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What to expect from Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges

The Buffalo Sabres have two new players who played for a division rival last season. Here's what we can expect out of Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges. Last week, Tim Murray acquired two players in Briand Gionta and Josh Gorges who were members of the Montreal Canadiens last season, and are expected to play important roles for the Buffalo Sabres this year. To find out more about what Sabres fans can expect from these two, we reached out to Andrew Berkshire, managing editor of Eyes on the Prize, for his perspective. Here's what he had to say. On Brian Gionta Brian Gionta is a player who has...
Die By The Blade Jul 4, 2014

Sabres Links: Coyotes hire Regier, Sabres sign Strachan, Vancouver extends Kassian

Happy 4th of July! The Sabres made another signing yesterday, this one smaller than the others as Murray turns his focus towards Rochester. Darcy Regier is back in the league, and hopes to help be a part of the turnaround in Arizona. Sabres Links The Sabres signed defenseman Tyson Strachan for Rochester and added depth [Buffalo News] Around The League The Arizona Coyotes named former Sabres GM Darcy Regier their Senior VP and assistant GM [AZ Central] The Maple Leafs signed Mike Santorelli to a one-year deal [Toronto Sun] The Canucks signed former Sabre Zack Kassian to a two year...

NHL Free Agency 2014: Are the Sabres now "too good" to finish last?

Tim Murray brought in a number of talented veterans to Buffalo during a big day of free agency, but in doing so, did he jeopardize the Sabres chances to draft a generational player in 2015? On June 27, 2014, one half of a dream was realized when the Buffalo Sabres drafted Sam Reinhart with the #2 pick, and added a number of other excellent prospects thanks to their bevy of second round draft picks. Their impressive haul of promising young players was the reward for a job well done by new GM Tim Murray, as he burned a franchise to the ground and laughed through the flames put his stamp on...
Die By The Blade Jul 3, 2014

Sabres Links: Gionta introduced, Islanders sign a pair, John Scott signs in San Jose

Brian Gionta spoke with the media wearing his newly minted #12 Sabres jersey, the first of the free agents to be formally introduced. As one Sabre enters, another one leaves as John Scott will be protecting players on the other side of the country. Sabres Links The Sabres held an introductory press conference for Brian Gionta, who sounded happy to be so close to home [Sabres.com] John Scott will not be back with the Sabres next season, as he signed a one-year deal with the Sharks [CSN Bay Area] The Pegula's hired a sports broker to handle their dealings with attempting to purchase the...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2014

Rick Jeanneret diagnosed with throat cancer

You can send him your best wishes through email. In very sad news, the Sabres announced that longtime beloved Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer. He plans on continuing to call games next season upon his recovery. Here's the statement from the Sabres: The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret’s cancer diagnosis. RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years. As he...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2014

Projecting the 2014-15 Sabres lineup after the July 1st moves

It's never too early to start looking towards opening night, and Murray's July 1st moves start to make the lineup look clearer. The Sabres have made some moves that have seriously altered their lineup, and even though the season is still about 100 days away it's hard not to at least think about what the team's lineup will look like next season. Thanks to some of the additions, the roster should be a bit more interesting than last season. In Brian Gionta and Matt Moulson the Sabres acquire two players you can plug into the top-six, while Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros will both get time on...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2014
Sabres Links: Sabres make moves, Vanek signs with Wild, Miller signs in Vancouver

Sabres Links: Sabres make moves, Vanek signs with Wild, Miller signs in Vancouver

It was a crazy day yesterday, as it seems the contact window really did speed up the free agency process. Are you happy with how day one went down? Sabres Links It was a very busy day for the Sabres, as they signed Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Andrej Maszaros, and Cody McCormick as well as traded for Josh Gorges [Buffalo News] Tim Murray met with the media yesterday after the signings [Sabres TV] Hamilton: Murray says it's time to hop on the bandwagon [WGR 550] The Canadiens put together a video tribute for Gionta [Habs TV] Pierre Lebrun says that trading Gorges was an unpopular move,...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014
NHL Free Agency 2014: Tim Murray addresses the media following Sabres moves

