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 (Sabres.com)

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

‘“The guiding principle is this is an attractive market, with good employees, a solid base of functions with folks here,” she said. “We are really looking to optimize employment as we bring our two companies together. It’s really about making sure we build a better company that can serve its customers and its communities and be a great place to work for our employees.”’

Buffalo’s First Niagara Center becoming KeyBank Center

‘It will be the fourth name for the building since it opened in 1996. The name has been altered numerous times to reflect banking mergers and acquisitions. It was previously known as Marine Midland Arena and HSBC Arena.’

Buffalo Sabres home arena changing names to KeyBank Center

‘It’s the latest name change for the downtown arena that was first called Marine Midland Arena when it opened in 1996. The name has since been altered to keep up with a series of bank mergers and takeovers.’

The downtown arena is getting its fourth name change

‘KeyBank is merging with First Niagara Bank and officials from KeyBank say pending approval, the Sabres will open next season in the KeyBank Center.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks season rewind featuring rookie forward Justin Bailey (Amerks.com)

Should the Sabres trade for Yakupov?

‘There’s also questions about makeup and character and how Yakupov might fit into a Sabres locker room that is mostly filled with leaders and competitors these days. Players like Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan O’Reilly, Brian Gionta, Zemgus Girgensons, Sam Reinhart etc. are all known for being leaders and hard workers. Could they provide stability for Yakupov or would he struggle to fit in?’

Sabres players gear up for World Championships

‘The Buffalo Sabres will have five players representing the team in this tournament. Both forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart will play on Team Canada, defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Hudson Fasching will don the red, white, and blue with the United States, and Zemgus Girgensons will play with his home nation, Latvia.’

Johnson still hungry for more success

‘On his expiring contract and pending free agency: “I definitely believe there are teams out there that I can help. For myself, it’s a business. If it was easy, I’d want to be back with the Sabres. I want to come back, compete for a starting job, and be a part of the chemistry that was built this past season. I didn’t play 60 games a year all through my 20s, so I still see myself as just reaching my peak and as someone who can play a lot more.”’

10 defenseman the Sabres could target in the offseason

‘The Blues have series salary cap issues and may want to move Shattenkirk out before he hits the final year of his contract. As for as “power play quarterbacks” there is nobody better in the entire NHL. He is a brilliant puck distributor who consistently puts up 40-plus points. At even strength, Shattenkirk is a puck possession driver, pushing the puck up the ice with quality D-zone exit passes. He is occasionally over aggressive and not a perfect defender, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. Shattenkirk would have to come along with a long-term contract extension and would have a fairly high price on the trade market.’