Player News - Sabres

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Kevin Devine's role with the Buffalo Sabres has shifted to player personnel director after he was the team's chief scout and assistant general manager.

Greg Royce and Mark Jakubowski took over those roles, respectively. The changes to the front office were announced earlier this month. In other moves, Randy Cunneyworth is now the player development coach after working with the team's prospects in AHL Rochester, former assistant coach Jerry Forton is an NCAA scout, Jason Long is the new co-ordinator of player development, Corey Smith will work as the video coach and Jim Kovachik is the club's pro scout, while Seamus Kotyk and Victor Nybladh will fill amateur scouting roles.

Nick Petrecki agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.

Petrecki was cut loose by the Sharks when he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the club this off-season. He had three points and 54 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Worcester Sharks last season. Petrecki also played 14 contests with the Amerks last year when he was loaned to the club and he played with them in the playoffs.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 19 - 3:20 PM

The Sabres and NHL announced on Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo for the next two years at HarborCenter.

Sabres President Ted Black also announced that the team has submitted a bid to host the 2016 NHL Draft and they will inquire about getting an All-Star Game. Additionally, the organization plans to bid on the 2018 World Junior Championship. Buffalo is clearly looking to be a player in the hockey world, while attempting to lure people to their city.
Aug 19 - 9:32 AM

The Sabres are planning a "major announcement" for Monday at 1 p.m. where they are expected to be awarded hosting duties for the NHL Combine.

The combine is normally held in suburban Toronto, but Buffalo has placed a multi-year bid to host it at the new HarborCenter complex that is set to open in October. The Sabres are also in pursuit of hosting the 2016 NHL Draft, but it is not clear at this point whether that announcement will come on Monday. Senior NHL official Colin Campbell is set to speak t the conference, as well as Sabres and HarborCenter executives.
Aug 17 - 9:29 PM

Free from the shackles of a disastrous tenure in Buffalo, Ville Leino's landing spot has yet to be determined through the first six weeks of free agency.

Leino would likely get a one year deal in the area of a $1-million cap hit if he doesn't bolt the NHL. After breaking out with 53 points in 81 games with the Flyers in 2010-11, Leino earned a big contract with the Sabres and completely flopped, managing just 46 points in 137 games over three horrible seasons. He was bought out in the off-season and could re-establish himself with low expectations on a low-risk deal if he rediscovers his touch.
Aug 16 - 12:55 PM

It's been a tough go for Mikhail Grigorenko ever since the Sabres rushed their prized 12th overall selection from 2012 into the NHL right away, but the Russian prospect will look to put past struggles behind him and play a full season with the Sabres in 2014-15.

The 20 year-old has lasted just 43 games in two seasons with the big club, and since his rookie contract kicked in during his first season, he is already in the final year of his contract. Grigorenko’s skill and potential are still sky high, but time is ticking for this prospect to start producing. The Sabres have the option of sending him to Rochester in the AHL if he needs more time to develop.
Aug 16 - 11:07 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Arturs Irbe to serve as goaltending coach.

The 13-year NHL veteran joins Ted Nolan's staff and should play an integral role in developing both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth as they challenge for the number one position. The two-time NHL all-star also has some coaching experience on his resume as he served as an assistant for Team Latvia at the 2013 World Championships.
Aug 9 - 7:33 AM

J.T. Compher is doubtful to play for the rest of the national junior evaluation camp because of a hand injury.

The Buffalo Sabres prospect was hurt blocking a shot during a 5-on-3 penalty kill in a 7-1 exhibition win against Sweden on Wednesday. Compher had two assists in the contest for the United States. He's considered to be a frontrunner for the captaincy of the 2015 World Junior Championship team. He was a second-round pick (35th overall) by the Sabres in the 2013 draft.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 7 - 5:24 PM

Sam Reinhart isn't thinking about the NHL right now, as he attends Canada's one-week junior development camp.

His mind is just on impressing Canada's brass and trying to get back on the team for some redemption. "A lot of the guys who were there feel it," said Reinhart of Canada's tough loss to the Russians and a fourth-place finish. "It's not an easy tournament to win by any means. We felt we were getting better each day throughout that tournament, and it was one slip-up that cost us. We know how fast it can all be taken away, and you can't take that for granted." Reinhart added that his focus will shift to the Buffalo Sabres when he attends their training camp in the fall. If he earns an NHL roster spot then there's a chance that he won't get to represent Canada at the World Junior Championship. He was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft and he already has an entry-level contract from Buffalo.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 6 - 8:22 PM

Arturs Irbe will work as Buffalo's goaltending coach.

He was announced to the team's staff on Monday along with assistants Bryan Trottier, Danny Flynn and Tom Coolen. "I'm very happy with the group of talented hockey minds we were able to assemble for our coaching staff," head coach Ted Nolan said in a press release. "Each one of these coaches brings an extensive and different background from the hockey world and I'm confident they will help get our team to where it needs to go this season."
Aug 5 - 9:29 AM

Buffalo announced some more hires to their management staff on Monday.

Mark Jakubowski has been named assistant general manager, while Rob Murphy and Greg Royce will serve as the team's director of scouting and director of amateur scouting, respectively.
Aug 4 - 5:15 PM

Danny Flynn has reportedly joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff.

Flynn served as the head coach of the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats for six seasons, but after the 2012-13 campaign, he was promoted by the Wildcats to serve as their director of hockey operations. Flynn will be working under head coach Ted Nolan for the third time in his career. Flynn served as an assistant coach in Moncton when Nolan was the bench boss in 2005-06 and also spent one campaign as Nolan's assistant during his tenure with the New York Islanders.
Jul 31 - 3:35 PM

Bryan Trottier will serve as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres next season.

The young Sabres should benefit from Trottier's vast experience. He got into the Hall of Fame after winning the Stanley Cup six times as a player and won the Cup a seventh time in 2001 as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche.
Jul 30 - 9:21 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract.

Adam, 24, played in 12 games with the Sabres in 2013-14. He scored one goal. He scored a team-leading 29 goals and added 20 assists in 59 games with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. A second-round choice (44th overall) by Buffalo in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Adam has appeared in 87 career games as a Sabres player and has notched 15 goals and 11 assists.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

Josh Gorges says he still hasn't heard any reason why the Montreal Canadiens traded him recently.

"I wish I had a really good answer — where this came from and why, and how it came about — but I don’t, to be honest," Gorges said weeks after being deal to the Buffalo Sabres. "It was a shock to me." Gorges, 29, says he was "deeply disappointed" and hat he "never wanted to leave Montreal," adding "in no way has this been my decision."
Jul 26 - 9:06 AM


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