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Die By The Blade 12 hours ago
Sabres and Jack Eichel start contract negotiations

Sabres and Jack Eichel start contract negotiations

Our good boy needs a new contract after this season Surprise, the Sabres don’t want to lose their best player. Buffalo is trying to lock-up the face of the franchise long-term, as Buffalo and Jack Eichel are talking contract according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. Eichel has one year left on his entry-level deal before he is a restricted free agent. The “Eichel really wants to play for the Bruins” conspiracy theorists can calm down a little bit. Time for me to be Captain Obvious for a second. Eichel is obviously very important to the success of this team. He led the team in points with 57...
Die By The Blade 12 hours ago
Report: Cal Petersen to sign with the Los Angeles Kings

Report: Cal Petersen to sign with the Los Angeles Kings

The former Sabres top prospect is heading west instead Some thought Cal Petersen would like his opportunity in Buffalo since there was somewhat of an opening at the goalie position. It seems that isn’t his primary focus, as he’s signed with a team with a very established goaltender between the pipes. Petersen will sign his entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings according to Kings insider Jon Rosen. According to his report nothing has been finalized yet, but he believes the two sides have agreed to terms. A deal cannot be announced until July 1. Petersen leaving the Sabres is hardly...
Die By The Blade 13 hours ago
Report: Chad Johnson likely returning to the Sabres

Report: Chad Johnson likely returning to the Sabres

A familiar face could backup Robin Lehner between the pipes next season Former Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson will likely return to the Sabres according to The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. Johnson is an unrestricted free agent whose rights are currently held by the Arizona Coyotes after a trade with the Flames. Johnson played 36 games with Calgary last season, posting a 18-15-1 record, a 2.59 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. At points he was the Flames starter, but Calgary opted to make a change when they traded him as part of a package for Mike Smith this off-season. He...
Die By The Blade Jun 26, 2017
Sabres sign Fedun to two-year extension

Sabres sign Fedun to two-year extension

Fedun notched seven assists with the Sabres last season The Sabres added to their defensive depth for 2017-’18, re-signing Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way deal. Fedun was a pleasant surprise for the Sabres this year, notching a career-high seven points in 27 games. He had the highest Corsi of any player on the team. He’s dealt with a severe leg injury in the past and had never played more than seven games in a season before 2016-’17. The Sabres defensive corps currently features Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Zach Bogosian, Josh Gorges, Nathan Beaulieu, Justin Falk, Victor...
Report: Sabres to hire Randy Sexton as AGM, will also GM Amerks

Report: Sabres to hire Randy Sexton as AGM, will also GM Amerks

Botterill hires a friend from Pittsburgh to be his second-in-command. It’s been speculated for weeks now, but a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie makes it all but official - with the draft now complete, the Buffalo Sabres are free to hire Randy Sexton to be their assistant general manager, and to be the general manager of the Rochester Americans. And you thought just because the draft was over there’d be nothing else to talk about today. For shame. Now that draft over, Randy Sexton will be leaving PIT management to work for BUF GM Jason Botterill. Sexton to be AGM in BUF, Rochester...
Buffalo Sabres 2017 Draft Recap and Analysis

Buffalo Sabres 2017 Draft Recap and Analysis

The picks, the analysis, and the Twitter handles you crave from the 2017 NHL Draft. The Buffalo Sabres went in to the 2017 NHL Draft with six picks, including the #8 overall selection, and a brand new GM in Jason Botterill. They left the draft with a group of collegiate and European players that all excel at skating and offensive creativity, as well as a top goalie prospect to replenish the pipeline. Here’s a quick rundown of the Sabres 2017 draft class, with links to each player’s draft post and analysis of the draft as a whole. Analysis If there was a theme to the Sabres draft, it...
2017 NHL Draft: Sabres take Linus Weissbach with pick 192

2017 NHL Draft: Sabres take Linus Weissbach with pick 192

A speedy Swedish winger is Buffalo’s final pick in the 2017 Draft. With pick #192 in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken...Linus Weissbach, Swedish winger who played in the USHL last season. Weissbach scored 47 points in 49 games last season for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, and will play for the University of Wisconsin next season. He “skates like the wind,” according to his Sportsnet profile, and it’s a good thing he does, because he only stands 5’9’’. His selection continues a trend in this draft of smaller guys with very good skating ability and offensive...
2017 NHL Draft: Sabres pick LHD Jacob Bryson with pick 99

