With R&R over, Sabres return to ice focused on Ws

‘And with only 22 games left, the Sabres need every point. They’re 26-24-10 for 62 points in 60 games and enter Friday six points out of both the final wild-card slot (New York Islanders) and third place in the Atlantic Division (Toronto). They are even in games played with both of those teams. Here’s how others in those races have fared while the Sabres have been idle…’.

Sabres Notebook: Girgensons says bye to injury

‘Grant was lost on waivers to Nashville when the Sabres tried to send him to Rochester in January but Buffalo reclaimed him when the Predators put him on waivers earlier this month. After leading the Sabres in scoring in the preseason, Grant did not score a goal and had only three assists in Buffalo during the regular season. He missed the last two games with a shoulder injury suffered Feb. 16 vs. Colorado.’

Sabres’ Cody Franson could be wanted before trade deadline

‘Injuries helped Franson seize better opportunities late in the fall. Now, he plays 20 minutes again most nights and has three goals and 16 points in 53 games.’

Sabres add recalls; Derek Grant sent to Amerks

‘Grant has zero goals and three assists in 40 games with the Sabres this season. They recently reclaimed him on waivers from the Nashville Predators.’

Saturday’s Colorado Coverage

Rested Sabres look to ignite surge vs. Avalanche (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Avalanche (NHL.com)
Avalanche Hosts Buffalo Sabres (ColoradoAvalanche.com)

Buffalo Sabres recall Bailey, Rodrigues for game at Colorado

‘Bailey and Rodrigues have sent much of the past month filling injury-depleted spots in the Sabres’ lineup. They were assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester on Monday.’

Sabres recall Fs Bailey, Rodrigues

‘The 5-10, 183-pound Rodrigues, 23, has two assists in eight games with the Sabres and joins the team for his third recall of 2016-17. He ranks third among Rochester skaters with 18 assists and fifth with 27 total points.’

Sabres end their bye week with a fast paced practice

‘Every coach and player I spoke with on Friday said they were scoreboard watching. Bylsma was no different, “We got a few good games for us. I think being off for five days and teams playing games, there were going to be teams that picked up some points, but we now have an opportunity with three games in four nights and have six points we can possibly gain.”’

Sabres bring back two Amerks

‘Justin Bailey has been playing his best hockey on the wing with Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo and he’s been recalled from Rochester.’

Price must be right to trade Evander Kane

‘As a team, the Sabres don’t score a ton of goals, so losing Kane’s production would be a big blow. Even with the Sabres recent scoring “spark”, they have the third-fewest goals in the Eastern Conference, only behind the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes. That’s not exactly great company.’

Sabres recall Bailey, Rodrigues

‘Bailey (6’3″, 214 lbs, 7/1/1995) joins the team for his fourth recall of the season. In his second professional campaign, the Buffalo native is tied for ninth in the AHL with 19 goals in 40 games and has totaled three points (2+1) in 19 NHL games.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks squander third-period lead in loss to Crunch (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Syracuse Crunch rallies for improbable win in Rochester (Syracuse Post Standard)
Crunch rally late to steal 5-4 win from Amerks (Amerks.com)
Photo gallery (Amerks.com)
Crunch top Amerks, 5-4, in final seconds (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Trades show Sabres the market for Kulikov, Franson

‘Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson are pending UFAs who could draw interest from contenders. The Sabres can retain salary in three trades this season.’

Bucky Gleason: Sabres’ Evander Kane no longer fool’s gold

‘It’s not as if Kane is untouchable. The same is true for any player, including Jack Eichel. If Murray can improve his team for the foreseeable future, he should pull the trigger. It makes for a tricky situation.’

Something fishy going on with Bylsma during Sabres bye week

‘Bylsma hauled in this sizable Great Lakes steelhead Thursday while out with Capt. Frank Campbell.’