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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 2 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres summer: What are you most looking forward to next year?

With about two months until the next time we see NHL hockey start up again in Buffalo, what's the one thing you're looking forward to most about next season? In case you haven't noticed, folks, it's summer time. The weather is warmer, the kids are (still) out of school, and the world of hockey has entered its annual mid-year hibernation period. With the end of their 2014 Development Camp last week, the Buffalo Sabres organization will take a few well-earned weeks off before the 2014-15 season gets underway. The team has had a whirlwind of excitement over the past few months, from drafting...
Die By The Blade 4 hours ago

Sabres Links: Vanek connected to gambling investigation, Ullmark's development, Franson signs one-year deal

The news about Vanek caught the attention of many yesterday, but his agent is adamant he is just being called in as a witness. The restaurant involved in the investigation is also co-owned by a former Sabre, Nathan Paetsch. Sabres Links Former Sabre Thomas Vanek is connected to ongoing federal gambling investigation [WHEC 10] Linus Ullmark is developing into one of the Sabres top prospects [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Rebuilding Sabres boast size and skill in young forwards [NHL.com] Nicholas Baptiste continues to elevate his game [Sabres.com] Focus shifts towards U-20 tournament for young guns...
Die By The Blade Jul 20, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres goalie depth, Baker's camp recap, Rangers sign Stempniak

After this week's camp, many have confidence in the Sabres goaltending future. Who do you think stands out above the rest? Sabres Links Kris Baker's recap and analysis of this year's development camp [Sabres Prospects] Prospects in goal bode well for Sabres' future [Buffalo News] Around The League Lee Stempniak signed a one-year deal with the Rangers [Sportsnet] The Red Wings aren't close to signing Danny DeKeyser or Tomas Tatar [Detroit Free Press] The Leafs and Cody Franson are still very far apart in negotiations according to Elliotte Friedman [Twitter]
Die By The Blade Jul 19, 2014

Sabres Links: D'Agostini signs in Switzerland, camp concludes with 3-on-3 tournament

A very busy week in Sabreland comes to an end, as well as one Sabre's Buffalo career. The Matt D'Agostini era will be remembered fondly. Sabres Links Matt D'Agostini will not be around for another year in Buffalo, as he's signed a one-year deal with Geneve Servette in Switzerland [gshc.ch] Team grey, featuring Mikhail Grigorenko, Mark Pysyk, Justin Kea, Drake Cagguila, and Liam Pecararo won the 3-on-3 tournament as development camp concludes [Sabres.com] New deal shows Sabres long-term faith in Tyler Ennis [Buffalo News] Contract maneuvering gives Tim Murray flexibility with Ennis [Two...
Die By The Blade Jul 18, 2014
Takeaways from Sabres development camp

Takeaways from Sabres development camp

As development camp comes to a close, we look at the impressions left by the Sabres top prospects. The Sabres 2014 development camp wrapped up today with the Mikhail Grigorenko and Mark Pysyk led grey team winning the 3-on-3 tournament. As the Sabres top prospects now go their separate ways, here are some of the players that stood out and notable storylines from the week of practice. Let's start off with the previously mentioned Grigorenko, who I discussed in the pre-camp article as being a player to watch out for. He had posted on his Facebook page that he had bulked up, and it was...
Die By The Blade Jul 18, 2014

Sabres Links: Ennis' deal is front-loaded, Reinhart sits out, Fasching enjoying camp

More information about the Sabres big signing of the week came out yesterday, while the Sabres top prospect had to sit out of practice for an undisclosed reason. Sabres Links Multiple sources, including Mike Harrington, are reporting that Tyler Ennis' deal is front-loaded, paying him over seven million next year [Twitter] Sam Reinhart had a "maintenance day" yesterday, but should be ready to go for today's 3-on-3 tournament [Buffalo News] Hudson Fasching discussed what hurt his stock on draft day, growing as a player this season, and his experience at development camp [Buffalo Hockey...
Die By The Blade Jul 17, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres sign two RFA's, Ristolainen impressing in camp, more scrimmage analysis

For mid-July the Sabres were quite busy yesterday, signing one RFA and reportedly signing another. Sabres Links Tyler Ennis will sign a five-year contract with the Sabres according to NHL Network's Kevin Weekes [Twitter] The Sabres signed Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year deal yesterday [Sabres.com] Rasmus Ristolainen is looking leaner and impressing in camp [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Kris Baker and Brian Duff discussed who stood out the most in the scrimmage [Sabres TV] Corey Pronman listed the Sabres as one of twelve teams that just drafted their organization's top prospect, who in this case is...
Die By The Blade Jul 16, 2014
Sabres close to signing Tyler Ennis to a five-year deal

