Guilty In Bikini Bar Incident ... Video Proves I'm Innocent!

    TMZ "NHL superstar Evander Kane just pled not guilty to charges he got physical with several women at a Buffalo bikini bar back in June ... and says VIDEO evidence will prove he did nothing wrong. The Buffalo Sabres star was arrested earlier this month -- after officials say he got violent during a..." August 01

  • 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

    NHL.com "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'

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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