The Sabres Report - May 24, 2017

Jason Botterill turns attention toward Sabres' coaching search   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t know who I want,” Botterill said. “I don’t have a specific name. I know there’s certainly people I want to talk to and have dialogue.”’

NCAA alums populate Pens' roster. Could that be the Sabres' future?   

Buffalo News:

‘The Penguins have the highest percentage of individual games played by college alums in NHL history according to College Hockey Inc. This season, 60 percent of the individual games played by the Penguins were by players with an NCAA background. That percentage jumped to 65 percent in the playoffs.’

Sabres Notebook: Botterill on scouting meetings; finding Antipin   

Buffalo News:

‘“There’s nervous people from both ends – myself trying to get to know them, scouts trying to figure out what I’m looking for – but we had some good discussions about that,” Botterill said Tuesday on “The Instigators,” the Sabres’ simulcast show. “It’s certainly going to take some time. I think it’s going to take almost up to a year to really get it all figured out.”’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill comments on coaches and Antipin   


‘It’s no secret that there were problems in the Sabres locker-room this past season that need to be addressed. Botterill said he’s already had talks with some players, “From dialog with some of our players, they’re certainly not happy where the team is at right now and they think there’s more from an individual standpoint and from a team standpoint.”’

Botterill talks coaching search, scouting and more on 'Instigators'

‘”Let’s be honest, there is an element of luck but there also needs to be a structure to it,” he said. “That’s why I think it’s so key, finding certain elements in the character aspect. Because the bottom line is, you’re picking a player when they’re 17 or 18, they’re not a finished product. There’s so much for them to do. Their drive off the ice, their willingness to improve their game in the weight room or on the ice. These are key attributes and we’ve always stressed in Pittsburgh, the importance of character and really trying to do your due diligence on guys.’

The Sabres Report - May 23, 2017

Wraparound: O'Reilly shines like silver; Antipin to join Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘The 24-year-old Antipin has spent the past five seasons with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He had seven goals and 11 points in 18 playoff games this year, following a regular season that featured six goals and 24 points in 59 games.’

Report: Antipin heading to Buffalo next week   


‘Antipin terminated his contract with Magnitogorsk on May 1st in order to go to the NHL and join the Sabres. There will likely be a European Clause in Antipin’s future contract with the Sabres that if Antipin is demoted at any point, he will be sent back to the KHL.’

Who is Viktor Antipin & what can Sabres fans expect?   


‘”While it’s clear that he is unlikely to be a top pair guy, I think some of his qualities will carry over to the NHL. A lot depends on the coach. What will be his tasks on the ice, and how long it will take for him to adjust to North American sized surface? Obviously, we are unlikely to see him play the same game he was allowed to in KHL, but I’m confident that one thing he will carry over will be his ability to be one of the best power play guys in the league.”‘

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

Botterill adds a player for Rochester (WGR-AM)
Amerks sign Danforth to American Hockey League contract (

The Sabres Report - May 22, 2017

Report: Antipin set to sign with Sabres   


‘Antipin, 24, tallied 24 points (8G, 16A) in 59 games played with a plus 10 plus/minus rating with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL this season. Antipin added 11 points (7G, 4A) in 18 playoff games and was named the top defensive player in the KHL Finals (Gagarin Cup) where his team fell to Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk of SKA Saint Petersburg.’

The Sabres Report - May 20, 2017

Botterill wants Sabres' prospects to win before getting to Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘“We want to build two teams – one in Buffalo, one in Rochester – that are highly competitive year in and year out,” he said. “One of the successes in the organization I’m coming from is the relationship between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh. We want to restrengthen the relationship between Rochester and Buffalo because for us developing an organization that is going to be year in and year out successful in the National Hockey League, you have to have that development in place.”’

The Sabres Report - May 17, 2017

Sabres Notebook: Botterill backs Lehner; Leino's 'jail' with Buffalo; Drury promoted   

Buffalo News:

‘“I have no problem starting next season with him in goal,” the Sabres’ general manager told Sportsnet in an article published Tuesday. “There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup.”’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill wants coach with Mike Sullivan’s traits   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Instead of just sort of going home, watching TV, he immersed himself in a player development role with Chicago, and I think that made him an even better coach,” Botterill said. “He interacted with coaches at the college level, it’s a different perspective.”’

Off-Season Game Plan: Buffalo Sabres   


‘ is a skilled forward who can be a nice complementary piece in Buffalo and under most circumstances that would be fine. It’s a little different when Reinhart was the second pick in the 2014 Draft, taken one spot of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl. That sticks out a bit as a missed opportunity because while Reinhart is a contributor, he does not appear to be a future star.’

The Sabres Report - May 16, 2017

Botterill brings hiring knowledge to Sabres' coaching search   

Buffalo News:

‘“With so many young players in our organization, a developer, an educator is going to be very important, a communicator,” Botterill said. “In today’s world, today’s game, they have to have that strong communication with the players.’