Sabres close to signing Tyler Ennis to a five-year deal

He'll be paid $4.6 million a year according to NHL Network's Kevin Weekes. The Sabres are close to announcing that they have re-signed Tyler Ennis to a five-year extension with an average salary of $4.6 million according to NHL Network's Kevin Weekes. Earlier in the day Weekes tweeted that he expected an announcement from the Sabres to come in the next 24 to 48 hours. Ennis scored 21 goals and 22 assists in 80 games this season, one point behind Cody Hodgson for the team lead. He is finishing up a two-year contract that carried a cap hit of $2.8 million. If the terms of the deal are...
Die By The Blade Jul 16, 2014
Sabres sign RFA Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year deal

Sabres sign RFA Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year deal

The young defenseman could have a frequent role on the Sabres blueline this season. The Sabres announced that they have signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year extension. With his signing, Tyler Ennis and Luke Adam are the Sabres only unsigned restricted free agents. Ruhwedel has played 28 games with the Sabres since signing as a college free agent out of UMass-Lowell. He hasn't lit up the lamp, notching only one assist, but has been a steady defensive presence for the Sabres. Last season he played 47 games in Rochester, scoring four goals and 24 assists.  At 24 he could be another...
Die By The Blade Jul 16, 2014
Sabres Links: Grigorenko discusses future, Sabres scrimmage recap, Predators sign Roy and Ribeiro

Sabres Links: Grigorenko discusses future, Sabres scrimmage recap, Predators sign Roy and Ribeiro

It may be mid-July, but that wasn't stopping the Sabres prospect scrimmage from being a can't miss event. While the Sabres future is on the ice, a part of the Sabres past is on the move as Derek Roy has signed in Nashville. Sabres Links Team white beat team blue 5-1 in the Sabres' prospect scrimmage [Sabres.com] Here are the highlights from last night's action  [Sabres TV] Mikhail Grigorenko says it's no one's fault but his own that he didn't stay up with the Sabres [Pro Hockey Talk] Around The League The Predators signed Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one-year deals [TSN] Sidney Crosby...
Die By The Blade Jul 15, 2014
Team White wins Sabres scrimmage 5-1 in front of 9,000 fans

Team White wins Sabres scrimmage 5-1 in front of 9,000 fans

Sabres fans were itching to see the Sabres top prospects on display, and they were treated with a high-scoring affair. It may not have counted, but don't tell that to the 8,725 fans who made the trip down to First Niagara Center to watch the Sabres top prospects. Team white, featuring Sam Reinhart, Nikita Zadorov, Mark Pysyk, and Brendan Lemieux downed team blue 5-1. The players who put it into the net weren't exactly the ones fans were expecting, as four of the six goals were scored by undrafted free agents. Jerome Leduc (formally Jerome Gauthier-Leduc) broke the scoring in the first...
Die By The Blade Jul 15, 2014

Sabres Links: Camp opens, top prospects on display, Sabres named draft winners

Development camp has begun, and today is one of the best opportunities to see the pipeline. In addition to practice the Sabres will also scrimmage tonight at 7:00. Sabres Links Development camp opens with energy [Sabres.com] Sam Reinhart and the rest of the prospects at camp show a glimpse into the Sabres bright future [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Dan Dunleavy talked with Jordan Samuels-Thomas one-on-one after practice yesterday [Sabres TV] The Sabres were named the biggest winners in this year's draft based on Pro Hockey Talk's readers' poll [Pro Hockey Talk] Around The League Mike...
Die By The Blade Jul 14, 2014

What to watch for at Sabres development camp

The Sabres young guns will head to the ice today. What are the most important story lines to follow when you're going down to watch? The Sabres top prospects will all be in town this week to take part in the team's annual development camp. With the players taking the ice today, here are the storylines that are worth following as fans watch the Sabres' future at First Niagara Center. First look at Sam Reinhart Today is the first chance to see Sam Reinhart on the ice donning the Sabres logo, and he'll obviously be the center of attention for many. The second overall pick in this year's draft...
Die By The Blade Jul 13, 2014

