The Sabres Report - June 23, 2017

Mike Harrington's Hot Read: Loss of Petersen an early blow to Botterill   

Buffalo News:

‘Petersen is pulling a Jimmy Vesey-like move, exercising his CBA rights to go to free agency. The bet here is the Iowa kid is signing with the Blackhawks, the team he loves and the team that holds its training camp each year at Notre Dame. Petersen’s USHL team? The Waterloo Black Hawks. What a coincidence.’

As Sabres' Botterill contemplates moves, former fan Nolan Patrick ready for draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s a situation where there’s always discussions going on, but to say that we’re close on anything right now, no,” the Sabres’ GM told The Buffalo News on Thursday night. “There’s longer discussions. You’re always looking to try to improve the team, but just like it’s so competitive on the ice, it’s competitive off the ice. You’re working with one team on trying to fix something, but they’re also working on something all the time.”‘

Mike Harrington: Even without high pick, it's a big day for Botterill to make some moves   

Buffalo News:

‘This roster needs more reshaping. More help on defense. More scoring. Decisions on key players. The amateur scouts did most of their prep work for this one and it was done by May, shortly after Botterill came on board. Housley, of course, was just hired so he’s going to mostly observe those proceedings.’

Draft Notebook: Pegula set to help college hockey; Stars hire Stu Barnes   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres’ owner will appear with some of hockey’s top executives Friday at a news conference that will “support college hockey.” Pegula will be joined by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, players’ association executive assistant Mathieu Schneider, USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher, Blackhawks President John McDonough and University of Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman.’

2017-18 Sabres schedule announced   

Buffalo News:

‘The game vs. Vegas will be part of a four-game road trip that includes the club’s annual sojourn to California against San Jose (Oct. 12), Los Angeles (Oct. 14) and Anaheim (Oct. 15). The Golden Knights make their first visit to Buffalo on March 10 in one of the Sabres’ seven home matinees.’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill front and center at NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Does Botterill want to revamp the Sabres? Or does he just want to tweak? How aggressive could he be? This weekend’s NHL Draft, which kicks off with the first round tonight at the United Center, should provide the first clues.’

2017-18 Sabres schedule features early date with Golden Knights   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres also have two three-game road trips sandwiched around the Winter Classic New Year’s Day at Citi Field in New York against the Rangers. The Sabres, however, are technically the home team for that game. They must leave town because of the World Junior Championship.’

Sabres release 2017-18 regular season schedule   


‘March will also see the Sabres play nine of their 14 games from the KeyBank Center. This stretch includes a season-high six-game home-stand from March 10th to the 23rd. During that home-stand, the Sabres will host the Golden Knights for the first time on Saturday March 10th at 1 p.m. On Monday March 19th, Housley will go up against the Predators for the first time at home. At the end of the month, Housley and the Sabres will travel to Nashville to face the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.’

Sabres release 2017-2018 schedule   


‘Sabres first home game vs. Toronto — March 5th.’

Sabres announce 2017-18 schedule

‘The Sabres open their season at home on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Montreal Canadiens. The longest home stand of the season will take place in March, when the Sabres will play six consecutive home games in a two-week span. The team’s first Western Conference road trip will begin a week after the season opener, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at San Jose, kicking off the first of Buffalo’s two four-game road stretches this season.’

A deeper look at the Sabres' 2017-18 schedule

‘Have family in town for Thanksgiving? We have games the Wednesday before against Minnesota and on Black Friday against Edmonton. Connor McDavid, the newly crowned Most Valuable Player should be in town for it and there’s always a buzz when he matches up against Jack Eichel.’

The Sabres Report - June 22, 2017

Ex-Sabres forward Carrier excited to join Vegas expansion team   

Buffalo News:

‘”Buffalo had interest in influencing us to go in one direction to protect a certain part of their roster, so they gave us a sixth-round pick,” Vegas General Manager George McPhee said during the broadcast of the expansion draft on NBCSN. “That’s probably the simplest example. Some of the others are a little more elaborate.”‘

Sabres open at home, head on the road to start 2017-18 season   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo has lost four straight home openers and four straight season openers. The latest was when the Canadiens earned a 4-1 victory to start the 2016-17 season. Buffalo last opened the regular or home schedules with a win Jan. 20, 2013, when it beat Philadelphia, 5-2.’

Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Beaulieu could be in a good place   

Buffalo News:

‘Beaulieu was known for poor decision-making in Montreal. Word is, he was inhibited by his coaches’ reluctance to have defensemen skate the puck up ice. That’s what Phil Housley wants from his D. This could be a good fit.’

Kyle Williams and Jack Eichel visit Golisano Children's Hospital before AGR awards   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Those photos of Eichel and Williams are just about guaranteed to be placed next to Greif’s jersey with autographs from the Rochester Rhinos, Rochester’s professional soccer team.’