Schaller, Leduc, Lieuwen sign qualifying offers

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced forward Tim Schaller, defenseman Jerome Leduc and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen have signed their qualifying offers for the 2015-16 season.’

Issues of character weighed on sliding scale

‘Such inquiries could be directed toward Kim and Terry Pegula because they own both franchises, but that wouldn’t necessarily be fair. Yes, they signed off on contracts when Kromer and O’Reilly came aboard. But they leave personnel decisions to others in charge in their respective organizations. They should demand answers from others, starting with Ryan and Murray.’

Sabres prospect Devante Stephens comfortable in Buffalo

‘“The thing was he played beyond his years, I thought, and it was really tough to take him out,” Mallette said. “He basically had played himself into a position where we made room and actually moved a defenseman up to a forward because we had trust in him to play.’

Sabres lose out on Oduya, who’s next in line?

‘But without the Swedish defenseman, several current players on Buffalo’s depth chart will feel a sense of relief because there will be more opportunity. Included in that grouping is Carlo Colaiacovo, Jake McCabe, Matt Donovan, Chad Ruhwedel, and Mike Weber.’

Sabres, NHL can set standard with Ryan O’Reilly punishment

‘Make no mistake, Jack Eichel is the key to Sabres fans feeling like the future is bright, but the trade for O’Reilly put a cork in those who claimed the rebuild would take five-plus years. The move stuffed a sock in the mouth of anyone spouting that the playoffs in ’15-’16 were impossible.’

NHL could punish O’Reilly with fines and suspension

‘The league does not have a blanket policy of penalties for off-ice issues. Article 18-A of the collective bargaining agreement allows commissioner Gary Bettman to impose penalties for conduct “that is detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey.”’

Sabres tickets will cost more this season

‘Last year, there was just one Platinum game (a November contest against Toronto). This year there are two, the Oct. 8 season opener against Ottawa that is the expected debut of No. 2 overall pick Eichel and the Dec. 19 matinee against Stanley Cup champion Chicago. Ticket prices for those range from $84-$250 at the box office, a jump of $4-$10.’

Strong words already haunting Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly

‘Those words – “With the Sabres I have to be a more vocal guy, be that more off-ice leader and on-ice as well,” he said June 29 – are already haunting the 24-year-old.’

Sabres re-sign Mark Pysyk to two-year deal

‘Pysyk, who was a restricted free agent, is expected to be a regular next season after playing only seven NHL games in 2014-15.’

Bright offseason turns dark for Buffalo

‘The ‘One Buffalo’ teams each have a prominent employee —a Sabres player and Bills assistant coach — facing charges for crimes of stupidity.’

Sabres sign Pysyk to 2-year contract

‘Pysyk (6’1”, 192 lbs., 1/11/1992) has registered 15 points (4+11) in 70 career NHL games for the Sabres during the last three seasons. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native also spent parts of the last three seasons with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he posted 47 points (8+39) in 142 games.’

Sabres’ O’Reilly facing impaired driving charge

‘O’Reilly’s blood alcohol reading was over 80 mg, equivalent to .08 in the United States, thus meaning he is subject to an immediate 90-day suspension of his license. If convicted, he faces a fine of $1,000 & license ban of 1 year.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly charged with impaired driving, leaving scene of accident

‘Penalties under Canada’s Highway Traffic Act for leaving the scene include a fine of between $400-$2,000, a maximum of six months in jail, seven demerit points on a license and a suspended license for up to two years.’

Blue and Gold scrimmage standouts

‘Team Gold’s top line included Rodrigues, Eichel, and Nick Baptiste and to the disappointment of many in the arena, the line did not end up on the scoresheet. However, all three showed impressive speed throughout the contest.’

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly charged with impaired driving

‘O’Reilly was released with a promise to appear, and is scheduled to appear in court in London on Aug. 20.’