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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 » 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

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

One quality Tim Murray possessed from the beginning that endeared him to Buffalo is his no-nonsense attitude. He didn’t have time or energy for schmoozing and messing around. He didn’t do warm and fuzzy. He conducted business without apology or sentiment or fear. Murray is the only guy in town who could entertain the... 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

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 Jack Goods » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1. HarborCenter a good venue for development camp. HarborCenter seems like the perfect size for this event in a year where the Sabres don't have a top-three pick. The attendances weren't enormous on normal practice days. Only half of the arena was accessible to fans, and even that side didn't fill up. Everyone had a good... 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 Jack Goods » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Current Team: Red Deer Rebels Position: LW Age: 17 Height: 6-foot Weight: 165 lbs. Stats: 13 goals, 47 points in 72 CHL games Drafted: 6th round (159th overall) in the 2016 draft by Buffalo Resume:  Brandon Hagel made an impression in the Development Camp scrimmage on Saturday. He made the hit... 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 Jack Goods » Monday, July 11, 2016

Current Team: Brown Position: C/LW Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-0 Weight: 190 lbs. Stats: Three goals, 11 points in 29 NCAA games Drafted: Fifth round (121st overall) in the 2014 draft by Buffalo Resume: Max Willman is trying to bulk up this summer. He's spent the whole offseason working with the... Read More

By Jack Goods » Monday, July 11, 2016

Central Scouting’s top-ranked Swede in this year’s NHL Draft has skated at the HarborCenter for the past week, but it isn’t the well-publicized Alex Nylander. He was considered a North American skater since he played in the OHL.  Instead it’s his former linemate, Rasmus Asplund, a player the Sabres traded up in... Read More

By Jack Goods » Sunday, July 10, 2016

Current Team: Notre Dame Position: Center Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 190 lbs. Stats: Six goals, 18 points in 36 NCAA games Drafted: 2nd round (38th overall) in the 2013 draft by Buffalo Sabres Connection: Hurley plays at Notre Dame with fellow Sabres prospect Cal Petersen. Being teammates... Read More

By Jack Goods » Saturday, July 9, 2016

Current Team: Niagara IceDogs Position: Defense Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 225 lbs. Stats: Five goals, 25 points in 65 CHL games Drafted: 4th round (104th overall) in the 2014 draft by the Rangers (Camp Invite) Resume: Mantha is trying to find a new home for himself. The former New York... Read More

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