The Sabres Report - June 30, 2015

After his worst season, Sabres send Hodgson packing   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres’ decision would have been tougher if Hodgson’s troubles began next season. He is 25 years old. Buyouts typically cost two-thirds of the remaining salary, but the rules are different for players age 25 and under. They can be bought out for just one-third of their remaining salary.’

O’Reilly wants to be a factor for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s flattering to be looked at that way,” the 24-year-old said. “To come in with confidence in myself and them having confidence in me, it’s definitely a huge honor.”’

Ryan O’Reilly wants leadership role with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think it’s going to be a big challenge with me,” O’Reilly said this afternoon on a conference call. “I think in the past with Colorado I wasn’t really looked at as much of a leader. I think … with the Sabres I have to be a more vocal guy, be that more off-ice leader and on-ice as well.”’

Awful season costs Cody Hodgson job with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘It’s easy to forget now, but less than two years ago Hodgson was a player the Sabres began to build around.’

Sabres won’t keep goalie coach Arturs Irbe   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Latvian, a former NHL-All Star, earned high praise last season for helping the Sabres’ regular goalies – Jhonas Enroth, Anders Lindback and Michal Neuvirth – thrive despite poor defensive play all around them. The Sabres allowed a league-high 35.6 shots a game.’

Former Sabres star Phil Housley emotional over Hall of Fame election   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I got to thank Seymour and Norty Knox, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres, and Scotty Bowman, for taking a chance on a high school kid that probably weighed about 165 pounds soaking wet,” Housley said. “It was a great time for me.”’

Former Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly eager to be leader with Sabres   

Denver Post:

‘”Yeah, I think negotiations were always difficult,” said O’Reilly, who is represented by agents Pat Morris and Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management Inc. “(But) I don’t think there’s anything I would have done differently. My agent has done phenomenal things for me in my career.”‘

Sabres' Jerry D'Amigo poised to remain on NHL roster   

Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin:

‘”Obviously in the past I’ve heard some bad things, but with the new ownership, with (owner Terry) Pegula there, definitely a lot of positive things have been happening and hopefully a lot more,” D’Amigo said. “I’m excited for it and I’m glad to be in the organization.”‘

AP source: Sabres place forward Cody Hodgson on waivers   

AP:

‘Sabres general manager Tim Murray said the move was being considered as recently as two weeks ago. It follows a near-complete teardown of the roster.’

Sabres raise expectations for quick success with changes at draft   

CP:

‘”Everything’s new and let’s see how it all comes together in training camp,” Murray said. “I think we’ve taken big strides.”‘

Sabres' Hodgson will be bought out   

WGR-AM:

‘Hodgson is already a slow skater and Tim Murray said he was also in poor condition. Many teammates have told me that Hodgson is also not very coachable. He has a way he thinks hockey should be played and he’s not interested in any other way of doing it.’

O'Reilly ready for expanded role with Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘“There are certainly a lot of different possibilities that could be there and training camp is going to see some of those scenarios play themselves out,” Bylsma said. “The depth of our team is a lot of different at the forward position than it was a few days ago.”’

Sabres tender 7 restricted free agents   

Sabres.com:

‘Forwards Jerry D’Amigo, Johan Larsson, Tim Schaller, Philip Varone; defensemen Jerome Leduc and Mark Pysyk; goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.’

The Sabres Report - June 29, 2015

Sabres ready to tackle next roster challenge   

Buffalo News:

‘Though this summer’s class of unrestricted free agents is underwhelming, a highlight is actually among left-handed defensemen. Here’s a look…’.

Sabres feel they have steal in prospect Devante Stephens   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s going to put on size. He comes from an athletic background. I really firmly believe he will be a top-six defenseman in the NHL.”’