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Die By The Blade Jun 21, 2017
Sabres Links: Capuano reportedly joining Sabres staff, Pu makes Canada camp

Sabres Links: Capuano reportedly joining Sabres staff, Pu makes Canada camp

A former head coach could join Housley behind the bench next season Sabres Links Friedman: Jack Capuano will join Phil Housley’s staff (Sportsnet)As usual there’s plenty of interesting information in Elliotte Friedman’s latest 30 Thoughts, but the Sabres tidbit comes in at No. 23. Friedman reports former Islanders head coach Jack Capuano is likely to join Housley’s staff and confirms goalie coach Andrew Allen has been retained by Buffalo. New adidas jerseys debut, with few changes from the Sabres (Sabres.com) The Sabres and the league’s other 30 teams unveiled their new looks last...
Check out the Sabres new Adidas jerseys

Check out the Sabres new Adidas jerseys

The NHL got some new threads tonight. Starting next season, the entire NHL will look a little bit different, thanks to the league switching their jerseys from Reebok to Adidas. All 31 teams unveiled their new look jerseys tonight, and for the Buffalo Sabres, things look...similar, but better. Here it is! #FormTheFuture @adidashockey pic.twitter.com/ky6lvMKRh2— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 21, 2017 As much as we wish the team would go back to royal blue instead of the early-2000s navy blue, these jerseys are an improvement in my book simply by removing the distracting piping...
Die By The Blade Jun 19, 2017
Who do we want Vegas to take in the expansion draft?

Who do we want Vegas to take in the expansion draft?

The Sabres would love to shed a big contract As we’ve known for a while now, one member of the Sabres will officially be a Vegas Golden Knight after Wednesday’s expansion draft. With the protected player lists now released, we have more clarity on who that player will likely be. Many of the Sabres unprotected players are UFAs or spent most of their time in the AHL, leaving only a few names that are realistic options. I’ve separated these names into to groups, players we’d be happy they take and players we’d be mad if they take. Since Vegas cares about succeeding, they’ll...
Sabres announce preseason schedule

Sabres announce preseason schedule

The Buffalo Sabres released their preseason schedule today, and it features some games against old friends, the defending champs, and another visit to the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State. The full schedule is: Monday, September 18, 7:00pm - Sabres vs. Hurricanes Tuesday September 19, 7:00pm - Sabres vs. Penguins**At Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State Friday, September 22, 7:30pm - Sabres at Maple Leafs Saturday, September 23, 7:00pm - Sabres vs. Maple Leafs Wednesday, September 27, 7:00pm - Sabres at Penguins Friday, September 29, 7:00pm - Sabres vs. Islanders This will be the second time that...
Sabres protected list released

Sabres protected list released

With the expansion draft looming and a roster freeze in effect, the next big step in the NHL offseason is to see the list of protected players each team decides to keep out of the hands of the Golden Knights. Today, we found out who made the Buffalo Sabres list: ForwardsRyan O’ReillyKyle OkposoEvander KaneJohan LarssonMarcus FolignoTyler EnnisZemgus Girgensons DefensemenRasmus RistolainenJake McCabeNathan Beaulieu GoaltenderRobin Lehner The biggest names left unprotected by Buffalo include Will Carrier, Zach Bogosian, Matt Moulson, and Linus Ullmark. For the full list of unprotected,...
Die By The Blade Jun 17, 2017
Sabres acquire Nathan Beaulieu from Montreal

Sabres acquire Nathan Beaulieu from Montreal

The Sabres sent Montreal a third-round pick The Sabres made the first move on the day of the expansion draft roster freeze, trading a third-round pick (68th overall) to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. The move is Jason Botterill’s first as Sabres general manager. Beaulieu, 24, has played in parts of five seasons for the Canadiens. Last season he set a career high for games played, scoring four goals and 24 assists in 74 games. He’s a restricted free agent. A lefty defenseman, Beaulieu was a first-round pick in the 2011 draft. He started the season on the Canadiens...
Die By The Blade Jun 15, 2017
Sabres name Phil Housley next head coach

