The Sabres Report - July 16, 2015

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.’

The Sabres Report - July 15, 2015

NHL could punish O’Reilly with fines and suspension   

Buffalo News:

‘The league does not have a blanket policy of penalties for off-ice issues. Article 18-A of the collective bargaining agreement allows commissioner Gary Bettman to impose penalties for conduct “that is detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey.”’

Sabres tickets will cost more this season   

Buffalo News:

‘Last year, there was just one Platinum game (a November contest against Toronto). This year there are two, the Oct. 8 season opener against Ottawa that is the expected debut of No. 2 overall pick Eichel and the Dec. 19 matinee against Stanley Cup champion Chicago. Ticket prices for those range from $84-$250 at the box office, a jump of $4-$10.’

Strong words already haunting Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Those words – “With the Sabres I have to be a more vocal guy, be that more off-ice leader and on-ice as well,” he said June 29 – are already haunting the 24-year-old.’

Sabres re-sign Mark Pysyk to two-year deal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Pysyk, who was a restricted free agent, is expected to be a regular next season after playing only seven NHL games in 2014-15.’

Bright offseason turns dark for Buffalo   

Salamanca Press:

‘The ‘One Buffalo’ teams each have a prominent employee —a Sabres player and Bills assistant coach — facing charges for crimes of stupidity.’

Sabres sign Pysyk to 2-year contract   

Sabres.com:

‘Pysyk (6’1”, 192 lbs., 1/11/1992) has registered 15 points (4+11) in 70 career NHL games for the Sabres during the last three seasons. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native also spent parts of the last three seasons with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he posted 47 points (8+39) in 142 games.’

The Sabres Report - July 14, 2015

Sabres’ O’Reilly facing impaired driving charge   

Buffalo News:

‘O’Reilly’s blood alcohol reading was over 80 mg, equivalent to .08 in the United States, thus meaning he is subject to an immediate 90-day suspension of his license. If convicted, he faces a fine of $1,000 & license ban of 1 year.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly charged with impaired driving, leaving scene of accident   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Penalties under Canada’s Highway Traffic Act for leaving the scene include a fine of between $400-$2,000, a maximum of six months in jail, seven demerit points on a license and a suspended license for up to two years.’

Blue and Gold scrimmage standouts   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Team Gold’s top line included Rodrigues, Eichel, and Nick Baptiste and to the disappointment of many in the arena, the line did not end up on the scoresheet. However, all three showed impressive speed throughout the contest.’

Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly charged with impaired driving   

Toronto Star:

‘O’Reilly was released with a promise to appear, and is scheduled to appear in court in London on Aug. 20.’

Area NHL star charged with impaired driving   

London Free Press:

‘O’Reilly grew up in Varna, a community in Huron County, he now lives in Bluewater.’

Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly charged with impaired driving   

CP:

‘”We are aware of the reports regarding the incident involving Ryan O’Reilly last week,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said in a statement. “We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all parties involved.”‘

Middlesex OPP Charge Buffalo Sabres Centre Ryan O’Reilly With Impaired Driving   

CFPL-AM:

‘According to Middlesex County OPP, a green Chevrolet pickup truck struck a commercial building on Richmond St. last Thursday morning (July 9) just after 4:00am. An employee of the Lucan Tim Hortons confirmed to AM980 that there had been a motor vehicle incident, but was unaware of the driver’s identity. After the collision, police say a suspect drove the vehicle southbound on Saintsbury Line, before abandoning it and travelling by foot with another, unnamed, male occupant.’

Sabres re-sign Varone to 2-way contract   

Sabres.com:

‘Varone (5’10”, 185 lbs., 12/4/1990) appeared in a career-high 28 NHL games during three recalls with the Sabres in 2014-15, logging five points (3+2) and 10 penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he posted team-leading totals in both points (44) and assists (29) for the third time in his four AHL seasons, earning a spot in the AHL All-Star Game.’