The Sabres Report - June 29, 2016

Sabres sign Nelson to two-year deal worth $1.3 million   

Buffalo News:

‘Nelson, promised a spot on the roster last season upon signing, will compete for playing time and a roster spot on the right side next year.’

Sabres announce preseason schedule with two games in Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes will meet on consecutive nights Oct. 4-5. The first game will be a Kraft Hockeyville contest in Marquette, Mich., and the teams will travel Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for the conclusion of the series.’

City can't afford to alienate Pegulas   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘He’s the guy whose billions have ignited an economic renaissance in Buffalo. He’s the guy who owns the Sabres and the Buffalo Bills, who saved both big-league franchises from leaving the region. He’s the guy who, with his wife, Kim, operates a sports and entertainment conglomerate that has the Amerks among its holdings.’

Coach: Sabres’ Alexander Nylander possibly ‘most skilled guy’ in NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve seen (No. 1 overall pick) Auston Matthews, and he looks pretty darn good,” he said. “But Alex, man oh man, he’s pretty sick with his hands and his feet, for sure.”’

Sabres sign Casey Nelson to 2-year contract extension   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Nelson could be ticketed for the minors in his first full professional season.’

Sabres announce 2016 preseason schedule   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres play the Maple Leafs in Sept. 29 in St. Catharines instead of Toronto, likely because the Air Canada Centre is booked for the World Cup of Hockey.’

Osmanski Drafted by Sabres   

East Aurora Advertiser:

‘“I hope someday they will say that about me and talk about East Aurora. It’s such a great town and small community. Towns like East Aurora kind of have their own feel… It’s (East Aurora) a small town where everybody knows each other and it’s pretty cool.”’

Sabres announce preseason schedule including Penn State contest   

Batavia Daily News:

‘The Sabres and Wild will become the first two professional teams to face off at Pegula Ice Arena since the arena’s opening.’

Buffalo Sabres say Rochester's Blue Cross Arena not fit for NHL game   

Syracuse Post Standard:

‘”Our goal is to play every game in Rochester in an improved facility,” Brandon said.’

Sabres sign defenseman Nelson to 2-year contract extension   


‘He will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Sabres roster this season.’

Sabres sign Nelson   


‘Casey Nelson gets a two year deal for a reported $1.3 million.’

Sabres release their preseason schedule   


‘The Sabres have released their preseason schedule which includes a game at Penn State.’


‘Nelson (6’2”, 183 lbs., 7/18/1992) made his professional debut with the Sabres during the 2015-16 season and recorded four assists and a plus-1 rating in seven games. Before signing with Buffalo, Nelson earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 22 points (6+16) in 40 games for Minnesota State University.’


‘The team will play seven games, including two home games at First Niagara Center.’

Sabres see big upside in new defenseman Kulikov   

Buffalo News:

‘”I was happy they trusted me as a top-pair defenseman,” he said. “I was happy with my performance. What I learned about my game is that I think I had another level of compete in me to help my team take another step.”‘