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Die By The Blade 38 mins ago

NHL Draft 2016: Sabres take Cliff Pu at #69

With the 69th pick in the NHL Draft, the Sabres continue the forward bonanza with London Knights center Cliff Pu. With the 69th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres have taken Cliff Pu from the Memorial Cup champion London Knights. Pu just turned 18 three weeks ago and had 31 points (12+19) in 69 games for the Knights, which was good for 10th on the team last season. Pu has played a total of two seasons for the Knights and will continue to mature with the Knights for at least the next couple of seasons. If Pu breaks into the league, he could quickly become a fan favorite as his last name...
Die By The Blade 1 hour ago

NHL Draft 2016: Sabres take Rasmus Asplund with pick 33

After trading up in the second round with the Dmitri Kulikov trade, the Buffalo Sabres selected Rasmus Asplund. Asplund is a center who played for Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League. After swapping second round picks in the Dmitri Kulikov trade, the Buffalo Sabres selected Rasmus Asplund from Finland with the 33rd overall pick. Asplund joins Alexander Nylander as the Sabres top two selections in the 2016 Draft. The Sabres are starting out forward heavy in the first two rounds and have found some solid production with Asplund. Asplund was projected early to be a first round pick but has...

Sabres trade Mark Pysyk and picks for Dmitry Kulikov and picks

Tim Murray waited until Day 2, but he finally made his annual draft day trade, bringing in a left handed defenseman in Kulikov. Everyone figured the Buffalo Sabres would either draft or make a trade for a left-handed defenseman at the NHL Draft, but Tim Murray waited until Day Two to fill that hole. The Sabres traded Mark Pysyk as well as the 38th and 89th pick to the Florida Panthers for 25-year old defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and pick 33. Kulikov is a physical player who plays strong in his own end. He doesn't score much, with only one goal and 16 assists this season, but he did finish +8...
Die By The Blade 3 hours ago

Sabres Links: Round 1 complete, Kane in Trouble, Ex-Sabres in the news

Round 1 is in the books. Catch up with the rest of the news in Buffalo and around the league. Sabres Links: Sabres.com recaps the Nylander pick [Sabres.com] GMTM is denying the $12 million Stamkos rumor. Well of course he is. [Sabre Noise] Murray and Drama go together and PB&J. At least it's the exciting kind. [Buffalo News] Evander Kane might be in some trouble again. [USA Today] Around the League: The Wild decide not to gamble on another year of Thomas Vanek [NBC Sports] A new lawsuit outlines some ownership turmoil in Smashville. [ESPN] Yzerman still hopeful Stamkos will decide...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 3 hours ago

NHL Draft 2016 Day Two: How to watch, pick tracker, and open thread

Day two of the draft will be busy, with Rounds 2-7 happening at lightning speed. Keep up with it all and treat this as your open thread for the day. With their first round selection yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres selected Alexander Nylander at #8 - you can read about it all right here. Today, the Sabres will potentially make 11 more selections throughout Rounds 2-7 in what is always a whirlwind second day of the NHL Draft. Here's everything you need to follow along with the madness. How To Watch Time: 10:00amTV: NHLN, Sportsnet, TVA2Online: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯Read: Keep up with everything...
Die By The Blade 14 hours ago

NHL Draft 2016 Open Thread: Live pick tracker (Part 2)

What do you think of the first round so far? With the original thread getting a little unwieldy, let’s continue the conversation here on the second part of the thread - How To Watch Time: Coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. ET (draft begins at 7 p.m. ET) TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Online: NBCSports.com, SN NOW Read: Keep up with everything happening tonight with our 2016 Sabres Draft Stream The 1st Round Draft Order Toronto Maple Leafs - AUSTON MATTHEWS Winnipeg Jets - PATRIK LAINE Columbus Blue Jackets - PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS Edmonton Oilers - JESSE PULJUJARVI Vancouver Canucks - OLLI...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 15 hours ago

2016 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft Alexander Nylander with 8th pick

The Sabres added another big piece to their rebuilding puzzle as they drafted winger Alex Nylander. For the past two season, the Buffalo Sabres have had the #2 pick in the NHL Draft, picking franchise players in Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. This year, the team wasn't picking quite as high, but Tim Murray and company are hoping the player they pick in the first round proves just as successful as their previous two drafts. With the #8 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Sabres selected LW/RW Alexander Nylander from the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. Nylander is an offensively...
Die By The Blade 18 hours ago

