Pegula’s trust in Brandon continues to grow

‘Brandon is largely credited with helping to expand the Bills fan base beyond Western New York and into Central New York and Southern Ontario through regionalization efforts. He says that will continue with the Sabres, as well. “Absolutely. Obviously everyone knows what Rochester means to the Bills, but it also means a great deal to the Sabres. And there’s a great brand in the (Sabres AHL affiliate) Rochester Americans. That is the critical, really linchpin to how we built our business over the last eighteen years and we will follow a similar format to that. Obviously there’s going to be differences as we move forward, but Rochester, Southern Ontario, Erie, our entire region is very important to us.”’

Sabres’ Brandon said he is business only

‘Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan report to the Pegulas, not Brandon. Nothing is going to change now that he’s President of the Sabres. As a matter of fact when Brandon was asked about the hockey department he said, “I couldn’t be more hands off.” He added, “That’s the focus here, the focus is business. When it comes to hockey its Tim Murray and coach as well as the football side is.”’

Black is out and Brandon is in as President of the Sabres

‘”Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills,” said Terry & Kim Pegula. “Now is an appropriate time to give him additional responsibilities with the Sabres. Russ will work with Pegula Sports & Entertainment to create strong synergies between the Sabres and Bills. With Russ’ strong ties to the area business community and sponsorship partners, he will effectively position both organizations for future growth. We are grateful to Ted Black for all he has done for the Sabres organization and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”‘

Pegulas name Russ brandon president of Buffalo Sabres

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced Russ Brandon will become President and Alternate Governor of the Buffalo Sabres effective immediately while continuing as Managing Partner/President of the Buffalo Bills.’

Sabres sign Guhle to entry-level contract

‘Guhle (6’1”, 186 lbs., 7/29/1997), the Sabres’ second-round (51st overall) selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, has spent the last two seasons playing for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.’

Brian Gionta remains a happy camper

‘”If you’re having fun, no matter what drills you’re doing, no matter what game you’re in, what situation, you’re going to be learning and enjoying it and it makes you better,” Gionta said. “If you’re dragging your head and you don’t want to be there, you’re not getting anything out of it. So to me the most important thing is having fun no matter what you’re doing, 2-on-2 on the pond or the championship game with your team, it’s got to be fun.”‘

Zenon Konopka motivated to finish career on own terms following PED suspension

‘Still, Konopka’s motivated to finish on his own terms. He’s too proud to let the May 2014 suspension – he said he took DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), an over-the-counter supplement he bought at CVS – essentially end his career.’

Buffalo Sabres re-sign forward D’Amigo to 1-year contract

‘D’Amigo was acquired by Buffalo in a trade that sent forward Luke Adam to Columbus in December 2014. D’Amigo was called up from the minors in March, and had no points in nine games with the Sabres.’

F D’Amigo gets new deal from Sabres

‘The 24-year-old D’Amigo has appeared in 31 NHL games during his career and has one goal, two assists and two penalty minutes.’

Sabres sign D’Amigo to 2-way contract

‘D’Amigo (5’11”, 208 lbs., 2/19/1991) made his Sabres debut last season, logging nine NHL games in March after begin recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL). The Binghamton, New York native split the 2014-15 AHL season between the Americans and the Springfield Falcons, logging 26 points (9+17) in 59 AHL games during his fifth professional season.’

Sabres still rebuilding, but there’s potential with Eichel

‘The Sabres have finished last in the NHL the past two seasons. In 2014-15, they had 54 points, 44 fewer than the second wild-card team. It’s difficult to think the Sabres make that much of a standings jump in one season, but they’ve got the potential to be really good within a couple of seasons.’

Kaleta looks to stay in the game

‘It’s not totally shocking that teams haven’t lined up for Kaleta given his reputation in the league office. Buffalo fans see energy, but others see dirty. Add his injuries, and teams are reluctant to sign him. He celebrated his 29th birthday last month. Perhaps general managers fear his body is worn down and not worth the risk.’

Buffalo Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract

‘Larsson, who turns 23 on Saturday, has an opportunity to become a regular contributor for the rebuilding Sabres this season.’

Sabres re-sign Larsson

‘Since being acquired by the Sabres in April 2013 from the Minnesota Wild, Larsson has totaled six goals and 14 assists in 67 games.’

Sabres sign F Larsson

‘A second-round draft pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2010, Larsson was traded to the Sabres in April 2013. He has 20 points and 31 penalty minutes in 67 career NHL games and 122 points in 164 AHL games.’