2017 NHL Draft: Sabres pick LHD Jacob Bryson with pick 99

With their fourth round pick, the Sabres have selected their second defenseman of the draft. With pick number 99 in the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected...defenseman Jacob Bryson from Providence College. As a freshman last year at Providence, Bryson scored 20 points in 39 games, ranking him third among NCAA rookie defensemen, and he’s been a good point producer at all levels thus far in his career. The 19-year old lefty is a great skater who likes to drive the offense with either a good first pass or by taking the puck up the ice himself. The knock on Bryson is his size,...
Die By The Blade Jun 24, 2017
2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select defenseman Oskari Laaksonen with pick 89

2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select defenseman Oskari Laaksonen with pick 89

The Sabres turned some heads in the third round The Sabres picked a relative unknown in the third round, taking Finnish defenseman Oskari Laaksonen. He’s not ranked in scouting reports and no one seems to know who he is, which seems rather odd for a player taken so high. A 17-year-old, Laaksonen spent a majority of last season in the Jr. A SM-liiga, scoring six goals and three assists in 27 games. He also spent some time in Jr. B, notching 10 assists in 10 games. Two years ago he scored seven goals and 18 assists in 48 Jr. B games. Marco Bombino, who covers Finnish Jr. Hockey, gave us a...
2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen with pick 54

2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen with pick 54

With the second choice in the second round, the Sabres have taken the player with the most K’s in his name. With pick #54 in the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have taken Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, goaltender from Finland. Luukkonen stands 6’4’’ and was rated as the #1 European goaltending prospect by NHL Central Scouting. He is slated to play in the Finnish Liiga next year, and comes with plenty of international experience, playing for Finland’s international junior teams for the past three years - he’s another guy who should be in Buffalo for next year’s World Juniors. Here’s...
2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres take Marcus Davidsson with pick 37

2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres take Marcus Davidsson with pick 37

The Sabres drafted another skilled two-way center with their first pick in Round 2. With the sixth pick in the second round, number 37 overall, the Buffalo Sabres have selected...center Marcus Davidsson from the SHL. Davidsson has a similar skillset to the team’s first round draft pick, Casey Mittelstadt. He’s a great skater, has good hockey sense and plays with energy. He’s a strong two-way player who can be used on both special teams units. He can play center or left wing. Here’s what a few scouts had to say about Davidsson: A very competitive two-way player. Davidsson has quick...
2017 NHL Draft Day 2: How to watch online, TV coverage, picks, and open thread

2017 NHL Draft Day 2: How to watch online, TV coverage, picks, and open thread

Here’s how you can follow along with Rounds 2-7 After a fairly tame Day One at the NHL Draft, it’s time for Day Two, which will feature Rounds 2-7 going by in a 4 hour whirlwind. Luckily, we’ve got you covered, with all the info you need on how to watch and follow along with today’s proceedings. Rounds Two to Seven Date: Saturday, June 25Start time: 10:00 AM ESTTV: NHL Network (USA) or Sportsnet (Canada) Online stream: NHL.com Buffalo Sabres Picks Round 2: Picks 6 (37) and 23 (54)Round 3: Pick 27 (89)Round 4: Pick 6 (99)Round 7: Pick 6 (192) The Sabres lost their fifth round pick...
2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with pick #8

2017 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres select Casey Mittelstadt with pick #8

The Sabres have selected another center with pick #8 With the 8th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected...Casey Mittelstadt, center for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Mittelstadt, who was named Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey” this year as the state’s best high school hockey player before moving to the USHL, is a playmaking, two-way center who skates like the wind despite not being able to do a pull-up and performing terribly at the NHL Combine. But strength is not his game, at just 18 years old, Mittelstadt’s game is more about speed, skill, hockey...
Die By The Blade Jun 23, 2017
2017 NHL Draft: First Round Live Tracker and Thread

