Player News - Sabres

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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. Reinhart, the son of former NHL player Paul Reinhart, was captain for Canada when it won the gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
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

Andrej Meszaros has inked a one-year contract, worth just over $4 million, with the Buffalo Sabres.

He appeared in 38 games (five goals, 12 assists) for the Philadelphia Flyers last season before being dealt to the Boston Bruins. Meszaros posted five points in 14 contests with the Bruins. He should get a larger role with the Sabres than he had during the 2013-14 campaign.
Jul 1 - 4:23 PM

The Sabres have signed Cody McCormick for three years and $4.5 million.

He will be a nice third-line winger in Buffalo who can score a little and accumulate some PIMs. That said, McCormick is not really worth drafting unless you have a reserve list.
Jul 1 - 2:11 PM

Matt Moulson has returned to the Sabres for five years and $25 million.

Moulson played on three teams last season and had some success in Buffalo even though he finished the season playing poorly for Minnesota. Moulson is a sharp shooter and will certainly play on the Sabres' top line and first power-play unit. We see him returning to a 30-35 goal level of production.
Jul 1 - 2:07 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed fomer Montreal captain Brian Gionta to a three-year $12.75 million contract.

The deal comes with a no-movement clause for the firs two seasons and a limited no-trade clause for the third campaign. Gionta will bring leadership to a young Sabres' squad and will join Josh Gorges in Buffalo. Look for Gionta to play a second or third-line role which will limit his fantasy value and will make him marginal hockey pool pick.
Jul 1 - 1:19 PM

Restricted free agent Josh Gorges was traded from the Canadiens to the Sabres for a second-round pick in 2016.

Gorges is an underrated rearguard who might have a larger role in Buffalo than he had in Montreal. Gorges is a last-round type of fantasy pick.
Jul 1 - 12:32 PM

Josh Gorges was surprised to find out that Montreal wants to trade him.

Gorges has a modified no-trade clause and he reportedly used it to veto a potential deal to Toronto. Although he didn't confirm that specifically, he did confirm that the Canadiens called him to ask him to waive his no-trade clause and clearly he didn't do that. He has, however, added "a couple" Canadian teams to his list of teams he's willing to go to. Previously the list include 15 American-based clubs.
Jul 1 - 10:28 AM


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