The Sabres Report - April 28, 2017

Some perspective on Buffalo's No. 1 hockey ratings   

Buffalo News:

‘While Buffalo was No. 1 among the Top 10 markets in rating, it was well down the list in total households because each rating point here is equal to far fewer households than most of the rest of the markets in the Top 10.’

The Sabres Report - April 27, 2017

Sabres sign defense prospect Stephens to three-year deal   

Buffalo News:

‘Stephens blossomed this season, his third with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. After totaling six goals and 22 points in his first 136 games, Stephens recorded 13 goals and 35 points in 67 games this year. He added seven assists in 14 playoff games.’

John Vogl's Power Take: Pegula developed a knack for building Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘Pegula has been the catalyst for a $635 million investment in Canalside. That includes Wednesday’s announcement of a Labatt restaurant and brewery in a Pegula-owned building across from KeyBank Center.’

Uber has big backer, partner in Pegulas and their teams   

Buffalo News:

‘“Obviously, as an individual that is involved with a couple sports franchises, it will have a massive impact with Sabres games and Bills games. I’m a frequent user on the road, and it’s been a really rewarding experience.”’

Sabres sign Devante Stephens to 3-year, entry-level contract   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Former Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was so excited when the Sabres selected Stephens in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in 2015, he pumped his fist at the draft table.’

Sabres sign Stephens while search for GM/coach has begun   


‘Stephens was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, and completed his third season with Kelowna in the Western Hockey League. He finished ninth among WHL defenseman with a career-best and team-leading 13 goals in 67 games last season. He also had career highs with 22 assists and 35 points.’

Sabres interview Guerin for GM role   


‘Guernin has been with the Penguins since being hired in 2011 as the team’s development coach. He was promoted to assitant general manager in 2014.’

Sabres search for GM and coach update   


‘Buffalo Sabres owner Kim Pegula confirmed on Wednesday that the search for a new general manager and head coach is in full force. She didn’t want to talk about candidates, but said they’ve already put a lot of work into the search and it could go this week and into next. Pegula said, “We’re keeping it under wraps, but we definitely have put a lot of work in this week.”’

Sabres sign Devante Stephens to three-year ELC   


‘Believe it or not, I don’t watch many Kelowna Rockets games, but it’s nice to see the Sabres organization get younger on the blue line. Stephens had a nice development camp last summer and was one of the players I remember standing out. He’ll now have a chance to make his mark at the professional level.’

Sabres sign Stephens to entry-level contract

‘Buffalo’s fifth-round pick (122nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Stephens has recorded 57 points (19+38) and a plus-56 rating in 203 career WHL games. The Surrey, British Columbia native has added 11 assists and a plus-6 rating in 46 career WHL playoff games.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

As Pegulas start Sabres’ search, Brandon continues talks with Rochester about Amerks (Buffalo News)

The Sabres Report - April 26, 2017

After filling the net, Baptiste's next goal is Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘“My goal is to make the team,” Baptiste said. “When I was up there, I showed that I could play up there and play with those guys. For me, it’s bringing tons of speed. Obviously, my scoring ability is something that I’ve got to continue to do, bringing energy.’

With Tim Murray gone, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner a question mark as starter   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Would the Sabres’ new GM protect Ullmark instead of Lehner? Could that move help 2013 draft pick Cal Petersen, Notre Dame’s starter and one of the NCAA’s best goalies, see a quick path to the Sabres? Petersen could opt for free agency instead of signing with Buffalo.’

'I remember crying myself to sleep for two months': former NHL coach Ted Nolan   

Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

‘Maybe I’ll be like Billy Martin for the New York Yankees and come back again. You never know in this crazy business, but I just hope the Sabres get the right thing going and win for the people of Buffalo because it’s a real good hockey town. I’ve never stopped thinking I wouldn’t go back. To get the other side to make that offer is the hard part. I love to coach and I love to make differences in people’s lives and, in hockey lives, it’s about winning. If you have an opportunity to formulate a good team with the right people, you’ve got a good chance. I’d love to (coach again in the NHL).’

Antipin could join Sabres after World Championship   


‘It is believed that former Sabres general manager Tim Murray has wanted Antipin to come play in North America ever since his days with the Ottawa Senators organization. Even with Murray no longer in the picture in Buffalo, Kalnins’ report suggests that Antipin is still likely to join the Sabres organization.’