Player News - Sabres

Date: Team: Pos:

Steve Moses has agreed to a one-year contract with the AHL's Rochester Americans.

Rochester is affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. Moses is returning to North America after scoring three goals and 10 points in 24 KHL contests last season.
Jul 21 - 6:41 AM

Kyle Okposo, who missed the end of the 2016-17 campaign, participated in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

Okposo reportedly suffered a concussion and then had a reaction to the medication he was taking, which resulted in him being hospitalized and put in the neurological intensive care unit. It's great to see that Okposo has recovered to the point where he's able to play again. "It was pretty scary when that news came out [he was hospitalized], everyone was pretty concerned and wished him the best," said Islanders Brock Nelson, who was also participating in the game. "But I've seen him a lot this summer and he seems to be doing well, which is good, and it was good to see him back out there [Wednesday], too. Everyone's out there having fun. It was good to see him on the ice again and hopefully this helps him get ready for the fall and we look forward to seeing him out there again."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 1:08 PM

Chris Hajt will join the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant coach.

Hajt is coming off of three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate. He helped AHL Manchester win the Calder Cup in 2014-15. Before that he was an assistant coach with the OHL's Guelph Storm from 2008-14. He's also the son of Bill Hajt, who spent his full 854-game NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres.
Jul 17 - 1:27 PM

Sabres GM Jason Botterill is happy with how his contract negotiations with Jack Eichel's camp have gone.

"Our conversations with Jack and the group have gone extremely well," Botterill said. "We'll continue this throughout the summer and see if we can find a common ground because, from our standpoint, we certainly want to get something done. And everything we've heard from Jack and his agents is they want to get something done too." Connor McDavid signed an eight-year, $100 million contract, so it would be interesting to know what Eichel's expectations are. Obviously Eichel's career hasn't gotten off to as glowing a start as McDavid's, but his 24 goals and 57 points in 61 contests as a sophomore were nevertheless very encouraging. Eichel might ultimately want to put off signing an extension this summer to see what he can do in 2017-18 because there's a real chance that he can be among the league's top scorers if he stays healthy.
Jul 13 - 4:26 AM

Marco Scandella is looking forward to working for new Sabres head coach Phil Housley.

Housley comes with an impressive resume as a Hall of Fame defenseman and Nashville Predators assistant coach. "Look at what he's done with Nashville's D corps," Scandella said. "He was an All-Star defenseman, and that he believes in me gives me a lot of pride. I think we're going to work really well together. I know I'm going to learn a lot off of him. I think he has a lot to teach. I'm all ears and I'm super excited about the new challenge." The Wild traded Scandella to Buffalo in June. He's a solid defenseman, but not enough of an offensive one to put him on most owners' radar in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 12 - 5:38 AM

Casey Mittelstadt has had a strong showing during the Sabres' development camp.

Buffalo took Mittelstadt with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to go to the University of Minnesota next season, so his debut isn't imminent, but he does have a lot of offensive upside. "Casey, as we said in Chicago, we're excited to have him part of our organization," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. "We knew he was a great person off the ice. There was things that he had to work on, upper-body strength. What we were excited about, we saw a lot of lower-body strength in some of our off-ice testing, just his interaction with our staff, ideas to improve his game and then he's going to a great program at Minnesota this year."
Jul 12 - 5:22 AM

The Buffalo Sabres aren't working on a contract extension with Sam Reinhart at this time.

"We're excited with Sam but I don't think Sam from a contract standpoint will happen this summer," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. "We have him under contract another year and we'll see how things play out." Reinhart was the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and so far he's been good, but not great with 40 goals and 90 points in 167 career games. The 21-year-old has plenty of upside still though, so he might develop into a star. Waiting another season before negotiating with Reinhart might make sense for both sides as it will give them more time to determine what his long-term value might be.
Jul 11 - 8:22 PM

The Buffalo Sabres would like to finalize a contract extension with Jack Eichel this summer, per GM Jason Botterill.

Botterill added that he believes the player's camp also wants to get something done. Eichel still has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, but the Sabres would obviously love to get him signed long-term as soon as possible. The 20-year-old missed 21 games during his sophomore season, but he still managed to score 24 goals and 57 points. It'll be interesting to see what the cap hit on his next contract will look like.
Jul 11 - 11:23 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have named Ryan Jankowski as their director of amateur scouting.

Jankowski is coming over to the Sabres after spending four seasons with Hockey Canada where he rose to the rank of director of player personnel. He also has three seasons as an amateur scout with the Montreal Canadiens and four years as an assistant general manager with the New York Islanders on his resume.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 9 - 6:01 PM

Darren Dreger feels it's less likely that Evander Kane will be traded at this point.

There were trade rumors surrounding Kane about a month ago. "Yeah, it seems more likely – but again, there’s still time," said Dreger on the prospect of Kane starting the campaign with Buffalo. "If there’s a team out there that maybe didn’t get the forward that they were hoping, then perhaps they take a bit of a chance on Evander Kane. I still think that he’s a capable player. And if the worst is behind him in terms of some of the off-ice nonsense, then he can be the player that I’m describing. I think that teams do have an appreciation for that." At the time it looked like Los Angeles and Vancouver might pursue him, but Dreger suggested that primarily win-now teams have expressed interest in him, which would seem to be contrary to a Kings or Canucks trade. Kane's entering the last season of his deal, so if the Sabres aren't competitive towards the trade deadline and Kane hasn't been moved or signed, then he would likely be dealt at that point.
Jul 9 - 2:00 PM

Brendan Guhle isn't deterred by the Buffalo Sabres' offseason additions to their defense.

Back in April it looked like Guhle would begin the 2017-18 campaign with the Sabres, but after they added Nathan Beaulieu, Marco Scandella, and Viktor Antipin it now appears more likely that Guhle will report to the AHL. "Whatever happens, my goal is still to make the team this year," Guhle said. "It's not supposed to be easy but I'm not supposed to come in and have a spot ready for me either. I'll have to show them in training camp and preseason that I'm ready to play and I'm sure if I'm ready they'll do what's best for me." He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp. Whatever happens during training camp, Guhle is still a great defensive prospect.
Jul 9 - 4:15 AM

Johan Larsson has signed a two-year, $2.95 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Larsson had filed for salary arbitration, but now that's not necessary. He had six goals and 11 points in 36 contests before suffering season-ending wrist and elbow injuries.
Jul 8 - 4:10 PM

Now that Cody McCormick's contract with the Sabres has expired, his playing days are officially over.

McCormick hasn't been able to play since the 2014-15 campaign due to blood clots. He's still hoping to continue to work within the Sabres organization though going forward. Since being sidelined he's helped rehab other injured players. He also has interest in the player development side of things. "You can see some days they come in and they’re excited, and some days they just would give anything to be out there in a game," McCormick said of the injured players he worked with. "That was something that obviously I could relate to, so we would head out, get the work done that we needed to do that day, and then get out of there. I’ve been reconnecting with ex-players who are now in management. I’ve been out of the game for a couple years now, but you call those guys and it’s like you’re picking up where you left off. I was able to pick up some good stuff off of them and see how people develop players and get as much research done on it as I can."
Jul 8 - 4:50 AM

Robin Lehner has filed for salary arbitration.

Lehner posted a 2.68 GAA and .920 save percentage in 59 games in the 2016-17 campaign. He's coming off a three-year, $6,675,000 contract.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:18 PM

Johan Larsson has requested salary arbitration.

Buffalo and Larsson can continue to negotiate before the hearing date, which has yet to be set. He had six goals and 11 points in 36 games before his campaign ended prematurely due to a dislocated wrist and elbow.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:17 PM


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