The Sabres Report - February 22, 2017

Should the Sabres deal Evander Kane?   


‘I’m not pounding the table demanding they trade Kane but I’d be worried about giving him a big contract because of his off ice missteps. The Sabres don’t have to do anything for now. They can’t pursue an extension until after July 1st so they could let this all play out into next season. They can see if Kane behaves himself this summer and then open extension talks with the intent to sign him. If they can’t reach an agreement they could always move him at next year’s trade deadline.’

Lambert: Bailey's game growing at NHL level   


‘”A big part of the master plan of me being in Buffalo last season was to learn the Sabres’ systems and to use the same language that Dan [Bylsma] and his staff use,” Lambert said with Howard Simon on Monday on WGR. “We were able to do that with our players here and we try to practice the same way they do.”‘

Potential assets for the Sabres as they approach trade deadline -- #2 Dmitry Kulikov   


‘Not to sound like a broken record, but I’d imagine Kulikov could be moved for a third round pick. If a team that misses out on Shattenkirk really wants to make a move then maybe Kulikov could bring in a second, but from the way he’s played this year that may be a little lofty.’

Gionta: Discussing the NHL bye week

‘I’m not quite sure how I feel about the bye week yet. I’m kind of on the fence. It compresses the schedule a lot in another areas, so I’m not sure if the five-day break makes up for not having the two or three days we normally have between games every once in a while.’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ inexperience is evident in record, stats (Buffalo News)
Amerks close out weekend with win, play in Buffalo this week (

The Sabres Report - February 21, 2017

While Sabres are away, their foes will play   

Buffalo News:

‘If the other clubs continue their pace, they could leave Buffalo behind this week.’

Sabres send Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues back to Amerks   

Buffalo News:

‘The latest call-up has gone well for all three players. Bailey has a goal and assist in 10 games while earning a spot alongside center Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Kyle Okposo. Rodrigues has centered Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno, putting up two assists in six games. Baptiste, who played for sick Sam Reinhart over the weekend, had a goal and assist in two games.’

Sabres Mailbag: Kane, prospects, defense depth and more   

Buffalo News:

‘The only way General Manager Tim Murray should trade Kane is if he believes the left winger won’t re-sign with Buffalo. Kane is set to be an unrestricted free after next season. The sides can sign an extension July 1. If Murray doesn’t think the 25-year-old is in Buffalo for the long haul, he needs to find someone who is.’

February turnaround has Sabres knocking on playoff door   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘For the first four months of this season, the Sabres were like watching a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Bailey, 21, has two goals and an assist in 19 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 points (19 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games with Rochester.’

The Sabres get to sit and watch teams pick up points on them   


‘When you look at the schedule this week, it really could be a lot worse for Buffalo than it is. There are only three games where two teams that you don’t want to get points are playing each other. Those games are Ottawa at Carolina, Ottawa at New Jersey and the Islanders at Detroit.’

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to Amerks

‘The Amerks host the Utica Comets on Wednesday at KeyBank Center at 7:05 p.m.’

The Sabres Report - February 20, 2017

Clunker aside, Sabres happy with how month has gone   

Buffalo News:

‘It typically takes 95 points to secure a playoff spot, which means the Sabres (26-24-10) will have to put up a .750 points percentage the rest of the way.’

Mike Harrington: Lots of 'Showtime' as Hawks dominate   

Buffalo News:

‘This was an old-fashioned butt kicking.’

Sabres Notebook: Fishing for points; Fedun clears waivers   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo is in the middle of a packed Eastern Conference, but it has played the most games (60). The other teams will catch up this week, giving the Sabres a more accurate gauge of where they really stand.’