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Die By The Blade Jul 28, 2016

Sabres Links: More on Kane, #veseywatch, and Matthews hates snakes

More details on the Kane situation as #veseywatch rolls on. Sabres Links: Statements on the Kane incident from the bouncer/alleged victims [WIVB] Russ Brandon is one busy guy [Buffalo News] #veseywatch [Yahoo Sports] Five possible destinations for Kane in the event of a trade [The Hockey News] Around the League: Bettman downplays the link between concussions and CTE [The Hockey News] Red Wings and Mrazek sign a deal, avoid arbitration [NHL.com] Auston Matthews doesn’t like snakes, must remember this [ESPN] Tavares wants to spend his whole career on The Island [NBC Sports]
Die By The Blade Jul 26, 2016

Sabres Links: Vesey signing could lead to a Kane trade and a Nylander boost to the PP

If the Sabres manage to sign Vesey it could mean the end of Kane in a Sabres jersey. Sabres Links: Could a Jimmy Vesey signing mean an Evander Kane trade? [NBC Sports] Should General Manager Tim Murray be blamed for Kane’s issues? [Tip of the Tower] Is Tyler Ennis really the best fit for the second line? [Sabre Noise] Alex Nylander could be a big boost for the power play [Sabre Noise] Around the League: NHL to live stream games on Twitter [NHL.com] An ugly jersey article that doesn’t mention the Sabres!? [The Hockey News] Details on Brayden Schenn’s 4 year deal [NBC Sports] A look...
Die By The Blade Jul 23, 2016

Sabres Links: Kane arrested, and another two way deal signed

The Kane situation escalates as the Sabres sign another two way deal. Sabres Links: Kane arrested for misdemeanor trespassing [ESPN, Buffalo News, Everywhere] Sabres, NHL issue very short statements regarding the Kane situation [NBC Sports] Defenseman Burgdoerfer signs a 1 year 2 way deal [Sabres.com] Around the League: Kreider and the Rangers sign a deal [NHL.com] Kris Versteeg may end up playing next season in Switzerland [The Hockey News] Of course there are odds for the name of the Vegas franchise [The Hockey News] Weber over Subban? [NBC Sports]
Die By The Blade Jul 22, 2016

Evander Kane arrested by Buffalo Police

Winger turns himself in, cuffed and led away Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane has been arrested by police in Buffalo, and was taken away in handcuffs. #BREAKING: Source tells @WGRZ that @evanderkane_9 has been arrested by #Buffalo Police— WGRZ (@WGRZ) July 22, 2016 #Sabres forward @evanderkane_9 getting cuffed in downtown Buffalo. Photo by @kwiatkowskiBN https://t.co/T53wUWMhTp pic.twitter.com/WFNWcesvAP— Aaron Besecker (@AaronBesecker) July 22, 2016 Reports have it that the player has turned himself in to face misdemeanor trespassing charges in the bar incident previously...

Sabres will have eight games broadcast on NBCSN next season

The Sabres continue to get national TV love with eight games on NBCSN in 2016-17. Despite being one of the worst teams in the NHL over the past three seasons, the rest of the nation has continually been subjected to watching Buffalo Sabres games thanks to the team's incredible drawing power in Western New York. Sorry, not sorry. The broadcast schedule for NHL games on NBCSN has just been released, and the Sabres will appear eight times next season on the national broadcast.  Buffalo's eight games may seem like quite a lot...until you realize the Blackhawks appear on either NBC or NBCSN a...

The best burns from reddit’s roast of the Sabres

Life’s more fun if you can laugh at yourself, and reddit's hockey sub is spending the day roasting our favorite team. To help pass the time during the long summer, the r/hockey sub-reddit has been running a series roasting every team in the NHL. Users can post their their best burns (or just some harsh truths) for karma, and today, the Buffalo Sabres have their feet up against the flames. You can check out the ongoing Sabres roast here, but we’ve collected the best burns we’ve seen so far for your self-loathing pleasure. Hope you've got a good sense of humor, Sabres fans. You have a...
Die By The Blade Jul 21, 2016

