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Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Kyle Okposo

2022 Player Report Card: Kyle Okposo

Photo by Elsa/ “Dad” re-establishes himself as a leader on and off the ice. This report card was one I was itching to do for a few reasons. First off, “Dad” as affectionately referred to by many Sabres players, had one of the better seasons of his career as a Sabre. He also established himself as the clear-cut leader of this group and someone the locker room looks up to. But another reason is that Okposo is 34 years old, and players’ primes don’t last forever. So, for both the organization and the fanbase, we’re at a bit of a crossroads: Where do we go...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Owen Power

2022 Player Report Card: Owen Power

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports It’s a bright start to a bright future for Power. Much like Power’s stint in Buffalo this season, this report card won’t be overly long. Fortunately for Buffalo Sabres fans, next year’s will likely be filled with a great summary concerning his play if he follows up with a continuation of his game from this year. Total Season Stats: 8 GP, 2 G, 1A, 3 PTS Age: 19 Contract Status: Signed through 2023-24, $916,667 AAV When discussing a grade for Power this season, it’s impossible to do so without looking at his entire year as a...
Times Herald Jul 1, 2022

Sabres notes: Will Buffalo draft more Russians this year?

BUFFALO – A year ago, the Sabres saw value in Russian prospects, so they drafted four of them, including three straight in the second and third rounds. Taking a single Russian would’ve been notable; the Sabres hadn’t selected one in five years. Grabbing so many, especially early, indicated general manager Kevyn Adams would operate differently than his predecessors. The world, of course, has changed a lot over the past year. Russia’s invasion of the ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2022
NHL Mock Draft 2022: Buffalo Sabres select Seamus Casey with No. 28 pick

NHL Mock Draft 2022: Buffalo Sabres select Seamus Casey with No. 28 pick

Photo by RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/ Casey could be one of the first defenders off the board in the 2022 draft. There are a few players I’ve been banging the drum on throughout the 2022 NHL draft season and my favorite player out of all them is Seamus Casey. A snapshot of Seamus Casey: Activates from the point for a chance in the slot, retrieves the puck and eludes pressure to complete a slick pass for another good chance, then wins the race to the loose puck and breaks the forechecker's ankles to start a clean entry.#2022NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/zYNZzynkyh— Nick...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Dylan Cozens

2022 Player Report Card: Dylan Cozens

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Cozens showed improvement during the 21-22 season, but still has room to grow. Our Buffalo Sabres 2022 player report cards continue on with a look at second-year center, Dylan Cozens. Total Season Stats: 79 GP, 13 G, 25 A, 38 PTS Age: 21 Contract Status: Signed through 2023-24 (UFA in 2024), $832,500/yr Dylan Cozens is a player the Sabres organization hopes they’ll be able to build around, as he has the physical and mental tools it takes to be a star in the NHL. Although only in his second year, Cozens has shown important leadership...
Times Herald Jun 30, 2022

After re-signing Craig Anderson, Sabres must acquire more goalies

BUFFALO – When veteran goalie Craig Anderson finished his first season with the Sabres, he wanted to take some time to decompress and evaluate his future. The Sabres felt Anderson’s impact – in addition to stabilizing their net, he established himself as a leader and mentor on the rebuilding club – and sorely wanted him back for another season. But Anderson, 41, needed to talk to his family and see how his body felt before ... Read the full article
Times Herald Jun 30, 2022

Sabres release 2022 preseason schedule

BUFFALO – The Sabres will play six preseason games, including three at KeyBank Center, prior to the 2022-23 regular season, the team announced this afternoon. For the second straight season, the Sabres will play every game in an NHL arena. The schedule: Sept. 25: Buffalo at Washington, 2 p.m., Capital One Arena Sept. 27: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m., KeyBank Center Sept. 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena Oct. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2022
Sabres Fan Reacts: Testing the Fanbase’s Temperature

