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Sabres re-sign Girgensons for two more years

Sabres re-sign Girgensons for two more years

The team’s final RFA is in the fold. The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has re-signed RFA Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract worth an average of $1.6 million per year. The Sabres have signed Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.6 million. https://t.co/65PWU3KaL5— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) August 17, 2017 With the Girgensons signing, the Sabres have signed all of their remaining restricted free agents, and the roster should be set heading in to training camp next month. After breaking out in 2014-15 under then-coach Ted Nolan,...
Die By The Blade Aug 17, 2017
Sabres interested in talented NCAA free agent center

Sabres interested in talented NCAA free agent center

Blaine Byron is available to speak to teams as well Aside from defenseman Will Butcher, the Buffalo Sabres will be having a conversation with center Blaine Byron as well. Byron became a free agent yesterday as well after not signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted him 179th overall in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft. The forward scored 41 points as a senior for the University of Maine this last season. He consistently led or was near the top of the scoring charts for the Black Bears in his four years there, finishing up with 108 points in 141 games, mostly against better...
ESPN: Sabres farm system ranked 11th, two prospects are top 10 in individual ranks

ESPN: Sabres farm system ranked 11th, two prospects are top 10 in individual ranks

The annual ESPN summer prospect rankings look fondly upon Buffalo. Each year, ESPN’s Corey Pronman releases both organizational and individual prospect rankings, and despite using some of their prospect capital up in recent years, the Buffalo Sabres still appear to be in a good spot. In his organizational rankings (ESPN Insider required) Pronman ranks the Sabres 11th overall. It’s important to note that any player who’s played more than 25 NHL games in a season or 50 total NHL games is not considered for this list, so a player like Justin Bailey, who played in 32 games for the Sabres...
Die By The Blade Aug 15, 2017
Report: Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher to meet with Sabres

Report: Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher to meet with Sabres

Buffalo among three teams he’s scheduled to meet with according to the Denver Post This off-season, Sabres fans shuddered at the idea of a college player leaving in free agency when discussing Cal Petersen. Now, Buffalo may benefit from the loophole. Hobey Baker Award-winning defenseman Will Butcher becomes a free agent tonight at midnight, and the Sabres are among the three teams he plans to visit according to The Denver Post. Butcher also plans on visiting with the New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden Knights. The 5’10” lefty defenseman is currently property of the Colorado...
Who has the best and worst contracts on the Sabres?

Who has the best and worst contracts on the Sabres?

Time to play GM. Recently, SBNation’s NHL hub did a series on which contracts are the best for every team and the worst for every team. Overall, I think they did a pretty good job, but I expect we can have some debate on the players they chose for the Sabres. The Sabres are actually in a unique situation in that they have very few players locked up long term. In fact, only five players - O’Reilly, Okposo, Ristolainen, Bogosian, and Scandella - have contracts that extend beyond the next two seasons. Of course, that will change very shortly, as Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and possibly...
Report: Sabres, Eichel deal could be for 8-year max

Report: Sabres, Eichel deal could be for 8-year max

The Sabres are trying to lock up their best player for the NHL maximum eight years. With all apologies to the still-unsigned Zemgus Girgensons, the biggest story worth watching this summer for Buffalo Sabres fans is the negotiations for a contract extension with the team’s franchise player - Jack Eichel. Today, reports from both the AP and Sportsnet stated that the two sides have been working on a new deal for about a month now, and that the extension could potentially be for the NHL maximum of eight years. While some anticipated that Eichel could go for a bridge deal in order to get more...
Sabres sign Nathan Beaulieu for two years

Sabres sign Nathan Beaulieu for two years

Another piece to solving the defensive puzzle is officially in the fold. The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they’ve signed RFA defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract worth a total of $4.8 million. DONE DEAL: We've signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (@natebeaulieu) to a two-year contract. pic.twitter.com/aXgSqhsQF1— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 31, 2017 Beaulieu avoids arbitration by signing this deal, and his cap hit of $2.4 million per season is a raise over the $925,000 number he had last year, likely a sign of faith by the Sabres that they believe that the...
Who would be the worst Rivalry Night opponent for the Sabres?

Who would be the worst Rivalry Night opponent for the Sabres?

Trying to figure out who we care about the least. Earlier today, NBC Sports announced their 2017-18 TV schedule, which “features” a game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Columbus Blue Jackets as a part of their Wednesday Rivalry Night series. This was met with a collective, “Huh?” from the hockey community, as there isn’t much obvious beef between the two teams. For years, Rivalry Night has had questionable matchups, but this might be the worst one from as Sabres perspective that I can remember. And that got me thinking, if we could make the absolute worst, makes-no-sense game...
Sabres re-sign Rodrigues for two years

Sabres re-sign Rodrigues for two years

Another RFA is in the fold as the Sabres have signed Evan Rodrigues. The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed Evan Rodrigues to a two-year deal with a total value of $1.3 million. Welcome back, E-Rod!We've signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year contract. pic.twitter.com/vV7C6TNC75— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 27, 2017 Rodrigues will carry a cap hit of $650,000 for the next two years, and in a nice move for organizational flexibility, the first year of his deal is a two-way contract, while the second year is one-way. The new contract is a nice birthday...
Robin Lehner signs one-year extension

Robin Lehner signs one-year extension

The Sabres starting goaltender will be back next season. Yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres announced that goaltender Robin Lehner has signed a one-year extension worth $4 million. He's back!Details on Lehner signing https://t.co/XhLAybI3nd pic.twitter.com/1kfvhn2ks5— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 25, 2017 Both the team and Lehner, an RFA, avoid arbitration thanks to this deal, which is quite clearly a “prove it” contract designed for Lehner to either step his game up and show he’s deserving of a big, long-term contract, or a chance for the team to see if he’s worth...
Okposo explains injury, says thank you in letter to fans

Okposo explains injury, says thank you in letter to fans

The Sabres forward explains his injury, recovery, and thanks everyone for their support. One of the biggest questions surrounding the Buffalo Sabres toward the end of the season was what had happened to Kyle Okposo, and would he fully recover before the end of the year or over the offseason? Today, Okposo himself wrote a letter on Sabres.com explaining what had happened, and expressing his gratitude toward the team and all his fans for supporting him through this difficult time. The letter is well-written and definitely worth a read, and it sheds some light on what Okposo went through...

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