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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

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, July 9, 2016

The New York Islanders made the playoffs and celebrated the end of a 23-year drought in April when they finally won a playoff series, as John Tavares’ overtime goal in Game Six completed an upset of Atlantic Division champion Florida. But free agency did not go well and there might not be too many similar celebrations in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 7, 2016

What a strangely busy day in Sabreland. Especially when you’re talking July. Prized free agents, parachutes, private jets. Thursday had all of it. The development camp continued at HarborCenter, with the kids getting put through the wringer by arduous skating tests and battle drills. I would rather not try skating... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Jimmy Vesey Sweepstakes is heating up in earnest as the Sabres are expected to have their initial sit-down with the Hobey Baker Award winner today in Boston. In John Vogl's story on Vesey, The News reported Wednesday night a charter company used by owner Terry Pegula had a plane leave Buffalo on Wednesday night... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Strangely enough for a team that hasn’t played a playoff series since 2011 or won one since 2007, there’s not going to be many spots for a young player to crack the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup come September. You know that names like Justin Bailey and Hudson Fasching will be pushing at forward and we’ll await training... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Even in July, there's plenty of hockey to read about as development camps are running across North America. The story that brought quite the hmmmm to me was this one out of Toronto by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. The Leafs, of course, have to sign No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews to his entry-level contract and he's... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, July 4, 2016

Tickets are on sale for the marquee events of the Buffalo Sabres’ annual development camp, which opens Wednesday for its inaugural run in HarborCenter.All workouts are free and open to the public except for Saturday’s Blue & Gold scrimmage at 1 p.m. and the 3-on-3 tournament for the French Connection Cup on July 12 at... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said Friday he plans to meet with Jimmy Vesey next week to "extol the virtues" of Buffalo and the organization upon the Hobey Baker Award winner in hopes of getting him signed before the 23-year-old becomes a free agent on Aug. 15. Vesey continues to insist that's not going to... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, July 2, 2016

On the market for a goaltender to back up Robin Lehner, the Sabres acquired Anders Nilsson in a trade with St. Louis Saturday night in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft. Nilsson, 26, fits general manager Tim Murray's criteria for large goalies. The 6-foot-5, 229-pounder combined to play in 29 games... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, July 2, 2016

So much time is spent on what the Sabres are doing that we often lose sight on something almost as important: What the opponents are up to. Let’s not forget they’re trying to get better too, and often through some of the same tactics that Tim Murray & Co. are using. But one of the best things about the Sabres’... Read More

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