Player News - Sabres

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Buffalo Sabres RFA forward Phil Varone filed for salary arbitration on Friday.

Since being drafted 147th overall in 2009, Varone has seen just 37 games worth of NHL action. Also, his Entry Level Contract just ran out where he was hitting the cap at $586.6K while up with the Sabres, and making $62.5K while playing with AHL Rochester where he scored 15 goals and 44 points in 55 games. It's fair to expect a modest raise for the 24-year-old.
Source: NHLPA
Jul 5 - 6:11 PM

Ryan O'Reilly signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract on Friday and it contains a couple of interesting wrinkles.

The first is that O'Reilly's contract includes a No-Movement Clause, which essentially means he can't be moved from the NHL without his consent. His contract is also 87% bonuses. In fact, O'Reilly is expected to make just a million dollars in salary each season with all of the rest of the money being paid out as a signing bonus. O'Reilly will ding the cap at $7.5 million regardless, but the structure of the payment would make it less beneficial to buy him out if it ever came to that.
Jul 3 - 5:17 PM

Carlo Colaiacovo has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Colaiacovo had two goals and eight points in 33 contests in 2014-15. He might be able to earn a third pairing spot with Buffalo.
Jul 3 - 3:56 PM

Ryan O'Reilly has inked a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

O'Reilly will get the vast majority of his money in the form of signing bonuses. He is a better player than he is fantasy contributor in standard leagues as a lot of his value comes from the fact that he plays a two-way game. If we were to just focus on his offense, then O'Reilly is unlikely to ever significantly surpass his current career-highs of 28 goals and 64 points, which he set in 2013-14. Even factoring in what he brings to the table defensively though, his cap hit is excessive. The Avalanche were justified in trading him rather than concede to his demands.
Jul 3 - 2:50 PM

The Buffalo Sabres and Ryan O'Reilly have reportedly agreed to a contract extension.

There's no details about it yet though. Buffalo acquired O'Reilly from Colorado on June 26, but before that, O'Reilly reportedly wanted an eight-year, $64 million deal out of the Avalanche. With that in mind it will be interesting to see how lucrative his actual contract turns out to be.
Jul 3 - 9:13 AM

Bob Sanguinetti has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Sanguinetti had 16 goals and 40 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. Although he's excelled at the AHL level, he's not likely to play with Buffalo next season.
Jul 2 - 6:03 PM

Jack Eichel gained the confidence he needed to sign with the Buffalo Sabres during the World Championships.

Eichel had previously been entertaining the idea of getting another year of seasoning in the NCAA before going pro. "Before the world championships, I was a little bit unsure," he said. "After going over there and having the experience I did, talking to a lot of guys, I came back pretty set on moving on." He didn't want to make his intentions known until he was drafted though, leading to some speculation about his plans. Expectations are high for Eichel as he's regarded as a potential generational talent.
Jul 2 - 9:10 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Jack Eichel to a three-year/entry level deal.

You can assume that Eichel will get the maximum possible under the CBA. Eichel will be a top-two center for the Sabres this season and will be their top center for the years to come after taking over from Ryan O'Reilly who will eventually move to the second line. Look for Eichel to get 45-60 points this season, not too shabby for an 18-year-old.
Jul 1 - 2:56 PM

Matt Donovan has agreed to a one-year deal in Buffalo.

He suited up in 12 games with the Islanders last year. He won't have any fantasy value in Buffalo.
Jul 1 - 2:11 PM

Cal O'Reilly has signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres for $700,000 per season.

He'll join his younger brother Ryan in the Queen City. O'Reilly was waived by the Canucks before the start of the 2014 season and had 10 goals and 61 points in 76 games with Utica of the AHL. Look for O'Reilly to be a bottom six forward for the Sabres if he can crack the lineup.
Jul 1 - 2:03 PM

Although Patrick Kaleta is mere hours away from officially becoming an unrestricted free agent, he still wants to re-sign with Buffalo.

"My No. 1 goal and priority is to stay with the Sabres, especially after the moves we made," Kaleta said. "It'd be amazing to continue my career here." The moves in question might have sealed Kaleta's fate though. The Sabres have a bit of a logjam in terms of forwards as it is, so it seems unlikely that they would sign Kaleta at this point. He had three assists in 42 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 7:53 AM

Johan Larsson got a qualifying offer from the Sabres on Monday.

Mark Pysyk, Jerry D'Amigo, Phil Varone, Tim Schaller, Jerome Leduc and Nathan Lieuwen also had their rights kept by Buffalo. The Sabres will work towards signing those restricted free agents over the summer.
Jun 30 - 11:18 AM

Buffalo won't have Arturs Irbe as their goaltending coach next season.

"We have moved on from Arturs as our goaltending coach," coach Dan Bylsma told radio station WGR-AM 550 on Monday. "I talked to several coaches at the draft, and that will probably be ahead of us in the next week." Irbe was seen as a positive influence on Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback during a tumultuous 2014-15 season, but he will have to look for a job elsewhere.
Jun 30 - 11:15 AM

Ryan O'Reilly is eager to take on a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres.

"I've always wanted to be a big piece like that, have that leadership role and be seen as that by the management," he said. "It's another area to grow my game. If I can do that and transfer what I know and at the same time learn new things, it's only going to benefit the team and benefit myself." GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma are thrilled to have O'Reilly in the fold and he's expected to serve as the team's top center.
Jun 30 - 11:08 AM

Cody Hodgson has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.

He had four seasons and $19 million remaining on his six-year contract, so the buyout will cost the Sabres $6.33 million if he goes unclaimed. Hodgson notched just six goals and seven assists in 78 games last year. He was eager to bounce back, but now he'll have to do that somewhere else.
Jun 29 - 2:37 PM

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