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Die By The Blade Jul 11, 2016

Sabres Links: Wrapping up Development Camp; O'Reilly's Trial Begins

Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly's trial for last summer's charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident begin this morning in London, Ontario. Sabres Links: Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly begins trial this morning for last summer's charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident [WGRZ] A familiar name offers his 10 observations from Saturday's Blue and Gold scrimmage [The Buffalo News] Alex Nylander and his bag of tricks impressed at Saturday's scrimmage [NHL.com] The prospects took the day off on Sunday to give back to the community, playing baseball in the Grand Island Miracle...

Sabres Blue & Gold Scrimmage recap: Nylander, Bailey impress as Team Blue wins 5-3

Two of the Sabres top prospects looked the part as they showed their skills in today’s Blue & Gold Scrimmage. The Sabres Blue and Gold scrimmage is always an interesting game, and our first glimpse at players who might be ready to take the next step next year. And on each team, there was a player who stood out among the rest - Justin Bailey for Team Blue and Alexander Nylander for Team Gold. The game started with a quick pace, but Blue dominated most of the first period, going up 3-0 thanks to goals from Nick Baptiste, Judd Peterson, and Christopher Brown, who benefited from a nice rush...
Die By The Blade Jul 9, 2016

2016 Sabres Development Camp Stream

All the news you need as the Buffalo Sabres go into their 2016 Development Camp. The recent draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres have been hanging out at HARBORCenter all week, taking part in the team's annual rookie development camp. Recent picks such as Alexander Nylander and Cliff Pu have been impressing during drills, while other youngsters looking to take the next step, such as Justin Bailey and Brendan Guhle, are looking to impress. Today, the team will split their rookies up into two teams for their Blue & Gold Scrimmage - and here's how you can watch. Update: You can watch the stream...
Die By The Blade Jul 9, 2016

WATCH: Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey playing together

Here’s a great supercut of all the shifts that Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey played together in one night at the Foxboro Sports Center Summer League in Massachusetts. The video is courtesy of Paul Altmeyer, a hockey fan who’s been avidly attending the games in the Summer League over the last few weeks. You can’t help but be impressed by Vesey’s tenacity. Ted Nolan would have loved to have this kid on the Sabres thanks to the amount of ‘compete’ he shows. His brother Nolan Vesey, a prospect at the Maple Leafs, and Noah Hannifin, drafted by the Hurricanes, are also playing in the...

Sabres Development Camp Blue & Gold Scrimmage: How to watch online, rosters, open thread

The Sabres young guns will be facing off today in the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage. Here's everything you need to know to watch in person or online. The recent draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres have been hanging out at HARBORCenter all week, taking part in the team's annual rookie development camp. Recent picks such as Alexander Nylander and Cliff Pu have been impressing during drills, while other youngsters looking to take the next step, such as Justin Bailey and Brendan Guhle, are looking to impress. Today, the team will split their rookies up into two teams for their Blue & Gold...
Die By The Blade Jul 8, 2016

Sabres Links: #VeseyWatch Continues, Okposo Unveiled, Nylander Impresses

GMTM and company gave their pitch to Jimmy Vesey in Boston yesterday. Will it be enough to convince him to sign with Buffalo? Sabres Links: The Sabres met with Jimmy Vesey yesterday. What about him has caught the eye of so many teams? [CBS Sports] Vesey's rivals at Sabres Development Camp can vouch for the forward's skill [The Buffalo News] Kyle Okposo sees similarities between John Tavares and Jack Eichel [Buffalo Hockey Beat] and said he is excited to be with Eichel and the Sabres [NHL.com] TSN's Travis Yost has some thoughts on the long-term outlook for Okposo in Buffalo [TSN.ca] ...
Die By The Blade Jul 7, 2016

Evander Kane will face non-criminal harassment charges in court for bar allegations

Two women are pressing harassment charges against the Sabres winger, who was in a late night altercation the night of the draft. The Buffalo News is reporting that Sabres winger Evander Kane will avoid criminal charges being pressed against him for an incident that took place in a downtown Buffalo bar two weeks ago, but he will still have to face civil (non-criminal) harassment charges. The newspaper also reports that Kane has refused thus far to cooperate with Buffalo police in their investigation. The incident in question happened the night before the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24th at...
Die By The Blade Jul 7, 2016