Sabres Links: Nash rumors, a new One Buffalo app, and the rebuild

Another big name rumored to join the Sabres as they still haven’t signed Girgensons Sabres Links: Apparently rumors are swirling about the Sabres picking up Rick Nash... [Sabre Noise] Questions regarding the Sabres’ netminders [Today’s Slapshot] Will a sweet app make up for teams’ shortcomings on the field/ice? [One Buffalo] Does the 2006/2007 roster give us a glimpse of the end result of today’s rebuild? [Sabre Noise] More on Girgensons [The Hockey News] Around the League: There have been some surprises this off season but a few expected deals are yet to happen [The Hockey...
Die By The Blade Jul 19, 2016

Sabres Links: Prospect get deals, Girgensons still doesn’t, where are they now

Sabres ink a couple deals however there is still one large signing left to go Sabres Links: Kasdorf and Catenacci each ink deals [WGR550] The Girgensons deal is getting muddier every day [Buffalo News] Is the Vesey signing more important off ice than on? [WGR 550] More on the Girgensons situation [Tip of the Tower] Where are they now, Sabres tank edition [The Daily News] Around the League: Last season’s breakout players [NHL.com] Rangers and Ottawa make a deal [The Hockey News] Subban excited to be in Nashville [ESPN] The state of NHL analytics with a touch of drama [The Hockey...
Die By The Blade Jul 18, 2016

Tampa gives Killorn big extension, who is available?

Do the Bolts have enough room under the cap? The salary cap situation at the Tampa Bay Lightning was always going to be interesting this offseason. Once Steven Stamkos decided he wanted to stay in sunny Florida, things got even more complicated for the Bolts’ General Manager Steve Yzerman. The Lightning have had a few players shine during their last couple of playoff runs, and as happens in professional sports, when players come up big, they ask for big money in return. Left winger Alex Killorn was one of those players. After a couple of clutch performances in the post-season, he was in...
Die By The Blade Jul 16, 2016

Sabres Links: Nylander gets a deal along with a new assistant coach

Nylander signs his entry level deal as the Sabres add an assistant coach with some ties to a list of impressive players Sabres Links Sabres ink an entry level deal with Nylander [Sabres.com] Tom Ward, the Sabres newest assistant coach, has ties to Okposo and some other little known hockey players [The Buffalo News] The Sabres are not the only one with a pre-season game in a new location as the Amerks will be playing at the HarborCenter [Amerks.com] Could GMTM be looking at Cam Fowler to help on defense> [Sabre Noise] Around the League The top five free agents still available [The Hockey...

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Depth Chart July 2016

The Sabres depth chart looks much different after adding draft picks and calling up some of their most talented rookies. Here's what the team has in the pipeline this summer. After a year that saw the Buffalo Sabres debut the rookie dream team of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, make ten draft picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, and let some other players go, their organizational prospect depth chart looks much different than it did last season. By using information from the Sabres own In The System page, General Fanager, and Sabres Prospects, here's the list of all Sabres prospects age 23 and...
Die By The Blade Jul 15, 2016

Sabres Links: Creeping Toward the Cap and Takeaways from Development Camp

With Marcus Foligno in the fold, the Sabres are creeping towards the cap with other key RFAs left to sign. Sabres Links: Buffalo is creeping towards the cap after signing RFA forward Marcus Foligno [Buffalo Hockey Beat] [General Fanager] Kyle Okposo's performance will go a long way in determining if the Sabres end their postseason drought [NHL.com] Sabres prospect William Borgen adjusted quickly to college hockey life at St. Cloud State [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Hudson Fasching's siblings showed the Sabres prospect what tough means [Children's Minnesota] Buffalo should be patient with top...

Sabres sign Marcus Foligno to one-year deal

Another RFA is back in the fold as the Sabres and Marcus Foligno have agreed to a one-year contract. The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have re-signed restricted free agent Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal have not been released at this point, but Foligno did make $2.25 million last year. Welcome back, #82!We've signed forward Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract. https://t.co/vXNdsJADVA pic.twitter.com/IWpoxGb6yj — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 14, 2016 Towards the end of the year, Foligno found chemistry playing with Johan Larsson...
Die By The Blade Jul 14, 2016

Sabres Links: Nylander NHL ready, more from camp, and of course #veseywatch

As #veseywatch continues catch up on the latest news and notes Sabres Links: Takeaways from Development Camp [The Buffalo News] Did the Pegulas go to Boston today to sign Vesey or did they just want some seafood? [Tip of the Tower] Was letting Johnson walk a big mistake? [Sabre Noise] Another reason for the Buffalo/Toronto rivalry [The Star] Murray could see Nylander playing for the Sabres this season, but he can also see him in the juniors so... [NBC Sports] Just how high are the expectations this year? [The Buffalo News] Around the League: Subban speaks regarding his trade to Nashville...
Die By The Blade Jul 13, 2016

What do Rick Martin and Jimmy Vesey have in common?

