As free agency opens, new-look Sabres have few needs

‘Buffalo also could use a top-four defenseman, specifically a left-handed shot to play with either Zach Bogosian or Rasmus Ristolainen. The only lefties on the roster are Josh Gorges and Mike Weber.’

Kaleta’s future with his hometown Sabres is uncertain

‘“I have never been an unrestricted free agent before, so I guess this is just part of the process,” Kaleta said. “It’s just basically waiting for July 1 to happen, see how everything rolls out and go from there.”’

Head-scratching moves by Bruins give Sabres hope

‘The Bruins, for whatever reason, have a history of pulling the plug on young players far too soon or not putting them in an atmosphere they want to stay in. You can add Hamilton to a list that includes Joe Thornton, Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin.’

Sabres might have short want list in free agency

‘Former Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera, who finished last season in Los Angeles after Buffalo traded him to Carolina at the 2013 draft, is probably the best available defender.’

Goalie Robin Lehner ready to become Sabres’ starter

‘“It shows he believes in me,” Lehner said. “That’s special. Some memories from (Binghamton), we won the Calder Cup (in the AHL) there. He’s been a big part of my development.”’

Matt Ellis: The rebuild role player who has left a lasting impression

‘We won’t see his name next to special Sabres like Danny Gare or Dominik Hasek in the rafters. But, as his career reaches a crossroads this offseason, it’s worth pointing out that there is a lot that is special about Matt Ellis – about his journey to the NHL and his years in Buffalo.’

O’Reilly excited to take on leadership role with Sabres

‘”I’ve always wanted to be a big piece like that, have that leadership role and be seen as that by the management,” he said. “It’s another area to grow my game. If I can do that and transfer what I know and still at the same time learn new things, it’s only going to benefit the team and benefit myself. It’s a huge step that I can’t wait to get started with.”‘

‘Pieces are in place’ for exciting times ahead

‘While not winning the lottery can be a disappointment, Jack is as far from a consolation prize as one can be. The grace, skill and power he brings is unique and coach Dan Bylsma knows all too well the talents of uniquely gifted players and will prove to be a catalyst for Jack and the entire team to reach its potential.’

After his worst season, Sabres send Hodgson packing

‘The Sabres’ decision would have been tougher if Hodgson’s troubles began next season. He is 25 years old. Buyouts typically cost two-thirds of the remaining salary, but the rules are different for players age 25 and under. They can be bought out for just one-third of their remaining salary.’

O’Reilly wants to be a factor for Sabres

‘“It’s flattering to be looked at that way,” the 24-year-old said. “To come in with confidence in myself and them having confidence in me, it’s definitely a huge honor.”’

Ryan O’Reilly wants leadership role with Sabres

‘“I think it’s going to be a big challenge with me,” O’Reilly said this afternoon on a conference call. “I think in the past with Colorado I wasn’t really looked at as much of a leader. I think … with the Sabres I have to be a more vocal guy, be that more off-ice leader and on-ice as well.”’

Awful season costs Cody Hodgson job with Sabres

‘It’s easy to forget now, but less than two years ago Hodgson was a player the Sabres began to build around.’

Sabres won’t keep goalie coach Arturs Irbe

‘The Latvian, a former NHL-All Star, earned high praise last season for helping the Sabres’ regular goalies – Jhonas Enroth, Anders Lindback and Michal Neuvirth – thrive despite poor defensive play all around them. The Sabres allowed a league-high 35.6 shots a game.’

Former Sabres star Phil Housley emotional over Hall of Fame election

‘“I got to thank Seymour and Norty Knox, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres, and Scotty Bowman, for taking a chance on a high school kid that probably weighed about 165 pounds soaking wet,” Housley said. “It was a great time for me.”’

Former Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly eager to be leader with Sabres

‘”Yeah, I think negotiations were always difficult,” said O’Reilly, who is represented by agents Pat Morris and Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management Inc. “(But) I don’t think there’s anything I would have done differently. My agent has done phenomenal things for me in my career.”‘