Eichel’s showing at world championships convinced him he was ready for NHL

‘”I’m just going to work as hard as I can this summer and come to camp with a good attitude, just leave everything out there. This is where I want to be. It’s a dream come true to be able to sign a contract, but the real work starts now. The biggest dream is to make the team.”‘

Sabres negotiating with Cal O’Reilly

‘The 28-year-old center is a playmaker who has excelled in juniors and the minor leagues but hasn’t found success in the NHL. He’s appeared in 113 games with Nashville, Arizona and Pittsburgh, recording 13 goals and 28 assists. The Predators drafted O’Reilly in the fifth round in 2005.’

Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school

‘”Looking at the Sabres’ organization, there’s such a bright future here. It seemed like a no-brainer. It’s been a dream to potentially be playing professional hockey, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make an impact for the Sabres next year.”‘

Eichel joins Sabres on entry-level deal

‘Eichel won’t be alone in western New York, as former BU linemate Evan Rodrigues has a place in the Sabres organization, after he was signed as a free agent in late April.’

Sabres sign No. 2 overall pick Eichel

‘Eichel was honored with several other major postseason awards in 2014-15, including NCAA Rookie of the Year, first-team All-American, Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and was a unanimous selection as a first-team Hockey East All-Star.’

What should go down as ”Eichel Day”?

‘When news broke that Jack Eichel was going to sign a contract with the Buffalo Sabres, my first reaction was to wish everyone a “Happy Eichel Day”. I’ll bet many of you have already used that phrase with fellow Sabres fans on more than one occasion. Which begs the question, which day exactly is “Eichel Day”?’

Sabres sign free agent Matt Donovan

‘O’Reilly has played for Nashville, Pittsburgh and Arizona. His last action in the NHL was with Pittsburgh in 2011-12. The 28 year old was the captain in Utica last season.’


‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Matt Donovan to one-year contracts.’


‘Selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel (6’2”, 196 lbs., 10/28/1996) joins the organization after a standout season at Boston University (NCAA-Hockey East) in which he became the second freshman – after Paul Kariya in 1993 – ever to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player.’

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.’