Player News - Sabres

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Rochester, N.Y. native Brian Gionta is looking forward to playing with the Buffalo Sabres.

"We're excited to be there," said Gionta, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Sabres in July. "It's been a while since I've been that close to home, and I think it's a great fit for myself on the team but also for my family in the community." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games last season with Montreal. He's expected to provide Buffalo with some leadership and he can chip in offensively.
Sep 16 - 8:18 AM

Chris Stewart has high expectations for himself going into the 2014-15 season.

"I want to re-establish myself as one of the best power forwards in the game," he said. "I think when I've been given that opportunity in my career to showcase what I can do, I've delivered." Stewart skated in just five games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller trade. He injured his ankle after the move, but is recovered now and he's looking to make a positive impact with his new club. Stewart's current contract expires after the upcoming season, so he has plenty of motivation to succeed.
Sep 16 - 7:17 AM

Tyler Myers isn't concerned with trade rumors.

"My focus throughout the entire summer was to get better for the Buffalo Sabres," he said. "If a moment ever comes that I hear confirmation I'm not a Buffalo Sabre, then the mindset will change. But as of right now, I'm a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre." He expects off-season additions Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros to help Buffalo's young defense corps and serve as leaders for the club.
Sep 15 - 10:10 AM

The fourth overall pick from the June draft Sam Reinhart is trying to look at the positives after the Sabres' rocky start to their prospects tournament.

Reinhart has been a -3 with two shots and no points through Buffalo's two losses in Traverse City, "It's exciting to be here; we've felt we've played two strong games and lost both so it speaks to the level of hockey and really the importance of minimizing your mistakes at this level," Reinhart said. The 18 year old is trying to look past the results and use this experience to help him succeed at Sabres training camp later this month. "I feel comfortable out there," he said. "At this stage in the season I feel really well and I know it'll be a long journey to make this team so this is where it starts for everyone. I've been preparing for this for a long time."
Sep 14 - 8:49 PM

Vaclav Karabacek was the only Sabre player to score in a 6-1 loss to Carolina in the opening rookie game for both teams.

Karabacek played in Gatineau of ther QMJHL last season registering 47 points in 65 games. The Sabres' second-round pick in this past June's draft is ticketed to return to his junior team this upcoming season.
Sep 13 - 10:24 AM

Tyler Myers is happy with the players Buffalo brought in over the summer.

The Sabres added 35-year-old Brian Gionta and 30-year-old Josh Gorges among others. "The type of guys we got, it's very exciting for us," Myers said. "It was a busy summer for us. Not only the type of players they are, but the veteran presence they bring to the room, I think it’s something we needed." Players like Gionta should help guide the Sabres in their rebuilding efforts, but Buffalo is still likely to miss the playoffs by a significant margin.
Sep 12 - 12:58 PM

John Vogl of the Buffalo News speculates that an NHL roster spot for Sam Reinhart in his to lose for the 2014-15 season.

He's already had three successful seasons in the WHL with Kootenay Ice and he racked up 105 points in 60 games last year. Reinhart was chosen with the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and it certainly would be surprising if he didn't at least start the year with the Sabres. Keep an eye on him at training camp.
Sep 12 - 7:54 AM

Based on Bodog's pre-training camp odds, the Buffalo Sabres are the most likely team to finish in last place this season.

Obviously, that has to be taken with a grain of salt, but it's not like Bodog is the only ones out there predicting that Buffalo will finish in last place. This will probably be a painful season for the Sabres, but if they do struggle to that extent, then they'll at least be in a position to draft Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Either player has the potential to be someone you can build a successful franchise around.
Sep 10 - 8:47 AM

With the signings of Andrej Meszaros and Andre Benoit and the acquistion of Josh Gorges, Nikita Zadorov will be in a battle to make the Sabres' roster out of training camp.

There will likely only be seven spots on the team's blueline to start the campaign and in addition to Meszaros, Benoit and Gorges, Tyler Myers and Mike Weber seems like locks to make the squad. That leaves two spots for Rasmus Ristolainen, Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe and Zadorov. The 19-year-old Russian rearguard has a boat load of talent, but it remains to be seen if he can make an impact in 2014-15.
Sep 6 - 9:26 AM

Kevin Devine's role with the Buffalo Sabres has shifted to player personnel director after he was the team's chief scout and assistant general manager.

Greg Royce and Mark Jakubowski took over those roles, respectively. The changes to the front office were announced earlier this month. In other moves, Randy Cunneyworth is now the player development coach after working with the team's prospects in AHL Rochester, former assistant coach Jerry Forton is an NCAA scout, Jason Long is the new co-ordinator of player development, Corey Smith will work as the video coach and Jim Kovachik is the club's pro scout, while Seamus Kotyk and Victor Nybladh will fill amateur scouting roles.

Nick Petrecki agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.

Petrecki was cut loose by the Sharks when he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the club this off-season. He had three points and 54 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Worcester Sharks last season. Petrecki also played 14 contests with the Amerks last year when he was loaned to the club and he played with them in the playoffs.
Aug 19 - 3:20 PM

The Sabres and NHL announced on Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo for the next two years at HarborCenter.

Sabres President Ted Black also announced that the team has submitted a bid to host the 2016 NHL Draft and they will inquire about getting an All-Star Game. Additionally, the organization plans to bid on the 2018 World Junior Championship. Buffalo is clearly looking to be a player in the hockey world, while attempting to lure people to their city.
Aug 19 - 9:32 AM

The Sabres are planning a "major announcement" for Monday at 1 p.m. where they are expected to be awarded hosting duties for the NHL Combine.

The combine is normally held in suburban Toronto, but Buffalo has placed a multi-year bid to host it at the new HarborCenter complex that is set to open in October. The Sabres are also in pursuit of hosting the 2016 NHL Draft, but it is not clear at this point whether that announcement will come on Monday. Senior NHL official Colin Campbell is set to speak t the conference, as well as Sabres and HarborCenter executives.
Aug 17 - 9:29 PM

It's been a tough go for Mikhail Grigorenko ever since the Sabres rushed their prized 12th overall selection from 2012 into the NHL right away, but the Russian prospect will look to put past struggles behind him and play a full season with the Sabres in 2014-15.

The 20 year-old has lasted just 43 games in two seasons with the big club, and since his rookie contract kicked in during his first season, he is already in the final year of his contract. Grigorenko’s skill and potential are still sky high, but time is ticking for this prospect to start producing. The Sabres have the option of sending him to Rochester in the AHL if he needs more time to develop.
Aug 16 - 11:07 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Arturs Irbe to serve as goaltending coach.

The 13-year NHL veteran joins Ted Nolan's staff and should play an integral role in developing both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth as they challenge for the number one position. The two-time NHL all-star also has some coaching experience on his resume as he served as an assistant for Team Latvia at the 2013 World Championships.
Aug 9 - 7:33 AM

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