Player News - Sabres

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J.T. Compher has decided to stay in college for at least one more year.

Compher had 12 goals and 24 points in 34 games with the University of Michigan this season as a sophomore. Buffalo took him with the 35th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
May 5 - 4:47 PM

The Rochester Americans have parted ways with head coach Chadd Cassidy.

The Americans are the AHL affiliates of the Buffalo Sabres. Cassidy continues Sabres GM Tim Murray's shakeup within the organization after he fired Buffalo bench boss Ted Nolan as well as assistant coach Danny Flynn. The Sabres also decided not to re-sign Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen. "I'd like to thank Chadd for all of his hard work and contributions during his time with the Amerks," said Murray. "With the organization as a whole continuing to move forward into a new chapter, we have decided to make a change at that position and will begin the search for a new Amerks head coach immediately."
May 1 - 5:13 PM

Tyler Ennis joined Claude Giroux and Tyler Seguin on Canada's second line at practice.

Head coach Todd McLellan said the lineup isn't set in stone going into Friday's game against Latvia. Sidney Crosby skated between Jason Spezza and Ryan O'Reilly on the top line, while Sean Couturier joined Brayden Schenn and Tyler Toffoli. Matt Duchene played with Nathan MacKinnon, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall to round out the group.
Apr 29 - 10:21 AM

Chad Johnson had a sprained ankle, which prevented him from playing with the Sabres after he was acquired from the Islanders.

He's hoping to get a chance to dress for Buffalo next season, as he has one season left on his contract. "My focus is just on having a good summer and getting better as a goalie and being ready to have a great year next year," Johnson said. "Hopefully, it's here." He has compiled a 28-14-7 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.41 GAA during his time with the Islanders, Rangers, Arizona and Boston. He will probably be the backup of whoever the Sabres sign or acquire to be the starter.
Apr 28 - 8:52 AM

Anders Lindback is interested in coming back to the Sabres next season.

"This is a thing I do want to be a part of," he said. "You never want to be last overall in the standings, and I know that's not going to be the case the next couple of years in this organization. I want to be somewhere I can get a chance, and I really, really like it here." There haven't been any contract discussions yet between the two sides. Lindback posted a .924 save percentage and a 2.76 GAA after he was acquired from Dallas. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency. If Buffalo doesn't bring him back then they will seek another netminder on the free agent market or perhaps look to acquire one through a trade.
Apr 28 - 8:36 AM

Evan Rodrigues has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Rodrigues had 21 goals and 61 points in 41 NCAA games with Boston University in 2014-15. "Evan is a very talented young player who has displayed exceptional growth during his four years at BU," said Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray. "We look forward to adding another talented piece to our group." He played alongside Jack Eichel, who is projected to be taken by the Sabres with the second overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. It will be interesting to see if the duo get a chance to play on the same line with Buffalo next season.
Apr 22 - 1:28 PM

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

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

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