Sabres’ bad luck continues in NHL Draft Lottery; Devils win

‘Philadelphia vaulted all the way to No. 2 after entering with just a 2.2 percent chance at the top pick, the 13th-worst odds. Dallas moved from No. 8 to No. 3.’

Sabres will pick 8th in NHL Draft; Devils win lottery

‘The hapless Colorado Avalanche, who owned the greatest odds for the top pick at 18 percent, fell to the fourth spot.’

Sabres fall from sixth to eighth in the NHL Draft Lottery

‘Lately, the Sabres have drafted eighth overall twice. In 2013, they took defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and most recently took Alex Nylander in 2016. It’s the only two times they’ve had the eighth overall pick.’

Sabres will draft 8th in 2017 NHL Draft

‘This past season, Buffalo finished 26th with a 33-37-12 overall record. They had a 7.6 percent chance to secure the top spot in the 2017 draft…it didn’t happen.’

Trading Reinhart makes sense if Sabres land top two pick in NHL Draft Matt Bove

‘I’m not suggesting the Sabres just trade Reinhart because he’s not valuable — he certainly is — but I think Patrick or Hischier can fill his role, if not exceed it. Having both Reinhart and either Hischier/Patrick on the roster would be dynamic offensively, but the Sabres will still need to do something on defense or it’ll likely be a seventh straight year without the postseason. Remember how bad the Edmonton Oilers were until the realized they needed to do something to their blue line?’

Sabres to select 8th at 2017 NHL Draft

‘The Sabres began the night with a 7.6-percent chance of obtaining the No. 1 pick, the sixth-highest odds among the 15 teams involved, but dropped two spots because Philadelphia and Dallas jumped into the top three. Dallas began the night with a 5.8-percent chance of winning the top draw, while Philadelphia had the third-worst odds at 2.2 percent.’

Names added, removed as Sabres’ hiring search heats up

‘Buffalo is again talking with Kings Assistant GM Michael Futa. The 49-year-old was a candidate during the Sabres’ last GM search, but the job went to Tim Murray in January 2014. The Sabres fired Murray and coach Dan Bylsma last week.’

Playfair representing Sabres at NHL Draft Lottery

‘“The chances of us getting anything different are slim to none, but still I’m happy to represent the team,” Playfair said Friday.’

Sabres won’t get ‘headliner’ pick in NHL Draft Lottery

‘“You don’t have that headliner, like (people) used that word ‘generational’ player,” Dan Marr, the NHL’s director of Central Scouting, told the Times Herald on Friday. “The fact you had back-to-back years with McDavid and Eichel and Auston Matthews and Laine, those you get only one per decade, but we just happened to have them back-to-back years.”’

Rangers block Sabres from talking with Chris Drury

‘In his first year as the Rangers’ assistant general manager after one year as the director of player development, Drury seemingly has become a very valuable part of their front office under President Glen Sather and GM Jeff Gorton. So much so that when the Sabres recently asked for the Rangers’ permission to interview Drury for their open GM job, the request was denied.’

The Rangers declined Buffalo’s request to speak with Chris Drury

‘Drury played a big role in the Rangers landing of Jimmy Vesey.’

An executive shopping list for the Sabres

‘Gillis found a way to keep the Aquilinis in line in Vancouver, and the group enjoyed success with the Canucks. Gillis can be prickly and might be best suited for the president’s role. Leave the media and the day-to-day to Gilman and Henning. While they are at it, this group could grab Eric Crawford from Montreal and put him back in charge of player personnel. It’s a ready-made solution for the Sabres.’

The Sabres try to beat the odds at the NHL Draft Lottery

‘The odds of the Sabres winning the lottery and getting the first pick overall are 7.6-percent. They have a 7.8 percent chance of jumping to the second overall pick, and an eight-percent chance of drafting third overall.’

Drury will not interview for Sabres’ general manager position

‘According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Buffalo had asked permission from the New York Rangers to interview assistant general manager, and former Sabres captain Chris Drury. After some consultation between Drury and the Rangers, the team did not feel it was the right time for Drury to interview for a general manager job.’

Sabres interview Fitzgerald & Botterill for GM

‘A year ago the Blue & Gold selected Tom’s son Casey 86th overall in the NHL draft. The defenseman just wrapped up his sophomore season at Boston College.’