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Sep 17, 2021

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen developed ‘swagger’ on way up to Sabres

BUFFALO – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen displayed it often last season, especially toward the end. The Sabres goalie prospect would become locked in and perform so well he developed some swagger. Luukkonen, 22, wasn’t boisterous, mind you. The Finn simply possessed what Rochester Americans coach Seth Appert called an “incredible presence.” “It’s just like something you feel during the games,” Luukkonen said of his swagger. “But I think it’s more you build up that confidence. And once ... Read the full article
Sep 16, 2021

Sabres excited to watch prospect Jack Quinn play center: ‘Very good at it’

BUFFALO – Jack Quinn acclimated to center right away as a rookie, recording two assists in his debut. Had the Sabres prospect not undergone season-ending hernia surgery in April, he would’ve closed the AHL campaign pivoting a line. “He … was very, very good at it,” Rochester Americans coach Seth Appert said of Quinn’s two-game stint at center. So Quinn, the eighth overall pick last year as a right wing, will be playing center during ... Read the full article
Sep 16, 2021

Sabres to play Maple Leafs in Heritage Classic outdoor game in March

The Buffalo Sabres are heading outdoors this season. The NHL today announced they’ll be playing in a Heritage Classic game March 13, 2022 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. Word of the Sabres’ participation in the outdoor contest spread late last month. Despite playing 63 miles from KeyBank Center, the Sabres will be considered the “home” team for the 3 p.m. game, which will be broadcast nationally on TNT. ... Read the full article
Sep 15, 2021

Sabres prospect J-J Peterka thrilled to finally be in Buffalo: ‘He’s buzzing’

BUFFALO – Finally, after 10 months of waiting, Sabres prospect J-J Peterka was set to leave Germany and travel here to prepare for his first NHL training camp. In normal times, of course, Peterka, 19, probably would’ve visited Buffalo two or three times over the last year. But the COVID-19 pandemic forced the winger to stay home. “I was so curious about it, so excited the whole last year,” a smiling Peterka said following Wednesday’s ... Read the full article
Sep 14, 2021

Williamsville’s Andrew Poturalski excited for fresh start with Hurricanes

Having established himself as one of the AHL’s premier forwards, Andrew Poturalski enjoyed some intriguing options as a free agent. European teams pursued the Williamsville native earlier in the summer, offering him hefty six-figure contracts. Still, Poturalski refused to let money cloud his judgment. If he grabbed the fattest deal and bolted overseas to the Kotinental Hockey League, a circuit comprised mostly of Russian teams, he could effectively be ending his hopes of ever cracking ... Read the full article
Sep 14, 2021

Fred Stanfield, member of Sabres’ first Stanley Cup finalist team, dies at 77

Fred Stanfield, a member of the Sabres’ 1974-75 Stanley Cup finalist team who settled in Buffalo following his retirement, passed away Monday. He was 77. Stanfield, then in his 11th NHL season, contributed 12 goals and 33 points in 32 games after joining the Sabres in a trade with the Minnesota North Stars on Jan. 27, 1975. Having already won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972, Stanfield’s arrival offered the ... Read the full article
Sep 3, 2021

Sabres to host Prospects Challenge rookie tournament Sept. 17 to 19

The Buffalo Sabres will be hosting the Prospects Challenge rookie tournament again from Sept. 17 to 19 at LECOM Harborcenter, the team announced today. Last year, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Sabres to cancel the tournament. The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will also be participating in the round-robin tournament. The Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped out. Tickets for the games cost $10 and can be purchased at Sabres.com/Prospects. Fans attending the games ... Read the full article
Sep 2, 2021

Sabres re-sign Casey Mittelstadt, Henri Jokiharju to identical contracts

The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday locked up two of their three restricted free agents, re-signing center Casey Mittelstadt and defenseman Henri Jokiharju to identical three-year, $7.5 million contracts. Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is now the Sabres’ only restricted free agent. Training camp is scheduled to begin later this month. The Mittelstadt and Jokiharju deals, which carry $2.5 million salary cap hits, could look like bargains in the near future. Mittelstadt, 22, enjoyed a breakout stretch under ... Read the full article
Sep 2, 2021

Sabres reward breakout stretch, re-sign Casey Mittelstadt to three-year contract

Early last season, Casey Mittelstadt toiled on the taxi squad and struggled to crack the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup as a winger. By the end of the year, however, he had morphed into the team’s No. 2 center. The Sabres on Thursday rewarded Mittelstadt’s breakout stretch under new coach Don Granato, re-signing him to a three-year, $7.5 million contract. Mittelstadt, 22, is the first key restricted free agent the Sabres have re-signed. Defensemen Rasmus ... Read the full article
Aug 31, 2021

Cincinnati’s Jason Payne becomes pro hockey’s only Black head coach

The Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday became North America’s only pro hockey team with a Black head coach after promoting Jason Payne to the position. Payne, 45, has spent two seasons as an assistant with the Cyclones, the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate. He replaces Matt Thomas, who recently left to become an assistant with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate. Payne will also be the Cyclones’ director of hockey operations. The Sabres started sending prospects to ... Read the full article
Aug 29, 2021

Report: Sabres could play outdoor game in Canada against Maple Leafs

The Buffalo Sabres could be participating in a Heritage Classic outdoor game this season against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ont., according to to the Buffalo News. The game would take place March 13 at Tim Hortons Field, the home of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Sabres are scheduled to host Toronto that afternoon at KeyBank Center. The Sabres did not offer that game in their two half-season ticket packages for ... Read the full article
Aug 27, 2021

Reports: Sabres captain Jack Eichel fires longtime agent, hires Pat Brisson

Injured Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has fired his longtime agent, Peter Fish, and hired Pat Brisson to represent him, according to reports. The news, first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman, comes less than a month before NHL training camps are scheduled to open. Right now, the Sabres and Eichel, who wants to be traded, are at a standstill over how to treat the herniated disc in his neck. Eichel wants to undergo artificial disc ... Read the full article
Aug 23, 2021

Sabres prospect Isak Rosen possesses array of special talents: ‘Perfect vision’

Winger Isak Rosen’s selection by the Buffalo Sabres last month turned out to be a blip during a hectic NHL Draft weekend. Consider that barely an hour before the Sabres drafted Rosen 14th overall July 23, they added a potentially franchise-altering asset by taking defenseman Owen Power with the first pick. Earlier that day, the Sabres traded defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers in the deal that netted them the pick they used to ... Read the full article
Aug 20, 2021

Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret to retire after upcoming season

Legendary Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will retire following the upcoming season, his 51st with the team. Jeanneret, the NHL’s longest-tenured announcer, announced the decision Friday. He will call a limited number of games – 20 of the 82, according to The Buffalo News – during the 2021-22 campaign. “To my Sabres family, to spend 50 years doing any one job is more than a person can ask for, let alone one as ... Read the full article
Aug 19, 2021

Report: Sabres prospect Owen Power to return to Michigan for sophomore year

As expected, defenseman Owen Power will return to Michigan for his sophomore season, according to The Buffalo News. After the Buffalo Sabres drafted Power first overall July 23, he indicated he was leaning toward going back to school. The 6-foot-6, 213-pound Power compiled three goals, 16 points and a plus-18 rating in 26 games during a freshman year shortened by COVID-19. When the virus spread throughout the team, Michigan was removed from the NCAA Tournament.... Read the full article