BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has spent the past two-plus years relying on trades to stock his roster...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill disputed the speculation that adding defenseman Colin Miller in a trade with Vegas directly leads to Buffalo subtracting another...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After first hiring a new coach, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill addressed his next most pressing offseason need by re-signing leading scorer Jeff Skinner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill remains confident that 40-goal-scorer Jeff Skinner will re-sign with the team.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job.
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres found little satisfaction in closing out their season with a lopsided win.
Jeff Skinner scored twice to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his...
Sabres suspend Berglund for failing to report to team
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrick Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team.
The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Berglund missed the past two games with what coach Phil Housley initially called an illness.
NHL players to watch: Rebuilding teams leaning on youth
Jason Botterill has experienced both sides of the spectrum in confronting the challenges of building a competitive NHL team versus trying to sustain one.
Sabres acquire Jeff Skinner in trade with Hurricanes
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued fulfilling an offseason objective to shake up a team that finished last for the third time in five years, acquiring playmaking forward Jeff Skinner in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Still stung by the Blues missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, general manager Doug Armstrong capped a major roster overhaul on the first day of the NHL's free-agency period by acquiring center Ryan O'Reilly in a multiplayer trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
Aside from landing a nine-year veteran in O'Reilly on Sunday, St. Louis committed $31 million in salary to sign forwards David Perron and center Tyler Bozak to multiyear contracts.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is drawing from his championship past in Pittsburgh to provide a boost in Buffalo.
The Sabres improved their top-six forward ranks by acquiring Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Penguins obtained a conditional 2019 fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder in move that frees up $5.5 million of space under their salary cap before the NHL's free-agency period opens Sunday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Victor Antipin won't be back in Buffalo after general manager Jason Botterill says the Sabres won't issue the Russian-born defenseman a qualifying offer.
The decision means Antipin will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 25-year-old Antipin was inconsistent in his lone season with Buffalo after opening his pro career playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.
The Sabres are moving on from Robin Lehner after the goalie failed to establish himself as a starter during three seasons, capped by Buffalo's last-place finish this past year.
General manager Jason Botterill announced Friday the Sabres will not extend Lehner a one-year qualifying offer of about $4 million to retain his rights as a restricted free agent. The decision means Lehner will become free to sign with any team once the NHL's free agency period opens on July 1.
The Buffalo Sabres finally won something on the heels of a season in which they endured mostly losing.
A franchise which became the NHL's first to finish 31st in the standings following this year's addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights came away a winner in the draft lottery held in Toronto on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel cemented his reputation as a big-game performer with a four-goal effort in the Penguins' series-clinching 8-5 victory Sunday afternoon.
It's a reputation years in the making.
Take Guentzel's college career, for example.
In the first 16 years Nebraska-Omaha had a Division I program, the school made the NCAA tournament just twice and bowed out in the first round both times. When Guentzel was a sophomore, UNO made the Frozen Four.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Having known mostly success over the past decade with the Penguins, Jason Botterill received a sobering introduction to life at the bottom of the NHL during his first season as Buffalo Sabres general manager.
"I've been here for one year and I was pretty (ticked) off and upset," Botterill said during a season-ending news conference Wednesday, "I guess I could be articulate, but I'll just say it (stinks) that we won't be watching live playoff hockey right now."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Sabres' top prospect, center Casey Mittelstadt, is leaving Minnesota following his freshman season after agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Monday.
Mittelstadt is scheduled to join the Sabres on Tuesday, and general manger Jason Botterill said he expects the player to make his NHL debut Thursday, when Buffalo hosts the Detroit Red Wings.
Sabres D McCabe to have season-ending shoulder surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss the remainder of the season to have surgery to repair a shoulder injury that has nagged him for much of the year.
McCabe was already on injured reserve and had missed seven games after having thumb surgery. General manager Jason Botterill says the team elected to have McCabe also address his shoulder injury so that he can be fully healthy for the start of next season.
The Sabres did not disclose the nature of the injury.
Leadership, accountability still issues with slumping Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A lack of player leadership and accountability were among the criticisms which led to the Buffalo Sabres cleaning house in April.
Very little has changed 10 months into the Sabres' new regime of general manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley in overseeing a team that ranks last in the Eastern Conference and 30th overall.
Sabres defenseman Bogosian to have season-ending hip surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss the remainder of the season after it was determined he requires hip surgery.
General manager Jason Botterill announced the decision on Friday in saying Bogosian will miss four to six months with the expectation the player will be ready for the start of training camp next season. Botterill says Bogosian has been dealing with the injury since the start of the season.
Mittelstadt shows Buffalo glimpse of future at world juniors
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A funny thing happened when the offensively challenged Sabres left town for two weeks to make way for the world junior hockey championship.
Sabres loan Matt Moulson to Kings’ AHL affiliate
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are shipping Matt Moulson to California to continue playing after the underachieving winger cleared waivers.
The Sabres loaned Moulson to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, rather than their nearby affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Ontario is the top minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.
Sabres place Moulson on waivers; acquire Wilson from Wings
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The shake-up is starting in Buffalo, where Sabres general manager Jason Botterill began making moves in a bid to improve a vastly underperforming team on Monday.
A hockey life can contain its shares of zigs and zags, and Steve Greeley has had them. But anyone on the management track would be happy to be where the 37-year-old Scituate native is right now.
He was hired in June as one of two assistants general managers (the other being Randy Sexton) under new Buffalo GM Jason Botterill. Together they’ll attempt to get the Sabres, who possess several solid pieces already, to somehow turn the corner.
Sabres’ fresh start features motivated Jack Eichel
LAST SEASON: 33-37-12, 78 points. Finished last in Atlantic Division and 15th in Eastern Conference, extending playoff drought to sixth consecutive season.
COACH: Phil Housley (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: GM Jason Botterill, Ds Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Victor Antipin, RW Jason Pominville, LW Benoit Pouliot, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: RW Brian Gionta, LWs Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and William Carrier, Ds Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have hired former NHL defenseman Mike Komisarek as a player development coach.
Komisarek becomes the latest addition to first-time head coach Phil Housley's staff.
The 35-year-old is from West Islip, New York, and played for three teams during an 11-year NHL career that ended after the 2013-14 season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Komisarek also played for Montreal and Toronto and finished with 14 goals and 67 assists for 81 points in 551 career games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued filling out his staff by hiring Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley as assistant GMs.
Sabres expect to lose out in signing goalie prospect
CHICAGO (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has all but given up on signing goalie prospect Cal Petersen.
Botterill expects the former Notre Dame star to pursue free agency at the end of next week.
"Disappointed, but we'll move on," Botterill said Friday before the first round of the NHL draft began in Chicago. "I certainly wish him all the best in his career, but we always knew that was a possibility."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is on track to report for the start of training camp in September in recovering from an undisclosed illness that placed his future in question two months ago.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With the Stanley Cup Final out of the way, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has resumed the team's coaching search with the expectation to make a decision by early next week.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen will forgo his final year of college eligibility with the intention of signing a National Hockey League contract, the school announced Wednesday.
Petersen was a fifth-round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL draft (129th overall). The Sabres now have 30 days to sign Petersen before he's eligible to become a rookie free agent and sign with another team.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year, entry-level contract.
New general manager Jason Botterill announced the deal Thursday. The Sabres had been linked to the 24-year-old free agent for some time.
Antipin, a native of Kazakhstan who plays internationally for Russia, spent the past five seasons playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. He had six goals and 18 assists in 59 regular-season games last season.