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Die By The Blade 12 hours ago

Sabres Links: Fan trolls Leafs fans, a look Stamkos as a Sabre, World Cup rosters announced

If you have tickets to the draft, are you holding onto them or selling them? Sabres Links Robin Lehner was added to team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey, the only Sabre added on the final selection day [NHL.com] One Sabres fan is trolling Toronto fans looking to buy draft tickets on Craigslist [Craigslist] The Hockey News tweeted out their Free Agent Preview cover, featuring Steven Stamkos in a Sabres jersey, among others [Twitter] I'm a bit biased, but if you love the Sabres, you should give lacrosse a try. The Bandits host the first game of the best of three championship with the...
Die By The Blade 23 hours ago

Lehner, Eichel and Ristolainen will represent Sabres at World Cup of Hockey

Three Sabres will play when the World Cup of Hockey returns this September. One Sabre was added to World Cup of Hockey Rosters today, as Robin Lehner (Sweden) joined Jack Eichel (Team North America) and Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland), who were added in the first round of roster selections. Lehner is likely in a battle with Jacob Markstrom for the right to backup Henrik Lundqvist, while Ristolainen and Eichel will be key contributors for their respective rosters. The most surprising omissions from rosters were Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart. The Canadians chose Joe Thornton, Brad Marchand,...
Die By The Blade May 26, 2016

Sabres sign Vaclav Karabacek to entry-level deal

Winger scored 30 points in the QMJHL this season The Sabres beat the clock with Vaclav Karabacek, signing the forward to a three-year entry-level deal before the June 1 deadline. If the Sabres didn't sign him before next Wednesday he would be able to re-enter the draft. Karabacek scored 18 goals and 12 assists in 47 games between Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats this season. He scored six goals and three assists in the playoffs. The Sabres drafted the winger in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Die By The Blade May 25, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Jake McCabe

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 22 Contract: Restricted Free Agent Introduction: It's easy to forget that at the start of the season most people expected McCabe to spend the season in Rochester, possibly getting a bit of a look with the Sabres. In the end, he ended up playing nearly the entire season, tied for second in games played among Buffalo defenseman. He found his way to the...
Die By The Blade May 24, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: David Legwand

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 35 Contract: $3,000,000, free agent, was under contract through 2015-16. Introduction: The veteran forward was a stabilizing presence in the Buffalo Sabres' lower six, playing just under ten minutes a game in 79 appearances during the season, also making him one of the more durable players on the team. Legwand came to the Sabres as part of the trade...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Johan Larsson

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 23 Contract: $800,000, under contract through next season at $950,000 Introduction: Johan Larsson was brought to Buffalo in the Thomas Vanek trade, and was looked at as a player who could potentially grow into a top-six forward role. While that has not happened to this point, Larsson proved this season that he can be a contributor in a smaller...
Die By The Blade May 20, 2016

2015-16 Sabres Grades: Robin Lehner

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Ed Note: If you're following along at home, we've skipped over a few players here, mostly due to my own inability to follow a schedule. Stephanie is far more on top of it, and had hers done early, which makes her awesome. We'll come back to Legwand and Larsson next week. - Andy Age: 24 Contract: Lehner signed a 3-year deal with Ottawa in 2014 that will...
Die By The Blade May 18, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Evander Kane

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 24 Contract: $5.2 million through 2017-18 Introduction: Evander Kane made his Sabres debut this season after being acquired while injured from the Jets last season. It certainly was a weird season from Kane, who was able to quickly become a fan favorite due to his physical play and his work with children. Yet, he also faced sexual assault allegations...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Chad Johnson

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 29 Contract: $1.3 million, UFA Introduction: He was brought in merely as a placeholder backup, but by the end of the season, Chad Johnson proved himself to be a capable goaltender in his own right. Forced in to a bigger role this season thanks to Robin Lehner's injury, Johnson split starts with Linus Ullmark before grabbing the starter's job for...

