Sabres sign Devante Stephens to 3-year, entry-level contract

‘Former Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was so excited when the Sabres selected Stephens in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in 2015, he pumped his fist at the draft table.’

With Tim Murray gone, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner a question mark as starter

‘Would the Sabres’ new GM protect Ullmark instead of Lehner? Could that move help 2013 draft pick Cal Petersen, Notre Dame’s starter and one of the NCAA’s best goalies, see a quick path to the Sabres? Petersen could opt for free agency instead of signing with Buffalo.’

Don’t expect me to criticize Bills, Sabres owners

‘It’s interesting how your perspective changes when the newsmaker is somebody you know.’

Owner Terry Pegula hopes overhaul changes Sabres

‘“Accountability starts with me,” Pegula said. “We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses.”’

Sabres start over again by firing GM Tim Murray, coach Dan Bylsma

‘Obviously, missing the playoffs by 17 points in a year long targeted as their return following a six-year absence, was too much for Pegula to handle.’

Sabres need to find new GM soon

‘They reportedly have a strong interest in former NHL defenseman Norm Maciver, who has won three Stanley Cups in 11 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. Maciver is currently their assistant GM behind Stan Bowman.’

Jack Eichel’s agent says client unfairly criticized, wants to stay with Sabres

‘“He’s very frustrated, and he wears his frustrations on his sleeve,” Peter Fish, Eichel’s agent, told the Times Herald by phone today. “After a long season – World Cup, ankle injury, weight on the world on his shoulders – he gets all these microphones in his face and it’s like, yeah, Jack’s frustrated.”’

Report: Jack Eichel has ‘no desire’ for extension if Dan Bylsma remains coach

‘“He wants to be a leader, he wants to take more of a leadership role,” he said. “I encouraged him to do that. There was no talk of the ‘C.’ There was obviously talk of coach and system because I demanded that.”’

Strong season gives Sabres’ Evander Kane value

‘With one year remaining on the six-year, $31.5 million contract Winnipeg awarded him, Kane could fetch a notable return, perhaps even help the Sabres acquire the young, puck-moving defenseman they need so badly.’

Sabres goalie prospect Jonas Johansson learning North American game

‘“He’s a guy that’s capable, and it’s probably very, very important for him to have gotten these games,” coach Dan Lambert said Friday following the Amerks’ 5-4 win against the Albany Devils inside Blue Cross War Memorial.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly frustrated after ‘terrible season’

‘“I thought I had a terrible season,” O’Reilly said Monday as the Sabres held early exit meetings after missing the playoffs again. “I felt like I could’ve done a lot more at different times, wasn’t very consistent. But it’s very disappointing. You let the organization down. A lot needs to change.”’

Sabres saw late glimpses of Dmitry Kulikov’s talents

‘But Kulikov likely struggled for a reason. In his preseason debut Sept. 30, he was knocked into an open bench door. The lower-back bruise he suffered dogged him all year, severely limiting his effectiveness and forcing him to sit out for stretches.’

Sabres want to pursue contract extension for Jack Eichel

‘“We’re allowed to start talking on July 1, and I don’t know why we wouldn’t start then and try to get something done,” Murray said during his end-of-season news conference inside KeyBank Center.’

Tim Murray apologizes for Sabres’ poor season

‘“In this game, what I learned is there’s not pats on the back,” Murray said. “If you have a contract, that’s your pat on the back, that’s your term of employment. He has three years left on his deal. I have three years left on my deal. I’m the general manager today. He’s the coach today.’

Sabres missed Kyle Okposo’s leadership

‘On the ice, Okposo compiled 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games. Before he injured his ribs March 2, he was the Sabres’ leading scorer. Off the ice, Okposo, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract July 1, quickly “developed into a big leader,” Bylsma said.’