The Sabres Report - July 24, 2015

Buffalo Sabres re-sign forward D'Amigo to 1-year contract   

AP:

‘D’Amigo was acquired by Buffalo in a trade that sent forward Luke Adam to Columbus in December 2014. D’Amigo was called up from the minors in March, and had no points in nine games with the Sabres.’

F D'Amigo gets new deal from Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 24-year-old D’Amigo has appeared in 31 NHL games during his career and has one goal, two assists and two penalty minutes.’

Sabres sign D'Amigo to 2-way contract   

Sabres.com:

‘D’Amigo (5’11”, 208 lbs., 2/19/1991) made his Sabres debut last season, logging nine NHL games in March after begin recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL). The Binghamton, New York native split the 2014-15 AHL season between the Americans and the Springfield Falcons, logging 26 points (9+17) in 59 AHL games during his fifth professional season.’

The Sabres Report - July 23, 2015

Sabres still rebuilding, but there’s potential with Eichel   

Detroit Free Press:

‘The Sabres have finished last in the NHL the past two seasons. In 2014-15, they had 54 points, 44 fewer than the second wild-card team. It’s difficult to think the Sabres make that much of a standings jump in one season, but they’ve got the potential to be really good within a couple of seasons.’

The Sabres Report - July 22, 2015

Kaleta looks to stay in the game   

Buffalo News:

‘It’s not totally shocking that teams haven’t lined up for Kaleta given his reputation in the league office. Buffalo fans see energy, but others see dirty. Add his injuries, and teams are reluctant to sign him. He celebrated his 29th birthday last month. Perhaps general managers fear his body is worn down and not worth the risk.’

Buffalo Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract   

AP:

‘Larsson, who turns 23 on Saturday, has an opportunity to become a regular contributor for the rebuilding Sabres this season.’

Sabres re-sign Larsson   

The Sports Network:

‘Since being acquired by the Sabres in April 2013 from the Minnesota Wild, Larsson has totaled six goals and 14 assists in 67 games.’

Sabres sign F Larsson   

The Sports Xchange:

‘A second-round draft pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2010, Larsson was traded to the Sabres in April 2013. He has 20 points and 31 penalty minutes in 67 career NHL games and 122 points in 164 AHL games.’

Sabres sign Larsson to 1-year deal   

Sabres.com:

‘In 2014-15, Larsson (5’11”, 206 lbs., 7/25/1992) appeared in a career-high 39 NHL games and recorded 16 points (6+10) as a member of the Sabres. The Lau, Sweden native also played 44 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all skaters in points per game by totaling 40 points (15+25) to go along with a team-best plus-12 rating.’

The Sabres Report - July 18, 2015

Swedish report: Larsson signs one-year deal with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘Larsson didn’t see eye-to-eye with former coach Ted Nolan, publicly complaining about being put on the fourth line in Buffalo when he was returned to Rochester in January. That certainly didn’t sit well with Nolan, who essentially told Larsson to put his play where his mouth was and the 22-year-old did just that upon returning to the NHL a month later, posting 14 points over his final 19 games.’

The Sabres Report - July 17, 2015

Schaller, Leduc, Lieuwen sign qualifying offers   

Sabres.com:

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced forward Tim Schaller, defenseman Jerome Leduc and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen have signed their qualifying offers for the 2015-16 season.’

The Sabres Report - July 16, 2015

Issues of character weighed on sliding scale   

Buffalo News:

‘Such inquiries could be directed toward Kim and Terry Pegula because they own both franchises, but that wouldn’t necessarily be fair. Yes, they signed off on contracts when Kromer and O’Reilly came aboard. But they leave personnel decisions to others in charge in their respective organizations. They should demand answers from others, starting with Ryan and Murray.’

Sabres prospect Devante Stephens comfortable in Buffalo   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“The thing was he played beyond his years, I thought, and it was really tough to take him out,” Mallette said. “He basically had played himself into a position where we made room and actually moved a defenseman up to a forward because we had trust in him to play.’

Sabres lose out on Oduya, who's next in line?   

Batavia Daily News:

‘But without the Swedish defenseman, several current players on Buffalo’s depth chart will feel a sense of relief because there will be more opportunity. Included in that grouping is Carlo Colaiacovo, Jake McCabe, Matt Donovan, Chad Ruhwedel, and Mike Weber.’

Sabres, NHL can set standard with Ryan O'Reilly punishment   

WGR-AM:

‘Make no mistake, Jack Eichel is the key to Sabres fans feeling like the future is bright, but the trade for O’Reilly put a cork in those who claimed the rebuild would take five-plus years. The move stuffed a sock in the mouth of anyone spouting that the playoffs in ’15-’16 were impossible.’