2017 NHL Draft: First Round Live Tracker and Thread

It’s GMBot’s first draft in charge of the Sabres Here we go again - the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is upon us and it’s a pretty momentous one for the Buffalo Sabres as it’s the first under new General Manager Jason Botterill and Head Coach Phil Housley. GMBot is going to be hard-pressed to keep his picks as terse and to the point as GMTM did, but change is inevitable and we await breathlessly to see what the Sabres will do today. Click the first link below for draft profiles and videos on the top players in today’s first round. How to Watch (1st Round) Date: Friday June 24 Start...
2017 NHL Draft: How to watch online, TV coverage, start time

2017 NHL Draft: How to watch online, TV coverage, start time

All the info you need to watch tonight’s first round. It’s the penultimate weekend in June, it’s the last day of school for most Western New York teachers, and that means it’s finally time for the 2016 NHL Draft! The Buffalo Sabres hold the eighth overall selection, and will have their pick of talented forwards to choose from. For those hoping for a defenseman...well, that might be a little more difficult, with the clear-cut top two expected to go before pick eight. But this is the draft, and crazy things are bound to happen, so you never know who might be available. This will also...
Evander Kane is either terrible at dropping hints or a master Twitter troll

Evander Kane is either terrible at dropping hints or a master Twitter troll

Get out your emoji detective hat, Sabres fans. For weeks, Evander Kane has been the subject of trade rumors thanks to a bounce-back season last year that saw him score 28 goals while, just as importantly, staying away from any off-ice issues. His name has been bandied about the league as a target for many teams in “win-now” mode that are looking for scoring help. But today, Kane may have tipped the team’s hand with any trade deals thanks to his mastery of emojis. First, this teweet, sent at 2:01pm: — Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) June 23, 2017 Eyeballs, be watching, look out,...
Die By The Blade Jun 23, 2017
Cal Petersen not signing with the Sabres

Cal Petersen not signing with the Sabres

Well Cal, we hardly knew you Cal Petersen will not be the Sabres goalie of the future. The Notre Dame star will not sign with the Sabres and will go to free agency according to Sabres GM Jason Botterill. “I don’t believe he’ll be signing with the Buffalo Sabres,” General Manager Jason Botterill told the media Friday. “I’ve spoken to Cal. At this time, I think he’s going to probably move to free agency, and we’ll go from there.” Petersen declared his intention to go pro last month following his junior year at Notre Dame. He played 40 games with the Fighting Irish last...
Here’s the Sabres 2017-18 season schedule

Here’s the Sabres 2017-18 season schedule

The league announced next year’s schedule this afternoon. The NHL bonanza rolls on today, as the league has announced the full schedule for its 2017-18 season. We found out yesterday that the Sabres would open the season at home against Montreal (again) and today we found out what the rest of their season will look like. The first thing that jumps out to me is the third game of the year, an afternoon game on Columbus Day. Since being purchased by the Pegulas, the Sabres have pushed for more matinee games thanks to their family-friendly nature, and this year they play in six home afternoon...
Die By The Blade Jun 21, 2017
Report: Vegas selects William Carrier in the expansion draft

Report: Vegas selects William Carrier in the expansion draft

The Sabres are losing a young speedy winger to the Golden Knights The Buffalo Sabres are losing a young player with promise in the expansion draft, as the Vegas Golden Knights have made Will Carrier their selection from the Sabres roster according to Frank Seravalli of TSN. “Closing up some of the loose ends lingering out there. Believe #Vegas takes William Carrier from BUF and Jon Merrill from NJD,” Seravalli tweeted. Carrier, originally acquired from the Blues as part of the Ryan Miller and Steve Ott trade, made his NHL debut this season. He scored five goals and three assists in 41...
Die By The Blade Jun 21, 2017
Expansion draft and NHL Awards open thread

Expansion draft and NHL Awards open thread

Come chat with fellow Sabres fans about Vegas’s moves as George McPhee assembles the inaugural roster. The NHL Awards Show begins tonight at 8 p.m. eastern, and this year the annual event has a big twist. The NHL will announce the Vegas Golden Knights’ selections five at a time between every other award. This page will be updated as the selections come in, so stick around and chat with your fellow Sabres fans about the player we’re losing and the rest of the decisions George McPhee made. Vegas will select 30 players, one from each team. The Sabres protected seven forwards, three...

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