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Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (45) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215

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The Buffalo Sabres are generating plenty of offensive chances, but they are just not scoring.
The Sabres lead the NHL in shots on goal, averaging 32.7 per game, yet they are third last in scoring averaging 2.15 goals per game. "I’d like to see us execute better with our opportunities," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma. "You can look at a few of them that we had that I think we just need to be better at the execution of it. You can look at the shot totals and talk about our shooting percentage. I’ve heard the word ‘puck luck.’ We’ve gotten good opportunities and good looks, we just need to be better at the execution of it and look to five or six examples in last night’s game." You would have to think sooner or later the Sabres will start cashing in on some of their chances. Nov 7 - 9:14 AM

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Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma makes his return to Pittsburgh Thursday night with his new Buffalo Sabres squad.

"There will be emotions. I'm not going to be moved to tears but it's going to be emotional," Bylsma said. "Even right now, I look at the empty seats and I'm gonna know 50 faces in the stands tomorrow where they sit. I know where my family sat when they were here. There's certainly going to be emotions." Bylsma was part of the Penguins' organization for eight years and he compiled an impressive 252-117-32 record as the club's head coach. The Penguins played at Washington Wednesday night and Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Oct 29 - 7:37 AM

Buffalo has not been good on the penalty kill to start the 2015-16 season.

"The penalty kill has now given up goals in four consecutive games and has two games with two goals," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We lose the special teams battle and that's why we lost the game in Tampa Bay." Against the Lightning, the Sabres went 0-for-3 on the power play and Tampa Bay went 1-for-4. Buffalo ranks 28th in the NHL on the penalty kill after five games.
Oct 20 - 10:23 AM

Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma admits that he's still trying to fully accept Patrick Kaleta after all those times wanting to "kill him."

It's refreshing honesty from Bylsma, as players like Kaleta can leave a bad impression that lingers even to their new bosses and employers. The bottom line is that if Bylsma believes Kaleta can make a difference, then the pest will get his chances.
Sep 19 - 2:59 PM

The Sabres plan to green light their defensemen joining the rush and creating offense.

It worked in Pittsburgh for coach Dan Bylsma, and now he’s bringing that philosophy to the Sabres. And it’ll start with the prospects. "Hopefully, what we’re trying to incorporate is a bit of Dan’s mentality where he wants D available to help out offensively," said Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth, who will run the prospect team.
Sep 13 - 8:39 AM

Buffalo Sabres team president Ted Black has mutually parted ways with the organization.

Russ Brandon has been named as his successor while also maintaining his role as the Buffalo Bills' team president. "Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills," said Terry and Kim Pegula. Brandon joined the Bills in 1997 and ascended to the role of team president in 2013.
Jul 27 - 4:34 PM

Dan Lambert as joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.

Lambert previously served as WHL Kelowna's bench boss. He led them to a 53-13-6 record en route to claiming the league's title. He'll join Dave Barr and Terry Murray as members of bench boss Dan Bylsma's staff.
Jul 7 - 9:23 AM

Buffalo won't have Arturs Irbe as their goaltending coach next season.

"We have moved on from Arturs as our goaltending coach," coach Dan Bylsma told radio station WGR-AM 550 on Monday. "I talked to several coaches at the draft, and that will probably be ahead of us in the next week." Irbe was seen as a positive influence on Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback during a tumultuous 2014-15 season, but he will have to look for a job elsewhere.
Jun 30 - 11:15 AM

Buffalo GM Tim Murray hopes to address his defense corps during the off-season.

"I probably need a veteran UFA defenseman or I have to trade for one," Murray said. "I've been talking to teams about a left-shot D." Andrej Sekera, who played his first seven seasons with the Sabres, may be their most intriguing target.
Jun 29 - 10:19 AM

If the Sabres ultimately turn into a contender over the next few seasons, then the moves of GM Tim Murray in the last 24 hours will be looked at as a key part in the process.

Murray made two brilliant trades in acquiring a promising number one goalie in Robin Lehner from Ottawa and a talented two-way center in Ryan O'Reilly from Colorado. Then he selected Jack Eichel with the 2nd overall pick in the entry draft. Last season's acquistion of Evander Kane was also a trade that should turn out to be a steal. The Sabres have a ways to go in their rebuild after the past few disappointing campaigns, but Murray now has the ship pointed in the right direction. Look for the Sabres to be a much improved squad this upcoming season.
Jun 27 - 10:21 AM

Buffalo Sabres bench boss Dan Bylsma has announced the hiring of two assistant coaches.

Terry Murray and Dave Barr will be joining the Sabres' coaching ranks. Murray, 64, is the veteran of 302 NHL games as a player and another 1,012 as a head coach. Among his accomplishments was leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997. His last job as an NHL bench boss was during the 2011-12 season when the Kings fired him and he was eventually replaced by Darryl Sutter. Murray has recently been coaching the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He's also the uncle of Sabres GM Tim Murray. Barr hasn't been an NHL head coach before, but he did serve as an assistant with New Jersey last season and had previously held that role with Colorado and Minnesota. During Barr's playing career, he also participated in 614 games.
Jun 19 - 9:37 AM

Greg Royce will be Buffalo's director of amateur scouting for the first time at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

"There's optimism," Royce said. "We hit rock bottom. It was a long year, but with the draft around the corner and a franchise player joining the team it's very exciting now. We're building from the ground up here in Buffalo with a fantastic owner. It's going to be fun." When Royce was an assistant director of amateur scouting with Nashville from 2003 to 2005, the team managed to draft Shea Weber and Kevin Klein in the second round, Cody Franson in the third, Mike Santorelli in the sixth, Patric Hornqvist in the seventh and Pekka Rinne in the eighth. Buffalo will get Jack Eichel with the second overall pick and then Royce and his crew will try to work some magic again in the subsequent rounds.
Jun 18 - 10:29 AM

The NHL will hold its Scouting Combine in Buffalo starting this Monday.

Draft eligible junior players will do interviews and fitness testing in order to impress teams and increase their chances of being selected in the entry draft scheduled for June 26th. This year's first two selections are pretty much set. The Oilers will no doubt take Connor McDavid and the Sabres will select Jack Eichel. However, there will be much jockeying for positions thereafter. How a player performs at the Combine often has an impact on where he is drafted.
May 31 - 9:06 AM

Don't be surprised if new Sabres' head coach Dan Bylsma looks to some familiar faces to flesh out his coaching staff in Buffalo.

He has teamed in the past with former NHLer Tony Granato and Todd Reirdon as well as former NHL coach Jacques Martin. Former NHL netminder Arturs Irbe will likely get an interview as the goalie coach. Although the final decisions on assistant coaches will be Bylsma's, Buffalo GM Tim Murray will also have some input as he was not happy about the inexperience on the team's bench last season.
May 30 - 9:30 AM

Dan Bylsma has been named the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

The Penguins will get a 2016 third-round draft pick, which originally belonged to the New York Islanders or Vancouver Canucks, from Buffalo as compensation. It's reportedly a five-year contract. Bylsma spent five-plus seasons in Pittsburgh, where he racked up a franchise-best 252 wins and captured the Jack Adams Award in 2011.
May 28 - 3:57 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4David Legwand
5Johan Larsson
6Tim Schaller
LW1Evander Kane
2Matt Moulson
3Marcus Foligno
4Cody McCormick
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Brian Gionta
3Sam Reinhart
4Jamie McGinn
D1Zach Bogosian
2Cody Franson
3Rasmus Ristolainen
4Mike Weber
5Mark Pysyk
6Josh Gorges
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Jake McCabe
G1Chad Johnson
2Linus Ullmark
3Robin Lehner