The Sabres Report - July 3, 2015

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.’

Sabres sign O'Reilly to contract extension   

The Sports Network:

‘The 24-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in Colorado, scoring 90 goals with 156 assists.’

Sabres sign F O'Reilly to seven-year extension   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 6-foot, 210-pound O’Reilly played in Colorado for six seasons, recording at least 50 points in each of the last three full NHL seasons.’

Colaiacovo signs one-year deal with Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘Colaiacovo (6’1”, 200 lbs., 1/27/1983) appeared in 33 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording eight points (2+6) and 10 penalty minutes. Since his selection in the first-round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Colaiacovo has appeared in parts of 12 seasons with the Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 434 NHL games, the defenseman has recorded 152 points (33+119) and 221 penalty minutes.’

Sabres sign Cal O'Reilly   

Sabres.com:

‘O’Reilly (6’0”, 188 lbs., 9/30/1986), who was selected by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, has played 113 NHL games, registering 41 points (13+28) in four seasons with the Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.’

O'Reilly signs seven-year extension with Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘O’Reilly led all Colorado forwards in ice time in each of the last two seasons and also led all Colorado skaters in takeaways in both seasons. His faceoff percentage (53.4%) in 2014-15 led all Avalanche players, ranking 20th in the NHL.’

Hard-driving Lehner eager for action with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo hasn’t had a goalie with Lehner’s temperament since Steve Shields was throwing punches at Garth Snow during the 1997 playoffs. Lehner has landed huge rights during a brawl in the minors. He dropped New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin with a shoulder as they were skating to the dressing rooms for intermission. He named his pet piranhas after hockey writers in Ottawa. He snapped his stick over his leg and tossed it down the hall after a loss in February.’

Eichel tours city while Bylsma ponders line combinations   

Buffalo News:

‘“This young man has an exciting future ahead of him, and what a tremendous way to launch his career – by meeting some of his biggest fans and bringing cheer to our patients and families just when they most need a boost,” said Candace S. Johnson, president and CEO of Roswell Park.’

Sabres’ Matt Donovan NHL’s first Oklahoman   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Donovan offers the Sabres, who wanted a left-handed shot, an intriguing option on the blue line. The 25-year-old has spent most of the past two seasons with the Isles, playing 64 games. He’s a top-tier point-producer in the AHL, compiling 32 goals and 119 points in 180 games.’

Sabres sign Bobby Sanguinetti to two-way deal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres also signed Matt Donovan on Wednesday, another high-scoring defenseman with NHL experience. Both players could start next season in Rochester.’

Sabres sign D Sanguinetti   

The Sports Xchange:

‘A former first-round pick of the New York Rangers, Sanguinetti has appeared in 45 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. He has six points (two goals) and eight penalty minutes.’

Sabres ink another likely for Rochester   

WGR-AM:

‘The Trenton, New Jersey native led all AHL defensemen in 2014-15 with six game-winning goals and his team-high plus-24 rating tied for eighth in the league. During the Comets’ deep 2015 playoff run, Sanguinetti recorded 14 more (3+11) in 23 games, again leading all AHL defensemen. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.’

Sabres Sign Bobby Sanguinetti   

Sabres.com:

‘Sanguinetti (6’3”, 190 lbs., 2/29/1988) spent last season as an alternate captain for the Utica Comets, scoring a career-best 16 goals in 61 AHL games. His 40 points (16+24) in 2014-15 led all Comets defensemen and tied for ninth among all AHL blueliners.’

The Sabres Report - July 2, 2015

Murray introduces Eichel: ‘I believe that he’s legit’   

Buffalo News:

‘“You can see in kids pretty quickly if they’re legit or not, and I believe that he’s legit.”’

Sabres negotiating with Cal O’Reilly   

Buffalo News:

‘The 28-year-old center is a playmaker who has excelled in juniors and the minor leagues but hasn’t found success in the NHL. He’s appeared in 113 games with Nashville, Arizona and Pittsburgh, recording 13 goals and 28 assists. The Predators drafted O’Reilly in the fifth round in 2005.’