Sabres land next biggest fish Okposo as NHL free agency opens

‘The 6’0″ Minnesota native is now the second-highest paid player on the Sabres with his reported $6 million per season puts him behind Ryan O’Reilly’s $7.5 and just above Evander Kane’s $5.25.’

Sabres’ Murray on Okposo: ‘We can be a destination for good players’

‘”It’s exciting to get a player of his caliber who had a choice of — I won’t say 30 teams — but certainly a lot of teams, and he decided to come here.”‘

As defense deals go, Ristolainen figures to cash in

‘”Both sides probably know where we’re traveling to as far as a number,” Murray said early this evening. “They tell us that he really wants to be here and certainly, we want him to be here. It’s not going to be an easy thing to hammer out and it’s not going to be cheap. But with young, good players, you tie them up and keep going.”‘

Sabres add to organizational depth on D by signing Falk

‘Falk, 27, was Minnesota’s fourth-round pick in 2007. He had four assists in 24 games for Columbus last season and had two goals, seven assists in 32 games for Lake Erie. He had four assists while playing 17 playoff games for the Monsters, as they swept Hershey to take the AHL title.’

Okposo becomes second on Sabres’ salary chart

‘With Kyle Okposo reportedly coming to Buffalo on a seven-year, $42 million deal, here’s a look at the Sabres’ salary structure, based on salary-cap hit.’

Sabres’ Okposo sees chance to win Cup in Buffalo

‘”They’re a great organization obviously with the Pegulas at the helm. Everybody always talks so highly of them.”‘

Vesey agent: Hope to meet with Sabres, open to anything

‘Vesey, the collegiate award winner acquired last month, would fill a big need at left wing on the Sabres’ top two lines. Vesey, who plays with his friend Eichel in a summer league, won the Hobey Baker Award this year after recording 24 goals and 46 points in 33 games with Harvard.’

Sabres sign Kyle Okposo to 7-year contract

‘While some may argue the Sabres overpaid the Minnesota native, there are dearth of scorers available, and with three 20-goal seasons and two 60-point campaigns Okposo, 28, was one of the best available.’

Sabres GM Murray unhappy with Kane’s latest legal trouble

‘In his strongest comments to date, Murray says Kane needs to behave better whether or not he’s cleared of harassment complaints filed against him by two women following an alleged altercation at a Buffalo nightclub last week.’

Sabres sign Okposo to 7-year, $42 million contract

‘The 28-year-old power forward had three straight season over 50 points with the New York Islanders, playing mostly with center John Tavares.’

Sabres’ Murray comments more on Kane

‘Murray was asked if his lost his patience with Kane and he said, “It’s a very serious charge and we take it seriously, but I want to wait and see if he’s going to be charged, is he going to be found guilty, I don’t know that.”‘

Sabres sign forward Kyle Okposo

‘Okposo had spent parts of the past nine seasons with the New York Islanders, putting up 139 career goals and 369 points in 529 games. Last season with the Islanders, Okposo scored 22 goals and registered 64 points in 79 games played. In the playoffs, Okposo scored twice and added six assists in eleven games played.’

NOW THAT OKPOSO HAS SIGNED, WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SABRES?

‘”I think if we get in front of somebody and have a chance to talk about the organization and ownership and the city that only good things can come of it,” Murray said. “We’re excited about going down and having a chance to have a face-to-face chat and having a real good give and take with him.”‘

OKPOSO: CHANCE TO WIN A STANLEY CUP BROUGHT ME TO BUFFALO

‘”I just remember coming out of that game thinking, ‘Gosh, these guys are a really skilled bunch,’ and that they had a lot of upside,” Okposo said in a conference call on Friday evening. “Obviously I didn’t know what was going to transpire over the next two months.”‘

SABRES INK TAYLOR FEDUN

‘The Edmonton, Alberta native spent most of the 2015-16 season with the Utica Comets (AHL), where he posted 33 points (8+25) and 48 penalty minutes in 63 games played. In five AHL seasons, he has recorded 132 points (32+100) and a plus-23 rating in 263 career games. Fedun has also added eight points (4+4) and a plus-10 rating in 28 career playoff games.’