The Sabres Report - May 23, 2017

Report: Antipin heading to Buffalo next week   


‘Antipin terminated his contract with Magnitogorsk on May 1st in order to go to the NHL and join the Sabres. There will likely be a European Clause in Antipin’s future contract with the Sabres that if Antipin is demoted at any point, he will be sent back to the KHL.’

Who is Viktor Antipin & what can Sabres fans expect?   


‘”While it’s clear that he is unlikely to be a top pair guy, I think some of his qualities will carry over to the NHL. A lot depends on the coach. What will be his tasks on the ice, and how long it will take for him to adjust to North American sized surface? Obviously, we are unlikely to see him play the same game he was allowed to in KHL, but I’m confident that one thing he will carry over will be his ability to be one of the best power play guys in the league.”‘

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

Botterill adds a player for Rochester (WGR-AM)

The Sabres Report - May 22, 2017

Report: Antipin set to sign with Sabres   


‘Antipin, 24, tallied 24 points (8G, 16A) in 59 games played with a plus 10 plus/minus rating with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL this season. Antipin added 11 points (7G, 4A) in 18 playoff games and was named the top defensive player in the KHL Finals (Gagarin Cup) where his team fell to Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk of SKA Saint Petersburg.’

The Sabres Report - May 20, 2017

Botterill wants Sabres' prospects to win before getting to Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘“We want to build two teams – one in Buffalo, one in Rochester – that are highly competitive year in and year out,” he said. “One of the successes in the organization I’m coming from is the relationship between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh. We want to restrengthen the relationship between Rochester and Buffalo because for us developing an organization that is going to be year in and year out successful in the National Hockey League, you have to have that development in place.”’

The Sabres Report - May 17, 2017

Sabres Notebook: Botterill backs Lehner; Leino's 'jail' with Buffalo; Drury promoted   

Buffalo News:

‘“I have no problem starting next season with him in goal,” the Sabres’ general manager told Sportsnet in an article published Tuesday. “There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup.”’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill wants coach with Mike Sullivan’s traits   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Instead of just sort of going home, watching TV, he immersed himself in a player development role with Chicago, and I think that made him an even better coach,” Botterill said. “He interacted with coaches at the college level, it’s a different perspective.”’

Off-Season Game Plan: Buffalo Sabres   


‘ is a skilled forward who can be a nice complementary piece in Buffalo and under most circumstances that would be fine. It’s a little different when Reinhart was the second pick in the 2014 Draft, taken one spot of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl. That sticks out a bit as a missed opportunity because while Reinhart is a contributor, he does not appear to be a future star.’

The Sabres Report - May 16, 2017

Botterill brings hiring knowledge to Sabres' coaching search   

Buffalo News:

‘“With so many young players in our organization, a developer, an educator is going to be very important, a communicator,” Botterill said. “In today’s world, today’s game, they have to have that strong communication with the players.’

Report: Reirden 'in the hunt' for Sabres' coaching vacancy   


‘Reirden, 45, has spent the past three seasons with the Capitals serving as an assistant coach on Barry Trotz’s staff.’

Report: Caps assistant Todd Reirden candidate for Sabres head coach   


‘According to NHL reporter Chuck Gormley, Washington Capitals associate coachTodd Reirden is a candidate for bench boss with the Blue & Gold.’

The Sabres Report - May 15, 2017

Mike Harrington: Another Sabres price hike tarnishes an otherwise solid week   

Buffalo News:

‘But the lack of respect for the customer continues. And it’s hard to fathom. My Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree Friday afternoon with angry folks complaining about the latest price hike. For a team that has won absolutely nothing since Pegula hit town in 2011, hitting the wallets of the best customers again is a bit much.’

The Sabres Report - May 14, 2017

Borrrrrrrrring! Botterill and Beane are Buffalo's non-splash brothers   

Buffalo News:

‘We did learn Botterill and Beane likely aren’t the types of managers who will sacrifice draft assets for the sake of being bodacious.’

Terry Pegula's new Bills/Sabres GMs said the right word: 'Collaborate'   

Rochester D&C:

‘The resumes of Botterill and Beane are interchangeable, two men who worked their way up the sports business food chain starting as coffee-fetching interns. Where many traditional GMs travel the hard-scrabble road of scouting, Botterill and Beane came up in the world of contract negotiations, salary cap management, budgets and logistics, all the office stuff scouts can’t stand once they become GMs.’

The Sabres Report - May 13, 2017

Sabres' Petersen still undecided about future but having fun   

Buffalo News:

‘“I haven’t decided that yet,” Petersen told in a story published Friday. “I’m giving this opportunity as kind of a big measuring stick to see where I match up and see if I can be successful and compete at this level, so this is a huge opportunity for me to help clear up any questions I would have had about what to do for next year.”’