The Sabres Report - July 2, 2015

Murray introduces Eichel: ‘I believe that he’s legit’   

Buffalo News:

‘“You can see in kids pretty quickly if they’re legit or not, and I believe that he’s legit.”’

Sabres negotiating with Cal O’Reilly   

Buffalo News:

‘The 28-year-old center is a playmaker who has excelled in juniors and the minor leagues but hasn’t found success in the NHL. He’s appeared in 113 games with Nashville, Arizona and Pittsburgh, recording 13 goals and 28 assists. The Predators drafted O’Reilly in the fifth round in 2005.’

A new Sabres era born on the first of July   

Buffalo News:

‘Eichel won’t be fed to the NHL wolves in the way that Taylor Hall was in Edmonton a few years back. The expected longterm signing of Ryan O’Reilly takes the pressure off Eichel to immediately serve as a No. 1 center.’

Some former Sabres find new homes as free agency opens   

Buffalo News:

‘Forward Cody Hodgson will get a new start in Nashville while four former goaltenders singed new deals – Anders Lindback (Arizona), Michal Neuvirth (Philadelphia), Jhonas Enroth (Los Angeles) and Matt Hackett (Anaheim).’

Jack Eichel happy to join Sabres: ‘There’s such a bright future here’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think I need to challenge myself to get to the next level,” he said inside the First Niagara Center. “Since I was 4 years old this is all I wanted. Everything I’ve done my entire life is to be a professional ice hockey player.”’

GM Tim Murray adds AHL standouts for Amerks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Tim Murray has spoken about the need for the Rochester Americans to improve following an awful season. The general manager left no doubt he was serious Wednesday, signing two notable AHL players to two-way deals – defenseman Matt Donovan and winger Jason Akeson – for the Sabres’ top affiliate.’

Jack Eichel inks deal with Sabres   

Boston Herald:

‘“This past season was one of the best years of my life and I’d like to especially thank coach (David) Quinn, and his staff, all of the equipment and medical personnel, my teammates, my academic advisers, and the entire athletic department,” Eichel said. “I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life with the Buffalo Sabres but I will always be indebted to BU.”’

Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school   

AP:

‘”Looking at the Sabres’ organization, there’s such a bright future here. It seemed like a no-brainer. It’s been a dream to potentially be playing professional hockey, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make an impact for the Sabres next year.”‘

Eichel joins Sabres on entry-level deal   

The Sports Network:

‘Eichel won’t be alone in western New York, as former BU linemate Evan Rodrigues has a place in the Sabres organization, after he was signed as a free agent in late April.’

Sabres sign No. 2 overall pick Eichel   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Eichel was honored with several other major postseason awards in 2014-15, including NCAA Rookie of the Year, first-team All-American, Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and was a unanimous selection as a first-team Hockey East All-Star.’

What should go down as ''Eichel Day''?   

WGR-AM:

‘When news broke that Jack Eichel was going to sign a contract with the Buffalo Sabres, my first reaction was to wish everyone a “Happy Eichel Day”. I’ll bet many of you have already used that phrase with fellow Sabres fans on more than one occasion. Which begs the question, which day exactly is “Eichel Day”?’

Sabres sign free agent Matt Donovan   

WGR-AM:

‘O’Reilly has played for Nashville, Pittsburgh and Arizona. His last action in the NHL was with Pittsburgh in 2011-12. The 28 year old was the captain in Utica last season.’

SABRES SIGN AKESON, DONOVAN TO 1-YEAR DEALS   

Sabres.com:

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Matt Donovan to one-year contracts.’

SABRES SIGN EICHEL TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT   

Sabres.com:

‘Selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel (6’2”, 196 lbs., 10/28/1996) joins the organization after a standout season at Boston University (NCAA-Hockey East) in which he became the second freshman – after Paul Kariya in 1993 – ever to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player.’

The Sabres Report - July 1, 2015

As free agency opens, new-look Sabres have few needs   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo also could use a top-four defenseman, specifically a left-handed shot to play with either Zach Bogosian or Rasmus Ristolainen. The only lefties on the roster are Josh Gorges and Mike Weber.’