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Die By The Blade 3 hours ago

Sabres sign right winger Jason Akeson, Murray denies Cal O'Reilly reports

The Sabres added a forward for Rochester in Akeson, but refuted reports that the team had also locked up Cal O'Reilly. The Sabres have signed former Flyers right winger Jason Akeson according to Tim Murray at the team's introductory press conference for Jack EIchel. Akeson, 25, spent a majority of last season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He was second on the Flyers' AHL squad in scoring with 23 goals and 30 assists in 57 games. He also played in 13 games with Philadelphia, but failed to record a point. He's played four seasons in the AHL, scoring at least 50 points in every...
Die By The Blade 5 hours ago

Sabres officially sign Jack Eichel to an entry level deal, press conference set for 5 p.m.

Fans won't have to patiently wait for Jack Eichel, as he'll be playing for the Sabres this season. Pessimists of Buffalo, relax. Jack Eichel is going pro. The Sabres have announced that they have officially signed Eichel to his three-year entry-level deal, meaning he will be playing for the Sabres this year. BREAKING NEWS: Jack Eichel signs three-year, entry-level contract with #Sabres. Details to come. pic.twitter.com/4nDj6zWcap — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 1, 2015 Talk that Eichel would be signing today began when Shawn Stepner of WKBW reported that the former BU Terrier...
Die By The Blade 6 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres 2015 Free Agency

Tim Murray has made a splash through trades thus far this off-season. Will be shake the hockey world in free agency as well? The Sabres have added depth to their left-handed side of their defensive unit, signing former Islander Matt Donovan to a one-year deal according to Frank Seravalli of TSN. Donovan, 25, spent 12 games with the Islanders last season, notching three points. He spent a majority of the year with Bridgeport in the AHL. His best year came the season prior, scoring two goals and 14 assists in 52 games. Standing at 6'0" and 205 lbs., Donovan was originally selected by the...
Die By The Blade 6 hours ago

Sabres sign defenseman Matt Donovan to a one-year deal

The Sabres added depth to their left side on defense with their second signing of the day. The Sabres have added depth to their left-handed side of their defensive unit, signing former Islander Matt Donovan to a one-year deal according to Frank Seravalli of TSN. Donovan, 25, spent 12 games with the Islanders last season, notching three points. He spent a majority of the year with Bridgeport in the AHL. His best year came the season prior, scoring two goals and 14 assists in 52 games. Standing at 6'0" and 205 lbs., Donovan was originally selected by the Islanders in the fourth round of the...
Die By The Blade 9 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres Free Agency Game Thread

Chat with us about the latest signings at the start off the free agency period. The Sabres have certainly been one of the teams in the headlines the past week, wheeling and dealing and getting their crown jewel in Jack Eichel. Although any move Tim Murray would make today may not have nearly as much pizzazz, there are still holes for the Sabres to fill. Murray has discussed the Sabres need to add another left-handed defensemen, as the only ones they have currently are Josh Gorges, Mike Weber and Jake McCabe. They have enough bodies at forward, but could add another right wing as well. Free...

Buffalo Sabres free agent targets

Who should the Sabres go after in free agency? Who's available? Let's take a look at some possibilities. After a whirlwind draft weekend that saw major changes come to the organization, there's one more big opportunbity for the Buffalo Sabres to improve their roster, and it starts tomorrow. NHL Free agency opens on July 1, and good-to-middling players everywhere will have the opportunity to be overpaid for their services. The Sabres are sitting pretty with about $16 million in cap space, but looking at their roster, there's actually not too many holes to fill with UFAs. The Sabres have...

Sabres qualify seven RFAs including Mark Pysyk, Johan Larsson

Seven young players have all been given qualifying offers. Find out who below. Hockey's busy season means news break left and right and sometimes on Monday night. The Buffalo Sabres just announced that they've issued qualifying offers to seven restricted free agents: Mark Pysyk, Johan Larsson, Tim Schaller, Nathan Lieuwen, Jerry D'Amigo, Phil Varone, and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. The Sabres have tendered qualifying offers to seven RFAs: D’Amigo, Larsson, Leduc, Lieuwen, Pysyk, Schaller, Varone http://t.co/2pJGbjvG1i — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) June 29, 2015 They did not qualify Zac...