NHL Free Agency 2014: Tim Murray addresses the media following Sabres moves

The Sabres were certainly busy, and Tim Murray explained the reasoning behind all their moves today. Tim Murray told the media the past couple weeks that they shouldn't worry about the salary floor, and he showed them way today. After all the moves that the Sabres made, Murray spoke with the media at 4:30 at the First Niagara Center. There were some interesting tidbits, including the fact that Murray's phone went off mid-interview. He also said that the Sabres were on the top of Matt Moulson's list and that there were many other players that were interested in coming to Buffalo that weren't...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014
Sabres sign Andrej Meszaros to a one-year deal

Sabres sign Andrej Meszaros to a one-year deal

Just when you thought the Sabres were done, they've signed another veteran free agent. The Sabres have added another defenseman to the squad, as they have signed Andrej Meszaros to a one-year $4 million deal according to Darren Dreger. Meszaros, 28, is a ten-year NHL veteran who has spent time with Ottawa, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Boston. Last season he played in 52 games with the Flyers and Bruins, scoring 7 goals and 15 assists. He is coming off of a six-year deal which carried the same cap hit, $4 million. Tim Murray will be addressing the Buffalo media at 4:30. More to come...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014
Matt Moulson returns to Buffalo, Foligno signs two year deal

Matt Moulson returns to Buffalo, Foligno signs two year deal

Tim Murray had stated that he was interested in bringing back both Steve Ott and Matt Moulson, and he's already locked up the later to a long-term deal. The Sabres have now gotten back all the pieces they sent to Minnesota at the deadline, as Matt Moulson has signed a five-year $25 million deal to return in Buffalo. Rumors were swirling that Moulson was always very comfortable in Buffalo and was hoping to return, and it looks like the rumors were correct. Moulson played 44 games with the Sabres last season after being acquired in the Thomas Vanek trade from the Islanders. He scored 11 goals...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014
NHL Free Agency 2014: Sabres sign Brian Gionta to a three-year deal, bring back McCormick as well

NHL Free Agency 2014: Sabres sign Brian Gionta to a three-year deal, bring back McCormick as well

The Sabres have made another splash today, bringing in Rochester native Brian Gionta and bringing back Cody McCormick. According to various sources the Sabres have added a second former Canadien in Brian Gionta, who has signed a three-year $12.75 million deal with Buffalo. Brad May is also reporting that the Sabres have brought back Cody McCormick as well, who they traded to Minnesota at the deadline this season. Gionta, a Rochester native, has been linked to Buffalo as of late to serve as a mentor to the young roster. A 12-year veteran and Montreal's former captain, Gionta has spent the...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014
BREAKING: Sabres acquire Josh Gorges from Montreal for a second round pick

BREAKING: Sabres acquire Josh Gorges from Montreal for a second round pick

The Sabres have made their first move of the day, acquiring Josh Gorges from Montreal. The Sabres have acquired a defenseman to fill one of their holes on the blueline, as they sent a 2016 second round pick to Montreal for Josh Gorges. This week Gorges has been in trade conversation, and halted a deal that would have sent him to Toronto. Gorges, 29, has been with the Canadiens since 2006. Last season he scored one goal and 13 assists in 66 games with Montreal. His best production came in 2008-2009, when he totaled 4 goals and 19 assists in 81 games. Gorges is entering the third year of a...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014

NHL Free Agency 2014: primer, open thread, and signing tracker

Today's the day the Sabres spending spree can begin! Here's you're meta-hub for all the contracts that are signed today. It's Christmas in July for hockey fans who enjoy player transactions as much as I do, as we are able to sit back and soak in another year of free agency. The class may not be as fancy as it has been in past years, but that doesn't mean that things will be quiet. The Sabres especially very likely will be making at least one move to try and move them closer to the cap floor. This post serves multiple purposes. First of all, it will give you a little look into what players...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2014

Sabres Links: Reinhart introduced, Sabres targetting veterans in free agency, Briere traded to Avalanche

Today is one of the most exciting days of the off-season, maybe even the whole year to be honest. Do you think the Sabres will be active today, or wait for the big name players to get signed? Sabres Links Sam Reinhart was introduced to the Buffalo media officially in a press conference with Tim Murray. You can watch all 21 minutes right here [Sabres TV] Reinhart joined many stations for individual interviews as well, including joining the Howard Simon Show [WGR 550] The Sabres are looking for veteran leadership, and Brian Gionta could be a fit [Buffalo News] Murray's honesty is...

