The Sabres Report - June 22, 2017

Ex-Sabres forward Carrier excited to join Vegas expansion team   

Buffalo News:

‘”Buffalo had interest in influencing us to go in one direction to protect a certain part of their roster, so they gave us a sixth-round pick,” Vegas General Manager George McPhee said during the broadcast of the expansion draft on NBCSN. “That’s probably the simplest example. Some of the others are a little more elaborate.”‘

Sabres open at home, head on the road to start 2017-18 season   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo has lost four straight home openers and four straight season openers. The latest was when the Canadiens earned a 4-1 victory to start the 2016-17 season. Buffalo last opened the regular or home schedules with a win Jan. 20, 2013, when it beat Philadelphia, 5-2.’

Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Beaulieu could be in a good place   

Buffalo News:

‘Beaulieu was known for poor decision-making in Montreal. Word is, he was inhibited by his coaches’ reluctance to have defensemen skate the puck up ice. That’s what Phil Housley wants from his D. This could be a good fit.’

Kyle Williams and Jack Eichel visit Golisano Children's Hospital before AGR awards   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Those photos of Eichel and Williams are just about guaranteed to be placed next to Greif’s jersey with autographs from the Rochester Rhinos, Rochester’s professional soccer team.’

Golden Knights grab William Carrier; Sabres trade pick to club   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Carrier, 22, compiled five goals and eights points in 41 games as a rookie last season.’

Vegas takes Carrier in the Expansion Draft   


‘Buffalo got Carrier from St. Louis as part of the Ryan Miller and Steve Ott trade.’

Beaulieu: 'I know I'm a top-four defenseman in this league'   


‘“I like to get up the ice,” Beaulieu said. “I skate pretty well and you know I’m an offensive minded guy, but I know in this league you have to take care of your own zone first. I feel like the type of hockey Buffalo is trying to play now is more instinctive and getting up in the play and pushing the pace. You look at the teams that went far in the playoffs, their defense were so mobile and were such a huge part of their success. So I feel like everything is being pushed in the right direction and I’m just so fortunate to be a part of it.”’

The Sabres home opener is October 5   


‘Buffalo will be in Long Island for the Islanders’ home opener on October 7.’

Sabres will lose William Carrier to Vegas Golden Knights in expansion draft   


‘Yes, Carrier is a nice prospect to have in the organization but sometimes you need to give up a good piece to either acquire or in this case, protect another good piece. We don’t know for sure, but it’s believed by many that exposing Carrier was a way that Jason Botterill and the Sabres could ensure that goaltender Linus Ullmark wasn’t going anywhere.’

3 biggest post-expansion draft questions for the Buffalo Sabres   


‘What’s concerning is that Kane is set to become an unrestricted free-agent who will likely sign a pretty hefty contract. The Sabres have some wiggle room but also have to pay Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart relatively soon.’

Golden Knights select Carrier in NHL Expansion Draft

‘The Las Vegas Golden Knights have selected William Carrier in the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Vegas also acquired a sixth-round pick from Buffalo.’

The Sabres Report - June 21, 2017

Source: Sabres not bringing back assistant coaches   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres are not planning to bring back Terry Murray, Bob Woods and Tom Ward, a source tells The Buffalo News. It’s not a surprise that Phil Housley will want his own people beside him as he starts his head coaching career.’

Sabres notebook: Pu chosen for Team Canada camp   

Buffalo News:

‘Pu, a center, was Buffalo’s third-round choice in last year’s draft. He had 35 goals, 51 assists and a team-high 86 points in 63 games last season for the London Knights.’

Sabres ditch the grey piping in new Adidas model sweater   

Buffalo News:

‘The league’s release through adidas says the new jersey is up to 19 percent lighter than its predecessor, is cooler for players due to much more breathable fabrics, is 27 percent stronger in burst testing and up to 72 percent tougher in abrasion testing.’

Sabres could land strong defense prospect at NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“There’s some really solid defensemen in this draft, there’s no question about that,” Gregory said. “You can sort of pick the defenseman you may want. The one thing I love about our game is how it’s trending. Even the big defenseman that is physical, that is a force in front of the net, you’re starting to see those guys possess excellent ability to transition the puck or be part of the offensive attack.’