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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 17 hours ago

Sabres fall in ESPN prospect rankings

The Sabres don’t quite have the farm system they once did, but they still have some nice pieces for the future. Each year, one of our favorite articles to argue over is ESPN writer Corey Pronman’s organizational prospect rankings. They’ve been fun for Sabres fans because, as the team has recently gotten worse, their farm system has gotten better. Now, as the team has young studs like Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Rasmus Ristolainen firmly entrenched in their NHL lineup, and seeing as they’ve used other promising prospects like Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux in trades, their...
Die By The Blade Aug 30, 2016

Sabres Links: Eichel looking forward, Sabre name new scout, Torres signs PTO

Raffi Torres is the biggest news during a quiet week in the NHL. Sabres Links Jack Eichel looking forward at World Cup [WGR 550] Jeff Crisp was named the Sabres head scout [The Peterborough Examiner] Sabres are among five teams still trying to sign RFAs [Sportsnet] Around The League Carolina invited Raffi Torres to camp on a PTO [TSN]

Robin Lehner pulls out of World Cup of Hockey

Jhonas Enroth will replace Lehner, who is staying in Buffalo to continue his recovery. In what I’m going to describe as “News to keep an eye on but not necessarily worry about,” Team Sweden has announced that Robin Lehner is pulling out of the World Cup of Hockey to focus on getting ready for the upcoming season. He will be replaced by Jhonas Enroth. Lehner, who is recovering from an ankle injury late last season, was expected to back up Sweden’s other goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. According to The Buffalo News and others, representatives from Team Sweden have said that Lehner’s ankle...

Jimmy Vesey signs with the New York Rangers

#VeseyWatch is over, as the young forward is set to sign with a different New York team. Despite being the first ones in the door, the Buffalo Sabres could not do enough to woo free agent winger Jimmy Vesey, who has announced he will sign with the Rangers. Sabres GM Tim Murray mentioned that it was a gamble trading a 2016 third round pick for Vesey’s rights, and when you gamble, sometimes you lose. Personally, I think a third rounder was an appropriate asset to use in this manner, but regardless of how you value the pick, it’s still an asset lost in the end. With #VeseyWatch finally,...
Die By The Blade Aug 16, 2016

Sabres Links: #Veseywatch and more #Veseywatch

#Veseywatch is finally nearing it’s end as we scrounge up the latest news Sabres Links: Five things to know as #Veseywatch may be nearing it’s end [CBS Sports] If you’re hopeful Vesey will sign with the Sabres don’t read this [WKBW] Everyone knows it, the Sabres need more depth on defense [Buffalo Hockey Beat] NHL.com’s preview of the Sabres, and it’s not half bad [NHL.com] “Hype” is an accurate description regarding the Vesey situation [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Around the League: Vermette signs 2 year, $3.5 million deal with the ducks [The Hockey News] Much like the Sabres,...

Bylsma talks about Ristolainen's usage, fancy stats

The Sabres coach had some insightful thoughts on Corsi, and how better to use Ristolainen next year. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma joined WGR's Hockey Hotline this afternoon, and gave his thoughts on something we've been debating on this site for months - Rasmus Ristolainen's usage and development, or decline,  last season. Bylsma spoke with Matthew Coller and Craig Rivet on today's program - you can listen to the audio here - and here's what he had to say about Ristolainen: "We put him into a lot of tough situations and I think some of the numbers that roll out on him as far as Corsi and...

Jack Eichel doesn't want to hold your snake, and other funny moments from the 2015-16 season

Eichel shows off his big-kid personality off the ice in this compilation video.

Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

#VeseyWatch is down to the final seven days. The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville Predators to acquire Vesey's rights, have met with the 23-year-old winger already. "The meeting went very well," said one of Vesey's agents, and it's been confirmed that the Sabres are on his "short list," a list which presumably also includes his hometown...

How do the Sabres stack up on an organizational level?

The Score ranked all 31 NHL teams based on different organizational aspects, and the Sabres finished in the middle of the pack. One of the more interesting summer articles we've seen recently came from The Score, which over the past few days has had their writers ranking NHL teams on different pieces of their organization. They've recently compiled the results, and the Buffalo Sabres finished right in the middle of the pack. Coming in at 17th overall, the Sabres were ranked on ownership, GM, head coach, and farm system. They came in 7th in ownership, 18th in general manager, 19th in head...

Sabres Prospects Challenge returns in September

The Sabres, Devils, and Bruins will all take place in the returning event. Last season, the best prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils participated in a round robin tournament right here in Buffalo. This season, they're all coming back to do it again. The Sabres announced the return of the Prospects Challenge, which will take place from Sept 16-19 exclusively at HarborCenter. For a few years the Sabres participated in the Traverse City prospects tournament, but decided to host their own event last year, which was a fun, relaxed way to see some of the teams...

Evander Kane pleads not guilty in Buffalo court case

New details about the case are coming out today during Evander Kane's arraignment stemming from his incident at a Buffalo bar weeks ago. Evander Kane arrived in Buffalo today, and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment this morning at Buffalo City Court. Kane was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, non-criminal disorderly conduct and four counts of non-criminal harassment a few weeks ago due to a late night altercation at a local bar. Kane declined to comment to the media, and his attorney Paul Cambria said, "My only comment is he's not guilty." The maximum sentence for Kane could...
Die By The Blade Jul 31, 2016

Sabres Links: Expansion draft, Reinhart’s big year, Deslauriers named best goalie

Your surprisingly Kane and Vesey free version of the daily links. Sabres Links: A look at how the Sabres could handle the expansion draft [Tip of the Tower] Could this season be Reinhart’s chance to shine? [Today’s Slapshot] The Sabres will be playing under new lighting this season [Syracuse.com] Deslauriers named among best Edmonton goalies. Wait, what? [Buffalo News] Around the League: Time to start thinking about your fantasy team [The Hockey News] Wild and Dumba agree on a 2 year, $5.1 million deal [ESPN] The NHL is getting involved with Nashville’s legal issues [NBC...