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By Mike Harrington » 2:38 PM

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 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 Los Angeles and wanted to stay. It wasn’t possible.The Kings have... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

So there we have it. The Big Fish is staying in his home pool. There will be no wild celebration in Buffalo or Detroit on Friday and no civic holiday in Toronto either. Steven Stamkos isn't going anywhere. And he's made the right decision. The word came down Wednesday afternoon that Stamkos is staying with the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It was a wild draft weekend in Buffalo and it looks like it could be a wild week in free agency for the Sabres as well. I talked about it on Sirius XM's "Hockey This Morning" with Gord Stellick and Rob Simpson and you can hear the audio by clicking... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, June 26, 2016

All season, NHL observers waited for Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning to come to terms on a new contract. It never happened and it might be too late for a reunion now between the Bolts and their captain.The NHL’s free agency interview period opened Saturday and players can sign new deals beginning Friday at... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Big Fish. Tim Murray wasn’t talking directly about Steven Stamkos when he used that term Saturday afternoon, but everyone with a media badge around their neck surrounding the Sabres’ general manager in First Niagara Center knew damn well who he was talking about. The Sabres got better and tougher on the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

With consecutive selections in the fifth round, the Sabres chose a pair of European-born defensemen. At No. 129, Buffalo took Philip Nyberg of Sweden, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound right-shot player headed to the University of Wisconsin next year. At No. 130, the Sabres went for Vojtech Budik of the Czech Republic, who played... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tim Murray is obviously not shy about making trades but one pattern that's emerged from his deals since he took over as Sabres general manager is his penchant for shedding recent top draft choices the organization has made under Darcy Regier. Now, some of that is the fact that players drafted in higher rounds are... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

We're back at First Niagara Center for Day Two of the NHL Draft, and the selections open shortly after 10 a.m. with the Toronto Maple Leafs leading off the second round. The Sabres have the eighth choice, No. 38 overall. After that, Buffalo should be quite busy. The Sabres breakdown as of this moment looks like... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, June 25, 2016

The burgeoning rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs isn’t just going to be about Jack Eichel vs. Auston Matthews. Or Mike Babcock vs. Dan Bylsma. Or the sets of fans on both sides of the border trying to outshout each other in the stands.Now it’s going to cross family lines.The Sabres created even... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, June 24, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres created an instant brotherly rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL Draft here Friday, taking Mississauga winger Alexander Nylander with the No. 8 pick in First Niagara Center. Nylander is the brother of Leafs prospect William Nylander. Their father is former NHLer Michael... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sabres winger Evander Kane sent out a quick tweet saluting the work of his general manager following last year’s NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. It said simply “Tim Murray” and was followed by four applause emojis.The players in the Buffalo locker room believe in the gumption Murray shows in trying to build this team, and... Read More

By Mike Harrington , John Vogl » Thursday, June 23, 2016

While in Las Vegas, Evander Kane once held stacks of $100s to his ear as a mock phone. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman could have done the same thing this week with $500 million.The NHL has named Sin City as the league’s 31st franchise while collecting a huge expansion fee, and the puck is set to drop in 2017-18. Kane and... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tim Murray emerged from the NHL general mangers meetings Thursday night the Hyatt Regency with this bit of news: He's not moving up in Friday's NHL Draft, although it's not for a lack of trying. "Right now I can't move up into the top three, so I don't see a point of moving to four or five or six," Murray told The... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 23, 2016

During last year's draft in Sunrise, Fla., Sabres winger Evander Kane sent out a simple tweet saluting the work of his general manager. Tim Murray 👏👏👏👏 #sabrenation — Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) June 26, 2015 Kane is ready to throw more applause Murray's way this week as the task of building... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sabres winger Evander Kane and Las Vegas are forever connected by his Twitter and Instagram photos of his "money phone" and his "money pushups" that caused quite a stir during his days with the Winnipeg Jets. So after he took part in the NHL Prospects Clinc Thursday in HarborCenter, it was natural to see what Kane... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, June 23, 2016

No home runs for Auston Matthews on Wednesday in Coca-Cola Field. That will have to wait until Friday night in First Niagara Center.NHL Draft week in Buffalo had its kickoff in the home of the Buffalo Bisons, where the presumptive No. 1 pick and five other big NHL prospects took their cuts at the outfield fence with a... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

There will likely never be as chaotic an NHL Draft draft week as there was here in 1991.That draft is most remembered for the Eric Lindros Affair, where the 18-year-old superstar of the Oshawa Generals made it clear he wasn’t interested in playing for the Quebec Nordiques and wanted to pursue his options elsewhere. It... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sabres center Jack Eichel has been named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team, the seventh player in Buffalo franchise history to earn the honor and the first since goaltender Jhonas Enroth in 2012. The announcement was made Wednesday night as part of the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Eichel ranked second among NHL rookies in goals... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More than 200 players will be drafted this weekend and the Sabres will likely snag at least eight or nine of them after making a couple of deals. And aside from the first-round pick – assuming that stays at No. 8 – whatever baby-faced kids get a new Buffalo sweater won’t matter much for a couple of years because they... Read More

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