Net results from Lehner, Ullmark have Sabres solid in goal

‘“We’ve obviously got really good goaltending or we probably would have been in the Colorado area in terms of points,” said left wing Evander Kane, referring to the dismal showing by the Avalanche, who at 48 points had 30 fewer than Buffalo.’

Sabres agree to one-year deal with Victor Antipin

‘The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder is expected to compete for a top-four role on the blue line. Antipin joins Jake McCabe, Josh Gorges, Justin Falk and prospect Brendan Guhle as the Sabres’ left-handed shots.’

Sabres agree to ECHL affiliation with Cincinnati Cyclones

‘“We’re excited to be able to partner with the Cyclones and fill an important part of our minor-league system,” said Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill. “The ECHL has proven to be a valuable training ground for prospects in the past, and we anticipate Cincinnati becoming an asset to our organization in terms of developing talent for the NHL and AHL levels.”’

Report: Changes coming to Sabres’ uniform

‘The NHL is switching manufacturers, from Reebok to Adidas, and reported Thursday that the sweaters of 12 teams will be altered. The Sabres are on the list.’

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.’

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.”’

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.’

Botterill wants Sabres’ prospects to win before getting to Buffalo

‘“We want to build two teams – one in Buffalo, one in Rochester – that are highly competitive year in and year out,” he said. “One of the successes in the organization I’m coming from is the relationship between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh. We want to restrengthen the relationship between Rochester and Buffalo because for us developing an organization that is going to be year in and year out successful in the National Hockey League, you have to have that development in place.”’

Sabres Notebook: Botterill backs Lehner; Leino’s ‘jail’ with Buffalo; Drury promoted

‘“I have no problem starting next season with him in goal,” the Sabres’ general manager told Sportsnet in an article published Tuesday. “There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup.”’

Botterill brings hiring knowledge to Sabres’ coaching search

‘“With so many young players in our organization, a developer, an educator is going to be very important, a communicator,” Botterill said. “In today’s world, today’s game, they have to have that strong communication with the players.’

Mike Harrington: Another Sabres price hike tarnishes an otherwise solid week

‘But the lack of respect for the customer continues. And it’s hard to fathom. My Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree Friday afternoon with angry folks complaining about the latest price hike. For a team that has won absolutely nothing since Pegula hit town in 2011, hitting the wallets of the best customers again is a bit much.’

Borrrrrrrrring! Botterill and Beane are Buffalo’s non-splash brothers

‘We did learn Botterill and Beane likely aren’t the types of managers who will sacrifice draft assets for the sake of being bodacious.’

Sabres’ Petersen still undecided about future but having fun

‘“I haven’t decided that yet,” Petersen told in a story published Friday. “I’m giving this opportunity as kind of a big measuring stick to see where I match up and see if I can be successful and compete at this level, so this is a huge opportunity for me to help clear up any questions I would have had about what to do for next year.”’