The Sabres Report - June 25, 2016

Ex-Sabre Vanek hits open market, McGuire Award Saturday   

Buffalo News:

‘There are huge salary cap savings for the Wild. Vanek will count for $1.5 million this season rather than $6.5 million. There will be an additional $2.5 million hit to the Wild’s cap in 2017-18.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane focus of probe into alleged disturbance at Chippewa bar   

Buffalo News:

‘Evander Kane, the Buffalo Sabres left winger, is being investigated following an alleged disturbance Thursday night at Bottoms Up, a bar in the Chippewa entertainment district, Buffalo Police said Friday.’

Sabres take Alex Nylander in 1st round   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Nylander was born in Calgary when his father played for the Flames. He played the past season for the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads, producing 28 goals, 47 assists and 75 points in 57 regular-season games and another 6-6-12 in six playoff games.’

Trader Tim still has work to do   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘But the fact Murray’s work is getting more challenging — like having to pick No. 8 Friday night at raucous First Niagara Center after not getting any dance partners in trade talks, which had to just irk Trader Tim — showed his rebuild plan is on track. It’s supposed to get harder and less hectic.’

Alexander Nylander fits Sabres’ blueprint   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Sporting a blue Sabres jersey with his name and ’16 on the back, Alexander, whose father, Michael, played 920 NHL games, couldn’t hide his excitement. “It was an unbelievable moment, best moment of my life, big dream come true,” he said.’

Memories of 1991 NHL Draft in Buffalo special for former Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I did my best,” he said. “Short answers. I didn’t understand most of them, but I was happy. I was really nervous after that, to be honest, with the media and everything. It was all new to me.”‘

Sabres making bold moves before, during NHL draft   

Erie Times News:

‘Still, Murray has proved again that he’s willing to make calculated yet bold moves to move the Sabres closer to respectability, and then one day into Stanley Cup playoff contention. The Sabres won’t be at the bottom looking up at the elite clubs for long.’

Buffalo Sabres grab Alexander Nylander with No. 8 pick at 2016 NHL Entry Draft   

Auburn Citizen:

‘Buffalo had the option of taking highly touted defensemen Jakob Chychrun from the Sarnia Sting or Mikhail Sergachev of the Windor Spitfires, but ultimately decided upon the Swedish winger. The Sabres are set with young talent up front, but could still use some assets on the back end. Former first round pick Rasmus Ristolainen fits the mold of a top-pairing defenseman, but is a restricted free agent this summer. Mark Pysyk, another former first-rounder, and Jake McCabe are intriguing defenders, but Buffalo would do well to add more defensive talent.’

Mississauga Steelheads duo taken early in NHL draft   

Mississauga News:

‘Following a 75-point regular season, Nylander was named OHL and CHL rookie of the year.’

AP Source: Sabres Kane investigated for harassing 2 women   


‘The person said Kane allegedly grabbed the woman by the arm or shoulder early Friday morning. The person said no charges have been filed and no one has been arrested.’

Sabres select Alexander Nylander   


‘Alex is the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, and he is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward, William Nylander.’

Nylander is very excited to be a Sabre   


‘Nylander said his interview with Buffalo went well both at the Combine and today, “I had a really good feeling that they might pick me, so I thought I had a good chance of them picking me.”’

Sabres' Murray took the best player available   


‘Nylander isn’t the biggest thing in the world, but there are some things that impressed Murray, “Skill, skating, I mean he’s the whole package. I think after the Pittsburgh win you hear people talking about speed and that’s what we’ve been trying to do the past couple of years and we don’t have enough of it yet. We’ve made great strides and to get a guy like him that we think is a top six forward, just fit into our blueprint.”’

Report: Two Crime Reports Filed against Sabres' Kane   


‘The report states that witnesses and a bar owner told the station that Kane was escorted from a Chippewa Street bar called Bottom’s Up Thursday night.’

Sabres draft Alex Nylander 8th overall in NHL Draft   


‘Nylander, whose older brother William plays for the division rival Maple Leafs, led all rookies in the Ontario Hockey League with 75 points.’