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   


‘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   


‘”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   


‘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

‘“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

‘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.”’