Sabres Links: Development camp updates, a look at the salary cap, more Vesey news

With development camp underway we’re getting the first look at the next wave of Sabres Sabres Links: Story lines at this year’s development camp [Sabres.com] Due to Illness the current number 2 goalie wasn’t at camp [Buffalo News] It looks like the Sabres will be right at the cap when the puck drops next season [Hockey Buzz] Blue and Gold Scrimmage Rosters have been released [Sabres.com] No Sabres elected for salary arbitration [Tip of the Tower] Maybe we do want to get this Vesey kid to sign [Buffalo News] Around the League: A list of the 24 players electing for salary arbitration...
Die By The Blade Jul 7, 2016

Video from Day 1 of the Sabres Development Camp

Watch interviews from yesterday The Buffalo Sabres Development Camp started yesterday to officially start off what might be one of the more anticipated hockey seasons in the last decade or so. The fans showed up in the hundreds at the HarborCenter to get their first look at the 2016 NHL Draft class. Here is the roster and the team selections for the much-loved Blue vs Gold Scrimmage which will be held on Saturday the 9th (click here for tickets). On the 12th, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, beginning at 9:15 am and known as the French Connection Tournament will close out the camp (click...
Die By The Blade Jul 6, 2016

Sabres Links: Development Camp Underway Today at HarborCenter

Fans will get their first look at first round pick Alex Nylander, as well as other top prospects, this week. Sabres Links: Sabres development camp opens today at HarborCenter [The Buffalo News] Alex Nylander is just one of many prospects to watch at development camp [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Adding Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov ranks the Sabres as one of the five most improved teams in the Eastern Conference [NHL.com] Okposo's revamped approach the past three years is paying dividends [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Questions about Buffalo's pursuit of Jimmy Vesey? John Vogl has answers [The Buffalo...
Die By The Blade Jul 5, 2016

Daily Links: Sabres get high marks for free agency, Vesey details, status of the rebuild

Catch up on all the news you missed over the holiday weekend. Sabres Links: Sabres a winner in this year’s free agency [CBS Sports] Details on the Sabres/Bills content on MSG WNY [The Buffalo News] More on the Vesey talks [Fansided] Is the Sabres rebuild finally nearing it’s end? [The Buffalo News] Around the League: The 10 players most likely to end up in salary arbitration [The Hockey News] A few free agent bargains that are still available [NBC Sports] The Toronto media already loves Auston Matthews [TSN] Miss the draft already? Have a look at the current top picks for 2017...
Die By The Blade Jul 3, 2016

NHL Free Agency: Buffalo Sabres trade for goalie Anders Nilsson

GMTM finally gets a goalie The Swedish revolution at the Buffalo Sabres continues in earnest, as the Buffalo Sabres yesterday traded a 5th Round 2017 Draft pick to the St. Louis Blues for goaltender Anders Nilsson. A big-bodied goalie in the Tim Murray mold was what we had expected, and is exactly what we got too. The 6'5", 227lbs player is signed through till the end of the 2016-17 season at a $1M cap hit. The folks over at Elite Prospects quite like this goalie, saying - A huge goaltender that is technically skilled. Nilsson has good hockey smarts plays with calmness and has good...
Die By The Blade Jul 3, 2016

Okposo to wear ‘21’ for the Sabres

Get to know the latest Buffalo Sabre The Buffalo Sabres’ big signing from the 2016 NHL Free Agency period Kyle Okposo will wear ‘21’ in the upcoming season. The number 21 has been idle for about a year since Drew Stafford was traded away to the Winnipeg Jets. Some famous alumni to have donned the same number include Christian Ruuttu (1987-92), JF Sauve (1982-83), Dave Schultz (1979-80) and Brian Spencer (1974-77). #21.Okposo jerseys now available: https://t.co/03IXl7hwu9 pic.twitter.com/qAE5qhrYXr— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 2, 2016 Here’s a quick bio of Okposo,...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2016

