The Sabres Report - June 23, 2016

One man's quest to preserve the Sabres' past   

Buffalo News:

‘“We need to recover the past, and we have,” he said of the memorabilia. “Saving some of it, preserving the history of it, is a big deal.”’

Sabres’ recent drafts have yielded potential high-end talent   

Olean Times Herald:

‘How good are the Sabres at drafting? Judge for yourself below. Since drafts usually don’t start paying dividends for a few years, here’s a look at their selections from 2008-13. Eighteen of Buffalo’s 47 picks over that span – 38.3 percent – have played at least one NHL game.’

Sabres' Murray has a direction for the next few months   


‘“I’m all about quality, I’m about top end guys,” Murray said. He made no bones about it that if top players are available, he has no problem with getting rid of others to make room.’

The Sabres Report - June 22, 2016

Sabres scouts ready, but draft picks may be gone as Murray’s willing to deal   

Buffalo News:

‘“If we can trade a couple picks and improve our team, we’re going to continue to do that,” Murray said at a predraft news conference. “There’s been a lot of calls. There’s been a lot of framework or blueprints. It’s who you get back to or who gets back to you.’

Sabres release 2016-17 schedule with emphasis on Thursday, Saturday   

Buffalo News:

‘The season will end with 10 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. The home finale will be April 5 against Montreal. The Sabres will close the regular-season April 9 in Tampa Bay.’

Giving up the game a difficult choice for concussed NHL players   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was the worst time of my life,” said the Buffalo Sabres goaltender. “I had migraines for not a day, I had it for months. I laid in my bedroom for probably one and a half months.’

Sabres will open NHL season at home vs. Canadiens   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘There are 11 Thursday home games and nine Saturday home games, making up 20 of the 41 home games.’

Jimmy Vesey just one part of Sabres’ summer plan   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We might potentially use Jack as a tool,” Murray said Tuesday, less than a day after acquiring Vesey’s rights from the Nashville Predators. “I guess I would be a tool not to.”’

Sabres’ 2016-17 schedule features long trips; Dan Bylsma close to making hires   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres, who went 19-17-5 on the road last season, better get comfortable playing away from the First Niagara Center early, as eight of their first 12 games are away. Their longest road trips in 2015-16 lasted three games.’

Agent: Sabres on Vesey's shortlist, but free agency likely   


‘Under NHL rules, the Sabres are allowed to open contract negotiations, but can’t sign Vesey until July 1.’

Sabres' Murray to ask Eichel to help recruit Vesey   


‘“It was a third round pick and we can debate the value of third round picks. Between 30 and 10 percent of them end up playing depending on your metric and that doesn’t include the timeline for him to become a player. For a player of Jimmy’s caliber and where we rate him in our pro ratings, in the third round it’s about seven percent of the time that you can get somebody like that by our metric.”’

Sabres 2016-17 schedule released   


‘This season, the Sabres will play three home-and-home sets with three different teams. The first starting on Friday November 10 at home against the New Jersey Devils, then going to New Jersey on Saturday. The second coming at the end of December with a home matchup with the Boston Bruins on December 29, and then a New Year’s Eve road matchup with the Bruins in Boston. Finally, the Sabres will meet the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday March 10 in Columbus, then come back to Buffalo for a meeting with the Blue Jackets at the, soon to be, KeyBank Center.’

Sabres announce 2016-17 regular season schedule   


‘After one home game, the Sabres get their first western swing over with from October 16-20, then visit Philadelphia before returning home.’

Sabres willing to trade No. 8 pick in NHL Draft

‘”Say if somebody offers us a top-end, young, left-shot [defenseman] and they demand our eighth overall pick and we feel that makes us better, we’ll make the trade,” Murray said Tuesday. “And I think the fans might be short-term disappointed because we don’t make a pick. If we did that, we’d try to move back into the first round somehow, but long-term if we got, it’s a dream, a franchise left-shot [defenseman] that’s 25 years old, I don’t see anyone in the city complaining about that. I don’t foresee that happening, but you’re asking me a hypothetical so in a perfect world that’s where the pick would go.”‘

Murray discusses Vesey, protential trades in press conference

‘”I would expect that that would’ve been their answer, they haven’t sat down yet to talk to us,” Murray said. “To me, it’s like a college recruiting process so we haven’t begun our recruiting yet, we just happen to have exclusive rights … I have no issue with the statement whatsoever, but he’s our property until Aug. 15. It’s not a bold move to me, it’s a gamble.”‘