Vesey spurns Sabres, picks Rangers

‘The Rangers visit the Sabres on December 1st.’

Nhl season preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘My praise of Buffalo may have been premature last year, but this season I like them to at least compete for a playoff spot. They won’t threaten teams like Washington or Pittsburgh for the conference, but this is the year you see real progress on the ice for Buffalo.’

Sabres Brian Gionta splits his Western New York baseball allegiances

‘The Rochester native donned a Buffalo Bisons cap Monday night to throw out the first pitch at Coca-Cola Field. The Buffalo Sabres captain was on hand with teammate Zemgus Girgensons to sign autographs at the ballpark. It was somewhat awkward that the Rochester Red Wings were in the visiting dugout.’

Agent: Vesey set to take patient approach as NHL free agent

‘”Tomorrow, we start to find out what our opportunities are, but I can tell you from Buffalo’s standpoint, Jimmy is pleased with what they’ve done and said thus far,” Fish said.’

Sabres’ Bylsma uses numbers in different ways

‘Coaches do have a big say in how players analytics come out. Bylsma said, “Corsi and some of the shot based analytics, you have to be a little careful about how you read them and where you read them. There are players in the league that have a high Corsi that are protected players, like where they start and who they play against lead into the number that they have. The quality of competition they go against plays into that as well, so you can pickoff a Corsi number and say that player’s got a positive Corsi number and he should play more and the deeper numbers lay in where they start, who they play against, who they’re playing with.”’

The best fit for Vesey

‘In addition, the Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be in on the Vesey sweepstakes. Vesey’s father, Jim, is a scout for the organization and his brother, Nolan, was drafted by the Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.’

Vesey closing in on free agency

‘Vesey has had nearly seven weeks to sign with the Sabres but he and his representatives have been steadfast in their approach that they would wait until his UFA period before making a decision. And although the likelihood of Vesey signing with Buffalo may be diminished, it’s hardly been eliminated either as the sides have maintained contact.’

Jimmy Vesey’s hype the product of modern times

‘Of course, Vesey, who will almost certainly become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, is a fine young player. Still, the high-scoring winger is a product of modern times, of the public’s insatiable desire for any information on the next “big thing.”’

Vesey is set to become a free agent, but Sabres are still talking

‘Many people have claimed to have sources and that has ranged from the Sabres being a huge long shot, the Bruins being out and the finalists being the Rangers, Devils and Blackhawks. What all that is is folks connecting the dots and calling it sources.’

Report: Vesey and Sabres engaging in last minute talks

‘”There are no front runners. Jimmy will go through the process and Buffalo will be part of that process. Everything said or read until that time is speculation.”‘

Sabres need more defense depth

‘One through six, the defense looks pretty impressive, with Rasmus Ristolainen, Dmitri Kulikov, Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe, Josh Gorges and Cody Franson. Remember, two years ago the Sabres dressed Andre Benoit and Andrej Meszaros, two of the NHL’s worst. The defense has come a long way.’

Source: Vesey unlikely to play for Sabres

‘According to a source, Vesey still isn’t 100-percent certain where he’ll sign, but Buffalo isn’t in his plans at this point in time. That same source also said to not be surprised if Vesey chooses to play for either the New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks.’

NHLer, friends use star power to net dollars for new school

‘Routley said Gorges used to love to play ball hockey when he attended St. Joseph’s, so a good old-fashioned street hockey tournament was a fun way to celebrate and raise money.’

Reasons for optimism, questions facing Sabres

‘Coach Dan Bylsma wanted the Sabres to be harder to play against, and general manager Tim Murray did his part by signing free agent forward Kyle Okposo to a seven-year contract and acquiring defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Florida Panthers. Okposo and Kulikov, along with the core group of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and forwards Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart, give the Sabres plenty of reason to think big.’

Inside look at Buffalo Sabres

‘After five straight seasons out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and three seasons of rebuilding, the Buffalo Sabres have set their sights on qualifying for the 2017 postseason.’