Botterill will need creativity to improve Sabres’ roster this week

‘Here’s a look at the players with a realistic shot to be in the opening-night lineup Oct. 5, plus their salary cap number (asterisks represent the qualifying offers for unsigned restricted free agents)…’.

Sabres move on from Randy Cunneyworth, longtime scout Jon Christiano

‘Drafted by Buffalo in 1980, Cunneyworth returned to Rochester after a 19-year playing career. He was the Amerks’ coach from 2000 to 2008. After working as an assistant coach in Atlanta and head coach in Montreal, he came back to the Sabres’ organization as a pro scout in 2013.’

London teen Bryson drafted 99th by Sabres

‘”I was going to focus in more on the sixth or seventh round because that’s when I thought it would be,” Bryson said, “but Buffalo didn’t have a fifth or sixth-round pick, so I guess they didn’t want me to slip to the seventh. “It was nice.”‘

Sabres release Cunneyworth

‘The Sabres have also fired pro scouts Jon Christiano and Jim Kovachik. Gone from the amateur side are Keith Hendrickson, Brandon Jay and Kevin Prendergast.’

Sexton wants to build future in Buffalo with Botterill

‘“He’s off to a great start bringing in Phil Housley and Steve Greeley to collaborate and make good decisions,” said Sexton Tuesday morning with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR. “It’s up to us to assemble a team of people and office executives to put the right type of team on the ice, both in Rochester and Buffalo.”’

Is Matt Cullen a good fit for the Sabres?

‘I’m not a fan of that idea. Do the Sabres need another veteran presence in the locker room? Sure. But I don’t think Cullen is the answer, especially at 40 on the tail end of his career.’

Dave Andreychuk, Jeremy Jacobs inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

‘He is third on the Sabres’ all-time list in goals with 368, and he’s second in points with 804 in 837 games. Andreychuk totaled 1,639 NHL games, scoring 640 goals and 1,338 points. He won the Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay in 2004 and also played for Toronto, New Jersey, Boston and Colorado in a 23-year career that ended with the 2005-06 season.’

Sabres Notebook: Two assistant GMs add experience, new ideas; qualifying offers

‘”They both have experience at all levels of the game, and we think they will be valuable assets for the Buffalo Sabres moving forward.”’

Sabres land Penguins top scout, Randy Sexton, for second stint as Amerks GM

‘Sexton’s work was behind the drafting of Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson and Olli Maatta, each a key contributor to the Penguins’ latest Cup run. All but Maatta spent considerable time developing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where Botterill had his hand on the pulse of the team and worked closely with the coaching staff.’

Sabres sign Taylor Fedun to two-year contract

‘The 29-year-old could’ve become an unrestricted free agent Saturday.’

Sabres hire Randy Sexton, Steve Greeley as assistant GMs

‘The 36-year-old Greeley, meanwhile, served as the New York Rangers’ director of player personnel the last two years.’

Sabres great Dave Andreychuk honored by Hall of Fame election

‘“Buffalo, it’s really always going to be home to me,” he said. “I started here at 18. Yes, I got moved around a little bit after being here for almost 12 years. But I was always going back to Buffalo. My three children were born there. My wife is from there.”’

Penguins lose director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton to Sabres

‘Jason Botterill has company.’

Buffalo Sabres hire Sexton, Greeley to assistant GM jobs

‘There were no surprises when the team announced it extended qualifying offers to retain the rights to six restricted free agents, including goalie Robin Lehner. Also issued offers were forwards Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who was acquired in a trade with Montreal on June 17.’

Sabres sign D Fedun to 2-year pact

‘Fedun, 29, appeared in 27 games with the Sabres last season, recording a career-high seven points with seven assists. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Fedun owns 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) through parts of four NHL seasons.’