Bylsma joining Sabres is addition by subtraction for Penguins

‘First it got another salary off the books for an employee who was no longer actually working for the team and second the Penguins acquired a third round draft pick from the Sabres in the process.’

How will Bylsma use Zemgus Girgensons?

‘ That leaves new Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma with this question: Should Girgensons be his future No. 3 center or move to wing to play a top six role?’

Sabres’ Kane is recovering well

‘Kane’s agent Craig Oster emailed Pro Hockey Talk and he said the 4-to-6 month for recovery has been moved up, “Evander had a follow (up) appointment in Buffalo and all are pleased with his progress. He is ahead of schedule on his recovery and the expectation is he will be completely healthy for the start of the Sabres’ season.”’

The NHL Scouting Combine begins

‘The NHL has released a little summary on each test.’

NHL Combine puts focus on league’s future stars

‘“What the players have to keep in mind is that this will be their initial contact with many NHL teams, so they have the chance to make that good initial impression,” Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, told the league website. “Some kids aren’t that comfortable when they’re in an interview environment, so it’s important they be prepared to talk about themselves, which is something they might not be used to doing.’

Wowie! Ex-Sabres star Housley could be Devils’ next coach

‘Phil Housley, the longtime Sabres defenseman who is currently an assistant coach in Nashville, appears to be the frontrunner for the job, according to Saturday’s Newark Star-Ledger. The Devils were believed to be considering former Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher, Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes. Dan Bylsma, Shero’s coach in Pittsburgh, was also a candidate before taking the job in Buffalo.’

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.’