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Sabres GM Tim Murray was thrilled about acquiring Dmitry Kulikov from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

"He gives us a chance just to keep getting better and make that playoff push that we talk about now," Murray said. "I don’t know if he’s going to play with Ristolainen – that’s the coach’s job to put the lines together – but we certainly know that he can. He’s a good fit for us." The 25-year-old had one goal and 17 points in 74 games last season. Kulikov averaged 21:02 of ice time per game with the Panthers in 2015-16.
Jun 26 - 8:45 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have selected Rasmus Asplund with the 33rd pick of the 2016 Draft.

The Sabres get a solid two-way center as well as a leader in Asplund. The Swedish center has been part of junior national teams for five seasons and has played the last two seasons with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League. Asplund has only six goals and 15 points in 81 games over two seasons with the squad but you can't expect a lot from a 17 or 18-year-old in a tough league like the SEL. He'll likely end up as a third line center in the NHL so his fantasy value will be limited but he will be a valued member of the Sabres.
Jun 25 - 10:41 AM

The Florida Panthers have traded Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres for Mark Pysyk.

The Sabres also acquired a second-round pick (No. 33) in the deal, while the Panthers received picks No. 38 and No. 89. Kulikov became an extra piece when the Panthers inked Keith Yandle to a contract. Kulikov becomes a top-four defenseman for the Sabres and should take his offensive game to the next level in Buffalo. Look for a 30 point campaign from the defenseman.
Jun 25 - 10:11 AM

In selecting Alexander Nylander with their first round pick Friday night the Sabres have spiced up their rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The two cities are about a two-hour dirve away from each other and their respective hockey teams have been rivals for years. Now the rivalry gets a little personal as one of the Maple Leafs' top prospects is Alexander's older brother William. It will be very interesting to watch the Nylander brothers play against each other in the coming years.
Jun 25 - 9:18 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have taken Alexander Nylander with the eighth overall pick.

Alexander Nylander doesn’t boast as much hype as his older brother William Nylander, but give it time as he offers just as much promise. The 18-year-old posted 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games for Mississauga (OHL) after coming over from Sweden’s first tier. He also posted 11 goals and 30 points over the last two international cycles, along with CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year honors. At just 6’0" and 180 lbs, Nylander is a great all-around talent, defensive zone abilities included. Being on the smaller side and a winger appear to be his only drawbacks in terms of where he ought to be selected. He's worth keeping an eye on during the Sabres' training camp, although it will tough for him to make the squad.
Jun 24 - 8:12 PM

There have reportedly been two crime reports filed against Evander Kane.

Kane was reportedly part of a group that was escorted from the Buffalo bar Bottom’s Up Thursday night. The report doesn't specify what crimes Kane is accused of.
Source: WIVB.com
Jun 24 - 5:42 PM

Bob Woods has joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.

Woods most recently served as the coach and general manager of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. Before that he was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and then the Anaheim Ducks.
Jun 24 - 11:14 AM

Jimmy Vesey's agent, Peter Fish, will meet with Sabres GM Tim Murray at the NHL draft this weekend.

Fish and Peter Donatelli, who also represents Vesey, have maintained that the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner intends to test the open market on August 15. "I think we'll continue talking to the Sabres before Aug. 15, there's no question about that," he said. "But as of now, the plan is to stay the course."
Jun 21 - 6:28 PM

Jimmy Vesey is friends with Sabres center Jack Eichel.

They are playing on the same summer league team in Foxborough, Mass and they were members of Team USA's bronze-medal winning squad in the 2015 World Championship. The Sabres acquired the rights to Vesey from Nashville on Monday in exchange for a third-round pick. Buffalo will try to convince him to sign with them. If Vesey does agree to terms with the Sabres then he could open 2016-17 on a line with Eichel and Sam Reinhart.
Jun 21 - 8:48 AM

Dmitry Kulikov may be shopped by the Panthers this off-season.

If the Panthers manage to sign Keith Yandle, who was acquired from New York on Monday, and Brian Campbell then Kulikov could be up for grabs. Yandle and Campbell are both potential unrestricted free agents though, so nothing is guaranteed.
Jun 20 - 6:46 PM

Jimmy Vesey still plans to test the open market, according to his agent.

"In our opinion, the only thing that has happened is now the Sabres have stepped into the shoes of Nashville for exclusive rights [to negotiate] until Aug. 15," said Vesey's agent Peter Donatelli. "However, at this time, it doesn't change Jimmy Vesey's intention to become a free agent on Aug. 15." Buffalo just acquired the rights to Vesey from Nashville for a third-round draft pick and they will look to change his mind before he can start talking to other teams.
Jun 20 - 6:28 PM

Nicolas Deslauriers has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Buffalo.

He picked up six goals and 12 points along with 59 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Sabres in 2015-16. Deslauriers had 15 points during his rookie campaign the previous year.
Jun 20 - 6:14 PM

Buffalo has acquired the rights to Jimmy Vesey from Nashville in exchange for a third-round pick.

The pick is the 76th overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft, which originally belonged to Minnesota. Buffalo is taking a chance here as Vesey can sign with anyone on August 15 as an unrestricted free agent. They are expected to offer him a top-six spot in the lineup.
Jun 20 - 5:02 PM

Zemgus Girgensons is allegedly looking at a deal to play in the KHL next season.

Girgensons, who had a disappointing 2015-16 season and is a restricted free agent come July 1st, is apparently talking to Dinamo Riga about a contract. The Sabres' forward did not do well under coach Dan Bylsma's system after a successful campaign under previous coach Ted Nolan and has been the subject of trade rumors for the past few months. Stay tuned.
Source: WGR550.com
Jun 18 - 9:00 AM

There is talk in Boston that the Bruins may be interested in trading for Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

The Bruins are in the hunt for a "transitional" rearguard, and with Alex Goligoski off the market, may turn their attention to Kulikov. The 25-year-old Kulikov will be a free agent following next season and the Panthers may be willing to move him should the Bruins come to the table with an aggressive offer. Stay tuned.
Jun 18 - 8:28 AM


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