The Sabres Report - June 27, 2015

Sabres send strong message with big trades at NHL Draft   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You know if you go down a road like this it’s not going to be a freebie and you’re going to pay a price, and we certainly paid a price today,” Murray said.’

Sabres were big winners on NHL Draft night   

Erie Times News:

‘Now, with O’Reilly in place, the Sabres have begun putting together pieces that might not make them a playoff contender next season, but moves them closer than they were at the end of the season. It’s safe to say much has changed for the Sabres in a short time.’

BU’s Jack Eichel picked second overall by Sabres   

Boston Globe:

‘“It feels tremendous,” Eichel said. “The feeling of wearing this jersey right now really hasn’t sunk in. To be able to talk to my family and my friends about the fact I was just selected by the Sabres in the NHL Draft, it’s a dream come true to be selected. Especially by an organization like this, with so much passion and tradition.”’

Jack Eichel’s next step will be his hardest   

Boston Globe:

‘What’s less clear is how Eichel will perform in his first NHL season, which is likely to begin this October. Every night, Eichel will compete against skilled, experienced, and hostile men who specialize in making 18-year-olds wish for study halls and mom’s cooking. Eichel will play for a team that, for the last two years, has made 30th place its natural habitat.’

Drafted by Sabres, will Jack Eichel stay or go?   

Boston Herald:

‘“I guess we’ll see in a few days,” he said. “I don’t know. I can’t let the cat out of the bag.”’

Saturday's Colorado Coverage

Ryan O’Reilly traded by Avs to Buffalo for 3 players, No. 31 draft pick (Denver Post)
Ryan O’Reilly Traded To The Buffalo Sabres (BSN Denver)
Avalanche Acquires Zadorov, Grigorenko, Compher, Second Round Draft Pick From Buffalo (

Saturday's Ottawa Coverage

Ottawa Senators trade Robin Lehner to Buffalo Sabres (Ottawa Sun)
Senators GM Bryan Murray should have moved Anderson (Ottawa Sun)
Buffalo Sabres thrilled with Robin Lehner as No. 1 netminder (Ottawa Sun)
Being dealt to Sabres no surprise for David Legwand (Ottawa Sun)
Will Lehner deal come back to haunt Senators? Time will tell (Ottawa Citizen)
Robin Lehner traded to the Sabres (Le Droit)
Senators send Lehner, Legwand to Sabres for first-round pick (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Lehner trade difficult but necessary for Senators GM (
Senators acquire the 21st overall selection in 2015 NHL Draft (

Colorado trades O'Reilly to Buffalo   


‘The move Friday for the trio of young players and the 31st overall selection Saturday comes just days after Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic insisted that re-signing O’Reilly to a long-term deal was his “first priority.”‘

Sabres trade 1st-round pick to Senators for goalie Lehner   


‘Lehner is the key to the deal for the Sabres, who closed last season without an established starting goalie. The 23-year-old now has an opportunity to take over the No. 1 job in Buffalo on a team that’s rebuilding from scratch and coming off consecutive last-place finishes.’

Sabres receive O'Reilly in trade with Avalanche   

The Sports Network:

‘McGinn scored four goals with two assists over 19 games while battling injuries last season. He has posted 69 goals and 128 points in 366 NHL games over seven seasons with the Sharks and Avalanche.’

Sabres acquire Lehner, Legwand from Sens for pick   

The Sports Network:

‘Lehner, 23, was 9-12-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 25 games for the Senators last season. He did not play again after suffering a concussion on Feb. 16.’

Sabres land O'Reilly, McGinn in deal with Avalanche   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 24-year-old O’Reilly and the Avalanche have had contract issues in the past, which apparently played into the decision. The Avalanche appeared certain to trade the young two-way center when it signed center Carl Soderberg to a five-year contract Friday, one day after acquiring the pending unrestricted free agent in a trade with the Boston Bruins.’

Sabres acquire G Lehner, F Legwand from Senators   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Lehner, who turns 24 years old in July, has played in parts of five NHL seasons with the Senators after they selected him in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 draft. Lehner has two years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $2.25 million.’

Outspoken Murray excited by haul trades bring to Buffalo   


‘“I know we’re going to hear that we paid too much,” Murray said. “Every trade that I’ve made, [people say] we’ve paid too much. I get that. I don’t agree with it. We’ve done our homework.”’

Murray is not afraid and things got done in day one   


‘Murray seems to be in the middle of big trades and he said, “It’s not easy, I have no fear because I think I’m prepared, I think my staff helps me a lot, I’m a scenario guy and we have a goal the way we want to build, but it’s a moving target all the time and if you don’t have a moving target and you’re not prepared for something that can come out of the blue, then I guess you’re not going to make these deals.”’