LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Phil Housley spent the past few days urging the Sabres to shoot from any angle in a bid to spark the team's slow-starting offense.
Ryan O'Reilly validated Housley's message by scoring on a bad-angle shot Friday night, sparking a four-goal third period for Buffalo in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
CHICAGO (AP) — Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly is active for the Sabres' game at Chicago after he had an appendectomy during the NHL's holiday break.
O'Reilly practiced with the team on Wednesday and participated in the morning skate ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the Blackhawks.
O'Reilly has seven goals and 11 assists in 27 games. He missed four consecutive games after the operation.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Shea Weber didn't have to turn far to get the lowdown on Montreal upon learning he had been traded to the Canadiens.
Standing immediately next to Weber was good friend and former Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges, who was staring at his phone in disbelief. The two had just finished a boating excursion with their sons in Kelowna, British Columbia, and left their phones in the car when the blockbuster trade that sent P.K. Subban to Nashville was completed on June 29.