Sabres’ top prospects stand to benefit from Bylsma’s insights

‘“When you’re talking about a guy working to make the National Hockey League and survive, they know they have to work hard. But for Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid, the work ethic and the details that are part of the game for star players are high, and if they want to be a star in this league, that’s where they have to be at.”’

Draft pick Sabres sent Penguins for Bylsma keeps offer sheet options open

‘“I asked Pittsburgh if we can keep our own third,” he said. “It’s like I say with trades and that, a lot of these things you have to plan for that aren’t going to happen. So why would we, I guess even if I’m 90 percent sure that we’re not going to ever do it or they don’t work, why would I take that option out of our hands?”’

Pysyk hopes to be shutdown defender with Sabres

‘“I hope so,” said Pysyk. “That’s my goal, obviously, to make the Sabres, but who knows what’ll happen this summer with free agency and trades. We’ll see what it looks like closer to (training) camp. I see myself in a shutdown role, being solid defensively.”’

NHL combine shifts from ballroom to arena with Buffalo move

‘Each team will be assigned a suite inside the Sabres arena, where player interview sessions will occur. That’s a switch from shuttling prospects to offsite hotels.’

New coach brings the will to win

‘The Sabres had to hire Bylsma. Bylsma had to take this job. The only surprise is what took so long for it to happen after Babcock jilted Buffalo.’

Time off prepared Bylsma for Sabres job

‘“I’ve done quite a bit of growing the last year looking at the game, so I plan to bring that to the coach I’ll be with the Sabres,” Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “There is, I think, a bright future ahead for this team.”’

Bylsma is antidote for Sabres’ dysfunction

‘Bylsma is still a good hire for the Sabres. If Babcock was more than Terry Pegula deserved, Bylsma is a very nice consolation prize. In some ways, he’s perfect for the job. He’s a big name in USA Hockey, and Pegula is making Buffalo a prime destination for youth hockey in America.’

Larry Bill, the Sabres ‘Twister,’ dies at 65

‘He had a season ticket for several years, occupying an aisle seat at the locker room end of the Aud. The Sabres eventually presented him with a custom team jersey, bearing the name “Twister.”’

After Babcock snub, Sabres score on the rebound

‘Those plums, along with a stellar young defense, some character veterans, a farm club in Rochester just 75 miles away, state-of-the-art facilities and oh yes, a billionaire owner, made Buffalo a nice landing pad for Bylsma, who was fired in a regime change last June in Pittsburgh despite a 109-point season, his fourth in six years.’

Dan Bylsma had eye on Sabres job

‘“That is no way or shape the reason why I coached or want to coach or have any interest in coaching the Buffalo Sabres,” he said. “I look at the opportunity to come to an organization, develop with this team, develop into a winning culture on a winning team. I’m not coaching to prove anything to anybody else.”‘

Buffalo hires ex-Penguins coach Bylsma

‘The pick will be the better of two third-round selections the Sabres acquired in trades with the New York Islanders. One of those picks originally belonged to the Vancouver Canucks.’

After reinterpreting rule, draft pick sought for Bylsma’s hiring

‘“The rule is not as clear as it should be,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford told Trib Total Media. “We felt that the intent of the rule was for employees that were still with the team, that were working with the team, not terminated employees.’

Grand Haven native Dan Bylsma hired to coach Buffalo Sabres

‘Bylsma, a graduate of Western Michigan Christian, was a player in the NHL for nine seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2009 as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.’

Dan Bylsma hired as Sabres new head coach

‘Bylsma won the Jack Adams Award in 2011 as the league’s “most outstanding coach” following a season that saw Pittsburgh overcome adversity to post one of the best regular-season records in franchise history. The Penguins went 49-25-8 and won the Atlantic Division that season despite ranking near the top of the league with 350 man games lost due to injury, including 119 from the team’s top three forwards in ice time per game (Sidney Crosby 41, Jordan Staal 39, Evgeni Malkin 39).’

Sabres’ Bylsma, Eichel could form dynamic coach-player duo

‘“Sure, I had heard all the praise he had received beforehand,” Bylsma recounted in a phone interview with the Postmedia Network on Thursday night. “But this wasn’t going to be a situation where you were playing against teenagers at the world juniors. Or against college kids. Here he was playing against men.”’