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The Sabres and their fans finally will get to know if the team will get Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in this June's draft.

The draft order will be determined Saturday night in Toronto and both McDavid and Eichel will be on hand. The Sabres have the highest odds of selecting first at 20 percent based on their last-place in the NHL finish. If they win the lottery they will certainly choose McDavid, but even if they don't, the worst they can do is choose second and Eichel. Draft lottery night is always fun. Keep an eye on it.
Apr 18 - 9:01 AM

Nikita Zadorov promises to be more mature next season.

"I made a couple mistakes this year off the ice, and it's all maturity," he said. "I'm not going to make them anymore." GM Tim Murray spoke with Zadorov about the team's expectations during their exit interview and the 19-year-old defenseman says he got the message. He was benched for a total of five games for two punctuality infractions. Zadorov recorded 15 points and 51 penalty minutes in 60 games this past campaign. He has plenty of potential and he's certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Apr 15 - 11:12 AM

Cody Hodgson produced a mere six goals and 13 points in 78 games in 2014-15.

"This is by far the worst year I've had statistically in my whole life, not just in the National Hockey League," Hodgson said. "Individually, as a team, it just wasn't a success. That's tough on everybody and takes a toll on you throughout the year." He finished with the fewest shots per game of his career (1.6) and was dropped down the depth chart by former coach Ted Nolan. He wants to be part of Buffalo's rebuild and perhaps with some new players as well as a fresh start with another coach will help him bounce back next year.
Apr 15 - 10:50 AM

Matt Moulson scored just 13 goals in 77 games this past season.

"The biggest thing is you want to produce and help the team win. When they aren't going in and you aren't getting wins, it's hard on people," Moulson said. "A lot of us didn't have years we wanted to have, and we’re going to make sure that doesn't happen again." Ex-coach Ted Nolan wasn't able to surround Moulson with the kind of experience and talent that he played with on the Islanders and Wild, but Moulson isn't using that as an excuse. "I think at the start of the season I got away from the type of player I am a bit and what made me successful," he said. "I don't know what it was really that drove me away from that, but I'm definitely going to concentrate on getting back to that."
Apr 15 - 10:42 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he wants to stay in the NHL.

"I think every player in the world wants to play in the NHL," he said. "It's the best league, and it's my focus right now. I wanted to play in the NHL all my life, and I'll do everything I can to stay in this league." It doesn't sound like the KHL is a threat, but that could be an option for him. Grigorenko will finish the year in the minors with Rochester after he was reassigned along with Johan Larsson, Phil Varone, Chad Ruhwedel and Matt Hackett on Monday.
Apr 14 - 9:07 AM

Zemgus Girgensons (foot) might be available to play in the World Championships.

He missed the last 21 games after taking a puck off his foot/ankle, but he started skating last week. The Latvian team is waiting for an update on his status from doctors.
Apr 14 - 9:03 AM

Patrick Kaleta isn't sure what his future holds, but he would obviously prefer to see his career continue in Buffalo.

"This organization, my teammates and the Buffalo Sabres crest means so much to me that it's hard for me to explain," Kaleta said. "I would do anything to be back here next year and for years to come." He has played his entire career (348 games) with his hometown team. Injuries have been an issue throughout that time because of his reckless style. Kaleta appeared in 42 games this past season and he picked up three assists to go with 88 hits.
Apr 14 - 8:58 AM

Tyler Ennis knows that building a winning culture is crucial for the Sabres.

"Losing is the worst," he said. "That's what we want to stress on the younger guys that are going to be a big part of the future is that this isn't acceptable. It needs to hurt. It does hurt. We need to get the winning mentality in here and back again. Sometimes if you lose a lot, you expect to lose. Those are the feelings that you don't want to slip into those young guys that are really important for the future." Part of the reason why coach Ted Nolan was fired was because Buffalo wants to change their losing culture. The team will look to continue those changes through the draft and free agency.
Apr 13 - 11:34 AM

Sabres GM Tim Murray admitted that he and Ted Nolan didn't have a great relationship.

Murray and the Sabres parted ways with Nolan on Sunday. "It was never about that he wasn't my guy," Murray said. "It's 'Can we have a great relationship?' Again, I take a lot of the blame. We didn't have a great relationship, we had a decent relationship. We didn't hate each other, we spoke. But going back to player personnel decisions, going back to him not being consulted on trade deadline those are things that I think are normal that maybe somebody else doesn't think is normal. My normal and somebody else's normal aren't the same and I understand that."
Apr 12 - 10:58 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray cleared house on Sunday evening, along with firing Head Coach Ted Nolan, he fired Assistant Coach Danny Flynn, and did not renew the contracts of Bryan Trottier & Tom Coolen.

While it's never unexpected that the front office will clear its coaching staff following finishing dead last in the standings, it's still a bit surprising given the new and incoming talent to the roster for next season. Suffice it to say that it's going to be an interesting summer in western New York.
Apr 12 - 7:20 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray has announced that head coach Ted Nolan has been "relieved of his duties."

Nolan's Sabres finished 40-87-17 in 164 games over nearly two full seasons, including 2014-15 in which the Sabres finished dead last.
Apr 12 - 7:10 PM

Ted Nolan believes the Sabres played as hard as they could throughout the 2014-15 season.

Buffalo is now officially the worst team in hockey but they have secured a top-two draft pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The Sabres finished the season with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh on home ice but Nolan believes the team has improved. "We played as hard as we could," said Nolan, who noted the Penguins outscored Buffalo, 11-1, during the teams' first two meetings. "It's been a trying year, but on the bright side of it you look at Pittsburgh. The first time we played them they waxed us. It wasn't even close. To play them this time this tight with a lot of kids was a testament to how hard they worked and what they had to give." The Sabres still have a lot of work to do before they become competitive but potentially adding Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid would go a long way in making them better.
Apr 12 - 10:12 AM

Marcus Foligno had four shots on goal in the Sabres’ 2-0 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

More of the same for the Sabres in the season finale — no offense. Foligno had eight goals and 20 points this year and would seem to have some upside if there were some playmakers around him.
Apr 11 - 10:06 PM

Anders Lindback made 36 saves in Buffalo’s 2-0 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

Lindback gave up only one goal. Have the Sabres found themselves a goalie to build around? Lindback was actually very good in the final two months with Buffalo, posting a .926 save percentage in March and .922 one in April. On the year, he had a 3.11 goals-against average and .909 SV%.
Apr 11 - 10:05 PM

The Sabres have clinched last place in the NHL and will get a draft pick that will enable them to pick either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

Well if you are going to be bad, be the worst and the Sabres have accomplished that goal. Although many believe McDavid to be the better of the two youngsters, but the Sabres can't lose here. It will be a tremendous get for Buffalo and should provide some hope for the 2015-16 season.
Apr 11 - 9:18 AM

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