Sabres’ Bylsma says there’s pressure to coach defense

‘One thing Bylsma came up with which I felt took away the offense is on the opening faceoff, he’d put out Josh Gorges with Rasmus Ristolainen along with one forward. Almost all teams play two forwards and a defenseman as does Bylsma, but he wanted to slow down the overtime by being in good position to play defense. If Buffalo won the draw, they couldn’t attack because they had to wait for Gorges to make a sprint over two lines to the bench to get the other forward out. If they lost the draw, they’d go with two D until they could get possession.’

2011 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres have most insignificant draft in over a decade

‘The 2011 NHL Draft was a quiet one for the Sabres. They made no moves on the day and wound up making just six selections. They were without their second round pick as a result of a trade with the St. Louis Blues in February that saw them acquired forward Brad Boyes.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign Paul Geiger to AHL contract (

Sabres sign defense prospect Brycen Martin to 3-year, entry-level deal

‘Martin made two AHL appearances with the Rochester Americans, a team he will likely be ticketed for next season, at the end of 2014-15.’

Sabres sign D Martin to entry-level contract

‘Martin tied career highs with six goals, 31 assists and 37 points over 66 games this season for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips of the WHL.’

Sabres ink a defenseman

‘With Eric Cornel signing before the season was over, that leaves only 2nd round pick Vaclav Karabacek to sign by June 1.’

Sabres ink Martin to entry-level contract

‘Martin (6’2”, 199 lbs., 5/9/1996) tied his career-high totals in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips (WHL) during the 2015-16 season. The Calgary, Alberta native finished fifth among Silvertips skaters and paced all Everett defenseman in assists and points during the campaign.’

Brycen Martin Signs With the Buffalo Sabres

‘Martin, who turned 20 years old on May 9, tied a career high in goals (6), assists (31) and points (37) in 66 games this season with the Silvertips and Saskatoon Blades. He was fifth on the Silvertips in scoring and also notched six power play points after being acquired by the club on Dec. 1, also appearing in all nine playoff games while registering a game-winning goal and an assist.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Cunneyworth ultimate team player for Sabres (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

10 Restricted Free Agents the Sabres could target in trades

‘Colorado Avalanche – RD – Tyson Barrie.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Lambert eager to take his lessons with Sabres to Rochester (Buffalo News)
‘Passionate’ Lambert ready to guide the Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Reconnecting with Dan Bylsma helped lead Dan Lambert to Amerks (Olean Times Herald)

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Sabres shake up staff, name Lambert head coach in Rochester (Buffalo News)
Sabres’ Dan Lambert taking over as Amerks coach (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres name Dan Lambert Amerks coach; Randy Cunneyworth reassigned (Olean Times Herald)
Sabres name Lambert new Amerks coach (WGR-AM)
Sabres make coaching changes at AHL Rochester (WKBW-TV)
Lambert named head coach of Rochester Americans (

Why signing Stamkos does (and doesn’t) make sense for the Sabres

‘Under the collective bargaining agreement, players can sign with their own teams for eight years but new teams for only seven. Stamkos was looking for $10 million a year, which means the Sabres would need to offer him a seven-year contract worth $70 million or more while managing a massive cap hit.’

Off-Season Game Plan: Buffalo Sabres

‘Zach Bogosian is steady in a top-four role, but doesn’t exactly control tough match-ups either. Throughout his career, the 25-year-old has posted negative relative possession stats, and that included last season, even though he had the highest percentage of offensive zone face-offs in his career.’

Downtown arena set for new name: KeyBank Center

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