Player News - Sabres

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Viktor Antipin has agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Antipin had six goals and 24 points in 59 KHL games last season. "Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. "His mobility and puck-moving skills make him a perfect match for what we’re hoping to build with our defense corps next season." The 24-year-old blueliner had previously announced his intentions to play for Buffalo, so this signing is just confirmation of what was already assumed.
May 25 - 6:38 PM

Jack Eichel might become the Buffalo Sabres' new captain.

Brian Gionta has held that position, but he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. If Gionta's gone, then Eichel's main competition for the 'C' would be Ryan O'Reilly. Sabres GM Jason Botterill feels that there's no "one completely right decision" when it comes to picking a captain, but ultimately it will be up to Buffalo's next coach to make the call. With that in mind, it will be a little while before we find out if Eichel will be the new captain.
May 25 - 10:04 AM

Sabres GM Jason Botterill is reportedly interested in Penguins directer of amateur scouting Randy Sexton.

Botterill, of course, came to Buffalo via Pittsburgh, so there's obviously a relationship between he and Sexton. Botterill, who is a rookie general manager, could benefit from having Sexton around because he knows what it's like to be a GM in the NHL. Sexton was the general manager of both the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers.
May 24 - 7:16 PM

Viktor Antipin told Russia's Sports-Express that he'll be signing with the Buffalo Sabres next week.

"I am leaving for Buffalo on the 29th," said Antipin (quotes have been translated). "It's good that I had an opportunity to play in the NHL. And the team, where they will give a chance." This isn't surprising news, as Antipin had been linked to the Sabres for weeks. The Russian defenseman just took home a bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship with Team Russia. The 24-year-old had 24 points in 59 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season.
May 22 - 10:09 AM

Ryan O'Reilly played very well for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

O'Reilly scored some key goals throughout the tournament, including his team's only goal in the Gold Medal Game. Unfortunately for O'Reilly, his team came up short against Team Sweden. The Sabres forward finished the tournament with nine points in 10 contests. He's now collected two golds and a silver in the last three tournaments.
May 22 - 10:06 AM

Team Canada rallied back from 2-0 down to start the third period to beat Russia 4-2 in the semi-final of the World Hockey Championship.

Mark Scheifele scored 17 seconds into the third period to bring Canada back in the game. Then, after MacKinnon tied the game with under five minutes remaining, Ryan O'Reilly picked up the loose puck and put it passed Vasilevskiy to put Canada ahead. O'Reilly then made a beautiful pass from his own end to find Couturier all alone who put the game away with an empty net goal. Canada will play for Gold tomorrow against the winner of Sweden vs Finland. Ryan O'Reilly, Mitch Marner and Mark Scheifele were named players of the tournament for Team Canada.

Jack Eichel finished the 2017 World Championship with no goals despite leading Team USA with 34 shots.

That has to be frustrating for Eichel, though even if it wasn't the way the 2017 Worlds ended for Team USA was disappointing. Despite a strong showing in the preliminary round, Team USA was shutout by Finland in the Quarterfinals. Eichel did end up with five assists in eight games though.
May 19 - 10:13 AM

New Buffalo GM Jason Botterill is fine with Robin Lehner being the team's number one goaltender.

"I have no problem starting next season with him in goal," Botterill told Sportsnet. "There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup." Lehner won the AHL championship title with Ottawa's minor-league affiliate in 2011. He is slated to be a restricted free agent in the summer. Lehner had a .920 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA, while posting a 23-26-8 record in 2016-17.
May 17 - 10:05 AM

Kyle Okposo had a concussion, per teammate William Carrier.

Okposo reportedly had a reaction to the medication he was given due to the injury and that's what resulted in him heading to the neurological intensive care unit. When that incident originally happened, the Sabres released a statement saying, "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time." Since then Buffalo has offered no further updates. On a positive note, Okposo is reportedly doing better and might be fine by the start of training camp.
May 12 - 2:25 PM

Cal Petersen isn't sure if he'll return to Notre Dame for the 2017-18 campaign or sign with the Buffalo Sabres.

Petersen was drafted by Buffalo in 2013, but if he's at the point where he can wait out the Sabres' window of exclusivity with him and sign elsewhere. Currently he's serving as the third goaltender with Team USA in the 2017 World Championship and he's using that as an opportunity to gauge how he stacks up with NHLers. If he signs with Buffalo then he'll likely start the season as the starting goaltender in AHL Rochester. However, because the NHL has decided not to participate in the Olympics, if he returns to Notre Dame he might end up playing for Team USA in the Winter Games.
May 12 - 10:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have brought on Jason Botterill to serve as the team's new general manager.

Botterill has spent the last 10 seasons as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization and was part of their Stanley Cup championships in 2009 and 2016. He originally joined the Penguins as their director of hockey administrations, but became an assistant general manager in 2009 and an associate general manager in 2014. He was also previously a scout with the Dallas Stars and is a former hockey player, having appeared in 88 NHL games, including 36 with Buffalo. "We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family," Sabres owner Terry Pegula said. "Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him. We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal."
May 11 - 10:22 AM

Justin Bailey wants to play at the NHL level in 2017-18.

"My dream and my goal is to play in the NHL," Bailey said. "I need to have a good, strong summer and start in training camp better than I did last year, show them that I'm for real and that I can come and make the team out of camp." He didn't have a very good camp last time around and spent most of the season in the minors. In 52 games with Rochester, Bailey recorded 23 goals and 36 points. He produced just four points in 32 appearances with the Sabres, while averaging 10:37 of ice time.
May 10 - 9:53 AM

Matt Moulson might be a buyout candidate for the Sabres if he isn't claimed by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

It's very likely that Buffalo will choose to expose Moulson because he has two seasons left on his five-year, $25 million contract. If he stays with Sabres going into the 2017-18 season then Moulson will hope to get a larger role than the one he had under former head coach Dan Bylsma. He averaged just 11:36 of ice time per contest and posted 32 points in 81 games.
May 9 - 11:29 AM

Despite taking 10 shots on goal, Jack Eichel was not able to solve Thomas Greiss in Germany's 2-1 win over the U.S. in the first game of the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Eichel and his linemates, Johnny Gaudreau and Anders Lee peppered Greiss with a combined 22 shots but were not able to register a point. Greiss was the star of the contest turning aside 42 of 43 shots. Only Arizona defenseman Connor Murphy was able to beat the Islanders' goalie.
May 7 - 8:55 AM

Jason Botterill is the likely choice to be the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres, according to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

Kypreos mentioned this during the "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night. Earlier this week, we found out that Botterill had completed his second interview for the job, so it's not surprising to hear that he's the likely candidate. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman mentioned that if Botterill is selected as GM, he could chose to name Pens assistant Rick Tocchet as his head coach. We should find out more about this situation once the Capitals-Penguins series is over.
May 6 - 9:17 PM


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