Sabres name Phil Housley next head coach

The former Nashville assistant and Sabres defenseman in the 18th coach in franchise history Nearly two months after the Sabres fired Dan Bylsma, they finally have a new head coach. Phil Housley, the former Sabres defenseman, will be the next bench boss. He’ll be introduced to the media at a press conference today at 4 p.m. “Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and to help us achieve our organizational goals,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill told the Buffalo News. “His approach to the game aligns with the way...
Die By The Blade Jun 15, 2017
Report: Sabres don’t contract Tocchet about coaching vacancy

Report: Sabres don’t contract Tocchet about coaching vacancy

Phil Housley, Scott Arniel among the remaining options The Sabres haven’t contacted Penguins assistant Rick Tocchet for their head coaching position according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. “I'm surprised to learn the Sabres did not contact Rick Tocchet about coaching vacancy,” tweeted Dreger this morning. Tocchet has been with the Penguins since 2012, meaning new Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is very familiar with him. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for two years, totaling a 53-69-26 record. Back in 2007 Tocchet was connected to a gambling ring, which could...
Die By The Blade Jun 15, 2017
Sabres report cards: Dmitry Kulikov

Sabres report cards: Dmitry Kulikov

Kulikov struggled with injuries and lack of production The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 26 Introduction: Dmitry Kulikov had a lot to live up to when he was acquired along with a pick that became Rasmus Asplund for stats wonderboy Mark Pysyk. He, well ... didn’t live up to those expectations. Little went right...
NHL Mock Draft 2017: Buffalo Sabres select Cale Makar with No. 8 pick

NHL Mock Draft 2017: Buffalo Sabres select Cale Makar with No. 8 pick

We’ve added some much needed defensive depth with the Sabres pick in our SBN mock draft. It might not be quite as short as our old friend Tim Murray used to make his draft announcement, but here’s our best guess at how new Sabres GM Jason Botterill might sound on the podium at this year’s draft. “With the 8th overall selection in the 2017 SBNation NHL Mock Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select...defenseman Cale Makar.” Cale Makar Position: RHDHeight: 5’11’’Weight: 175 lbsDate of birth: October 30, 1998 (18 years old)Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Makar has been one of the fastest...
Die By The Blade Jun 14, 2017
Sabres report cards: Evander Kane

Sabres report cards: Evander Kane

The Sabres’ leading scorer broke the 25-goal mark for the first time in five years The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 25 Contract: Through 2017-’18 ($5,250,000) Introduction: It’s tough to talk about Evander Kane without mentioning his issues off the ice since coming to Buffalo, but on the ice he’s been...
All-American Prospects game coming back to Buffalo on Sep. 21

All-American Prospects game coming back to Buffalo on Sep. 21

The game returns to Buffalo for the fourth time. USA Hockey and CCM announced today that the All-American Prospects game will be once again returning to Buffalo on September 21. The exhibition game, which features American-born, draft-eligible prospects, is coming back to Buffalo for the fourth time, after the city debuted the game in 2012, and also hosted in 2014 and 2015. Previous participants in the game include Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin, Seth Jones, and Dylan Larkin, among many others. The @BuffaloSabres & @KeyBankCtr will host the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects...
Sabres sign Linus Ullmark to two-year extension

Sabres sign Linus Ullmark to two-year extension

Ullmark was set to be an RFA, and could still be a target for Vegas The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Linus Ullmark to a two-year contract, for a total of $1.5 million. The Sabres have signed goaltender Linus Ullmark to a two-year contract extension with an annual average value (AAV) of $750,000.— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) June 13, 2017 This deal would seem to indicate that Ullmark will be the Sabres backup goaltender next year after having himself a nice season down in Rochester. That is, of course, if he isn’t taken in the expansion draft by the...
With playoffs over, Sabres coaching search can continue

