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Sabres to hire Bryan Trottier as assistant coach, per report

Sabres to hire Bryan Trottier as assistant coach, per report

Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News is reporting that Ted Nolan has found his assistant coach for next season, bringing Bryan Trottier back to the NHL. After weeks of waiting, the Buffalo Sabres will finally announce who will be behind the bench with Ted Nolan this upcoming season - former Rangers head coach and NHL Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier. Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News broke the news today, and he adds that the Sabres are not planning on making an announcement about the hiring at this point, though it appears to be a done deal. Trottier previously served as the head coach for the...
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Sabres Links: Leafs sign Winnik, Red Wings sign Tatar, ranking the Sabres prospects

Another name can be crossed off the free agency list, as Toronto ads to their low-cost, high-reward acquisitions this off-season. Sabres Links Jonathan Willis, who also writes for the Edmonton Journal, ranked the top ten Sabres prospects in his opinion. Surprisingly, Rasmus Ristolainen isn't on the list [Bleacher Report] Around The League Daniel Winnik signs a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs [TSN] The Red Wings signed Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal [Detroit Free Press] Despite promises of change, the San Jose Sharks roster still looks very familiar [SI.com] Roberto Luongo...
Die By The Blade Jul 28, 2014

Sabres Links: Rangers sign Brassard, Sabres sign Adam, Subban quiet regarding contract

The Rangers dished out a big contract to a player who scored only two more points than Tyler Ennis last season, while P.K. Subban and the Canadiens don't seem to be any closer to a contract. Sabres Links The Sabres signed Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way deal [Buffalo News] Sam Reinhart got an honorable mention for 2014 draft picks that could make a fantasy impact this season [NHL.com] Around The League The Rangers signed Derick Brassard to a five-year, $25 million deal [TSN] P.K. Subban remains quiet regarding contract talks [Sportsnet] The Blue Jackets signed Dana Tyrell to a...
Die By The Blade Jul 27, 2014

Sabres sign Luke Adam to a one-year deal

The Sabres have signed all their RFA's and added to their depth in Rochester. The Sabres have announced that they have signed forward Luke Adam to a one-year two-way deal. With the signing the Sabres have now locked up all of their restricted free agents. Adam, 24, has scored 15 goals and 11 assists in 87 total games over the past four seasons. Last year he only scored one goal in 12 games with the big club, but had another excellent year in the AHL. He led the Americans in scoring 29 goals and 20 assists in 59 games and was named to the AHL All-Star Game for the second time in his...
Die By The Blade Jul 25, 2014

Sabres Links: Bruins hire Sacco, Benoit joins Hockey Hotline, Carrier ready for first full year with Sabres

Joe Sacco wasn't as inclined on taking a scouting job after all, as he's heading to division rival Boston. Andre Benoit took time to talk about why he decided to sign with the Sabres yesterday on WGR. Sabres Links The Bruins hired Joe Sacco as an assistant coach yesterday. He had been moved to the scouting department for the Sabres after being relieved of his coaching duties [Bruins.com] The newest Sabre Andre Benoit joined Sabres Hockey Hotline yesterday to discuss signing in Buffalo [Sabres.com] William Carrier is ready to make an impression [Sabres.com] Around The League Lars Eller...
How will the Sabres defense look next season?

How will the Sabres defense look next season?

With another veteran defenseman now in the fold and a number of promising young players vying for starting positions, how will the Sabres defense shake out next season? Thanks to a massive number of trades, contract purges, and free agent signings, next year's Buffalo Sabres team will look significantly different from this year's team. Though they won't be much better than last year's team was, they should be more entertaining, and with the newest signing of Andre Benoit, they now have a number of decisions to make as far as who will claim their six starting defensemen positions. Three...
Die By The Blade Jul 24, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres sign Beniot, Avalanche sign O'Reilly, Compher getting noticed

The Sabres made a small move yesterday, while a few teams signed their players who were heading to arbitration. Sabres Links The Sabres signed veteran defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year, 800k deal [Buffalo News] JT Compher earning notice by agitating opponents [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Around The League Colorado and Ryan O'Reilly finally came to an agreement, coming to terms for two years with an average salary of $6 million [TSN] The Rangers signed Chris Kreider to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million a season [New York Post] Vancouver showed us an inside look at management discussing their...
Die By The Blade Jul 23, 2014
Sabres sign André Benoit to one-year deal

Sabres sign André Benoit to one-year deal

The Sabres added another veteran defenseman, likely locking up their blueline for next season. The Sabres have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year deal worth 800k according to TSN's Aaron Ward. Benoit, 30, spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, where he scored seven goals and 21 assists in 79 games. He also has a tie to Tim Murray since he was in the Ottawa organization from 2010 to 2013. Although Benoit did play almost the entire season in Colorado last year, it was the first time he's gotten a full opportunity at the NHL level. He spent parts of two seasons up with the...
Die By The Blade Jul 23, 2014

Sabres Links: Sabres on NBC 11 times, Ennis talks new contract, Toronto hires Dubas

Toronto was the focus of NHL news yesterday by hiring analytics advocate Kyle Dubas as their new assistant GM. They also made a low cost high reward move with David Booth. Sabres Links The Sabres will be on NBC 11 times this season [Buffalo Hockey Beat] New contract hits home with Tyler Ennis [Sabres.com] Did the Sabres kill their chances of getting Connor McDavid with their additions? Probably not, but that doesn't stop The Hockey News from asking the question [The Hockey News] Around The League Toronto hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as their new assistant general manager, as well...

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 Jul 22, 2014

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...

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