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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...
Die By The Blade Jun 21, 2016

Buffalo Sabres 2016-17 schedule released, host Habs on Oct 13th to open season

Start planning your road trips! The National Hockey League announced the full schedule for the 2016-17 season today. After providing everyone a teaser yesterday with the dates and opponents for each team’s home openers, the complete season listing was released this afternoon. For Buffalo, the team will start off the highly anticipated 2016-17 season at their newly-named Key Bank Center against division rivals Montreal Canadiens on October 13th. The last two games of the season are on a Florida road trip, ending with the Lightning on April 9th. At first glance, this looks like a reasonably...

Report: Sabres going "absolutely all-in" on Steven Stamkos

TSN's Darren Dreger is hearing some big numbers connecting the Sabres to Stamkos. One of the biggest questions of this summer surrounds the fate of Steven Stamkos. The biggest free agent to hit the market in some time, Stamkos would bring offensive firepower galore to whichever team is ready to back the Brinks truck up to his doorstep. The Buffalo Sabres have been a rumored destination for Stamkos for months now, because of the close proximity to his hometown of Toronto, and because the Sabres are one of the few teams with plenty of salary cap space to work with. TSN's Darren Dreger was on...

Pegulas and MSG essentially create regional sports network with new deal

MSG Western New York will basically function like the old Empire Sports, but only for the teams under the Pegula umbrella. A few days ago, we openly speculated whether the Pegulas were gearing up to launch their own regional sports network, something like the old Empire Sports that would focus on Western New York teams and allow Pegula Sports & Entertainment to get much more homegrown content on the air. Yesterday, PS&E along with MSG announced something that...almost sounds exactly like that. The announcement was twofold: the first half announced that MSG will be the exclusive rights...

Sabres Links: Thoughts on Vesey, Sabres announce expansion of TV deal with MSG

Start your day off with a bagel, some coffee, and the finest Sabres links money can't buy. Sabres Links: Jimmy Vesey was "surprised" to be traded, says salty Boston newspaper. [Boston Herald] Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced they are renewing their deal with MSG, and expanding the network's Sabres and Bills content in the process. [The Buffalo News] Duff and Baker talk about late 1st and early 2nd round players to watch [Sabres.com] How the trade for Jimmy Vesey helps both the Sabres and Preds [Sports Illustrated] Here are the final two mock drafts from NHL.com [NHL.com] Around...

Sabres re-sign Nic Deslauriers to two year extension

GMTM is busy today. Tim Murray doesn't want to work over the summer, apparently. With the announcement of the trade for Jimmy Vesey still piping hot, the Buffalo Sabres also announced that they've re-signed forward Nic Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension. NEWS: The Sabres have signed forward Nic Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension. https://t.co/KUARxFzUlt pic.twitter.com/KFqrewJftY — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 20, 2016 The former defenseman-turned-forward has become a solid fourth line energy player, and one of the team's most physical players, pacing all...

Sabres acquire rights to Jimmy Vesey from Nashville in exchange for third round pick

Before they add a talented young player in this weekend's draft, the Sabres picked up another talented young player from Nashville. The NHL Draft is still a few days away, but Tim Murray isn't waiting until Friday to add young talent to his team. The Buffalo Sabres have acquired the rights to left winger Jimmy Vesey from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third round pick in this year's draft. TRADE ALERT: Sabres acquire rights to forward Jimmy Vesey from @PredsNHL for a 3rd rd. pick. https://t.co/Wg7wZshe7H pic.twitter.com/bq0WaX1xwl — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 20,...