Sabres sign Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract

The Sabres added a forward to the organization by signing Zac Dalpe. The Sabres added offensive depth today by signing Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract. Based on the current Sabres roster make-up Rochester may be Dalpe's most likely landing spot, but he did play in 55 games for Vancouver last season. In that time he scored four goals and three assists. Dalpe, 21, has totaled nine goals and eight assists in 96 games between the Canucks and Hurricanes. While in the Carolina organization he spent a majority of his time in the AHL. The former second-round pick stands at 6'1" and 195 lbs.
Die By The Blade Jul 12, 2014

Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract

Sam Reinhart threw out the first pitch at the Bisons game last night, and today he's signed his first NHL contact. It's been quite the week for young Samson. The Sabres have announced that they have signed second overall pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level deal. With the signing, he will likely at least start the season in Buffalo before the team has to decide whether or not they'll send him back to juniors. Reinhart is one of the many young players who will be in town next week for the Sabres development camp. He'll be joined by all the other 2014 Buffalo draft picks. Buffalo...
Buffalo Sabres Development Camp schedule and roster announced

Buffalo Sabres Development Camp schedule and roster announced

The Sabres will invite 41 players to their annual development camp next week. Next week, the Buffalo Sabres will host their annual prospect development camp, where players drafted over the past few years are invited to Buffalo to practice, scrimmage, and learn from the team's coaches and trainers how to be a better pro. We'll get first looks at highly touted draftees like Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux, a chance to see how much second-year players like Rasmus Ristolainen have improved, and the opportunity to see third-year invitees like Zemgus Girgensons dominate. Today, the Sabres...

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Depth Chart: July 2014

Now that the draft is complete and the qualifying offers are out, what does the Buffalo Sabres organizational depth look like? We're just a few days away from the 2014 Buffalo Sabres Development Camp, where the team's most recent draft picks will spend a week in Buffalo working with Ted Nolan and the rest of his coaching staff, and learning how to become better pros who will someday, hopefully, make it to the NHL. The camp is open to the public, and it will be the first chance for Sabres fans to see Sam Reinhart and the rest of the 2014 draft class, and will see the return of other recent...
Die By The Blade Jul 10, 2014

Sabres Links: Buffalo trades for Samuels-Thomas, Kane and Toews sign new deals, Devils sign Schneider

The Kane to Buffalo talk can calm down now, but the Sabres did add a player yesterday. Sabres Links The Sabres traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for prospect Jordan Samuels-Thomas [Sabres.com] Our friends over at College Hockey wrote earlier this year about how Samuels-Thomas was the X-factor for Quinnipiac [College Hockey] Around The League Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both signed eight year extensions worth $84 million each [Chicago Tribune] The Devils re-signed Cory Schneider to a seven-year, $42 million deal [TSN] The Ducks signed Dany Heatley to a...
Die By The Blade Jul 8, 2014
Sabres Links: Sabres have top farm system, Ice GM expects Reinhart in Buffalo, Bryan Murray battling cancer

Sabres Links: Sabres have top farm system, Ice GM expects Reinhart in Buffalo, Bryan Murray battling cancer

It's no breaking news that the Sabres future looks bright, but seeing their prospects ranked number one by SI is still nice to see. Kootenay's GM spoke yesterday, and said Sabres fans may be seeing one of those young guns sooner rather than later. Sabres Links The Sabres top Sports Illustrated's list of top farm teams in the league [SI.com] Kootenay Ice GM Jeff Chynoweth joined the Howard Simon Show yesterday and said that he expects Sam Reinhart to be with the Sabres next season [WGR 550] Coller: How much better will the Sabres be next season? [WGR 550] Around The League Senators GM...
Die By The Blade Jul 6, 2014
Sabres Links: Hackett signs qualifying offer, players file for arbitration, Gretzky denies Seattle rumors

Sabres Links: Hackett signs qualifying offer, players file for arbitration, Gretzky denies Seattle rumors

It's been a quiet holiday weekend in the NHL as things start to wind down after the high point of the NHL off-season. Steve Ott is still a free agent though, and as time passes you begin to wonder what the market for him is really like. Sabres Links Matt Hackett accepted the Sabres qualifying offer, one-year at $750k. If he doesn't impress, it could open the door for Linus Ullmark to start in Rochester after this season [Pro Hockey Talk] Around The League P.K. Subban and James Reimer were among the 20 players to file for arbitration [TSN] Wayne Gretzky's agent denies that his client is...

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