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Randy Cunneyworth has been named the bench boss of the AHL's Rochester Americans.

The Americans are affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. "We are happy to have Randy Cunneyworth move into the role of head coach of the Rochester Americans," said Sabres GM Tim Murray. "Randy has already established himself as a valuable member of our hockey department in his previous role as development coach, and his track record for winning in the AHL and developing young players make him the ideal candidate to lead the Amerks." Cunneyworth previously served as Rochester's bench boss from 2000-01 to 2007-08 and posted a 306-273-61 record. He also had a stint as the Montreal Canadiens' head coach in 2011-12, accumulating a 18-23-9 record.
Jul 29 - 1:58 PM

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

Brian Gionta acknowledged there will be a different kind of energy this season for the Sabres.

The sort of energy where guys actually think the front office is trying to improve the team instead of tanking to preserve a high draft pick. Gionta said "100 percent we’ll be a better team" after general manager Tim Murray added Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Ryan O’Reilly Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Robin Lehner. And let's not forget Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. "Look at the moves he's been able to make," Gionta said. "You can say you want a better team, you want to bring in better players, but for him to actually pull that off and make the moves he did, it shows that he means business. That excites guys in the locker room."
Jul 26 - 10:09 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year/two-way contract.

D'Amigo will get $700,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL. D'Amigo was pointless in nine NHL games for the Sabres this past season after picking up nine goals and 26 points in 59 games between Springfield and Rochester of the AHL. He has no fantasy value to speak of.
Jul 23 - 4:11 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that they have signed Johan Larsson to a one-year contract extension.

The Sabres didn't reveal the contract details, but based on a report out of Sweden days before Buffalo announced the signing, Larsson's contract is worth $800,000. Larsson had six goals and 16 points in 39 games with Buffalo last season. He also had 15 goals and 40 points in 45 contests at the AHL level.
Jul 21 - 5:31 PM

The Sabres signed Johan Larsson to a one-year, one-way deal worth $800,000 on Friday, according to a Swedish newspaper.

Larsson had six goals and 10 assists in 39 games in the NHL last season, and 40 points in 45 AHL games. "This has been a process but now the Sabres are clear they want to have Johan on the team," said his agent Lars Cederstrom. "Johan has great potential to grow even more next season, so we believe he will have an even better position for negotiations in a year."
Jul 18 - 12:34 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Nathan Lieuwen to his qualifying offer.

Lieuwen had a 3.29 GAA and .883 save percentage in 16 AHL contests last season. He's projected to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 16 - 10:53 PM

Tim Schaller has accepted the Buffalo Sabres' qualifying offer.

Schaller had a goal and an assist in 18 games with Buffalo in 2014-15. He also had 43 points and 116 penalty minutes in 65 AHL contests.
Jul 16 - 10:52 PM

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Gauthier-Leduc can earn $688,000 at the NHL level. He had six goals and 25 points in 76 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 16 - 10:51 PM

Mark Pysyk has agreed to a two-year, $2.25 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Pysyk had 17 points in 54 AHL contests last season and another three points in seven games with Buffalo. While nothing is set in stone, this deal heavily suggests that he will be part of Buffalo's opening game roster.
Jul 14 - 9:23 PM

Ryan O'Reilly could be facing potential jail time for his recent incident on July 9.

He allegedly crashed his truck into a Tim Hortons and his blood alcohol level was above 80 mg. For that he might be fined $1,000 and have his license revoked for a year. However, he's also being charged with fleeing the scene and that can led to him spending as much as six months in jail. He signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with Buffalo on July 3.
Jul 14 - 9:54 AM

Ryan O'Reilly has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and for failing to stay at the scene.

The alleged incident occurred on July 9 around 4:00 a.m. and the charges were announced Monday night. Middlesex County OPP reported that a Chevrolet pickup truck, which O'Reilly was reportedly driving, crashed into a commercial building. He drove away from the scene and eventually left the vehicle to proceed on foot with another man. He was arrested and given breath testing before eventually being released. O'Reilly will be in court on August 20. He signed a signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with Buffalo on July 3.
Source: AM 980
Jul 13 - 8:06 PM

Phil Varone has signed a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Varone had three goals and five points in 28 games with the Sabres in 2014-15. He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27, but that's obviously not needed now.
Jul 13 - 4:50 PM

Evan Rodrigues wants to show people that he can contribute at the NHL level.

Rodrigues played collegiately at Boston University and he played on a line with Jack Eichel last year. The two played together throughout the team's development camp as well. Rodrigues had a quiet career at BU until Eichel arrived in 2014-15, but he wants to show that he is capable of playing in the pro ranks. "I just want to show everyone that's in the stands what I'm capable of and what I can do and that I can play at the next level," Rodrigues said. "The Sabres are making moves and not staying stagnant. They've made some big moves that maybe people didn't expect, but it's great to see. Hopefully, I can be a part of it."
Jul 12 - 9:54 AM

Jack Eichel and the Sabres’ blue and gold scrimmage drew 17,115 fans Friday night.

Sam Rienhart’s Blue team defeated the Eichel-led Gold team 5-2. "It was definitely an unbelievable crowd," Eichel said. "It's crazy to think there were 17,000 people here for a scrimmage in July, but like I said earlier, it says a lot about Buffalo and how passionate they are for the Sabres."
Jul 11 - 1:59 PM

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