Dan Lambert named new coach in Rochester, Randy Cunneyworth reassigned

The Amerks will have a new bench boss next season. After a disappointing season for the Rochester Americans, the Buffalo Sabres have announced some changes down on the farm for next season. Dan Lambert has been named the new coach of the Amerks, while former head coach Randy Cunneyworth has been reassigned to an unnamed position in the team's department of player development. If Lambert's name sounds familiar, it's because he was one of the assistant coaches on Dan Bylsma's staff in Buffalo this season. In addition to working for the Sabres, Lambert was being groomed to eventually take...
Die By The Blade May 16, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Josh Gorges

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 31 Contract: $3,900,000, under contract through 2016-17. Introduction: Defenseman Josh Gorges wore the 'A' for the Buffalo Sabres this season, and was the senior partner for Rasmus Ristolainen on the top d-pair. Last season's stats for the player made for some wretched reading, but then, most of the Sabres were simply awful in 2014-15. The numbers...
Die By The Blade May 13, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Zemgus Girgensons

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 22 Contract: RFA Introduction: The third chapter of the legend of Zemgus was a bit less interesting than the first two. He was one of the biggest bright spots during the Sabres' tank years, showing some offensive dazzle and even earning an All-Star spot. He was on the Sabres' top line, getting plenty of opportunities to find the score sheet. With the...
Die By The Blade May 13, 2016

NHL Playoffs Conference Finals: How To Watch & Open Thread

We're almost at the Cup Finals, who makes it through? After two totally underwhelming Game Sevens decided the Western Conference Finals lineup, tonight is puck drop in the Eastern Conference Finals. Here is the full schedule for the two finals, along with how to watch information. Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (2) Gm 1 - Fri, May 13Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET | NBCSN, CBC, TVAS Gm 2 - Mon, May 16Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET | NBCSN, CBC, TVAS Gm 3 - Wed, May 18Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay 8:00 PM ET | NBCSN, CBC, TVAS Gm 4 - Fri, May 20Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay 8:00 PM...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Brian Gionta

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 37 Contract: $4.25 million, under contract through 2016-17 Introduction: Brian Gionta, the hometown boy from Rochester, is no longer a boy at the ripe old age of 37. He's also no longer the offensive producer he once was - slipping from an astonishing 48 goals in 2006 to the mid 20's for many years, and now down to the low teens. However, Gionta...

First Niagara Center to be renamed KeyBank Center for 2016-17 season, per report

For the fourth time since building the thing, the Sabres will have a new arena name next season. The Marine Midland Arena, the HSBC Arena, the First Niagara Center, and starting next season, the KeyBank Center. For the fourth time since its construction, the Buffalo Sabres home building will have a new name going in to the 2016-17 season, according to officials from Key Bank. The financial organization Key Corp has acquired First Niagara Financial Group assets in Buffalo, and will slap yet another bank name on the downtown arena next season. Sadly, since adopting the name First Niagara...
Die By The Blade May 11, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Cody Franson

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 28 Contract: $3,325,000, under contract through 2016-17 Introduction: The defenseman was brought in to quarterback the powerplay, a role he had previously performed on the Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs. At best a third pair dman on the Sabres, he failed to establish himself on the lead powerplay unit, scoring 7pts (1G, 6A) in 59 games...
Die By The Blade May 10, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Marcus Foligno

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 24 Contract: $1,875,000, under contract through 2015-16 Introduction: There's little new to say about Marcus Foligno, Buffalo's heartthrob. Like in previous seasons, he has seen spot duty in the top six but played some of his best hockey on the third line, especially towards the end of the season. He also had two short-handed goals in March as he...
Die By The Blade May 9, 2016

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Tyler Ennis

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 26 Contract: $4.6 million, under contract through 2018-19 Introduction: It'd be easy to make the argument that Ennis had the toughest season of any Sabre. He missed the final four months of the year after suffering a concussion due to a hit from Alex Ovechkin on Dec. 30. That held Ennis to 23 games this season, the fewest games he's played in a...
Artic Ice Hockey May 8, 2016

AIH 20416 Episode 35: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames & the Patrik Laine train!

Hello everyone! Recorded on May 7th, Episode 35 of the AIH 20416 Podcast featured Evander Kane lamentations, 2016 NHL Draft talk, a Mezzanine Sleepover plug and the proper way to pronounce Patrik Laine. We were first joined by Jack Goods (@GoodsOnSports), Editor with Die By The Blade, SB Nation's home for all things Buffalo Sabres. It's always a pleasure to chat with Jack, especially seeing as how he's going to sneak us into the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Aside from wacky Steven Stamkos speculation, topics included: Selecting 8th overall and what the Buffalo Sabres need Jack Eichel's lack...

2015-16 Buffalo Sabres Grades: Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season featured plenty of new faces that helped the team finally dig their way out of the league basement. We're grading everybody who played at least 20 games for the Sabres this year, from Bogosian to Ullmark. Age: 19 Contract: $925,000, under contract through 2017-18 Introduction: When was the last time the Buffalo Sabres had a superstar forward? A true superstar, not just a local hero, a guy that other teams plan for and other fanbases tune in to watch. You'd have to go back to the early 90's and the days of Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny to find that...

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