Former Sabre Phil Housley elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

One of the Sabres great defensemen joins the ranks of hockey's elite. Add another name to the list of Buffalo Sabres Hall of Famers, as former Sabre defenseman Phil Housley was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Joining Housley in the Hall this year are Sergei Federov, Niklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger (LOL), Angela Ruggerio, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos. Drafted sixth overall in the 1982 draft by Buffalo, Housley played the first eight seasons of his career in blue and gold, playing 643 games in Buffalo and scoring 558 points, still a team record for a defenseman. For many...

Sabres waive Cody Hodgson, will buy out his contract

The long-rumored buyout of Cody Hodgson is becoming reality. Cody Hodgson's contract made him a marked man from the day he signed it. Six years (remember this Vine?) and $25.5 million dollars sets a value that one must meet with on-ice production in order to justify the investment. As Buffalo Sabres fans well know, Hodgson never matched the value of his contract on the ice, and today Tim Murray has placed him on unconditional waivers, the last step needed to buy out his contract. Hodgson (BUF) and Stalberg (NASH) on buyout waivers today. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 29,...

Ryan O'Reilly, Jamie Mcginn trade analysis from Mile High Hockey

Our Avs blogging friends over at Mile High Hockey offer some perspective on Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn. This weekend, the Buffalo Sabres made two huge moves that have drastically shifted the future of their franchise. One of them, the selection of Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft, came as no surprise to hockey fans around the globe. But the other big move, acquiring Ryan O`Reilly and Jamie McGinn from the Colorado Avalanche, caught the hockey world by surprise. To learn more about O'Reilly and McGinn, and how they might help the Sabres next year, we reached out to Ryan Murphy of Mile...

Buffalo Sabres Draft Recap: The picks, trades, analysis, and more

A full rundown of all the Sabres picks in the 2015 draft, and what their futures hold. The Buffalo Sabres have had themselves a busy weekend. Not only did they select six new prospects to add to their organization, they also made two big trades to land NHL-caliber players who will all make an immediate and profound impact on their team next season. The picks Pick # Name Position Read more Twitter 2 Jack Eichel C A generational talent who will lead the team for years to come. @Jack_Eichel11 51 Brendan Guhle LHD Physical specimen, elite skater, raw talent, must improve  ...

Sabres draft Ivan Chukarov with pick #182 in Round Seven

With their final pick, the Sabres pick up an older but improving defenseman. With their final pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Ivan Chukarov from the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL. The left-handed Chukarov stands at 6'2'', and is a bit older than most prospects at 20 years of age. He put up nice numbers this year in Minnesota, 12-31-43 in 55 games, and will be attending UMass in the fall. "A mobile, puck-moving defenseman that can play both sides of the puck" -UMass HC John Micheletto. Chukarov +38 last year for the Wilderness — Kris Baker...

Buffalo Sabres draft Giorgio Estephan with pick 152

Tim Murray finally picks someone other than a defenseman, as the Sabres take a playmaking center in the sixth round. With the 152nd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected Giorgio Estephan, center from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. The right handed Estephan stands 6'0'', 188lbs, and put up some nice numbers in Lethbridge to the tune of 23-28-51 in 63 games this season. He had an extremely strong end to the year - after scoring just four points in his first 21 games, he put up 47 points in his final 42 contests. The Sabres stay in the WHL and take C Giorgio...
Die By The Blade Jun 27, 2015

