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The Case for Alex Tuch as the Next Sabres Captain

The Case for Alex Tuch as the Next Sabres Captain

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Tuch’s passion, skill & leadership make him the perfect guy for the job. While much of the conversation around the next Buffalo Sabres captain has (rightfully) focused on Kyle Okposo, Alex Tuch is another worthy candidate who should be considered for the honor. Let me be clear: this is in no way a slight against Okposo. He is absolutely deserving of the captaincy, and both his on- and off-ice presence is huge for the team. But, if the Sabres were to go in a different direction, Tuch would be my first choice for the honor. Why? ...
Die By The Blade Jun 24, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Brett Murray

2022 Player Report Card: Brett Murray

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via 23-year-old has potential, but Sabres’ managers may have their doubts Our Buffalo Sabres 2022 player report cards continue today with a look at winger Brett Murray. Total Season Stats: 19 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 PTS Age: 23 Contract Status: entry-level, signed through 7/31/22, RFA after ($750,000 in 2020-21, $800,000 in 2021-22) Brett Murray could be part of the Sabres’ future, but GM Adams will have to decide fairly quickly if he believes the winger should be. The Sabres drafted Murray with their second-round selection (99th overall) in the...
Die By The Blade Jun 23, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Anders Bjork

2022 Player Report Card: Anders Bjork

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Yet another in the ‘dime-a-dozen’ category on the Sabres roster Today in our 2022 Buffalo Sabres player report cards series is forward Anders Bjork. Total Season Stats: 58 GP | 5 G | 3 A | 8 PTS Age: 25 Contract Status: Signed through to 2022-23 at $1.6 million, RFA next summer After picking up four points in his first six games with the Sabres following his trade from the Boston Bruins late last season, there was hope that Buffalo finally had a big, bruising power forward who was willing to put his body on the line...
Die By The Blade Jun 22, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Will Butcher

2022 Player Report Card: Will Butcher

Photo by Kevin Hoffman/ He is evidently not the player that he once looked he could be Next up in our 2022 Buffalo Sabres player report cards is defenseman Will Butcher. Total Season Stats: 37 GP | 2 G | 6 A | 8 PTS Age: 27 Contract Status: Signed through to 2021-22 at $3.733 million, UFA this summer There was a ‘last-chance saloon’ feel to this trade last summer when the New Jersey Devils shipped off Butcher along with a fifth-round pick to Buffalo for future considerations. His performance this season showed that the Devils were right to give up on him. Averaging...
Times Herald Jun 20, 2022

Ex-Sabres goalie Carter Hutton retires having beaten long odds to crack NHL

Ex-Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton planned to become a machinist or millwright. Cracking the NHL, or even earning a college scholarship, was a far-fetched dream. Hutton, who last week retired from the NHL after nine seasons, wasn’t any sort of prospect. In his late teens, he was taking a mechanical engineering technician course, working at the local phone company and allowing more than five goals per game in the Superior International Junior Hockey League. That ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 18, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Alex Tuch

2022 Player Report Card: Alex Tuch

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via 26-year-old has played well in his short time in Buffalo Our Buffalo Sabres 2022 player report cards continue today with a look at winger Alex Tuch. Total Season Stats: 50 GP, 12 G, 26 A, 38 PTS Age: 26 Contract Status: signed through 2025-26 ($4,750,000/yr.) UFA in 2026. The Buffalo Sabres acquired Alex Tuch, along with Peyton Krebs, as part of the Jack Eichel trade on Nov. 4, 2021. Sports pundits widely questioned the deal at the time, thinking Sabres GM Kevyn Adams waited too long to make it and got too little in return. Krebs was...
Die By The Blade Jun 16, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Aaron Dell

2022 Player Report Card: Aaron Dell

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Do I have to? Our Buffalo Sabres report card series continues with Aaron Dell. I’m sorry in advance to my editor, who probably did not think through having me write about him. Total Season Stats (Sabres): 12 GP | 1-8-1 | 4.03 GAA | 0.893 SV% Regular Season Stats (Rochester Americans): 22 GP | 12-7-1 | 2.91 GAA | 0.909 SV % Playoff Stats (Rochester Americans): 10 GP | 5-5-0 | 0.883 SV% Age: 33 Contract Status: UFA I know there are at least a few of you who are Pokémon nerds. Not, like, “oh, I loved the show! Pikachu is so cute,”...
Die By The Blade Jun 15, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Dustin Tokarski

