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Die By The Blade Oct 20, 2020
What to Expect from Sabres’ Arbitration Cases

What to Expect from Sabres’ Arbitration Cases

Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Reinhart likely going to get a significant raise The Buffalo Sabres are in a tight cap space situation, with three restricted free agents - Linus Ullmark, Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson - heading to arbitration in the next few weeks. Arbitration decisions don’t take into consideration a team’s cap situation, and the Sabres have only about $13.645 million in cap space at this point. So what can we expect from these upcoming arbitration hearings? Let’s start with Linus Ullmark, who is the only goaltender in the league currently heading to...
Times Herald Oct 19, 2020

Sabres add forward depth, sign Steven Fogarty to one-year contract

The Sabres added more forward depth today, signing Steve Fogarty to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Fogarty, 27, spent most of the past four seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack, compiling 50 goals and 130 points in 252 AHL games. He played 18 regular-season games for the New York Rangers during that stretch, including seven last season. He also made his first playoff appearance in 2019-20. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Fogarty could be ticketed for the Rochester ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Oct 19, 2020
Sabres continue to add depth with the signing of Steven Fogarty

Sabres continue to add depth with the signing of Steven Fogarty

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Sabres add another league minimum contract The Buffalo Sabres announced the addition for another depth forward this morning. They’ve signed forward Steven Fogarty to a one-year deal worth the league minimum of $700k. He’s the fourth player that the Sabres have signed to a league minimum deal during this free agent period. The 27-year-old forward has spent the last four years with the New York Rangers organization playing primarily in the AHL for the Hartford Wolfpack. He does have 18 games of NHL experience, but this is primarily a signing for the AHL. He...
Times Herald Oct 16, 2020

Sabres’ signings show Ralph Krueger’s growing influence under Kevyn Adams

When the Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill and gutted their hockey department four months ago, they also also elevated Ralph Krueger. Technically, Krueger, 61, still holds the same title: head coach. But his influence has clearly grown under rookie GM Kevyn Adams, a front office neophyte. Three of the five free agents the Sabres have signed this offseason – most notably, Taylor Hall, the 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner – have connections ... Read the full article
Times Herald Oct 14, 2020

Sabres’ Taylor Hall understands Jack Eichel’s frustrations

Few players understand what Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has endured over his first five NHL seasons better than Taylor Hall. Hall needed 529 games, eight seasons and two organizations before making his first playoff appearance. Eichel, having played 354 games without sniffing the postseason, has experienced a similarly frustrating start to his career. The American, 23, was supposed to lead the Sabres’ resurgence after they drafted him second overall in 2015. Hall, 28, ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Oct 13, 2020
Arbitration Hearings Set for Three Sabres Players

Arbitration Hearings Set for Three Sabres Players

Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Ullmark, Reinhart & Olofsson with hearings in coming weeks With the NHL draft under their belt and free agency underway, the Sabres brass now also needs to focus on three upcoming arbitration dates for their restricted free agents. Linus Ullmark, Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson all elected for arbitration, although a deal can still be reached with any of these players prior to the hearings. Ullmark’s arbitration hearing is set for October 26, though from recent comments, it’s clear that the Sabres are planning to have him in the fold for the 2020-21...
Times Herald Oct 13, 2020

Johan Larsson had little dialogue with Sabres before leaving for Coyotes

If Jason Botterill hadn’t been fired as general manager, then perhaps center Johan Larsson would’ve returned to the Buffalo Sabres. Larsson, 28, just enjoyed arguably his best NHL season, becoming one of coach Ralph Krueger’s trusted forwards. The checking line the Swede pivoted between Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo quickly solidified itself as the Sabres’ steadiest combination. Krueger kept the trio intact nearly all season. It appeared Larsson, who signed a two-year contract with ... Read the full article
Times Herald Oct 12, 2020

Ralph Krueger has history of getting most out of Sabres’ Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall wanted to connect with Ralph Krueger again, so on Sunday morning, hours before he would stun the hockey world by choosing the Buffalo Sabres, he and his old friend chatted on FaceTime. After free agency opened Friday, Hall spoke to general manager Kevyn Adams, owners Terry and Kim Pegula and, of course, Krueger to learn more about the Sabres. Hall, 28, liked what he heard. He needed to make a decision. But ... Read the full article
Times Herald Oct 12, 2020

