5:07 AM EDT, Thu August 28, 2014
Own or write a blog that covers the Buffalo Sabres? Add your blog posts
Die By The Blade 22 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #18 Hudson Fasching

Still fresh in the Sabres system, Fasching cracks the top twenty in his first year of eligibility in the Sabres Top 25 Under 25. Hudson Fasching Position: RW Age: 19 Height: 6'2" Weight: 207 lbs. 2013-14 team: Minnesota (NCAA) Acquired: Traded from the Los Angeles Kings along with Nicolas Deslauriers for Brayden McNabb and two second-round picks Last year's ranking: N/A The Sabres had to pay a hefty price to land Hudson Fasching, but that's what was needed to be able to pry him away from the Kings. Fasching had an excellent season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who lost to Union in the...
Die By The Blade 23 hours ago

Sabres Links: Las Vegas reportedly close for expansion, Hodgson listed as a fantasy sleeper

A report came out yesterday that the NHL is close with expansion plans with Las Vegas, which could seriously affect the Sabres draft if expansion was to come as early as next season. Sabres Links NHL.com listed Cody Hodgson as one of the top fantasy sleepers for this season [NHL.com] Around The League According to one report expansion to Las Vegas is a "done deal" [The Score] The Oilers are still optimistic they can get a deal done with RFA Justin Schultz before the season starts [Edmonton Journal] The Penguins aren't in any rush to sign Marc-Andre Fleury to a new deal [Pittsburgh...
Die By The Blade Aug 26, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #19 - Linus Ullmark

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #19 - Linus Ullmark

The Swedish Hockey League goalie of the year has some thinking he's the Sabres netminder of the future. Linus Ullmark Position: Goalie Age: 21 Height: 6'3" Weight: 198 lbs. 2013-14 team: MODO (SHL) Last year's ranking: Not ranked The Sabres famously found their goalie of the future when they took Ryan Miller in the fifth round of the 1999 draft. Did they find their next goalie of the future in the sixth round of 2012? Linus Ullmark dazzled in his first full season in the SHL, the top level of hockey in Sweden, and was named the SHL Goalie of the Year. Last season he had a 2.08 GAA and a...
Die By The Blade Aug 25, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #20 - Nick Baptiste

Baptiste could get a look in Buffalo earlier than many thought he would. Nick Baptiste Position: RW Age: 19 Height: 6'1" Weight: 201 lbs. 2013-14 team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Acquired: Taken in the third round (69th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked A third-round pick last season, Baptiste had an excellent season, propelling him from unranked to 20th in the Top 25 Under 25. After being drafted by the Sabres last season Baptiste upped his production heavily, which earned him an entry-level contract with the team this off-season. He will likely at least get a shot...
Die By The Blade Aug 24, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #21 - Dan Catenacci

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #21 - Dan Catenacci

The speedy forward's production wasn't earth shattering in his first professional season. Dan Catenacci Position: C Age: 21 Height: 5'10" Weight: 183 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester Acquired: Taken in the third round (77th overall) in the 2011 draft Last year's ranking: 15 Catennacci was lighting up the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. His scoring went down quite a bit in his first season in the AHL, only scoring ten goals and ten assists. He's got impressive speed and acceleration, but also isn't afraid to get into the corners and utilize a physical game. He...
Die By The Blade Aug 23, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #22 - Matt Hackett

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #22 - Matt Hackett

One of the biggest drops from last year's rankings, Hackett needs to prove that he still has potential to be an NHL goaltender. Matt Hackett Position: Goalie Age: 24 Height: 6'2" Weight: 170 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Traded along with Johan Larsson from Minnesota for Jason Pominville Last year's ranking: 13 The Minnesota Wild once thought of Hackett as the goalie of the future. He fell out of favor in Minnesota, and unfortunately his first full year in Rochester didn't go wonderfully either. He's one of the players trending down the most on our list, moving down nine...
Die By The Blade Aug 21, 2014
If You Could Change One Rule...

If You Could Change One Rule...