2022 Player Report Card: Dustin Tokarski

Photo by Joe Hrycych/NHLI via Not the best option, not the worst option. Our 2022 Buffalo Sabres player report cards continue today with a look at goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Total Season Stats (Sabres): 29 GP | 10-12-5 record | 3.27 GAA | 0.899 save percentage Age: 32 Contract Status: UFA The Buffalo Sabres’ goaltending situation this season was, quite frankly, a bit of a mess. We have to say that, and acknowledge that, before we can really evaluate any of the netminders. When it comes to Dustin Tokarski, he was neither the best nor the worst option for the Sabres,...
Times Herald Jun 14, 2022

Sabres sign prospect Filip Cederqvist to entry-level contract

The Buffalo Sabres on Monday signed forward Filip Cederqvist, a fifth-round pick in 2019, 143rd overall, to a two-year, entry-level contract. Cederqvist, 21, spent all of the 2021-22 season with Djurgardens IF, scoring 14 goals and 32 points in 49 games. His career-high offensive totals ranked second on the Swedish Hockey League team. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Cederqvist has compiled 19 goals and 42 points in 115 career SHL games. Cederqvist shuttled between the SHL ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 12, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Arttu Ruotsalainen

2022 Player Report Card: Arttu Ruotsalainen

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Small but mighty: the Finnish forward shows great potential, but future is unclear Our 2022 Buffalo Sabres player report cards move along with Finnish center Arttu Ruotsalainen. Total Season Stats (Sabres): 18 GP | 2 G | 2 A | 4 PTS Total Season Stats (Rochester Americans): 57 GP | 18 G | 33 A | 51 PTS Age: 24 Contract Status: RFA ($925,000/season) Arttu Ruotsalainen is an interesting player to take a look at because he has gained such a variety of playing experiences in just a few short years. Debuting as Finland’s team captain...
Die By The Blade Jun 11, 2022
A Salute to Ryan Miller

A Salute to Ryan Miller

Our archives don’t have a recent enough photo of Miller as a Sabre I could use as a lead. Don’t get mad at me. | Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Retiring 30 is the right thing to do. If you’re not pleased with it, you’re not going to enjoy a word of what I’m about to say. First, play this in the background as you read this. Let a certain mood, a certain nostalgia sweep over you. On Friday, the Buffalo Sabres announced that former goaltender Ryan Miller’s number 30 would be retired at KeyBank Center this season. Miller, his wife (actress Noureen DeWulf)...
Die By The Blade Jun 11, 2022
How the Sabres can improve the roster in chaotic and lawful ways

How the Sabres can improve the roster in chaotic and lawful ways

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Whether it’s good or evil, let’s get the Sabres to climb the standings We’re roughly a month away from free agency beginning and with it the hope that comes with a new Buffalo Sabres season. There was a time when the Sabres were concerned about how they would manage to stay under the salary cap (it was the 2019-20 season but never mind that), but splashing the cash is old and busted and being frugal and wise is the new hotness in Western New York and now GM Kevyn Adams has to find ways to reach the salary floor. Spending money in the...
Die By The Blade Jun 10, 2022
Sabres Acquire Ben Bishop’s Salary in Deal with Stars

Sabres Acquire Ben Bishop’s Salary in Deal with Stars

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Deal will help Buffalo reach the salary cap floor. In a move that will help the Buffalo Sabres reach the salary cap floor, the team acquired the contract of goaltender Ben Bishop from the Dallas Stars on Friday. A seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft is also headed to Buffalo as part of the deal. On paper, “future considerations” are the exchange to Dallas. Bishop’s contract is worth $4,916,667 for the 2022-23 season. With his contract, the Sabres’ projected cap hit for the upcoming season is $46,945,834. The team still has over...
Times Herald Jun 10, 2022

Sabres trade for injured goalie Ben Bishop, add salary

The Buffalo Sabres on Friday acquired injured goalie Ben Bishop from the Dallas Stars, a move that will help them reach the salary floor next season. The Sabres also received a seventh-round pick in 2022 in exchange for future considerations. A degenerative right knee injury ended Bishop’s playing days last season and the Stars placed him on long-term injured reserve. He has one year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4,916,667, ... Read the full article
Die By The Blade Jun 10, 2022
2022 Player Report Card: Jacob Bryson

2022 Player Report Card: Jacob Bryson

24-year-old has shown some promise during first full Sabres season Our Buffalo Sabres 2022 player report cards continue today with a look at defenseman Jacob Bryson. Total Season Stats: 73 GP, 1 G, 9 A, 10 PTS Age: 24 Contract Status: RFA (UFA in 2025), $925,000/yr. It’s easy to see why the Buffalo Sabres signed Jacob Bryson in 2019. The college defenseman was a star player at Providence, earning Hockey East Second Team All-Star honors after getting 28 points in 42 games and serving as the team’s captain. Bryson set a career high in both points and assists in the 2018-19...

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