Player News - Sabres

Date: Team: Pos:

Jack Eichel believes the Buffalo Sabres can be a playoff team next season.

The Sabres have been one of the bottom teams in the league for the last few years, but Eichel believes there's reason for optimism. "We think we can be really good," Eichel said. "We think we can be a playoff team. That's what's important. We have to go into training camp with the right mindset, get the season off and running, put our best foot forward." The 20-year-old had 24 goals and 57 points in 61 games last year.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 10:07 AM

Evander Kane still could be moved by Buffalo, but it may be after the 2017-18 season begins.

NHL insider Darren Dreger told Buffalo's WGR 550 on Friday morning that there wasn't much going on pertaining to Kane right now, but that's not surprising considering it's a slow time for movement. "That's not to say that Botterill isn't getting calls," Dreger said. "I don't know that he is or he isn't. The party line has been that it's a team that's in the win-now mode – that may consider themselves a Stanley Cup contender, perhaps an older team – that would and has showed the most interest in Evander Kane. But I think that those general managers with those few clubs would also want to see how he starts the year. Let's see how his off-season went. It sounds like, in the limited research that I've done, that he's worked pretty hard and he's motivated going into the contract year." Kane could increase his trade value with a hot start or perhaps it could convince the Sabres to keep him around and offer him a new deal.
Aug 13 - 7:35 PM

Marcus Davidsson displayed his skating skills and potential as a two-way player and at Buffalo's development camp.

The Sabres selected Davidsson in the second round (37th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 45 games with Djurgardens IF of the SHL last year as an 18-year-old. Fellow Buffalo prospect Rasmus Asplund, who also plays in the SHL, helped Davidsson feel more comfortable at camp and they both could have a future in the NHL.
Aug 9 - 8:00 PM

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has had a busy off-season since he was taken with the 54th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Luukkonen worked out at his agent's camp in Calgary, went to Buffalo for development camp, traveled home to Finland for a brief break and then headed to Plymouth, Michigan for the World Junior Summer Showcase. He had a rough start to the event with Finland, but isn't worried about it. "I'm feeling pretty good," Luukkonen said. "The team is playing well. Maybe to my own game, I should play a little bit better but of course it's only the summer. There's time to improve." The 18-year-old netminder could see action with HPK in Finland's top league this year, but it wouldn't be surprising if he also saw action with their junior U20 club.
Aug 7 - 11:01 AM

Swedish World Junior Championship coach Tomas Monten expects Alexander Nylander to be on the Sabres in 2017-18.

Nylander didn't participate in the World Junior Summer Showcase because Sweden doesn't think he will be available for the tournament. "I don't think so," Monten said. "Of course if Buffalo wants him to play, we're going to keep our door open. He for sure has a spot on our team but I think he's going to make Buffalo this year. That's why I didn't bring him. We haven't talked in the summer. Of course I'm going to ask Buffalo what they think. If he's available, we'll take him for sure but I don't think he is. I think he's going to play in Buffalo." Nylander got the green light to play in the 2017 World Junior Championship because he was playing in the AHL at the time. He was a key player for the team with 12 points in seven games.
Aug 6 - 5:14 PM

A source has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel are busy at work on an eight-year contract extension.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the two sides are discussing a deal with the NHL maximum term length. Eichel has one season left on his entry-level contract and wants to be a long-time member of the Sabres. He led the team with 57 points and finished second with 24 goals in 2016-17 despite being limited to 61 games.
Aug 2 - 4:01 PM

Casey Mittelstadt has been an offensive catalyst at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

The Sabres prospect notched two goals and two assists in an 8-2 victory against Canada Red on Tuesday night. Mittelstadt skated alongside Logan Brown (Ottawa Senators) and Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers) in the contest. The trio had nine points (four goals, five assists) in the match and the amassed 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) when they were together at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. They could be a dangerous combination for the U.S. at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Aug 2 - 1:03 PM

Mike Komisarek has been hired by the Buffalo Sabres as a player development coach.

Komisarek hasn't played in the NHL since the 2013-14 campaign with Carolina and he served as a assistant coach with the University of Michigan in 2015-16. The former NHL defenseman skated in 551 career games.
Aug 1 - 10:31 AM

Nathan Beaulieu has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Beaulieu's new deal has annual average value of $2.4 million. The settlement avoids another potential arbitration hearing in the NHL this summer. Beaulieu achieved personal bests offensively in 2016-17 with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 74 games. He was obtained from Montreal in the off-season and play his first year with the Sabres in 2017-18.
Source: Sabres.com
Jul 31 - 7:03 PM

Casey Mittelstadt notched a goal and an assist in USA White's 4-2 victory against Finland on Saturday in World Junior Summer Showcase action.

Mittelstadt was cut from camp last year, so he's motivated to earn a roster spot on Team USA's World Junior Championship squad this time around. "If you're an athlete and you're competitive and it was taken away from you a year ago, this is his chance, this is his year," coach Bob Motzko said. "He stood up today and made some noise." Mittelstadt was selected eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 30 - 12:06 PM

Nathan Beaulieu's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4.

Beaulieu is next on the list after the Sabres avoided going to arbitration with Johan Larsson and Robin Lehner. Beaulieu reached career highs in 2016-17 with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 74 games with Montreal. He was acquired by Buffalo from the Canadiens in June.
Jul 28 - 6:13 PM

Evan Rodrigues has signed a two-year contract worth a total of $1.3 million.

It's a two-way deal for this season and a one-way deal in 2018-19. Rodrigues notched four goals and two assists in 30 games with the Sabres last year. He also had 30 points over 48 AHL contests.
Jul 27 - 5:36 PM

Cody Franson may receive a camp invite from the Chicago Blackhawks, presumably on a tryout contract, if he doesn't get a deal elsewhere.

Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score in Chicago brought up the possibility on July 15. The Blackhawks could use another defender with NHL experience on the roster. Franson is still looking for a new deal as an unrestricted free agent. He played in 68 games with Buffalo last year and contributed 19 points.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 26 - 4:21 PM

Robin Lehner has agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $4 million with the Buffalo Sabres.

Lehner set new career highs in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (2) in 2016-17 during his first full season as the starting goalie for the Sabres. He spent most of the previous campaign on the sidelines due to injury. Lehner also stopped the third-most shots in the league (1,758), while posting an impressive .920 save percentage.
Jul 25 - 9:13 AM

Kyle Okposo said he's healthy and ready for the 2017-18 season.

Okposo was admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2 to be treated for the effects of a concussion. "I've worked with a lot of different people -- concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves -- and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again," Okposo stated in an open letter to the fans. "In fact, I know I can play again. I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who's dealt with this. If I didn't feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn't be the case." He had a reaction to the medication he was taking and spent some time at the Neuro Surgical ICU to get stabilized. Okposo took part in a summer game in July and he will be on the ice for training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 24 - 6:42 PM


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