There are many rules in the NHL and some are more popular than others. If you could change one NHL rule, what would it be? Hockey fans tend to be a fickle bunch when talking about rules. As long as the rules work to the benefit of your team, why change anything? And if there's a rule that somehow puts your side at a disadvantage, you can bet fights have been started (mostly over the Internet) about exactly how Gary Bettman has conspired to deny your team (Buffalo Sabres) a shot at all the glory (he has). Then there are always the safety-inspired rule changes, which have seen a lot of...
Die By The Blade Aug 21, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #23 - Nathan Lieuwen

Lieuwen donned the Sabres jersey in a regular season game for the first time this season in his second year of professional hockey. How does he compare to the other goaltenders in the system? Nathan Lieuwen Position: Goalie Age: 23 Height: 6'5" Weight: 192 lbs. 2013-14 team: Rochester/Buffalo Acquired: Taken in the sixth round (167th) in the 2011 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked For many years the goaltending position was an afterthought, as everyone knew Ryan Miller would be carrying as big of a load as he could. Those days are over, and the Sabres have some questions going forward...
Die By The Blade Aug 21, 2014

Sabres Links: Devine reassigned, Cunneyworth promoted, Sabres to host McDavid

The Sabres continued moving people around the front office. Are you pleased to see Randy Cunneyworth in a higher position? Sabres Links The Sabres front office shuffling continued, as Kevin Devine was reassigned to director of player personnel and Randy Cunneyworth was promoted to player development coach [Buffalo Hockey Beat] The Sabres have a joint press conference with the Erie Otters today and are expected to announce that Connor McDavid and the Otters will be playing a game at the First Niagara Center [Buffalo News] Summer Notes: Traverse City roster, some Sabres involved in QMJHL...
Die By The Blade Aug 20, 2014
Draft lottery changed for 2015 and 2016, Erie Otters to play a game in Buffalo

Draft lottery changed for 2015 and 2016, Erie Otters to play a game in Buffalo

Connor McDavid to Buffalo? In a way that's already happening. Connor McDavid will be coming to Buffalo. Unfortunately it's not the way you would have hoped just yet. The Sabres have called for a joint press conference with the Erie Otters on Thursday and will announce that Erie will play a game at the First Niagara Center this season. Will it be the most anticipated game in the arena this season? Very likely. The game will give Sabres fans a chance to see who they hope is a future Sabre, if not simply a superstar of the future. In going with the HARBORcenter's way of thinking, the event...
Die By The Blade Aug 20, 2014

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #24 - Eric Cornel

The second of three Sabres second-round picks this season, Cornel is yet another promising young center in the system. Eric Cornel Position: C/LW Age: 18 Height: 6'2" Weight: 185 lbs. 2013-14 team: Peterborough Petes (OHL) Acquired: Taken in the second round (44th overall) in the 2014 draft Last year's ranking: N/A The top picks may be the focal point, but Tim Murray is quick to remind people that the Sabres also have stockpiled quite a few other draft picks as well. Buffalo had three second-round picks in this year's draft and used the second to take center Eric Cornel. Cornel is a player...
Die By The Blade Aug 20, 2014
Sabres Links: MacArthur gets big extension, Americans sign Petrecki, Wang sells Islanders

Sabres Links: MacArthur gets big extension, Americans sign Petrecki, Wang sells Islanders

A former Sabre cashed in yesterday, while the Sabres added another veteran presence to their 2014-15 blueline. Sabres Links The Americans signed Nick Petrecki, who was loaned to the team by the Sharks last season, to a one-year AHL contract [Amerks.com] Dave Art released Jhonas Enroth's new mask for next season [Facebook] Around The League Charles Wang sold his stake of the Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin [Newsday] The Senators gave former Sabre Clarke MacArthur a five-year deal with an average salary of $4.65 million [Ottawa Sun] A settlement has been reached between...
Die By The Blade Aug 19, 2014
Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #25 - Gustav Possler

Buffalo Sabres Top 25 Under 25: #25 - Gustav Possler

The Swedish forward was having an excellent season with MODO until suffering a knee injury. Gustav Possler Position: LW/RW Age: 19 Height: 6'0" Weight: 180 lbs. 2013-14 team: MODO (SHL) Acquired: Taken in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2013 draft Last year's ranking: Not ranked Possler had a season that left many wondering if the Sabres had found the steal of the draft in the fifth round, despite the fact that he missed a good portion of the year with a knee injury. The injury kept him out of the World Junior tournament, but his production in the SHL earned him a spot in the top 25...
Die By The Blade Aug 19, 2014
Sabres Links: Pegula's not distracted by Bills bidding, Sabres hoping to bring more events to Buffalo, lottery changes coming