2 crime reports filed against Evander Kane

Kane’s in trouble again Looks like the Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane is in trouble again. Local news station WIVB are reporting that Kane has had two crime reports filed against him earlier today. The reports are related to an incident last night when Kane was ejected from a downtown bar. News 4 are reporting that witnesses called the station to say that the player was involved in a commotion sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning at the Bottoms Up establishment on Chippewa Street. Kane was previously under investigation recently but no charges were filed by the Erie...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 18 hours ago

NHL Draft 2016 Open Thread: Live pick tracker, viewing options

It's time for Round One of the Draft! Come watch, chat, and yell about it with us tonight. How To Watch Time: Coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. ET (draft begins at 7 p.m. ET)TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAOnline: NBCSports.com, SN NOWRead: Keep up with everything happening tonight with our 2016 Sabres Draft Stream The 1st Round Draft Order Toronto Maple Leafs Winnipeg Jets Columbus Blue Jackets Edmonton Oilers Vancouver Canucks Calgary Flames Arizona Coyotes Buffalo Sabres Montreal Canadiens Colorado Avalanche New Jersey Devils Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes Boston Bruins Minnesota...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 20 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres 2016 Draft: Final Predictions

With just a few hours to go until the draft, make one last prediction on who you think the Sabres will take. The start of the 2016 NHL Draft is four hours away, and if you're like me, you're sick of the mock drafts and speculation, and just ready to get going. We've seen the Buffalo Sabres linked to many different prospects in the first round, and with the eighth overall pick in the draft, their options should be both wide open and relatively limited. This post serves as one last chance for bragging rights, one last chance for you to tell the hockey world how smart (or lucky) you are - give...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 21 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres 2016 Draft Stream

All the news, picks, and analysis from the 2016 NHL Draft. Draft day is here! Is anyone else excited? Bide your time until 7 p.m. with some reading material: Sabres Links: Are the Sabres and Ducks working on something? WKBW's Shawn Stepner says yes [Twitter] From Auston Matthews to the Sabres plans and what to eat downtown, here is TBN's comprehensive 2016 NHL Draft preview [The Buffalo News] Tired of mock drafts? Well then good news! Here are a few more: [Puck Daddy, Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News] Get an inside look at how downtown Buffalo is preparing to host the NHL Draft...
Die By The Blade 23 hours ago

2016 NHL Draft: How to watch online, TV coverage, start time, draft order

Everything you need to know to watch tonight’s first round. It’s Draft Day in Buffalo! This much-heralded event is a little less relevant for the Sabres considering we’re not in the top three this year, but knowing General Manager Tim Murray’s gunslinging mentality and the fact that Buffalo has eleven draft picks, you can expect some action today and throughout the weekend too. Besides, the event is being held in Buffalo this year, and the last time that happened the Sabres went to the Stanley Cup Finals the next year (#justsaying). How To Watch Date: Friday, June 24th 2016 Time:...
Die By The Blade Jun 24, 2016

Sabres Links: It's Draft Day! Plus Woods Hired and Eichel Honored

Does Tim Murray have anything up his sleeve for tonight? Draft day is here! Is anyone else excited? Bide your time until 7 p.m. with some reading material: Sabres Links: Are the Sabres and Ducks working on something? WKBW's Shawn Stepner says yes [Twitter] From Auston Matthews to the Sabres plans and what to eat downtown, here is TBN's comprehensive 2016 NHL Draft preview [The Buffalo News] Tired of mock drafts? Well then good news! Here are a few more: [Puck Daddy, Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News] Get an inside look at how downtown Buffalo is preparing to host the NHL Draft...
Anaheim Calling Jun 23, 2016

NHL trade rumors: Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres talking Cam Fowler trade

Fowler’s days as a Duck appear to be numbered. According to multiple reports the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks have engaged in serious trade talks regarding defenseman Cam Fowler. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News tweeted the two sides are “talking heavily on Fowler” and that they will talk again Friday morning. TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirmed the Sabres are after Fowler and also noted a number of teams are interested in the 24-year-old blue liner. The Sabres have made it no secret that they’d like to acquire a left-handed defenseman to play in their top-4 so it makes sense that...
Die By The Blade Jun 23, 2016

