Sabres shift Devine to player personnel director

‘Devine previously served as the team’s chief scout and assistant general manager. Those roles were filled by Greg Royce and Mark Jakubowski earlier this month.’

Sabres make more hockey department changes

‘Several other changes in the team’s hockey department have also been announced. Jason Long will serve as coordinator of player development, Corey Smith has been named video coach, Jim Kovachik has been named a pro scout, and Seamus Kotyk and Victor Nybladh have been named amateur scouts.’

Cunneyworth, Forton, Devine Take On New Roles

‘Cunneyworth, who worked mainly in player development with the Rochester Americans last season, will serve the organization as a player development coach. Forton will assume a new role to focus on scouting the collegiate ranks as an NCAA scout, and Devine will serve as director of player personnel.’

Core Values: Sabres rebuild off to good start

‘To be fair, a lot of this rebuild begun with former GM Darcy Regier and despite all of his mistakes, he got the team off to a seemingly positive start on the road to improvement through trades that brought in multiple first-round picks and used those to find potential franchise staples like Zemgus Girgensons, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. The latest addition was Murray’s however, in nabbing forward Sam Reinhart second overall this year. That’s just another step towards improvement.’

Sabres will seek more events

‘“Fill in the blanks. That’s what we’re interested in,” Sabres President Ted Black said after the team and NHL announced the league’s annual scouting combine will be here the next two years during a news conference in First Niagara Center.’

It’s business as usual for Sabres

‘Speaking after Monday’s news conference to announce the NHL Scouting Combine is coming to HarborCenter in 2015 and 2016, Black told The News there has been no change in the team’s operations and no inability to stay in touch with ownership while the Pegulas are pursuing an NFL franchise.’

Brian Gionta happy to be home

‘“I’m really excited about it,” said Gionta, a lifelong Greece resident who signed a three-year, $16.75 million contract on July 1. “I wanted to be in Montreal but when that door closed, this is where we wanted to be. Now there’s that excited anticipation.”’

Sabres will host NHL Combine for two years

‘The Sabres have submitted a bid for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, team president Ted Black said. They want the NHL All-Star Game someday. They also plan to pursue the 2018 world junior championship “very aggressively,” he said. The Sabres hosted the event in 2011.’

Buffalo to host NHL combine next 2 years

‘The combine had been held outside Toronto, inside a convention center that provided no on-ice testing and little room for fans.’

NHL Combine heads to Buffalo

‘The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL Draft is held in June.’

Buffalo to host NHL combine in 2015 and 2016

‘“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our Member Clubs in advance of the Draft, which continues to grow in importance,” said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations. “The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media.”’

AP Sources: Buffalo to host next 2 NHL combines

‘The NHL’s annual pre-draft scouting combine is moving to Buffalo for the next two years, two people familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Sunday night.’

Sabres’ Stewart seeks consistency in contract year

‘”I definitely have a chip on my shoulder,” said Stewart, who last season sustained a right ankle injury that limited him to five games in a Sabres sweater. “I wasn’t happy with my year last year, either. I feel like I have a lot to prove and it’s just going out and doing it. I’m going to come in and I’m going to be consistent. I think that’s been a knock on me. I’ve been able to put together good stretches and then go cold, but I think we have a coach like Ted Nolan who believes in you. I think it’s going to be hard not to have the best season of my career so far.”‘

Sabres hope top 10 prospects lead successful rebuild

‘Here’s a look at the Sabres’ top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com…’

Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves

‘”Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim’s mouth was when he said ‘five years,’” said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. “Who knows what’s going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we’re battling for what everybody wants, and that’s the Stanley Cup.”‘