Sources: Sabres received permission to talk with Kings’ Mike Futa about GM opening

‘Futa was a candidate during the Sabres search for a GM back in 2013. He went deep into the process before Murray was tabbed as the next GM by then President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Another look back at the 2016-17 season (Amerks.com)

Some perspective on Buffalo’s No. 1 hockey ratings

‘While Buffalo was No. 1 among the Top 10 markets in rating, it was well down the list in total households because each rating point here is equal to far fewer households than most of the rest of the markets in the Top 10.’

Chris Drury won’t interview for vacant Sabres GM position

‘Drury, who is currently the assistant GM with the New York Rangers, played three seasons in Buffalo from 2003-2007.’

Source: Drury won’t interview for Sabres GM job

‘That being said, I didn’t expect Drury to get the job in the first place and he’s very inexperienced compared to some of the other options. This might just be a blessing in disguise.’

Sabres sign defense prospect Stephens to three-year deal

‘Stephens blossomed this season, his third with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. After totaling six goals and 22 points in his first 136 games, Stephens recorded 13 goals and 35 points in 67 games this year. He added seven assists in 14 playoff games.’

John Vogl’s Power Take: Pegula developed a knack for building Buffalo

‘Pegula has been the catalyst for a $635 million investment in Canalside. That includes Wednesday’s announcement of a Labatt restaurant and brewery in a Pegula-owned building across from KeyBank Center.’

Uber has big backer, partner in Pegulas and their teams

‘“Obviously, as an individual that is involved with a couple sports franchises, it will have a massive impact with Sabres games and Bills games. I’m a frequent user on the road, and it’s been a really rewarding experience.”’

Sabres sign Devante Stephens to 3-year, entry-level contract

‘Former Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was so excited when the Sabres selected Stephens in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in 2015, he pumped his fist at the draft table.’

Sabres sign Stephens while search for GM/coach has begun

‘Stephens was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, and completed his third season with Kelowna in the Western Hockey League. He finished ninth among WHL defenseman with a career-best and team-leading 13 goals in 67 games last season. He also had career highs with 22 assists and 35 points.’

Sabres interview Guerin for GM role

‘Guernin has been with the Penguins since being hired in 2011 as the team’s development coach. He was promoted to assitant general manager in 2014.’

Sabres search for GM and coach update

‘Buffalo Sabres owner Kim Pegula confirmed on Wednesday that the search for a new general manager and head coach is in full force. She didn’t want to talk about candidates, but said they’ve already put a lot of work into the search and it could go this week and into next. Pegula said, “We’re keeping it under wraps, but we definitely have put a lot of work in this week.”’

Sabres sign Devante Stephens to three-year ELC

‘Believe it or not, I don’t watch many Kelowna Rockets games, but it’s nice to see the Sabres organization get younger on the blue line. Stephens had a nice development camp last summer and was one of the players I remember standing out. He’ll now have a chance to make his mark at the professional level.’

Sabres sign Stephens to entry-level contract

‘Buffalo’s fifth-round pick (122nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Stephens has recorded 57 points (19+38) and a plus-56 rating in 203 career WHL games. The Surrey, British Columbia native has added 11 assists and a plus-6 rating in 46 career WHL playoff games.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

As Pegulas start Sabres’ search, Brandon continues talks with Rochester about Amerks (Buffalo News)