Sabres appoint Bob Woods of Saskatoon as Assistant Coach

Dan Bylsma filling out his coaching staff The Buffalo Sabres announced this afternoon that they had appointed Bob Woods as an assistant coach on the team. Woods comes over from the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, where he held the dual role of General Manager and Head Coach between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. During his time as a left-handed defenseman, Woods primarily played in the AHL and ECHL for a period of 13 years - AHL: Utica Devils, Hershey Bears, Portland Pirates; IHL: Fort Wayne Komets; ECHL: Johnstown Chiefs, Hampton Roads Admirals, Mobile Mysticks, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks,...

Sabres 2016 Draft Profiles: Alexander Nylander

One of the top wingers in the draft, Nylander is a player that could be available when the Sabres pick at No. 8. Alexander Nylander Position: LW/RWHt: 6'0"Wt: 176 lbs.Current Team: MississaugaCentral Scouting Ranking: 3 (North America)ISS Ranking: 6 Many moons ago, we drafted Alexander Nylander in the SBN Mock Draft, and many of you made your voices heard on both sides of the fence. Now that some time has passed, do you still feel the same way about the explosive, creative, versatile forward? Vision and instincts are two things that are hard to teach, and Nylander has both in spades. He's...

Sabres Links: Sabres have three targeted, Las Vegas expansion, NHL Award winners

All the news you need on Draft Day Eve. Sabres Links: The Sabres have three players targeted at #8, and two of them are defensemen [The Buffalo News] Tom Martin chats with Kris Baker about the Sabres draft options [WIVB] Tim Murray is still looking to maneuver at this weekend's draft [The Buffalo News] Sabres owner Terry Pegula was on WGR yesterday, here's the audio [WGR550] FRESH MOCK DRAFTS, GETCHYA FRESH MOCK DRAFTS HERE! [TSN, USA Today, CSN Philly] The top draft prospects went to the Bisons game, and they are apparently not very good at baseball [Sabres.com] Going to be in Buffalo...

2016 NHL Awards: Finalists, odds, start time and how to watch

The NHL and definitely no other announcements will be taking place in Las Vegas tonight. Here's how to watch. It's that special time of year when hockey and Hollywood combine, and the results are always comedic gold. That's right, tonight is the NHL Awards show, live from "Please pretend you don't already know we're getting a hockey team" Las Vegas, hosted by actual hockey fan Will Arnett. Sadly, no Buffalo Sabres players are up for awards, but we can all get salty online when the Calder winner is announced. C'mon back tonight and watch hockey players not named Henrik Lundqvist pretend to...

2016 NHL Draft Player Profiles: Mikhail Sergachev

Another option for a high-impact lefty on the blueline is Mikhail Sergachev. Mikhail Sergachev Position: LHDHeight: 6'2''Weight: 205 lbsDate of Birth: 12/11/1997Place of Birth: Nizhnekamsk, RussiaCurrent Team: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)ISS Ranking: 10 One of the biggest needs for the Buffalo Sabres is a top-tier left handed defenseman, and one who won't take three years to make it to the NHL. Last week we profiled Jakob Chychrun, but another strong option at pick 8 would be Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Standing 6'2'' and 205 lbs, Sergachev has good NHL size with room to add bulk. He...
Die By The Blade Jun 22, 2016

Sabres Links: Schedule Released, "All-in" for Stamkos, Gambling on Vesey

If it takes $12 million per year to land him, do you want Stamkos on the Sabres? Sabres Links: The Sabres and the NHL released the team's 2016-17 season schedule. Buffalo opens at home vs. Montreal on Thursday, October 13 [Sabres.com] Bill Hoppe breaks down next season's schedule [Buffalo Hockey Beat] According to Darren Dreger, the Sabres are "absolutely all-in" on Steven Stamkos [Today's Slapshot] The Sabres can't luxury shop (read: Stamkos) without clearing cap room first [Kukla's Korner] Buffalo has three players in their sights at No. 8, two of which are defensemen [The Buffalo...

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