Buffalo Sabres sign depth forward Derek Grant on two-way contract

There'll be lots of new faces in Rochester next season The Buffalo Sabres are really devoting lots of time and effort to their AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans during this Free Agency period. After making two signings yesterday to bolster the blue line, they have announced the signing of center Derek Grant on a two-way contract. Grant is expected to be a replacement for forward Tim Schaller who signed with the Boston Bruins yesterday. The Abbotsford, BC native played fifteen games for the Calgary Flames last season, scoring one assist. He was drafted in 2008 in the fourth round by the...
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 2, 2016

Maple Leafs vs Sabres: A tale of two development camps

One is free. One is not. In early July, after the draft, NHL teams will host a short camp for draftees from the past few years and some undrafted players, to introduce them to the teams ways of practices, training, nutrition, and overall just to introduce them to the team and each other. Some teams will keep these closed to the public, and others will invite anyone to watch the whole camp or atleast a scrimmage at the end of it. The past few seasons we’ve seen the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs come to terms with the fact that they need to start over. Both teams bottomed out in...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2016

2016 NHL Free Agency: Recap of the Day 1 frenzy

Who went where yesterday Well over $400million was dealt yesterday as the 2016 NHL Free Agency window opened at noon. The marquee names were quick to go in the first couple of hours, but details on additional signings kept coming in throughout the rest of the day as teams looked to fill out rosters, add depth and sign backups. The Buffalo Sabres went big right in the first hour, signing winger Kyle Okposo for 7 years, $42M. Buffalo was involved in talks for backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff who played for the Penguins last season, but he somewhat controversially led Tim Murray on before signing...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2016

NHL Free Agency: Sabres rumors and open thread (Day 2 and beyond)

Follow along with all the fun right here. The 2016 NHL Free Agency opened up with a bang yesterday, with a frenzied spate of signings in the first couple of hours after the dealings started at noon. Overall, over $400million dollars was committed to free agents Buffalo Sabres fans will have been happy to see Tim Murray get in there early and lock up a big target, winger Kyle Okposo. Expect to see some action regarding the backup goalie position for Buffalo as the weekend progresses. While it may seem like there aren’t too many free agents left to sign after yesterday’s frenzy, there...
Die By The Blade Jul 2, 2016

Sabres Links: Free agency frenzy, Murray speaks on Kane, more on Okposo

Recapping all the craziness of free agency Sabres Links: Sabres.com throws out some facts about Okposo [Sabres.com] All you need to know about Sabres development camp [Sabres.com] Okposo was pulled to the Sabres as he sees a chance to win the cup [WGR 550] A quick run-down of salary numbers after the new signings [Buffalo News] Murray speaks on the Kane situation [WGR 550] Is Ristolainen next on the Sabres to do list [Buffalo News] Around the League: Winners and losers from yesterday’s craziness [The Hockey News] Ex-Sabre Campbell ends up back in Chicago [NHL.com] Some of the bigger...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2016

Jimmy Vesey will meet with the Buffalo Sabres

Will he sign? Won’t he sign? The agent of free agent Jimmy Vesey has said that the player’s representatives will meet with the Buffalo Sabres after all. This represents a change of direction from his management after they had originally said that Vesey would still go to free agency and would not sign before August 15th when the Sabres had traded for his rights a couple of weeks ago. In an email to the Buffalo News, Peter Fish was reported to have said - “We hope to meet with Buffalo in the near future and are open to anything.” Vesey was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the...
Die By The Blade Jul 1, 2016

NHL Free Agency: Sabres sign defenseman Taylor Fedun for the Amerks

More organizational depth on the blue line The Buffalo Sabres added another depth blueliner to the organization early on in the NHL Free Agency, signing defenseman Taylor Fedun. The 28-year-old right-hander has mostly featured in the AHL in his career, playing in a handful of NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers,  San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks. The Ukrainian-Canadian player is 6'0" and 201lbs, and is described by Elite Prospects back in 2013 as - Fedun is a mobile, quick-skating defenseman. Has good hockey sense and a sound positional game. Could add some weight to better...

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