Player News - Sabres

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Andre Benoit has inked a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Benoit had seven goals and 21 assists in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He might end up getting top-four minutes in Buffalo.
Jul 23 - 12:03 PM

Matt D'Agostini has agreed to a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette HC.

Geneve-Servette plays in Switzerland's top hockey league. D'Agostini had five goals and 12 points in 56 contests with Pittsburgh and Buffalo last season.
Source: GSHC.ch
Jul 18 - 4:38 PM

Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, is predicting that his client will peak at around 30 goals and 70 points.

"I believe that Tyler's challenge has been that he's an undersized guy his whole career but he's overcome that obstacle," King said of Ennis. "I think Tyler is going to be like some of the smaller guys that have gone through the Buffalo Sabres over the years and gone on to great careers in the NHL. I clearly believe we haven't scratched the surface yet to what Tyler can be." Obviously Ennis' agent is going to be biased and the numbers he's putting forward would be a big leap from his current career-high of 49 points. That being said, Ennis is still just 24 years old (25 on Oct. 6) and he definitely still has some room to grow. He should establish himself as a solid top-six forward after inking a five-year, $23 million deal with Buffalo.
Jul 17 - 10:09 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension.

Buffalo didn't disclose the term or cap hit, but it's reportedly a five-year, $23 million contract. The Sabres are betting on Ennis bouncing back after recording just 43 points in 80 games last season. He certainly has the capacity to firmly establish himself as a solid top-six forward and could end up with 50-60 points in 2014-15.
Jul 17 - 10:26 AM

Tyler Ennis is reportedly close to signing a five-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

It's believed that Ennis' deal will be in the ballpark of $4.6 million annually for five years. He had 43 points and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games in 2013-14. At the age of 24, he still has some untapped offensive upside.
Jul 16 - 4:25 PM

Sam Reinhart began his career with the Buffalo Sabres by participating in development camp drills.

"It was great," Reinhart said. "It was a thrill to have that all over with and finally come here. It's a lot more comforting knowing all that's over and you can really get down to business, enjoy the week and the first experience at an NHL level. I’m just kind of taking it in stride and enjoying the process." The Sabres took him with the second pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo has already signed him to an entry-level contract and he's expected to make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 15 - 9:26 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract.

The Sabres have not yet disclosed whether it's a one-year or two-year deal. As James O'Brien points out at prohockeytalk.com, it makes a difference, the one- or two-way detail could be important because the general feeling is that Dalpe isn’t exactly a shoo-in for a roster spot. The Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe believes that the 24-year-old will fight for a fourth-line forward spot.
Jul 13 - 8:10 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract.

Samuels-Thomas was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (No. 203) of the 2009 NHL Draft. The Sabres acquired his rights July 9 from the Winnipeg Jets in a trade for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft. The 24-year-old Connecticut native began his college career with Bowling Green State University before transferring to Quinnipiac University, where he played the past two seasons. In his first season with the Bobcats, Samuels-Thomas led the team with 17 goals and helped Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to Yale University.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 12 - 5:07 PM

Forward Sam Reinhart, the second selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Details of the deal have yet to be divulged publicly. "We are very excited to have Sam under contract," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "We look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future." Reinhart, 18, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 203 WHL games, he scored 101 goals and 254 points. He served as captain in 2013-14 and was named WHL Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year after tying Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick, for fourth in league scoring with 105 points.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 12 - 5:04 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired Jordan Samuels-Thomas from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh round draft pick.

Samuels-Thomas had 29 points and 46 penalty minutes in 34 games with Quinnipiac University in 2013-14. He was taken with the 203rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 10 - 9:09 AM

There's been speculation as to whether or not the Red Wings will attempt to acquire Tyler Myers.

Detroit wasn't able to upgrade its defense on the free agent market and although Myers hasn't lived up to expectations since winning the Calder Trophy, he's still a solid defenseman with plenty of upside. Buffalo might not be inclined to trade Myers though, especially seeing as freeing up cap space is a non-factor for them at this time.
Jul 6 - 9:27 AM

Matthew Hackett has accepted his qualifying offer.

His contract in 2014-15 will pay him $750,750 at the NHL level on a one-year, two-way deal, according to Capgeek.com. Hackett's season ended in April when he suffered a knee injury, which required surgery to repair. He'll play in the AHL next year.
Jul 5 - 1:41 PM

Buffalo signed Tyson Strachan to a one-year, two-way contract.

He will earn an NHL salary of $650,000 and will get $275,000 in the AHL. Strachan played in 18 games with Washington last year. He'll probably spend the majority of the 2014-15 season in the minors.
Jul 3 - 5:46 PM

Brian Gionta said he's leaving the Montreal Canadiens with a "heavy heart."

Gionta served as the team's captain, but signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. "It's not an easy thing to come to terms with, but we had to look to the future and we're excited about that," Gionta said. "But the last five years have been a huge part of our life and we're very lucky to have experienced it and very grateful for it." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jul 2 - 10:35 AM

Marcus Foligno has agreed to a two-year, $3.75 million contract extension.

Foligno had 19 points and 82 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Sabres in 2013-14. It's not surprising that he ended up getting a bridge deal after his entry-level contract expired. He's got some offensive upside and he'll get a far more lucrative contract next time if he can live up to his potential.
Jul 2 - 8:32 AM


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