Sabres 2016-17 home opener to be Thursday, October 13 vs. Montreal Canadiens

We don’t have the full NHL schedule yet, but we do know when the home opener will be. The NHL schedule is set to come out this week, but all 30 teams got to open one of their presents a day early as the league announced the home openers for next season. The Buffalo Sabres are set to play their first home game next year on Thursday, October 13, and their opponent will be the Montreal Canadiens. Based on the full list of home openers, this game will also be the team’s season opener. On another mildly interesting note, the Sabres tweeted out a graphic with the home opener that featured the...
Die By The Blade Jun 20, 2016

Sabres Links: Bailey's progress, Defensemen at No. 8, Draft Fan Fest

It's going to be a busy week in the NHL, and it all starts in Las Vegas. Sabres Links: 16 ex-Sabres are among the 104 fighting to force NHL to pay for medical care for post-concussion symptoms [The Buffalo News] Duff and Baker discuss which defensemen might be available at No. 8 [Sabres.com] How might Justin Bailey's progress affect roster moves this offseason? [WGR 550] Sabres would be wise to pursue Jimmy Vesey [Today's Slapshot] The draft is just a few days away! The Sabres will be hosting a NHL Draft Fan fest on Friday, from 4-10 p.m., at Canalside [Sabres.com] Around the...

Sabres announce Rookie Development Camp dates

The annual rookie showcase will take place during the second week of July. Every summer, the NHL Draft gives fans of all teams a chance to dream of future glory, but often times the players picked won’t actually see NHL ice time for a long while. Luckily, Buffalo Sabres fans will have a chance to see all of the team’s recent draftees in just a few weeks. The Sabres Rookie Development Camp will take place from July 6-12, and will feature many if not all of the players drafted by Buffalo over the past three years, as well as some undrafted camp invites. The camp always features an...

2016 NHL Draft Player Profiles: Matthew Tkachuk

Could the Sabres trade up to grab Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick, or will he fall all the way to #8? Matthew Tkachuk Position: LWHeight: 6'1''Weight: 194 lbsDate of Birth: 12/11/1997Place of Birth: Scottsdale, Arizona, USACurrent Team: London Knights (OHL)ISS Ranking: 4 The last name Tkachuk is familiar to many hockey fans, thanks to the long and productive career of Keith Tkachuk, one of the greatest US-born players to ever grace the ice. This year, Keith's son, Matthew Tkachuk, will almost certainly go very early in the first round, and brings a game very much like his father's to...

2016 NHL Draft Player Profiles: Jakob Chychrun

A big, skilled defenseman could be just what the doctor ordered for the Sabres at #8. Jakob Chychrun Position: LHDHeight: 6'2''Weight: 215 lbsDate of Birth: 3/31/1998Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, USACurrent Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)ISS Ranking: 8 One of the biggest holes on the current Buffalo Sabres roster is a top-tier left handed defenseman, someone who could potentially be either Rasmus Ristolainen's partner for the next decade or another stalwart on the second pairing. With pick #8 in next week's draft, the Sabres should be able to have a chance at drafting themselves a...
Die By The Blade Jun 17, 2016

Girgensons addresses KHL rumors in hilarious fashion

Center takes to Twitter to respond Zemgus Girgensons’ future in Buffalo might be unsettled for the moment, but the player has not lost his sense of humor even while rumors about his future continue to swirl. Two days ago, Latvian KHL writer Aivis Kalniņš (pronounced Eye-vis Kahl-Ninsh) tweeted that the 2012 NHL Draft overall #12 pick was looking to move to Dinamo Riga. The Latvian team is in the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League. Dinamo Riga has started moving pieces. Been told that Girgensons is considering a deal in #KHL— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) June 16,...

NHL Draft order finalized: Sabres with seven picks in top 100

The final draft order was announced yesterday - here's where the Sabres many picks fall. Yesterday afternoon the NHL released the final draft order for the 2016 NHL Draft. It includes all the trades and compensatory picks that have been awarded, and the Buffalo Sabres are sitting pretty with plenty of ammunition to either make moves or re-stock their cupboards thanks to a plethora of Day Two selections. Here's where the team will pick in next week's draft: Buffalo Sabres 2016 draft picks 8, 38, 69, 76, 86, 89, 99, 129, 130, 159, 189, 190 If you'd rather see it by round, the picks look like...

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