Jack Eichel’s work ethic and homespun personality make him a perfect fit for Buffalo

‘In no other time in recent memory has an American hockey player been trumpeted the way Eichel has been over the past year. He has been hailed as a savior for the Sabres, who selected him as the centerpiece of their rebuild. They’re hoping he can help turn around the franchise in a revitalized city that’s starving for a championship. It’s a tall order.’

Armia stunned by deal that saw Sabres ship him to Winnipeg

‘”Of course it was probably hard for me,” the 22-year-old from Pori, Finland said Saturday at the MTS Iceplex after Day 2 of the Winnipeg Jets development camp. “A little bit harder because it was my first trade and that doesn’t happen in Europe a lot.”‘

Scotty Bowman knew he had a star in South St. Paul’s Phil Housley

‘”So I flew right to St. Paul — I forget the rink, but it was a small rink — and watched him play. Oh my God, he took one rush in the first five minutes and I told Rudy we don’t have to see him anymore.”‘

Are the Sabres now a playoff team?

‘That means it would be a 44-point jump for Buffalo to get in next April. Even if the playoff barrier returns to the historical 93 or 94 points, as it has been since 2006, the Sabres are still looking at a 40-point turnaround.’

Sabres give O’Reilly richest contract ever

‘“We’re happy to have Ryan locked up to a long-term deal,” General Manager Tim Murray said in a statement issued by the team. “It’s not easy to find a player who, at his age, is already established in the league as someone who plays a complete game and makes his teammates better.”‘

Sabres sign Ryan O’Reilly to 7-year, $52.5 million contract extension

‘The contract has a creative breakdown. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, O’Reilly’s salary will be $1 million per season. The rest will be paid via a yearly signing bonus: $10 million, $8 million, $7.5 million and four years of $5 million.’

Sabres add more defense depth, sign Carlo Colaiacovo

‘The deal is worth $900,000 – an $800,000 base salary and a $100,000 signing bonus – according to CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.’

Pegula has kept Buffalo fans excited

‘All five acquisitions were costly … but every one of them, each a high-quality player, has Sabres fans so excited they’re mentally moving up that dire playoff prediction by a year or two.’

O’Reilly signs $52.5 million, 7-year extension with Sabres

‘O’Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract, during which he is scheduled to make $6.2 million next season. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.’

Sabres sign O’Reilly to contract extension

‘The 24-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in Colorado, scoring 90 goals with 156 assists.’

Sabres sign F O’Reilly to seven-year extension

‘The 6-foot, 210-pound O’Reilly played in Colorado for six seasons, recording at least 50 points in each of the last three full NHL seasons.’

O’Reilly signs seven-year extension with Sabres

‘O’Reilly led all Colorado forwards in ice time in each of the last two seasons and also led all Colorado skaters in takeaways in both seasons. His faceoff percentage (53.4%) in 2014-15 led all Avalanche players, ranking 20th in the NHL.’

Colaiacovo signs one-year deal with Sabres

‘Colaiacovo (6’1”, 200 lbs., 1/27/1983) appeared in 33 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording eight points (2+6) and 10 penalty minutes. Since his selection in the first-round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Colaiacovo has appeared in parts of 12 seasons with the Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 434 NHL games, the defenseman has recorded 152 points (33+119) and 221 penalty minutes.’

Sabres sign Cal O’Reilly

‘O’Reilly (6’0”, 188 lbs., 9/30/1986), who was selected by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, has played 113 NHL games, registering 41 points (13+28) in four seasons with the Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.’

Sabres announce Development Camp schedule

‘On-ice camp sessions throughout the week will be open to the public and an intra-squad “Blue & Gold Scrimmage” will take place on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the scrimmage will cost $10 and can be purchased at the Sabres box office and at Sabres.com. An intra-squad three-on-three tournament will highlight the final day of camp on Sunday, July 12.’