Archives for May 2014

NHL Combine wraps up with fitness tests today

‘“What I look for in an interview is the maturity level and how far along they are in that area,” Sabres Assistant General Manager Kevin Devine told “That usually determines how far away they are from playing in the NHL. But I don’t think the interviews are going to jump anyone five or six draft spots, either. They could jump a spot or two if guys are professionals in the interviews, but there won’t be any big jump at the top, especially with the top five in this draft class.”’

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray aiming to rebuild roster through upcoming NHL draft

‘“I think in every draft you have the ability to rebuild and get good players, but not every draft has a Crosby or a Toews,” Murray said this week at the NHL Draft Combine in Toronto. “You have to acquire NHL players. And it’s not just with your first pick.”’

Sabres sign prospect D Austin to 3-year contract

‘The signing was announced Thursday. NHL teams have until Sunday to sign their 2012 draft picks to retain their rights.’

Brady Austin signs ELC with Sabres

‘A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Austin spent the 2013-14 season playing with the Belleville Bulls and the London Knights of the OHL, setting career highs in points (33), goals (9) and assists (24) through 67 games played. His career-high plus-51 rating during the 2013-14 regular season ranked sixth among all OHL skaters.

Stewart, Mitchell hope to bounce back healthy next season

‘“I don’t think it’s going to take that long to turn it around here. Obviously you’re subject to all those trade rumors and all the stuff like that, but that’s out of my control,” Stewart said. “Like I’ve said before, as long as I’m a Buffalo Sabre, I’m just going to worry about helping this team win hockey games and that’s all that’s on my mind.”’

Sabres sign goalie prospect Ullmark to 3-year deal

‘Ullmark is expected to spend this season developing with the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.’

Sabres sign Ullmark to 3-year, entry-level contract

‘During the 2013-14 season, the Lugnvik, Sweden native played 35 games for MODO in the Swedish Hockey League, registering a 2.08 goals-against average and .931 save percentage and was awarded the Honken Trophy as the Swedish Goaltender of the Year.’

Sabres sign forward Deslauriers to 2-year deal

‘Deslauriers, a restricted free agent, was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on March 5. The 23-year-old played in 17 of the Sabres’ last 20 games and impressed with his physical presence on the ice. He scored one goal for Buffalo.’

Sabres sign F Deslauriers

‘Deslauriers led the Manchester Monarchs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Kings, in goals with 18 prior to being acquired by the Sabres.’

Sabres re-sign F Deslauriers

‘The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Deslauriers was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with Hudson Fasching on March 5, 2014. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres and finished the season by playing 17 of the club’s last 20 games.’

Sabres sign Deslauriers to 2-year deal

‘”Nick was able to step in and compete in every situation we put him in,” said Sabres general manager Tim Murray. “We’re confident that he will be an important part of our organization going forward.”‘

Isles make Sabres wait a year for first-rounder

‘Buffalo’s draft haul has to wait because Islanders General Manager Garth Snow couldn’t afford to skip this draft. His team has missed the playoffs six of the last seven seasons, including this one. He went for it this year, acquiring Vanek in October in an attempt to make a run.’

Sabres need to stay away from Miller

‘At this point, though, Miller is not the answer. He would contribute to more problems than he would solve. He would interrupt the master plan and stunt the development of goalies behind him. They need to play Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth and groom Nathan Lieuwen, Linus Ullmark and Andrey Makarov.’

Ex-Sabre Satan ends hockey career at 39

‘Satan didn’t fit with Buffalo late in his career, with teammates like Chris Drury exasperated at the talented right winger’s lapses in effort.’

No more Miller time in St. Louis

‘However, there probably won’t be much trade demand for Miller since the few teams in need of a goalie could freely pursue him during the summer. Plus, the former face of the Sabres’ franchise had a rough time with the Blues, putting up a .903 save percentage in 19 regular-season games and just a .897 save percentage and 2.70 goals-against average in the playoffs as Chicago bounced St. Louis in the first round.’