Archives for July 2012

Sabres sign Schiestel to two-way deal

‘The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Schiestel was selected by the Sabres with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Through three seasons in the AHL, Schiestel has appeared in 156 professional games, recording eight goals, 44 assists for 52 points and 71 total penalty minutes.’

Sabres re-sign defenseman Schiestel

‘The Sabres re-signed defenseman Drew Schiestel, who fell so far off the depth chart last season the organization loaned him to the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday.’

Schiestel signs one-year, two-way deal

‘Last season, the Hamilton, Ontario native played in 59 games, notching 17 points (2+15).’

Sabres Have Work To Do

‘As it stands right now, Buffalo needs to act quickly. A large part of the Sabres defense has just one year left on their deals and several of the offensive parts to the team have contracts expiring the following offseason. Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and Alexander Sulzer will be unrestricted free agents following the upcoming season while Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Steve Ott’s contracts — not to mention Ryan Miller’s — will expire after the 2013-14 season.’

Sabres Still Player in Doan Sweepstakes

‘Agent Terry Bross confirms that Doan has visited both the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. By email he told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar “We visited both teams because we were in the city for NHLPA meetings. Shane is still waiting to see what happens with Coyotes ownership. The Sabres are still in the mix and a team of interest .”‘

Doan’s Agent: Sabres a Possibility

‘”Shane has interest in the Sabres,” Doan’s agent Terry Bross tells Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner via email. “We have been in contact. Shane is headed home to Kamloops for a few days, then we will contact teams and let them know if they are a possibility. As of today, [the] Sabres are a possibility.”‘

Buffalo Sabres 2012 draft review

‘General Manager Darcy Regier had a clear plan in this draft, which was executed to near perfection.’

Ott expects to make entire team tougher

‘“I read all the [reports] probably over the last six months, prior to the trade deadline last year,” Ott said at an introductory news conference Thursday in First Niagara Center. “There was so much smoke, it was kind of when it was going to happen.”’

Ott thrilled to be with Sabres, ‘brother’ Weber

‘“It’s been even more exciting,” Ott said about seeing his new city and team. “I don’t even want to leave. I came in a couple days ago. The city, the people are very excited about this team. I got to meet some of my new teammates. … Obviously, now it feels like home already.”’

Sabres sign Roy to AHL deal

‘“He’s an interesting player aside from having played with Mikhail,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said Thursday. “He comes from an underdog position and has a personality and a feistiness and a never-give-up-type attitude, and … that expression ‘never underestimate the human spirit,’ he’s a bad kid to bet against.’

The Case for Signing Shane Doan

‘Shane Doan is the type of player I want Marcus Foligno sitting next to in the locker room., going out to dinner with, learning what it takes to be the best player he can be, on and off the ice.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Americans agree to terms with Frederick Roy on AHL contract (

Sabres sign Grigorenko to three-year deal

‘“In Mikhail’s case, [making the team] will be driven by him. And it will be driven by training camp and exhibition games and where he fits and how he fits.”’

Grigorenko now officially another prospect in Sabres’ stable

‘“In Mikhail’s case, it will be driven by him, driven by training and exhibition games and a sense of where he fits and how he fits, and not just the opportunity, but we have a responsibility and an obligation to put him in a position to succeed – not just on the short-term, but the long-term as well,” Regier said.’

Buffalo signs top pick, Grigorenko, to 3-year deal

”’Now, I can really feel that I am 100 percent a part of this organization,” Grigorenko said. ”The next step for me is to make the team and play in the NHL.”’