The Sabres Report - April 29, 2016

Sabres sign Larsson to one-year deal   

Buffalo News:

‘Larsson’s defensive work outshined the production as he joined with wingers Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta to form Buffalo’s shutdown line. Larsson ranked second on the Sabres by winning 51.1 percent of his faceoffs. His ice time during the final month was 16:45 per game, a jump of more than two minutes over his previous average.’

Lottery should bring Sabres strong draft position   

Olean Times Herald:

‘That means the Sabres can pick either first, second or third or eighth through 11th. They have 19.2 percent chance of jumping into the top three. They have a 39.2 percent chance of staying at eighth, a 34.8 percent chance of dropping to ninth and a 6.6 percent chance of slipping to 10th. There’s also a .03 percent chance they could pick 11th.’

Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract   

Olean Times Herald:

‘After months of so-so play and getting scratched, Larsson started pivoting Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta in the winter, and the line quickly became the Sabres’ steadiest.’

Sabres, Larsson reach one-year extension   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Larsson is coming off a career season with highs in games played (74), goals (10), and points (17).’

President of Bills, Sabres passing on NHL draft to focus on football   


‘In Brandon’s place, the Sabres are sending amateur scouting director Greg Royce and former spokesman and newly promoted HarborCenter general manager Michael Gilbert to the draft lottery.’

Sabres extend Forward Larsson

‘Larsson (5’11”, 200 lbs., 7/25/1992) set career-high marks in games played (74), goals (10) and points (17) in his first full NHL season in 2015-16. Five of his 10 goals were game-winners, tying Jack Eichel for the Sabres’ team lead. Larsson also ranked second among the team’s regular faceoff men with a career-best faceoff percentage of 51.1 percent.’

Ducks’ loss gives Sabres 12 picks in June’s NHL Draft   

Buffalo News:

‘The added pick gives Buffalo a dozen to use June 24-25 in First Niagara Center. The Sabres have one pick in the first, second, fourth and sixth rounds. They have four in the third round after previously acquiring selections in the trades that sent Ryan Miller to St. Louis and Jhonas Enroth to Dallas. Buffalo has two picks in the fifth and seventh rounds after trades with Montreal that sent Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell to the Canadiens.’

Sabres promote Gilbert to front office job; Ch.7 reporter exiting   

Buffalo News:

‘Mike Gilbert, the member of the Buffalo Sabres organization who has been dealing with the local and the national media covering the National Hockey League team for 19 years, recently received a significant promotion.’

There's something about Larry

‘I am certainly not a scout, but I do watch (and have watched) an inordinate amount of hockey over the last four decades. And for whatever reason – maybe it’s their comparable size, birthplace, or unheralded arrival into the NHL – I keep thinking Larsson has a chance to become something like Samuel Pahlsson was for the Anaheim Ducks a decade ago.’

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The Sabres Report - April 28, 2016

How the draft lottery could change Buffalo's offseason plans   


‘If the Sabres win any of the top three spots in Saturday night’s NHL draft lottery, that problem will be solved in the long term, but they will still need an offseason addition in the trade market or free agency to compete for the playoffs next season.’

Fasching and Bailey highlights among Buffalo Sabres year-end prospect awards

‘Fasching could be a candidate to begin 2016-17 on the main roster or he could wind up getting a little seasoning in Rochester. Either way, his future in Buffalo is extremely bright and the fan base is waiting excitedly for Faschingmania to take hold in Buffalo permanently.’

The Sabres Report - April 27, 2016

Sabres’ Carlo Colaiacovo hopes to return   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“To be honest with you, I want to be around to see the fruits of this growth,” Colaiacovo said. “It’s always something special for me to see the Buffalo fans deserving of a championship.’

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part three — what to expect this offseason   

Auburn Citizen:

‘Murray’s most important move will be getting Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo’s top defender and another impending RFA, a new deal. Based on the going rate for defensemen of Ristolainen’s age and caliber, don’t be surprised if his next deal is in the $4.5 to $5 million per-year range. Jake McCabe is also an RFA on the back-end, but should be relatively inexpensive.’

The dynamic rookie seasons of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart

‘”It’s been fascinating to watch him play throughout the year, to see how good he is, what his speed can do, what he can do to the other teams ” Bylsma said after Buffalo’s final game of the season. “When you look at the last half a season, you see a guy who has had the puck on his stick as much as or more than anybody in the League and shows that he can be a dominant player in doing that. I think that’s where he’s grown.”‘