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Live coverage: Opening day of NHL free agency

Friday, July 1, 2016

Our team is monitoring all goings-on as NHL free agency opens today. A Twitter List by TBNSports Keep checking back here to [BN] Hockey at Sabres.BuffaloNews.com for all the latest on the Sabres and the NHL offseason.

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

It took just one talk for the Sabres and Kyle Okposo to know they were right for each other. Tim Murray, who signed the right winger to a seven-year, $42 million contract Friday, said the first 15-minute conversation made it clear the mutual interest... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 1, 2016

With Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov in the fold and Jimmy Vesey available to be signed only by the Sabres until Aug. 15, what's the biggest priority Buffalo has at this point? A new deal for Rasmus Ristolainen. While General Manager Tim Murray said in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 1, 2016

Looking for some insurance in Buffalo and depth in Rochester, the Sabres have added another free agent defenseman with the signing of 6-foot-5, 210-pound Justin Falk. He split last year with Columbus and Calder Cup champion Lake Erie. The Winnipeg Sun reports the Manitoba native signed a two-way deal, paying $650,000 in... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

Wondering what the Sabres are getting in Kyle Okposo? Here are some... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

With Kyle Okposo reportedly coming to Buffalo on a seven-year, $42 million deal, here's a look at the Sabres' salary structure, based on salary-cap hit. Ryan O'Reilly $7.5 million Kyle Okposo $6 million Evander Kane $5.25 million Zach... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

The Sabres have reportedly bolstered the blue-line depth with the signing of minor-league defenseman Taylor Fedun. https://twitter.com/TSNRyanRishaug/status/748913828654710784 The 28-year-old Fedun spent last season in the Vancouver Canucks' organization. He recorded eight goals, 25 assists and 33 points in 63 games... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

There was no mourning period for the Buffalo Sabres over losing Steven Stamkos. They promptly signed the next-best player on the market Buffalo reportedly has agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract with Kyle Okposo. The former New York Islanders... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, July 1, 2016

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... Read More

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Sabres hit the free-agent market in a rush Friday, signing right wing Kyle Okposo to a 7-year contract. Here's the newest Sabre in... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cole Schneider is staying home. The Williamsville native, who made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the final two games of last season, has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres. Terms were not immediately available. The Sabres acquired the 25-year-old in a minor-league blockbuster with Ottawa in... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jake McCabe got the security of a three-year deal. The Sabres locked up a promising defenseman for a reasonable salary. In other words, the contract negotiations went well. Buffalo and McCabe have come to terms on a three-year, $4.8 million deal.... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alex Nylander, Justin Bailey, Hudson Fasching, Brendan Guhle and Linus Ullmark will headline the Buffalo Sabres’ development camp next week. The Sabres will welcome 43 prospects to HarborCenter starting Wednesday for a seven-day event that will... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Now that Steven Stamkos’ situation is settled, the most interesting free agent I’ll be watching for on Friday is Milan Lucic.Best known in these parts for plummeting Ryan Miller, Lucic is a former Stanley Cup winner in Boston who seemed pretty set in... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

There are three ways to build a hockey team. The Buffalo Sabres have done well in two of them. The third? That hasn't been impressive. They get another crack at it Friday. [Live coverage: Opening day of NHL free agency] After constructing a... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 1 can be a day of fireworks. As the Sabres have seen, it can also be a dud. Buffalo was hardly a free-agent destination during Tim Murray's first two cracks at July 1. Expectations were low, and the results matched them. Aside from captain Brian... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

The circumstances, agent Steve Barlett says, need to be almost perfect. There has to be a young player with the potential to live up to a big contract, and he needs to play for a team that either lacks spending money or is frugal with it. There must... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Clearly, the NHL's transaction explosion was big news in Buffalo. https://twitter.com/BuffNewsVogl/status/748480567709155332 Analysis, opinions and straight-up information can be found by clicking here. Here's how the news and rumors featuring... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Thursday, June 30, 2016

It’s crazy how this business works sometimes. Eight minutes after I finished a column Wednesday afternoon saying the Sabres shouldn’t pay ridiculous money to Steven Stamkos, news broke about the Lightning center accepting the deal Tampa Bay offered... Read More

By John Vogl » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Barring a return by Wayne Gretzky, a trade of Sidney Crosby or the retirement of Alex Ovechkin, no day on the NHL calendar will top Wednesday. The craziest part is everything happened in 32 minutes. The hockey world lost its biggest free agent, saw... Read More

By John Vogl » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

On a day filled with some of the biggest hockey news in years, the Sabres made a transaction. Comparatively, it's a minor one, but they hope it pays big dividends. Buffalo has agreed to a two-year contract extension with defenseman Casey Nelson. He... Read More

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