With playoffs over, Sabres coaching search can continue

Housley or Tocchet? Tocchet or Housley? The Buffalo Sabres have had to wait all summer to find themselves a head coach because, presumably, their next coach was still working. Now, with the playoffs finally over, the team is free to pursue any and all coaching candidates. The two long-rumored front-runners are Rick Tocchet or Pittsburgh, and Phil Housley of Nashville. Both assistant coaches are enjoying their first day of vacation today (one more than the other) but with their schedules now much more free, expect new Sabres GM Jason Botterill to move fast. Speaking of Botterill, he was on...
Die By The Blade Jun 8, 2017
Sabres report cards: Derek Grant

Sabres report cards: Derek Grant

Center still seeking his first NHL goal The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 27 Contract: UFA ($650,000) Introduction: Spare a thought for poor Derek Grant. Eighty-six(!!) games into his grinding NHL career and still not a single goal to show for it. He was brought into the Sabres to be a fourth line center, a role...
Die By The Blade Jun 7, 2017
Asplund decides to stay in Sweden with Sabres upheaval

Asplund decides to stay in Sweden with Sabres upheaval

Prospect wants to continue his development in the SHL The front office tumult at the Buffalo Sabres has affected at least one of the team’s prospects, with Rasmus Asplund deciding to stay in Sweden for now. The 33rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft spoke to Swedish paper New Folkblad, saying he would rather continue his development at SHL side Färjestad BK for now. Despite beginning contract talks with the Sabres a month ago, those talks went silent with the change at GM, and Asplund has decided not to come over this season. “No, I will not sign an NHL contract this summer. It is...
Die By The Blade Jun 6, 2017
Sabres report cards: Josh Gorges

Sabres report cards: Josh Gorges

Veteran d-man relegated to third pairing The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 32 Contract: Through till 2018-19 ($3,900,000) Introduction: Josh Gorges finally got dropped from the Sabres top defensive pairing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he got any better. He saw his ice time drop steadily, especially once...
Goalie madness: Petersen turns pro, Sabres sign Johansson

Goalie madness: Petersen turns pro, Sabres sign Johansson

Two big pieces of news from the net dropped within hours of each other. The summer weeks often go by with no news for Buffalo Sabres fans to chew on, the only comfort being a familiar longing for the playoffs and a second dollop of Enzo Sauce on our turkey ham chicken finger sandwiches. But today, the hockey gods giveth us two things to chew on regarding two of Buffalo’s top goalie prospects. First, the team announced earlier this afternoon that they’ve signed Swedish netminder Jonas Johansson to his three-year, entry-level contract. SIGNING: We've signed goaltender Jonas Johansson...
Sabres report cards: Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres report cards: Zemgus Girgensons

The Latvian Legend’s season in review. The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 23 Contract: RFA (cap hit of $1.15 million last year) Introduction: Zemgus Girgensons is something of a polarizing player among Sabres fans, with some thinking that the offensive skill he showed in 2014-15 shows he deserves a chance in a top...
Die By The Blade May 28, 2017
Why I’m A Fan of the Buffalo Sabres - Collection

Why I’m A Fan of the Buffalo Sabres - Collection

All the stories listed in one place Thank you all for taking part in the "Why I'm A Fan" series that we kicked off on SB Nation a few days ago to mark the brand refresh. DBTB once again is one of the top SBN NHL blogs in terms of audience participation, and it’s all because of readers like you. All the stories from all the blogs are collected here - Why We Are Fans. There is still plenty of time to get yours in as well, and compete for the $500 prize! We also collected all your stories here on Die By The Blade in the list below - Why I am a Buffalo Sabres Fan - ChipWagon Why I'm a fan of...

Sabres Player News

  • Kyle Okposo

    Kyle Okposo

    Sabres expect Kyle Okposo to be ready by training camp

  • Evander Kane

    Evander Kane

    Evander Kane is either terrible at dropping hints or a master Twitter troll

  • Tyler Ennis

    Tyler Ennis

    Losing Carrier to Vegas Not the End of the World

  • Jack Eichel

    Jack Eichel

    All-American Prospects game coming back to Buffalo on Sep. 21

  • Taylor Fedun

    Taylor Fedun

    Sabres bring back defenseman Fedun on two-year deal

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