Player News - Sabres

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Bob Sanguinetti has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Sanguinetti had 16 goals and 40 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. Although he's excelled at the AHL level, he's not likely to play with Buffalo next season.
Jul 2 - 6:03 PM

Jack Eichel gained the confidence he needed to sign with the Buffalo Sabres during the World Championships.

Eichel had previously been entertaining the idea of getting another year of seasoning in the NCAA before going pro. "Before the world championships, I was a little bit unsure," he said. "After going over there and having the experience I did, talking to a lot of guys, I came back pretty set on moving on." He didn't want to make his intentions known until he was drafted though, leading to some speculation about his plans. Expectations are high for Eichel as he's regarded as a potential generational talent.
Jul 2 - 9:10 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Jack Eichel to a three-year/entry level deal.

You can assume that Eichel will get the maximum possible under the CBA. Eichel will be a top-two center for the Sabres this season and will be their top center for the years to come after taking over from Ryan O'Reilly who will eventually move to the second line. Look for Eichel to get 45-60 points this season, not too shabby for an 18-year-old.
Jul 1 - 2:56 PM

Matt Donovan has agreed to a one-year deal in Buffalo.

He suited up in 12 games with the Islanders last year. He won't have any fantasy value in Buffalo.
Jul 1 - 2:11 PM

Cal O'Reilly has signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres for $700,000 per season.

He'll join his younger brother Ryan in the Queen City. O'Reilly was waived by the Canucks before the start of the 2014 season and had 10 goals and 61 points in 76 games with Utica of the AHL. Look for O'Reilly to be a bottom six forward for the Sabres if he can crack the lineup.
Jul 1 - 2:03 PM

Although Patrick Kaleta is mere hours away from officially becoming an unrestricted free agent, he still wants to re-sign with Buffalo.

"My No. 1 goal and priority is to stay with the Sabres, especially after the moves we made," Kaleta said. "It'd be amazing to continue my career here." The moves in question might have sealed Kaleta's fate though. The Sabres have a bit of a logjam in terms of forwards as it is, so it seems unlikely that they would sign Kaleta at this point. He had three assists in 42 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 7:53 AM

Johan Larsson got a qualifying offer from the Sabres on Monday.

Mark Pysyk, Jerry D'Amigo, Phil Varone, Tim Schaller, Jerome Leduc and Nathan Lieuwen also had their rights kept by Buffalo. The Sabres will work towards signing those restricted free agents over the summer.
Jun 30 - 11:18 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

Ryan O'Reilly is eager to take on a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres.

"I've always wanted to be a big piece like that, have that leadership role and be seen as that by the management," he said. "It's another area to grow my game. If I can do that and transfer what I know and at the same time learn new things, it's only going to benefit the team and benefit myself." GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma are thrilled to have O'Reilly in the fold and he's expected to serve as the team's top center.
Jun 30 - 11:08 AM

Cody Hodgson has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.

He had four seasons and $19 million remaining on his six-year contract, so the buyout will cost the Sabres $6.33 million if he goes unclaimed. Hodgson notched just six goals and seven assists in 78 games last year. He was eager to bounce back, but now he'll have to do that somewhere else.
Jun 29 - 2:37 PM

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

Although there wasn't much suspense about where Jack Eichel would go in the draft, the talented pivot was still very enthusiastic about being selected by the Sabres second overall Friday night.

Eichel, who has yet to officially decide if he will turn pro or go back to Boston University, had this to say about the draft experience. "Even though I hadn't been selected until today, it seems like I've been a part of the Buffalo Sabres for a while now. To finally put this jersey on, it's a tremendous feeling." We believe Eichel will in fact sign and make the Sabres out of training camp and his talk about returning to Boston University is just posturing.
Jun 27 - 10:32 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

Look for Ryan O'Reilly to play a key role on the Sabres in 2015-16.

He should be the team's first-line center and play on the Sabres' first power-play unit. Buffalo GM Tim Murray was gushing about his newest acquisition after the draft completed Friday night. "His hockey sense is off the charts," Murray said. "I think he makes everybody around him better. I love his work ethic on and off the ice. I love his compete level. There's nothing I don't like about him." Look for O'Reilly to play alongside Evander Kane and register 60 points at a minimum. We like this move by Buffalo.
Jun 27 - 10:13 AM

The contract demands that forced Colorado to trade Ryan O'Reilly have surfaced.

According to an NHL source O'Reilly was demanding a contract similar to Phil Kessel's, eight years and $64M. Considering that Matt Duchene currently hits the cap the hardest for the Avalanche at just $6M per, and O'Reilly being a sub-point per game player, it's plain to see why Colorado made the deal.
Jun 26 - 8:17 PM

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