They’re both left wingers, but something else links them A lot more than meets the eye, at first look at least. While both are left-shooting wingers, the former is a part of Sabres history as part of the French Connection (alongside Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert), and the latter has a chance to become future Sabres lore on a yet-to-be-named line (alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart), if Vesey chooses to sign with Buffalo that is. Chris Ostrander (of Two in the Box fame) has produced this spectacular graphic which details the Rick Martin trade tree, and all the players that have...
Die By The Blade Jul 13, 2016

3-on-3 French Connection Tournament Highlights

Will Borgen leads Team Teal to the trophy The Buffalo Sabres Development Camp came to a close yesterday with the 3-on-3 Tournament, aptly named after the famed French Connection who pulled on the Sabres jerseys back in ‘70s. The rosters were a mixed bag, with experience and skill pretty equally distributed across the seven teams. Click here for the full camp roster with player career stats. Here are some highlights from the tournament. Team Teal took the honors on the day, making an inspired play and grabbing Hudson Fasching after Victor Olofsson went down with an injury, ironically...
Litter Box Cats Jul 13, 2016

Atlantic Division Offseason Report: Buffalo Sabres

Rapidly-improving Sabres look to become postseason contenders The rising Buffalo Sabres finished the 2015-16 campaign with 81 points, a hefty increase of 27 over the paltry 54 they posted the prior season. Buffalo made a big splash on July 1, signing coveted UFA winger Kyle Okposo to a monster seven-year deal. On the second day of the entry draft, the Sabres swapped defensemen and picks with last year's Atlantic Division champ, the Florida Panthers. The trade saw Dmitry Kulikov shuffle off to Buffalo while Mark Pysyk heads south to Sunrise. Speaking of the draft, the Sabres continued...
Die By The Blade Jul 13, 2016

Sabres Links: 3-on-3 Tournament, #VeseyWatch Update, Bogosian Key to Success?

Development camp wrapped up yesterday with Team Teal capturing the French Connection Trophy as 3-on-3 Tournament champions. Who impressed? Sabres Links: Development Camp invite Michael Campoli has been released from the hospital after a scary incident during yesterday's 3-on-3 tournament [Pro Hockey Talk] Savvy team moves by forward William Carrier helped Team Teal win the 3-on-3 Tournament [The Buffalo News] Carrier can still provide Buffalo with value from the Ryan Miller trade [WGR 550] Forward Vasily Glotov made a big impression, both on and off the ice, at development camp...
Die By The Blade Jul 12, 2016

Sabres Links: The O’Reilly verdict, scrimmage recaps, possible cap issues

The O’Reilly saga is finally behind us and more reactions to Saturday’s first scrimmage Sabres Links: Are things about to get better for the Amerks this season? [Today’s Slapshot] More takeaways from this weekend’s scrimmage [Sabre Noise] Asplund talks about how playing with more senior players sparked his career [The Buffalo News] More on the O’Reilly trial [The Hockey News, NBC Sports] Could the Sabres be headed towards salary cap issues? [Sabre Noise] Should everyone chill on the Vesey situation? [Hockey Buzz] Around the League: The top 10 games of last season (no, the...

Ryan O’Reilly found not guilty of impaired driving, charges dropped

O’Reilly pled not guilty and was found the same earlier today in a Canadian court. The Buffalo Sabres have had an awful lot of off-ice issues over the past few offseasons, but as of today, there’s one less headache to worry about as Ryan O’Reilly was found not guilty of impaired driving, and has had all charges against him dropped. No reasonable prospect of conviction. No more evidence— Jane Sims (@JaneatLFPress) July 11, 2016 Last summer, O’Reilly’s truck was found smashed through the vestibule of a Tim Horton’s. The Sabres center was picked up along with a friend later...

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