Sabres Links: Pegula's not distracted by Bills bidding, Sabres hoping to bring more events to Buffalo, lottery changes coming

The combine could just be the start of what the HarborCenter brings to Buffalo, in what has been an exciting few years for the Buffalo downtown renaissance. Sabres Links The Sabres have landed the next two scouting combines, and hope the event is just one of many located in Buffalo [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Ted Black says that the Bills bidding process hasn't distracted the Pegula's, things are still going business as usual for the Sabres [Buffalo News] Colin Campbell told WGR that "minor" draft lottery changes have been finalized and should be announced soon [Twitter] Finding a solution to...
Die By The Blade Aug 18, 2014
It's official, Buffalo will be the host of the 2015 and 2016 NHL scouting combines

It's official, Buffalo will be the host of the 2015 and 2016 NHL scouting combines

HARBORcenter has brought a new event to the area, as the league's top prospects will be going through Buffalo before entering the league. Minutes before the press conference the NHL beat the Sabres to the punch by announcing that Buffalo will be the host of the next two NHL scouting combines. The Associated Press had the report last night. Here's the press release from the NHL: The 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine will be held at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo, the NHL announced Monday. The annual event, which had been held in Toronto since 1999, is overseen by NHL Central...
Die By The Blade Aug 17, 2014
Sabres to have

Sabres to have "major announcement" on Monday afternoon

Could it be the 2016 draft? Could it be the 2015 combine? Could it be both? The Sabres have called for a press conference on Monday at 1 pm for a "major announcement." Early reports led many to believe that it was to announce the Sabres would be hosting the 2016 NHL Draft. However, Mike Harrington and Shawn Stepner of channel 7 are reporting that instead the Sabres will announce that they'll be hosting the 2015 scouting combine. I've learned #Sabres will be announcing they will be hosting the 2015 Scouting Combine. No announcement about '16 Draft. New post to come. — Mike Harrington...
Die By The Blade Aug 17, 2014
Sabres Links: Sabres expect improvement, Stewart seeks consistency, questions heading into the season

Sabres Links: Sabres expect improvement, Stewart seeks consistency, questions heading into the season

Yesterday was the Sabres featured day on NHL.com, so we have plenty of Buffalo links to go around. Sabres Links The Sabres expect rapid improvement this season, with Chris Stewart saying that they are a playoff team on paper [NHL.com] The offense and the goalie battle headline Sabres questions going into next season [NHL.com] Stewart seeks consistency in contract year [NHL.com] Adam Kimelman ranked the Sabres top ten prospects, with two goalies making the list [NHL.com] Around The League The Devils expect to lose money again this season [Fire and Ice] Alexander Burmistrov aims to...

Tim Murray takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

And of course he puts his own fantastic twist on it.
Die By The Blade Aug 14, 2014

Sabres Links: Traverse City schedule announced, Seattle called "perfect fit" for NHL, Miller discusses time in Buffalo

Seattle has once again been brought up for a possible future home of an NHL team. Is it really a "perfect fit" for the league? Sabres Links The Sabres will once again be participating in the Traverse City Tournament, and their full schedule is now available [Sabres.com] Jonathan Parker, who played 11 games with the Americans last season, has signed a tryout contract in Sweden [Malmoredhawks.com] A discussion with former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on music, his time in Buffalo, and more [Alternative Nation] Around The League Prospective NHL owner Victor Coleman says Seattle is a...
Sabres have 8 prospects in ESPN's top 100

Sabres have 8 prospects in ESPN's top 100

The prospect cabinet is certainly full, as the Sabres top ESPN's list with 8 players in the top 100. It's only during the summer months that the Buffalo Sabres get to top any "best of" lists, considering their current roster. Present players aside, however, the future of the franchise looks very bright, according to Corey Pronman of ESPN and Hockey Prospectus. Pronman just released his list of the Top 100 Prospects in the NHL (ESPN Insider required) and the Buffalo Sabres have a whopping eight players in the top 100, more than any other NHL team. The obvious pick, Sam Reinhart, sits in...

Sabres Player News

Sabres Photos