The Sabres Report - July 6, 2015

Storylines will run deep at Sabres’ development camp   

Buffalo News:

‘Here are some of the non-Eichel issues I’ll be watching for, with the caveat being that the Sabres have not actually announced a roster of attendees, other than to say all the 2015 draft picks are slated to be on hand.’

Sabres’ Varone files for salary arbitration   

Buffalo News:

‘Varone had a pro-rated NHL salary of $595,000 last season and made $62,500 in the AHL. The Sabres tendered him his NHL qualifying offer by last week’s deadline, which would push his NHL salary into the $655,000 range. He’s likely looking for a much bigger salary for the AHL portion of his deal, given the large minor-league salaries the Sabres handed out last week in free agency.’

Carlo Colaiacovo excited for opportunity with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“When Buffalo reached out, it was a feeling of excitement,” Colaiacovo told the Times Herald by phone. “I’m really happy that everything worked out the way that it did.”‘

Sabres have plenty of shiny prospects to showcase beside Jack Eichel   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres have perhaps hockey’s best stable of young talent. Here are some other youngsters to watch if they attend. The team hasn’t released a roster yet.’

Buffalo is Ryan O'Reilly's pay pal   

Denver Post:

‘O’Reilly is respected for his work ethic, which stacks up with that of anyone in the NHL. Fans, media and, most important, the Avalanche “got” that his contributions go far beyond the simply quantifiable. (No, I’m not stooping to citing analytics, but offering conclusions reached by actually watching him play.) Yet the virtually universal reaction to his departure has been: Good riddance. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player so respected told so universally to not let the door hit him on the way out.’

The Sabres Report - July 5, 2015

Jack Eichel’s work ethic and homespun personality make him a perfect fit for Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘In no other time in recent memory has an American hockey player been trumpeted the way Eichel has been over the past year. He has been hailed as a savior for the Sabres, who selected him as the centerpiece of their rebuild. They’re hoping he can help turn around the franchise in a revitalized city that’s starving for a championship. It’s a tall order.’

Armia stunned by deal that saw Sabres ship him to Winnipeg   

Winnipeg Free Press:

‘”Of course it was probably hard for me,” the 22-year-old from Pori, Finland said Saturday at the MTS Iceplex after Day 2 of the Winnipeg Jets development camp. “A little bit harder because it was my first trade and that doesn’t happen in Europe a lot.”‘

Scotty Bowman knew he had a star in South St. Paul's Phil Housley   

Saint Paul Pioneer Press:

‘”So I flew right to St. Paul — I forget the rink, but it was a small rink — and watched him play. Oh my God, he took one rush in the first five minutes and I told Rudy we don’t have to see him anymore.”‘

Are the Sabres now a playoff team?   

TSN:

‘That means it would be a 44-point jump for Buffalo to get in next April. Even if the playoff barrier returns to the historical 93 or 94 points, as it has been since 2006, the Sabres are still looking at a 40-point turnaround.’

Sabres prepare to enter 'Disco' era   

Sabres.com:

‘”He communicates well with everybody whether it be a serious matter or a joking matter,” team captain Sidney Crosby said. “In meetings, he keeps everyone on their toes and gets people involved through questions or hearing other guys’ thoughts.”‘

The Sabres Report - July 4, 2015

Sabres give O’Reilly richest contract ever   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re happy to have Ryan locked up to a long-term deal,” General Manager Tim Murray said in a statement issued by the team. “It’s not easy to find a player who, at his age, is already established in the league as someone who plays a complete game and makes his teammates better.”‘

Sabres sign Ryan O’Reilly to 7-year, $52.5 million contract extension   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The contract has a creative breakdown. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, O’Reilly’s salary will be $1 million per season. The rest will be paid via a yearly signing bonus: $10 million, $8 million, $7.5 million and four years of $5 million.’

Sabres add more defense depth, sign Carlo Colaiacovo   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The deal is worth $900,000 – an $800,000 base salary and a $100,000 signing bonus – according to CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.’

Pegula has kept Buffalo fans excited   

Olean Times Herald:

‘All five acquisitions were costly … but every one of them, each a high-quality player, has Sabres fans so excited they’re mentally moving up that dire playoff prediction by a year or two.’

O'Reilly signs $52.5 million, 7-year extension with Sabres   

AP:

‘O’Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract, during which he is scheduled to make $6.2 million next season. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.’