Vesey closing in on free agency

‘Vesey has had nearly seven weeks to sign with the Sabres but he and his representatives have been steadfast in their approach that they would wait until his UFA period before making a decision. And although the likelihood of Vesey signing with Buffalo may be diminished, it’s hardly been eliminated either as the sides have maintained contact.’

Jimmy Vesey’s hype the product of modern times

‘Of course, Vesey, who will almost certainly become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, is a fine young player. Still, the high-scoring winger is a product of modern times, of the public’s insatiable desire for any information on the next “big thing.”’

Vesey is set to become a free agent, but Sabres are still talking

‘Many people have claimed to have sources and that has ranged from the Sabres being a huge long shot, the Bruins being out and the finalists being the Rangers, Devils and Blackhawks. What all that is is folks connecting the dots and calling it sources.’

Report: Vesey and Sabres engaging in last minute talks

‘”There are no front runners. Jimmy will go through the process and Buffalo will be part of that process. Everything said or read until that time is speculation.”‘

Sabres need more defense depth

‘One through six, the defense looks pretty impressive, with Rasmus Ristolainen, Dmitri Kulikov, Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe, Josh Gorges and Cody Franson. Remember, two years ago the Sabres dressed Andre Benoit and Andrej Meszaros, two of the NHL’s worst. The defense has come a long way.’

Source: Vesey unlikely to play for Sabres

‘According to a source, Vesey still isn’t 100-percent certain where he’ll sign, but Buffalo isn’t in his plans at this point in time. That same source also said to not be surprised if Vesey chooses to play for either the New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks.’

NHLer, friends use star power to net dollars for new school

‘Routley said Gorges used to love to play ball hockey when he attended St. Joseph’s, so a good old-fashioned street hockey tournament was a fun way to celebrate and raise money.’

Reasons for optimism, questions facing Sabres

‘Coach Dan Bylsma wanted the Sabres to be harder to play against, and general manager Tim Murray did his part by signing free agent forward Kyle Okposo to a seven-year contract and acquiring defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Florida Panthers. Okposo and Kulikov, along with the core group of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and forwards Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart, give the Sabres plenty of reason to think big.’

Inside look at Buffalo Sabres

‘After five straight seasons out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and three seasons of rebuilding, the Buffalo Sabres have set their sights on qualifying for the 2017 postseason.’

Top prospects for Buffalo Sabres

‘Last season, the Sabres had forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart join the likes of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and forward Zemgus Girgensons. Though Buffalo’s fate this season rests in the hands of those young players, its future looks strong with a mix of fast, skilled forwards, puck-handling defensemen and big, agile goaltenders.’

Estephan could pay big dividends for Sabres

‘“I think their organization took a nice turn, a positive turn,” Rochester Americans head coach Dan Lambert said. “He had been in a losing environment for a few seasons, and I think this past year the maturity of not only him but his whole team certainly showed.”’

Muse Hopes Fresh Start With Buffalo Leads To NHL Chance

‘It’s no different than the previous few summers. He hopes to be stopping those pucks for the Buffalo Sabres come October.’

Chelmsford hockey phenom Jack Eichel: ‘Playing in the NHL is my dream’

‘”It’s a little weird,” the 19-year-old North Chelmsford native said from his parents’ home Tuesday afternoon. “You’re driving through the city and you see people … wearing your jersey. It takes you back a bit. Buffalo has a lot of great fans. I’m lucky to play there.”‘

Why Tim Murray’s in a bind when it comes to Evander Kane

‘In the NFL, teams can release players and walk away from non-guaranteed portions of their contracts. Rules are different in the NHL, where contracts are fully guaranteed. The Sabres could release Kane tomorrow, but they would be on the hook for $12 million he’s owed over the final two years of his deal.’

Time for Evander Kane to save himself

‘It may already be too late for Kane in Buffalo, which would be a shame. With his skills, he could be an important part of a team that is poised to be one of the league’s best over the next decade. But if an opportunity like that means anything to him, he needs to make a commitment to himself, and to his teammates, to get back on the right track. And he needs to do it soon.’