Sabres Fan Reacts: Testing the Fanbase’s Temperature

Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Alright Sabres fans, how are you feeling right now? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Buffalo Sabres fans and fans across the country. Please take our survey Check out DraftKings Sportsbook, the official sportsbook partner of SB Nation.
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2022
Sabres re-sign Anderson on one-year deal

Sabres re-sign Anderson on one-year deal

Photo by Elsa/ The veteran goaltender is coming back for his twentieth season in the league The Buffalo Sabres goaltending situation is one of concern going forward especially in a season where the young team are expected to make the step up and be at least a playoff contender. In recent interviews General Manager Kevyn Adams has tried not to show his hand especially as Buffalo continue to be linked with goalies across the league, with the wildcard that he could always rely on veteran goaltender Craig Anderson. He told WGR 550 just this week - “He gave us a chance...
Times Herald Jun 30, 2022

Sabres re-sign goalie Craig Anderson to one-year contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres this morning re-signed 41-year-old goalie Craig Anderson to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The 2022-23 season will be Anderson’s 20th in the NHL. During his end-of-season chat with the media, Anderson said he was undecided on whether he would retire. Stay tuned for more updates. Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams is set to address the media this morning. When he was healthy last season, Anderson served as the coach Don Granato’s ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2022
The Sabres Big Board: Final 2022 NHL Draft Rankings

The Sabres Big Board: Final 2022 NHL Draft Rankings

Photo by Mike Mulholland/ Austin gives his final rankings ahead of next week’s draft. As we head into the final week before the 2022 draft I will say two things conclusively about this past year watching this draft class: 1.) I’ve never watched more film for a draft class than this one. Probably more than the last two years combined. 2.) I am WAY off of consensus on some of these players. This is a very confusing draft for me personally. Every time I see a ranking or a scouting report on a player I have ranked significantly higher or lower than most; I find myself...
Times Herald Jun 29, 2022

After breakout season, Sabres award Sean Malone new contract

The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday rewarded Sean Malone for his breakout year with the Rochester Americans, re-signing the center to a one-year, $750,000 contract. Malone, 27, seized an opportunity to play an offensive role, setting new career highs last season by registering 20 goals and 37 points in just 39 games for the Sabres’ AHL affiliate. He added two goals and seven points during the Amerks’ 10-game playoff run. Early in the season, Malone ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 29, 2022
NHL Mock Draft 2022: Buffalo Sabres select Brad Lambert with No. 16 pick

NHL Mock Draft 2022: Buffalo Sabres select Brad Lambert with No. 16 pick

Photo by Codie McLachlan/ Lambert should be a prime target for the Sabres. The sheer brilliance of Melissa to be able to hold out and get Lambert at 16 has me giddy. I would’ve never had the patience to wait until 16 and would’ve pulled the trigger at 9. I wrote a lot about Lambert here for Expected Buffalo, but I really want to dig into the rationale behind why I think Lambert deserves to be one of the first names off the board and should be a prime target for the Buffalo Sabres. This shift from Lambert (13) is my summation. The ease of the zone entry, the speed...
Die By The Blade Jun 29, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

2022 Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Let’s take a moment to celebrate the return of the tank-era king, since there’s a lot to like in his game. We’re still plugging along on our 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres report cards with alternate captain Zemgus Girgensons. 2021-22 Stats: GP 56 | G 10 | A 8 | 18 PTS Age: 28 Contract Status: Girgensons is on the final year of a 3-year, $6.6 million dollar contract extension. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023. Zemgus Girgensons came into the organization as a first-rounder with lofty expectations on his shoulders, fell off but...
Die By The Blade Jun 29, 2022
Post Stanley Cup Final Open Thread

Post Stanley Cup Final Open Thread

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Summer doldrums are here Just like that, the Stanley Cup Final has come and gone, and arguably the best team in the NHL the Colorado Avalanche have been crowned champions, beating the two-time defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Now we get into the summer doldrums part of the offseason when there’s very little going on in terms of hockey, but fear not Buffalo Sabres fans because action’s about to start heating up, in just over a week. Fans in the United States get to enjoy a long weekend thanks to the 4th of July...

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