Player News - Sabres

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Prospect Giorgio Estephan has been a pleasant surprise for the Buffalo Sabres.

Estephan was a sixth-round pick of the Sabres back in 2015. The 19-year-old had a breakout season in the WHL in last year, as he scored 30 goals and 74 points in 59 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He also had a six-game stint in the AHL where he scored one goal. "I don’t think it matters as much as people pretend it does," Estephan said of being selected later on in the draft. "Any time you come here they’re all just watching you. They don’t care where you got drafted." If Estephan does make the NHL in the future, it will likely be in two-to-three years.
Aug 16 - 10:09 AM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said he'd like to give Rasmus Ristolainen less minutes next season.

It's an interesting idea considering the fact that Ristolainen is arguably the best defenseman on the team. "We put him into a lot of tough situations and I think some of the numbers that roll out on him as far as Corsi and possession do reflect that," Bylsma said, "But frankly we played him too much at times. He's not going to like to hear this, but he's not a guy that should be getting 28 to 30 minutes per night, although we did it to him and we put him in those situations." The 21-year-old had nine goals and 41 points in 82 games last season.
Source: The Score
Aug 16 - 8:55 AM

Eric O'Dell has signed a one-year deal with HK Sochi of the KHL.

He played with the Binghamton Senators and Rochester Americans of the AHL last season. O'Dell had 18 goals and 37 points in 50 games with the Baby Sens as well as 11 points in 17 outings with Rochester. He skated in 11 games with Winnipeg in 2014-15 and he made 30 appearances with the Jets the year before that.
Source: HCSochi.ru
Aug 13 - 8:49 AM

Evander Kane's off-ice issues and on-ice inconsistencies may force Buffalo GM Tim Murray into a difficult decision.

Kane's legal run-ins this summer have dominated the headlines after he produced 35 points in 65 contests during his first year with the Sabres. He hasn't been convicted of any crimes, but his lack of maturity has followed him from Winnipeg to Buffalo. If they decide to trade Kane then it probably wouldn't bring in a very good return right now, but it could be the best option if they feel the distractions are too much and he won't change his bad habits. A possible deal to Vancouver has emerged from the rumor mill.
Aug 5 - 2:01 PM

Alexander Nylander decided to skip Sweden's World Junior evaluation camp.

"Alex had a really long summer," Sweden coach Tomas Monten said. "Was a lot of traveling before the draft. He had the combine, he went to the Stanley Cup Final. He just felt like he hasn't been practicing the last month. He just got back home, he had to do a couple things in school before he could leave Toronto and go back to Sweden. He landed in Sweden six days before we were going to go over [to Michigan]. He just felt that he was not in shape to be able to come here and compete." He will likely be on the roster for the 2017 tournament if he is available anyway, so it will give Sweden an opportunity to look at some different players.
Aug 3 - 12:02 PM

Evander Kane is being sued by a 21-year-old Buffalo woman.

Without providing details of how she was injured, her lawyers said she suffered "serious emotional trauma" and "serious, permanent and painful personal injuries." According to the documents that were filed July 1, Kane invited her to a party under "false pretext" and then caused cuts that required multiple surgeries. This is a separate incident to the one he just pleaded not guilty to on Monday. Kane is facing charges of non-criminal harassment, disorderly conduct and trespass from a different alleged altercation on June 24.
Aug 2 - 5:02 PM

Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty in Buffalo City Court.

He is facing charges of non-criminal harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing after he allegedly grabbed three women during an altercation at a bar. He also quarreled with a male employee at the bar in June.
Source: CBC.ca
Aug 1 - 11:42 AM

Erik Burgdoerfer's recently inked two-way contract with Buffalo comes with a $575,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

Burgdoerfer's annual salary in the minors would be $80,000. He had six goals, 20 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games in 2015-16.
Jul 22 - 11:48 PM

Erik Burgdoerfer signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Burgdoerfer had six goals, 20 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 74 AHL contests last season. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in an NHL game.
Jul 22 - 6:29 PM

The Buffalo Sabres confirmed the report that Evander Kane has been charged.

In a statement the Sabres said, "We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month. Our organization will have no further comment at this time." The incident being referred to happened in a bar back in June. Kane is reportedly facing four counts of non-criminal harassment and a misdemeanor charge for criminal trespassing. The NHL is monitoring the situation, but no action has been taken against Kane by the league as of this time.
Jul 22 - 2:26 PM

Evander Kane has reportedly been arrested following a bar incident back in June.

Kane reportedly facing four counts of non-criminal harassment and a misdemeanor charge for criminal trespassing. Kane's attorney states that his client is denying any wrongdoing.
Jul 22 - 12:18 PM

Matt Donovan has inked a contract with Frolunda HC in Sweden.

Donovan had eight goals and 31 points in 73 games with AHL Rochester last season. The 26-year-old is a veteran of 67 career NHL contests.
Jul 21 - 3:50 PM

Zemgus Girgensons is reportedly believed to be seeking a two or three-year deal from the Buffalo Sabres.

The problem is that while Girgensons has potential, he hasn't lived up to expectations at the NHL level. After he scored seven goals and 18 points in 71 contests last season, it's unlikely that Buffalo and Girgensons would see eye-to-eye on the financial terms of a multi-year contract. He's a restricted free agent so the Sabres hold his exclusive NHL rights, though it's still possible that he might also weigh European options.
Jul 19 - 5:36 AM

Jason Kasdorf has inked a two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Kasdorf had a 2.30 GAA and .931 save percentage in 30 NCAA games with R.P.I. last season. He made his NHL debut on April 8 and surrendered four goals on 30 shots.
Jul 18 - 11:48 PM

Alexander Nylander has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Nylander had 28 goals and 75 points in 57 OHL games in 2015-16. He was taken by Buffalo with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 17 - 2:58 PM


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