The Sabres Report - June 24, 2016

Sabres hire Bob Woods as member of Bylsma's coaching staff   

Buffalo News:

‘Woods compiled a record of 83-47-15 in two seasons as Hershey’s coach before joining Boudreau’s NHL staffs in Washington and Anaheim for five years. He went 45-91-8 during his two seasons with Saskatoon.’

Update from GM Murray: Sabres not moving up from 8, trade market starting to percolate   

Buffalo News:

‘Several sources say talks continue between the Sabres and Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Cam Fowler, and it’s a good bet the No. 8 pick could be part of the package. Murray, of course, isn’t talking specifics but did say “things are getting clearer and there are players available” now that the salary cap for next year is set at $73 million.’

Sabres' Kane on NHL expansion: 'I think it's going to be interesting having a professional sports team in Vegas'   

Buffalo News:

‘”I think a lot of people think it’s going to be good for the league or else they wouldn’t have gotten a team,” Kane said. ” I think it’s going to be interesting having a professional sports team in Vegas. Hopefully it will do well.”

More from Evander Kane: Players can't wait to see what Tim Murray does next to keep building Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘”I don’t know if I’m going to be here by tomorrow so we’ll see what happens,” Kane joked today in HarborCenter. “Tim is a very unique character and it’s served him well. He does a great job so far of building our team and I’m sure he’s looking to add and make us better. As a player, it’s really all you can ask for and it’s up to us to use what he brings in to the best of our advantage.”‘

Did the NHL 17 promo take a shot at Dan Bylsma’s power play?   

Buffalo News:

‘So what did EA Sports have Eichel doing in the video? Picking the top corner on a one-timer … against four Ottawa defenders set up in a box … presumably on the power play. (Skip to 50 seconds.)’

Sabres GM Tim Murray ready to make moves at NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve never felt pressure before,” Murray said. “At some point, we got to be happy with our top six (forwards) or our top four (defensemen), right? I’m not saying we’re there yet completely.”’

'When these opportunities come, you’ve got to look at it': Bob Woods departs Saskatoon Blades for NHL's Buffalo Sabres   

Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

‘Anybody that’s in the hockey business has a dream of winning a Stanley Cup, Woods said Thursday at a press conference, “and I believe there’s an opportunity to do this down the road.”‘

Sabres have a new assistant coach   


‘As a player, Woods spent most of his 13-year career in the AHL and ECHL. He was a Calder Cup champion with Hershey in 1997 and won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999. The LeRoy, Saskatchewan native was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012.’

Murray's prowess being put to the test   


‘Murray has shown a penchant for complicated conditional trades. With all else on the agenda, is his mind mighty enough for one or two more?’

Sabres add Woods to coaching staff

‘Before his tenure with the Blades, Woods served as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks from 2012 to 2014, and for the Washington Capitals from 2009 to 2012. Woods also served the Capitals organization as an assistant coach for the Hersey Bears (AHL) from the 2005-06 season to 2007-08 before being promoted to Hershey’s head coach 15 games into the season. During his tenure in Hershey, the Bears won the Calder Cup in 2006 and 2009 and finished as runners up in 2007.’

The Sabres Report - June 23, 2016

Sabres plan their picks ahead of NHL draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“There’s five real good defensemen in the first round,” said Greg Royce, Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting. “We have two of that class of five that we’ve really targeted that we want, but we don’t know what the seven teams ahead of us − well, we know the first three are predictable − but four, five, six and seven – they could steal the two guys that we want.”’

Murray still looking to maneuver   

Buffalo News:

‘Murray has a lot of draft picks he can parlay and still has some young talent to work with, although it’s clear he doesn’t want to give up much of it simply to move to the No. 4 slot. It’s time to get more NHL players.’

Eichel named to NHL All-Rookie Team   

Buffalo News:

‘Eichel is joined on the All-Rookie team by Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin (Chicago), Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, St. Louis’ Colton Parayko, Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere and Anaheim’s John Gibson.’

As Auston Matthews heads to the Leafs, Toronto and Buffalo could be bitter rivals again   

Buffalo News:

‘The hopes of Sabres fans everywhere are on the broad shoulders of Jack Eichel. But it’s a lot to ask an 18- or 19-year-old to rescue a downtrodden franchise on his own. Matthews doesn’t view himself as some kind of savior. He will join fellow newbies Mitch Marner and William Nylander atop the Leafs’ prospect corps.’

Luce, grandson of former Sabres great, learns to relish his roots   

Buffalo News:

‘“When I started to develop as a player more and more people kept asking about my grandfather and how he was growing up,” Luce said earlier this month at HarborCenter after his fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine.’