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Jack Eichel and the Sabres have apparently started preliminary talks on a contract extension.

Eichel has one more season left on his entry-level contract. He has racked up 48 goals and 113 points in the first 142 games of his NHL career. The Sabres would obviously like to sign him to a long-term deal.
Jun 28 - 1:23 PM

Brian Gionta can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he still hopes a deal can be reached with the Buffalo Sabres.

Gionta has been captain of the Sabres since 2014-15. He produced 15 goals and 35 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 27 - 9:18 AM

Dmitry Kulikov has been attracting interest from other teams with free agency just around the corner.

Kulikov was limited to only 47 games with the Sabres in 2016-17. The Senators could be in the hunt, as coach Guy Boucher was behind the bench with Kulikov in Drummondville.
Jun 26 - 6:51 PM

Taylor Fedun has signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Fedun, who was eligible for unrestricted free agency, will make $650,000 each season if he plays in the NHL. He split the 2016-17 campaign between Buffalo and Rochester. Fedun had seven helpers in 27 outings with the Sabres and 23 points in 29 minor-league matches.
Jun 26 - 2:58 PM

Buffalo chose defenseman Oskari Laaksonen in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sabres went off the board with this selection, as he wasn't listed on any rankings by NHL's Central Scouting. He was chosen 89th overall because Buffalo's scouts were excited about Laaksonen's offensive creativity. "Our European scouts really wanted to stand up and get a player into the organization. If you don't step up and take a player you may not get him," GM Jason Botterill said. "They sort won us over ... You have to trust your scouts in this situation and we're excited to have him." The soon-to-be 18-year-old has been developing in the youth system for Ilves.
Jun 26 - 10:21 AM

Casey Mittelstadt may not join the Sabres for another year or two.

Mittelstadt has committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2017-18 campaign. The Sabres selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo GM Jason Botterill is willing to wait for Mittelstadt to develop, but you have to be careful with waiting too long to sign college prospects.
Jun 26 - 10:13 AM

Don't be surprised if Evander Kane is not traded this off-season.

Kane is a tremendously gifted player but his attitude and character have been called into question many times during his NHL career, which limits his trade value. The Sabres are not going to give him away for a discount, so a deal might be hard to consummate. Stay tuned, as the trading of Kane will be a topic of discussion all summer long.
Jun 25 - 7:49 AM

Penguins director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton is leaving the organization to become the assistant GM in Buffalo.

The obvious connection here is that Sexton and Sabres GM Jason Botterill worked together in Pittsburgh. Having a former GM like Sexton on staff will benefit a rookie general manager like Botterill. Sexton will also serve as the general manager of the AHL's Rochester Americans (Buffalo's minor league affiliate).
Jun 24 - 5:50 PM

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the second round (54th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

He was considered by many to be the top goaltender of the 2017 draft class, but he ended up being the second goalie off the board after Jake Oettinger (Dallas). Like a lot of today’s goalies, he’s got a great combination size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and athleticism. He missed the first month of the season because of pneumonia, but that didn’t stop him from having a great campaign. The 18-year-old had a terrific season with HPK’s junior team over in Finland, as he finished the season with a sparkling 1.78 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. He’s expected to make the leap to HPK’s senior team next season, which is impressive given his age. Luukkonen has the potential to be a starting goaltender in the NHL. Like most goalie prospects, all he needs is a little time.
Jun 24 - 10:49 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have selected center Casey Mittelstadt with the eighth pick in the 2017 Draft.

The Sabres will look good in a few years with Jack Eichel and Mittelstadt as their top two pivots. Mittelstadt is an incredibly gifted offensive center that has all the tools to creative in the opponent’s zone. He’s fast, he’s skilled and his playmaking ability is off the charts. The 18-year-old had 23 goals and 30 points in 24 games with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. That was good enough to lead the league with 1.25 points-per-game. The one thing that’s concerning about his point total, is that 18 of the 30 points were scored on the power play, which is pretty high. Still, there’s no denying Mittelstadt’s ability. He is likely a couple of years away from reaching the NHL. He’ll spend next season in the NCAA with University of Minnesota.
Jun 23 - 7:57 PM

The Buffalo Sabres will play in 16 back-to-back sets of games in the 2017-18 campaign.

That's better than last season when Buffalo led the league with 19 back-to-back sets. Buffalo will have some of those sets rather early though as they'll be playing games on Oct. 14-15, Oct. 20-21, and Oct. 24-25. Keep that in mind when assessing the Sabres' goaltending situation as you could see the backup get a fair amount of playing time in the early portion of the campaign.
Jun 23 - 4:02 AM

Evander Kane feels he came back too early from his rib injury, which he sustained during the Sabres' 2016-17 opening game.

"It took me a little while to get back into the swing of things," Kane said. "In those final 58 games, I thought I showed consistency offensively." Kane returned on Nov. 9, but didn't score a goal until Dec. 3. In the final 58 games he was referring to, he had 28 goals and 39 points. Kane has been the subject of trade rumors this summer, but he's hoping to stay in Buffalo.
Jun 19 - 9:17 AM

The Sabres have left both Linus Ullmark and Anders Nillson unprotected for Tuesday's expansion draft and have protected newly-acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu.

This is not really a surprise as the tream had to protect starter Robin Lehner. Other protected Sabres are: Tyler Ennis (F) Marcus Foligno (F) Zemgus Girgensons (F) Evander Kane (F) Johan Larsson (F) Ryan O'Reilly (F) Kyle Okposo (F) (D) Jake McCabe (D) Rasmus Ristolainen (D). Look for Vegas to take a hard look at defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 10:55 AM

It is not clear if the Sabres acquired Nathan Beaulieu from the Canadiens to keep him or expose him to the expansion draft.

On the one hand, Beaulieu could fit in on the left side of the Sabres' third pairing giving Brendan Guhle some more time in the minors to develop. On the other hand, giving up a third-round pick to Montreal may have been a cheaper price to pay than what Vegas was offering to ensure other Sabres assets were off limits in the draft. It will be interesting to see what Buffalo does here.
Jun 18 - 8:48 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in 2017.

Beaulieu started last season as Shea Weber's partner on Montreal's top pairing, but that experiment didn't last long. In the Canadiens' final playoff game of the season (Game 6 of their first-round series against the Rangers) Beaulieu was made a healthy scratch by Claude Julien. Despite falling out of favor in Montreal, Beaulieu still possesses the potential to be a top-four defenseman in the NHL. The 24-year-old scored a career-high four goals and 28 points in 74 games last season. Beaulieu is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. This is a nice, low-risk move for the Sabres.
Jun 17 - 1:56 PM


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