Sabres select Devante Stephens in the fifth round with pick 122

Buffalo added the Rockets' Rookie of the Year with their fifth round pick. The Sabres spotted a hole in their prospect pool, and they have certainly done everything they can do to address it. Buffalo selected defenseman Devante Stephens from the Kelowna Rockets in the fifth round, the third blue liner taken by the team today. Stephens, 6'1" and 171 lbs. scored four goals and seven assists in 64 games in his first season in Kelowna. He was chosen as the Rockets Rookie of the Year and won the WHL Championship. He was ranked #116 among North American prospects by Central Scouting...
Die By The Blade Jun 27, 2015

Sabres draft William Borgen with the 92nd pick

The Sabres continue restocking the defense with their fourth round pick. The Sabres have added a second defenseman at the draft, adding William Borgen with the 92nd pick. Borgen, standing at 6'2" and 188 lbs., has spent a majority of his career playing high school hockey in Minnesota. He scored three goals an 19 assists in 24 games in his final year at Moorhead High School. He also spent 18 games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season, scoring one goal and five assists in 18 games. He'll be heading to St. Cloud State next season. Borgen was ranked No. 118 among North American...

Buffalo Sabres draft Brendan Guhle with pick 51

The Sabres draft a defenseman in the second round to help refill the organizational pipeline. With the 51st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Brendan Guhle from Prince Albert in the WHL. Guhle fills a big need in the Sabres pipeline not only as a big, physical defenseman, but as a left-handed shot. He stands at 6'2'' and plays a big physical game. Not necessarily by trucking guy on the ice, but more that he's built like a truck. He tied Jack Eichel at the combine with seven top-10 finishes in various events. Brendan Guhle was a Combine superstar. He...

2015 NHL Draft Day 2 Open Thread: Rounds 2-7

The Sabres were one of the busiest teams yesterday, making moves left and right. Will they be as aggressive on the second day? After a whirlwind day that saw the Buffalo Sabres trade for a starting goaltender, a top line forward, and draft a franchise cornerstone, the Sabres enter Day Two of the draft with a much better idea of how their team will look next year, and five picks still to make in Rounds 2-7. Buffalo GM Tim Murray made some of the most aggressive moves we've seen in a long time in acquiring his new players yesterday, and with five picks and a still-pretty-full war chest,...
Die By The Blade Jun 27, 2015

Sabres moves make them contenders, but holes remain

Tim Murray made moves to compete now - possibly even for a playoff spot - but he does have a bit more work to do the rest of the off-season. Yesterday, the Sabres added one of the top young centers in the league, a player who has already had three 50+ point seasons at the age of 24 and could be almost every team in the league's top center immediately. And that player, Ryan O'Reilly, may not even be the best center who became a Sabre on June 26th. It's safe to say the Sabres sped up their timeline for ending the rebuild yesterday, adding two players with top-line center potential and a...
Die By The Blade Jun 27, 2015

Sabres Links: Eichel excited to come to Buffalo, O'Reilly's big presence, B's trade Hamilton

Yesterday was an enormous day for the Sabres on many fronts. Take a deep breath, let it all soak in. The Sabres now have Eichel, O'Reilly, Girgensons and Reinhart at center. Sabres Links Buffalo finally made it official, selecting Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the draft [Sabres.com] The Sabres acquired Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn for Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, JT Compher and their first second-round pick [NHL.com, Mile High Hockey] In his introductory press conference Eichel was non-committal about whether or not he'll leave Boston University [Sabres TV] The...

Buffalo Sabres draft Jack Eichel with #2 pick

The dream has finally become reality, and the Sabres have their future #1 franchise center. With the #2 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have proudly selected Jack Eichel. Let me say that again: THE BUFFALO SABRES HAVE OFFICIALLY DRAFTED JACK EICHEL. After three long years of tanking, suffering, firings, infighting, and controversy, the Sabres have the prize they've been missing for decades. Eichel is universally projected by analysts, scouts, GMs and coaches to become a #1 franchise center, the type of player who can turn your team from a playoff contender...

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    Cody Hodgson

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  • Jamie McGinn

    Jamie McGinn

    Ryan O'Reilly, Jamie Mcginn trade analysis from Mile High Hockey

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