What you need to know about Victor Antipin

‘”To me, he’s the type of player that this organization needs to find a way to bring more in,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in an appearance on The Instigators on Tuesday. “We’ve got to improve our defense around here, got to improve the puck-moving ability of it, and I think it was a great job by Tim Murray and his staff to look at these different things.”‘

Sabres sign affiliation agreement with Cincinnati Cyclones of ECHL

‘Since returning to the ECHL before the 2006-07 season, the Cyclones have been Kelly Cup Champions twice (2008 and 2010) and made the playoffs in eight of nine seasons. The team also won its division in 2009 and 2013 and was crowned ECHL Eastern Conference Champions in 2014.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Former Cobourg Cougar Justin Danforth signs AHL contract with Rochester Americans (Northumberland Today)

Sabres’ next captain can expect help, open communication

‘Captain Brian Gionta is 38 years old and scheduled for unrestricted free agency, so it’s possible the Sabres will have someone new wearing the “C” next season. O’Reilly and Eichel are the top candidates.’

Sabres interested in Penguins director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton

‘The Sabres also are believed to have interest in Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet as a candidate to replace Dan Bylsma, who was fired as head coach after the 2016-17 season.’

Sabres’ coaching search starting to take shape

‘”I think [the process> is underway, but the bottom line is I think Jason Botterill probably wants someone in place by the NHL Draft in Chicago. That should give Sabres fans a timeline,” LeBrun said with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday afternoon. “There are also guys that I probably don’t know about. I think that Jason Botterill is going to cast a wide net here. The names I put out there doesn’t mean that he’s going to have formal interviews with all of them, but I know that they are names that have been connected to him and to the Sabres in some way or another… Some guys might be a phone call, other guys might be more formal. I think those are all names to retain.”‘

LeBrun: June 15th – July 2nd will be busiest in NHL history. Will Evander Kane be part of it?

‘Evander Kane is on the final year of a 6 year $31.5 million deal. His cap hit is $5.25 million per year. Coming off a 28 goal season and going into a contract year Kane will defiantly be motivated. You’d have to think Kane will want a pay raise. How willing will Jason Botterill be to do that? Botterill has already talked about valuing character over talent in instances. Whether it’s true or not Kane carries a reputation around with him, and it doesn’t fit that mold.’

Jason Botterill turns attention toward Sabres’ coaching search

‘“I don’t know who I want,” Botterill said. “I don’t have a specific name. I know there’s certainly people I want to talk to and have dialogue.”’

NCAA alums populate Pens’ roster. Could that be the Sabres’ future?

‘The Penguins have the highest percentage of individual games played by college alums in NHL history according to College Hockey Inc. This season, 60 percent of the individual games played by the Penguins were by players with an NCAA background. That percentage jumped to 65 percent in the playoffs.’

Sabres Notebook: Botterill on scouting meetings; finding Antipin

‘“There’s nervous people from both ends – myself trying to get to know them, scouts trying to figure out what I’m looking for – but we had some good discussions about that,” Botterill said Tuesday on “The Instigators,” the Sabres’ simulcast show. “It’s certainly going to take some time. I think it’s going to take almost up to a year to really get it all figured out.”’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill comments on coaches and Antipin

‘It’s no secret that there were problems in the Sabres locker-room this past season that need to be addressed. Botterill said he’s already had talks with some players, “From dialog with some of our players, they’re certainly not happy where the team is at right now and they think there’s more from an individual standpoint and from a team standpoint.”’

Botterill talks coaching search, scouting and more on ‘Instigators’

‘”Let’s be honest, there is an element of luck but there also needs to be a structure to it,” he said. “That’s why I think it’s so key, finding certain elements in the character aspect. Because the bottom line is, you’re picking a player when they’re 17 or 18, they’re not a finished product. There’s so much for them to do. Their drive off the ice, their willingness to improve their game in the weight room or on the ice. These are key attributes and we’ve always stressed in Pittsburgh, the importance of character and really trying to do your due diligence on guys.’

Wraparound: O’Reilly shines like silver; Antipin to join Sabres

‘The 24-year-old Antipin has spent the past five seasons with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He had seven goals and 11 points in 18 playoff games this year, following a regular season that featured six goals and 24 points in 59 games.’

Report: Antipin heading to Buffalo next week

‘Antipin terminated his contract with Magnitogorsk on May 1st in order to go to the NHL and join the Sabres. There will likely be a European Clause in Antipin’s future contract with the Sabres that if Antipin is demoted at any point, he will be sent back to the KHL.’

Who is Viktor Antipin & what can Sabres fans expect?

‘”While it’s clear that he is unlikely to be a top pair guy, I think some of his qualities will carry over to the NHL. A lot depends on the coach. What will be his tasks on the ice, and how long it will take for him to adjust to North American sized surface? Obviously, we are unlikely to see him play the same game he was allowed to in KHL, but I’m confident that one thing he will carry over will be his ability to be one of the best power play guys in the league.”‘