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By Mike Harrington » Sunday, August 28, 2016

Remember all that talk in the first half of last season that Sidney Crosby had too much mileage on his 28-year-old legs and was on the downside of his career?As we’ve since seen, he just had too much Mike Johnston in his world hamstringing his style.Once the Pittsburgh Penguins changed coaches and Mike Sullivan took the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, August 26, 2016

Still working his way back from ankle surgery that prematurely ended his season last March, Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner has pulled out of what expected to be a backup role in net for Team Sweden during next month's World Cup of Hockey. Lehner will be replaced on the roster by former Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth,... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, August 25, 2016

For a team that has more than 16,000 season ticket-holders, the Sabres sure generate a lot of chatter and a lot of complaints about ticketing. I've never completely figured out if they're really causing a lot of trouble in this area or if it's just par for the course in professional sports (although I do maintain the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Jimmy Vesey Watch was alternately baffling, fascinating and infuriating. We’ve really never seen anything like it before and, frankly, that’s probably a good thing. There was a lot not to like in this whole situation.The Hobey Baker winner finally let the hockey world return to its last couple weeks of summer... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, August 19, 2016

What’s been dubbed #VeseyWatch on social media is over. Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey is heading to the bright lights of the big city.The New York Rangers announced early Friday evening that they have signed the Harvard University product to a two-year, entry-level contract, ending a week of interviews with prospective... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, August 19, 2016

There's a very good chance the Summer of Jimmy Vesey ends today (apologies, Seinfeld fans). The Harvard University free agent is expected to make his decision on his first NHL team, likely today with his representatives in Boston according to several reports. TSN's Bob McKenzie is hedging only slightly, saying there's a... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday and the former Harvard University star and his representatives began meetings with teams looking to secure his services. Vesey, whose rights have been owned by the Buffalo Sabres since a draft-week trade, started the process Tuesday in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Now that Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey is officially an unrestricted free agent, the former Harvard University star and his representatives can start meeting with other teams. That process is reportedly slated to begin today in Boston. The Providence Journal, which has extensively covered Vesey's summer league... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, August 14, 2016

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 trade with Nashville on June... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 22, 2016

The Sabres issued a terse, two-sentence statement on Evander Kane's arrest Friday. 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 Bylsma did have several things... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, July 18, 2016

When the Sabres announced the signing of restricted free agents Jason Kasdorf and Dan Catenacci on Sunday night, it left them with just two RFAs to complete deals with. One is defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and it's well-known the team is in talks with their franchise blueliner on a longterm deal. The other one is... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 15, 2016

First-round pick Alexander Nylander, one of the standouts of the Sabres' development camp this week at HarborCenter, has signed his entry-level contract, the team announced Friday night. The deal is for three years and Nylander is getting the entry-level maximum of $925,000 per season in salary, with $850,000 in bonus... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, July 15, 2016

Dan Bylsma has filled his coaching staff with an interesting hire announced by the Sabres today: Tom Ward, head coach for the last 18 years at Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Prep team in Minnesota, will be joining the Buffalo staff in place of the departed Dave Barr. Shattuck St. Mary's is one of the most well-known prep... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hobey Baker Award-winner Jimmy Vesey had high praise for the Sabres Wednesday night during an interview with Comcast Sportsnet New England – but again made it clear that he’s not signing with the team before he gets the chance to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.Vesey met last week in Boston with General... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Sabres have announced they have signed restricted free agent Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract. The 24-year-old posted career-highs in games played (75), goals (10) and points (23) during the 2015-16 season, tied his career high with 13 assists and had the best rating among Buffalo forwards at plus-4. Foligno... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hobey Baker Award-winner Jimmy Vesey had high praise for the Sabres Wednesday night during an interview with Comcast Sportsnet New England -- but again made it clear that he's not signing with the team before he gets the chance to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15. Vesey met last week in Boston with General... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Sabres aren’t talking about winning the offseason like Terry Pegula’s other team. They’re just simply going out and trying to do it. What they are discussing is winning when things actually matter. It’s a little bizarre to hear, but it’s also downright refreshing to get some bravado out of this organization.... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tim Murray was giving a standard-issue wrapup to development camp today in HarborCenter when a big elephant in the room was brought up, and the Sabres general manager gave a relatively surprising answer. Despite the circus among the media, on talk radio and on social media, Murray is not obsessing over the Sabres'... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, July 11, 2016

If you wanted to see slick skating and puck dangling from a first-round draft pick, Alex Nylander has been as advertised during Sabres development camp in HarborCenter. It’s what makes the 3-on-3 tournament that wraps up camp Tuesday morning at 9:15 so interesting. A wonderful gimmick like this is made for the skill... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, July 10, 2016

If you’re old enough to remember Sabres Hall of Famer Don Luce, you can certainly close your eyes and hear the sound that filled the air in Memorial Auditorium for so many years virtually every time the crafty center touched the puck.“Luuuuuuuuuuce” was one of several Sabres anthems of the glorious 1970s. Maybe... Read More

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