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By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rogie Vachon came to accept the notion he’d likely never get the call he received Monday from the Hockey Hall of Fame.To say the honor is overdue is a gross understatement, considering he made his last save 34 years ago.The fiery, 5-foot-7 goaltender was the reason some average-at-best Los Angeles Kings teams won more... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The arena in Rochester needs major improvements, according to the Buffalo Sabres, and they want a larger say in making the building better. As owners of the Rochester Americans, the Sabres are the primary tenants in BlueCross Arena. They don’t believe the building is suitable for hosting even an NHL preseason game, so... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dmitry Kulikov showed in Florida he has the skills to play a major role on defense. He's ready to do it in Buffalo. The Sabres acquired the blue-liner from Florida on Saturday and announced he'll skate in the top two pairs. He's ready to slide alongside Rasmus Ristolainen or Zach Bogosian. "Top-four defenseman is... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Sabres are in the free-agent hunt. Fans are watching intently. Zemgus Girgensons might be, too. No Sabres forward would be impacted more than Girgensons. As it stands now, the restricted free agent fits on the depth chart as the second left wing. If the Sabres add players, he could fall to fourth-line... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

When it comes to scoring goals, there’s Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and everyone else. If the conversation turns to points, the NHL’s No. 1 free agent has more company. One of the players in Stamkos’ group is also on the market. Since 2009-10, Stamkos’ second season, the goal-scoring category is a blowout.... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, June 27, 2016

The Sabres still need to work out contracts with their top restricted free agents, but they made sure to retain the rights to seven of them Monday. Buffalo has issued qualifying offers to Rasmus Ristolainen, Zemgus Girgensons, Marcus Foligno, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Jason Kasdorf and Dan Catenacci. They declined to... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, June 27, 2016

Dave Andreychuk and Alexander Mogilny have again fallen short in their Hockey Hall of Fame bids. The hall has announced the four members of its Class of 2016, and the former Sabres failed to make the cut. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn have been voted in. They will be inducted Nov. 14. Read... Read More

By Lou Michel » Monday, June 27, 2016

Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane physically harassed two women inside a Chippewa Street bar early Friday, then outside the bar grabbed one of them by the throat and tried to shove her into his car, according to two just-released Buffalo police reports. Kane has not been charged, but detectives are continuing to... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, June 27, 2016

The on-ice numbers are close at the top of the charts for unrestricted free agents. Steven Stamkos has scored .90 points per game during the three-season run from 2013-14 to 2015-16, just .02 more than Kyle Okposo. They are both well ahead of third-place Jiri Hudler (.78). On defense, Brian Campbell and Kris Russell... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, June 27, 2016

Dave Andreychuk and Alexander Mogilny are among the Hockey Hall of Fame hopefuls waiting for a phone call. The hall's selection committee will meet Monday in Toronto to elect the Class of 2016. Former Sabres Andreychuk and Mogilny have a shot at being honored. Andreychuk recorded 640 goals and 1,338 points in a... 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 Alan Pergament » Sunday, June 26, 2016

Here are a baker’s dozen of news and opinions about the Madison Square Garden deal with Pegula Sports and Entertainment to carry the Buffalo Sabres for more than a decade.• Sources say the deal has a rights fee averaging between $19 million and $20 million annually, which adds up to more than $200 million over its... Read More

By Amy Moritz » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Last year, Casey Fitzgerald was at home, waiting to hear his name called at the NHL Entry Draft.It never happened. So Fitzgerald went about his hockey career, playing on the Boston College blue line and scoring four goals with 27 points in 38 games for the Eagles.He came to Buffalo this year, knowing he might again not... Read More

By Amy Moritz » Saturday, June 25, 2016

He sat in the First Niagara Center stands, listening to the litany of players being drafted into the National Hockey League on Saturday.Austin Osmanski had told his younger brothers that if the Buffalo Sabres didn’t pick him with one of their back-to-back seventh-round picks, they were leaving.He closed his eyes.He heard... Read More

By Jack Goods » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tim Murray walked away from the 2016 NHL draft with nine more players in his arsenal.Although defense was targeted by many as the Sabres’ biggest position of need, Buffalo went forward-heavy early in this year’s draft. The top three and four of the top five Sabres selections were forwards. Murray targeted players who... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Like police, the Buffalo Sabres are still trying to determine exactly what happened with Evander Kane at a downtown bar last week. No matter the result, it was disconcerting to see negative news again accompany the forward. “I’m not pleased to see the headline,” coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday.Buffalo police are... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, June 25, 2016

As soon as the NHL Draft ended Saturday, arena workers stormed the First Niagara Center floor. The dismantling was swift and efficient as tables, logos and signs disappeared. Meanwhile, up in the Buffalo Sabres’ offices, they were celebrating for the opposite reason. As others were tearing down, they continued to... 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 John Vogl » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Like police, the Buffalo Sabres are still trying to determine exactly what happened with Evander Kane at a downtown bar. No matter the result, it was disconcerting to see negative news again accompany the forward. “I’m not pleased to see the headline,” coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday. Buffalo police are... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bob Woods' resume was enough to get him back on an NHL coaching staff. His teaching skills are what led Dan Bylsma to hire him as an assistant. "Where he’s really going to help is he’s a teacher of the game and he has a unique ability to get on the same level as the players and help them out," Bylsma said Saturday.... Read More

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