Sabres sign top pick Alexander Nylander to 3-year, entry-level contract

‘The Sabres have four options for Nylander: the NHL, a return to the junior Mississauga Steelheads, Europe or the AHL.’

Sabres hire Tom Ward as assistant coach; Dan Catenacci re-signed

‘Fourteen current players, including Crosby, perhaps hockey’s biggest star and a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Okposo, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Sabres on July 1, played for Ward. So did Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, former Sabres Jamie McBain and Drew Stafford and Buffalo native Peter Ratchuk.’

SSM director of hockey Tom Ward takes job with NHL’s Buffalo Sabres

‘“I feel bittersweet,” Ward said. “Man, to say I’ve ran the gamut of emotions these last fourteen days would be an understatement. You spend 17, 18 years trying to build something up and make it not even good in Minnesota, not even good in the United States, not even good in North America, but one of the best places in the world for a young student athlete to go and try to realize what they want to realize. To say it’s time to move on is a difficult decision.”’

Sabres sign first-round pick Alexander Nylander

‘A 6-foot-1 forward, Nylander led Sweden’s 2016 world junior championship team with nine points and earned Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year honors playing for the Mississauga Steelhead last season.’

Sabres sign Nylander to entry-level deal

‘A decision on where he will play next year has yet to be made.’

Sabres round out coaching staff

‘Nightingale also comes to the Sabres from the Shattuck St. Mary’s Program after spending the past two seasons as the head coach of the Boys Bantam team. Nightingale has had past experience as a video coach with Michigan State University for four years, and was the video coach for the United States at the 2015 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship.’

Doing it all over again

‘Getting so emotionally wound up for a game, in anticipation for what the fans were coming to see, and at the same time, also anticipating what might occur that night. Two huge men absolutely trying to pummel each other and who gave the impression that there is enjoyment in it.’

Sabres ink Nylander to entry level contract

‘”If you asked me, could I see him going back to junior? I guess there’s a scenario,” he said. “If you ask me could I see him playing wing with Jack (Eichel) and Sam (Reinhart), I think there is a scenario. Could be in the Ameri– there’s all kind of scenarios and he can fit into anyone of them. He’s just high in talent, high in skill and he’s going to be a very good NHL player, it’s just a matter of time.”‘

Sabres ink Nylander to entry-level deal

‘“We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job.”’

Sabres add Ward, Nightingale to coaching staff

‘Ward joins the Sabres after spending the last 18 seasons as head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Prep team. Under Ward’s tutelage, the Boys Prep team captured nine USA Hockey National Championships and finished as runners-up once. Ward also served as the school’s director of hockey from 2004 to 2016, during which time the school won a total of 21 National Championships.’

Why improving performance can be as simple as A-B-Zzzzzzzzzz

‘“I think it’s something that you learn as you go along,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. “I think sometimes and I’m speaking for myself, when you’re young you think you’re invincible. You think ‘I’m 21 or 22. I’m going to enjoy the nightlife. I’m going to go out and have fun.’ And you kinda burn the candle at both ends. And as you go you realize there’s just no way to stay at this level and be good at this level if you’re doing that consistently.’

Meeting impresses Vesey, but he’ll still wait to sign

‘”It was a good meeting to get a feel for what the process is going to be like,” he said. “We’re going to Aug. 15 like I’ve said all along, but to talk to a GM and a coach is going to give me an idea what to expect. … They said to me they’re not trying to create a circus or anything like that and they’re going to leave me alone now. So I respected Buffalo throughout the whole thing.”‘

Sabres re-sign Marcus Foligno to 1-year deal

‘Very quietly, the Sabres are creeping toward the salary cap for the first time in years. Generalfanager.com projects the team at $9,687,978 under the $73 million cap.’

After solid rookie year and contract extension, Eau Claire’s McCabe appears part of Sabres future

‘“It’s one of those things where you really have to bring it every night, and I know it is expected of me now,” McCabe said. “I’ve found my role on the team, and your teammates are trusting you to play your role. It’s a give-and-take thing. If you’re not at your best, you still have to do things to help your team win.”’

Geiger back from Buffalo camp after signing with AHL affiliate

‘He selected the Sabres’ organization, primarily because of the potential ice time he can receive. “I felt I had a better opportunity with Rochester since they’re rebuilding at the back end,” he cited.’