NHL Free Agency 2014: Buffalo Sabres rumors and signings

Follow along with us on what is sure to be a wild free agent season for the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres will likely need to add a defenseman or two through free agency or a trade this off-season, especially after they decided to part ways with Christian Ehrhoff last season. This group of free agents isn't full of fancy toys, but the Sabres need to spend a lot of money and there are some players that could make be a fit. Now $20 million away from the cap floor, moves will certainly be coming. Willie Mitchell Mitchell, 37, just capped off his fourth season in Los Angeles with his second...
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2014

Sabres extend qualifying offers, McBain does not receive one

The Sabres have another spot open on the defense now that McBain becomes an unrestricted free agent. Today is the deadline for teams to qualify their restricted free agents and the Sabres will be giving all but two of their players qualifying offers according to the Buffalo News' John Vogl. Tim Murray has told him that defenseman Jamie McBain and goalie Connor Knapp will not be receiving offers. He also said that Cory Conacher is a "maybe" on getting a qualifying offer. That means that Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Hackett, and Luke Adam will all receive qualifying...
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2014
2014 NHL Free Agency: The Buffalo Sabres Free Agent Conundrum

2014 NHL Free Agency: The Buffalo Sabres Free Agent Conundrum

The Buffalo Sabres have a bunch of money to spend and the cap space to eat up almost any short term contract. The team's big problem is trying to find anyone that wants to come here. With the Buffalo Sabres officially confirming that they have used their second and final compliance buyout on defensemen Christian Ehrhoff, the team now faces a crossroads for the 2014-15 season. They have a team that is projected to be very terrible and also very young, which means that at some point they are going to have to find some veteran leadership. The major problem with that? The team is bordering on...
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2014
Defensive options for the Sabres in free agency

Defensive options for the Sabres in free agency

Free agency begins tomorrow, and the Sabres need to spend serious money. Now without Ehrhoff, a new defenseman will be one of the items on their shopping list. The Sabres will likely need to add a defenseman or two through free agency or a trade this off-season, especially after they decided to part ways with Christian Ehrhoff last season. This group of free agents isn't full of fancy toys, but the Sabres need to spend a lot of money and there are some players that could make be a fit. Now $20 million away from the cap floor, moves will certainly be coming. Willie Mitchell Mitchell, 37,...
Die By The Blade Jun 30, 2014
Sabres Links: Ehrhoff buyout analysis, Oilers trade Gagner to Tampa, Reinhart to be introduced

Sabres Links: Ehrhoff buyout analysis, Oilers trade Gagner to Tampa, Reinhart to be introduced

Sam Reinhart will begin making the rounds with media today, and as one Sabre enters another one leaves. Now a day out of it, does the Ehrhoff buy out make more sense to you? Sabres Links The Sabres used their second compliance buyout yesterday on Christian Ehrhoff [Buffalo Hockey Beat] John Vogl was on the plane with Tim Murray and was able to get a deeper explanation of the Ehrhoff buyout. He says it was an easy decision and that Ehrhoff didn't want to be in Buffalo anymore [Buffalo News] The losing was too much for Ehrhoff [Buffalo Wins] Simon: Murray was in a no lose situation at the...
Die By The Blade Jun 29, 2014
Murray makes first questionable move with Ehrhoff

Murray makes first questionable move with Ehrhoff

Murray's approval rating has been high since taking over for Darcy Regier. However, that may take a hit after his buy-out of Christian Ehrhoff. Since coming on board, Tim Murray has done little to upset Sabres fans. He got what many thought was a fair return in his moves at the deadline, and yesterday picked a player that many were on board with. For the first time in his tenure as Sabres GM Murray has made a controversial move. In buying out Christian Ehrhoff the Sabres lose their best defenseman from last season, the stalwart of a group that looked incredibly shaky even with him. The only...

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