Sabres’ Taylor Hall ‘very interested’ in making Buffalo long-term home

Shortly after free agency opened Friday, Taylor Hall learned how much the COVID-19 pandemic had transformed the normally lucrative market. In the past, a player who possesses Hall’s dynamic talents would receive long-term offers worth tens of millions of dollars. But the pandemic has decimated finances and created uncertainty. Right now, teams can’t make that kind of commitment. So instead of pursuing a six- or seven-year contract, Hall decided finding a one-year deal might make ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Oct 12, 2020
Quinn and Rossi Are Forever Tied Together

Quinn and Rossi Are Forever Tied Together

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Being back-to-back picks, Jack Quinn and Marco Rossi will always be mentioned in the same breath. The voice of new Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams projected throughout television sets across North America – “the Buffalo Sabres are proud to announce, from the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League..” A fanbase found themselves ready to erupt at the potential of a prospect in Marco Rossi, who “plays an NHL ready type of game” per Ottawa 67’s head coach André Tourigny, falling to the Sabres. Instead, the next words out of Adams’ mouth?...
Times Herald Oct 11, 2020

Finding his fit: Why Taylor Hall picked Sabres over other suitors

When free agency opened Friday, rookie general manager Kevyn Adams called Darren Ferris, Taylor Hall’s agent, and told him the Buffalo Sabres would be interested in talking to his client. Few expected Hall, the most coveted winger available, would chose a team mired in a nine-year playoff drought. The 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner recently expressed how winning had become his top priority. Still, Hall wanted to talk to the Sabres. Their coach, Ralph Krueger, knows ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Oct 11, 2020
Buffalo Sabres sign Taylor Hall

Buffalo Sabres sign Taylor Hall

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via 28-year-old lands in Buffalo with one-year deal Taylor Hall has found his next home - and somewhat shockingly, it appears that home is right here in Buffalo, with the Sabres. Both Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger have reported the signing, which is a one-year deal worth $8 million. No confirmation, but there are rumblings Taylor Hall is to going Buffalo on a short-term deal.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 11, 2020 1 year $8 million. Hall signs with @BuffaloSabres https://t.co/tnU6ec6M3U— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 11,...
Times Herald Oct 11, 2020

Taylor Hall signs one-year, $8 million contract with Sabres

For nearly three days, the Buffalo Sabres remained quiet in free agency, adding only depth players. Reports materialized last week the Sabres would pursue slick winger Taylor Hall, one of the most coveted players on the market. Still, few expected a team mired in an embarrassing nine-year playoff drought could lure the former Hart Trophy winner. It appeared if general manager Kevyn Adams wanted to dramatically improve the Sabres, he would have to do so ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Oct 10, 2020
Montour re-signs a one-year deal with the Sabres and three elect for arbitration

Montour re-signs a one-year deal with the Sabres and three elect for arbitration

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Brandon Montour avoids arbitration and is back on a one year The Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth $3.85 million for defenseman Brandon Montour. The two sides got this in before the arbitration deadline this evening. Montour had an underperforming season this past year not just in terms of production, but his on-ice impacts as well. There was some speculation that’ll he’d be on the move this offseason and while this contract doesn’t prohibit that, we usually don’t see sign and trades in the NHL....
Die By The Blade Oct 10, 2020
Sabres sign Eakin to two-year deal

Sabres sign Eakin to two-year deal

Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via After a down scoring year, the 29-year-old will look to rebound in Buffalo This afternoon, Darren Dreger of TSN was the first to report that the Buffalo Sabres had reached a two-year agreement with unrestricted free-agent forward, Cody Eakin. The deal will carry a cap hit of $2.25 million. In 2018-19, Eakin posted a career-high 41 points in 78 games. Last season, he saw a dramatic reduction in his base scoring totals, registering only 15 points in 49 contests. While the 29-year-old has been a hot-and-cold half-point-per-game player for a good chunk of his...

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