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.’

SABRES SIGN AKESON, DONOVAN TO 1-YEAR DEALS

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

SABRES SIGN EICHEL TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

‘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.’

O’Reilly excited to take on leadership role with Sabres

‘”I’ve always wanted to be a big piece like that, have that leadership role and be seen as that by the management,” he said. “It’s another area to grow my game. If I can do that and transfer what I know and still at the same time learn new things, it’s only going to benefit the team and benefit myself. It’s a huge step that I can’t wait to get started with.”‘

‘Pieces are in place’ for exciting times ahead

‘While not winning the lottery can be a disappointment, Jack is as far from a consolation prize as one can be. The grace, skill and power he brings is unique and coach Dan Bylsma knows all too well the talents of uniquely gifted players and will prove to be a catalyst for Jack and the entire team to reach its potential.’