The Sabres Report - July 15, 2016

Career season nets Sabres' Foligno one-year deal   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Financial terms were not disclosed for Foligno, who recorded personal bests in goals (10), points (23) and games played (75) last season.’

Sabres re-sign Foligno   

WGR-AM:

‘Foligno, 24, just finished his fifth season with the Sabres organization. Last season, Foligno registered career-high totals in goals (10), and points (23) in 75 games played. Foligno got off to a slow start last season before finishing the season strong on a line with Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta.’

Sabres sign Buffalo native Foligno to one-year deal   

WIVB-TV:

‘With the addition of Kyle Okposo and the potential signing of Jimmy Vesey, the Sabres fill another forward spot in Foligno and look to take advantage on offense by the time October hits.’

Sabres, Foligno agree to one-year contract   

Sabres.com:

‘Foligno (6’3”, 226 lbs., 8/10/1991), who recently completed his fifth season with the Sabres, posted career-highs in games played (75), goals (10) and points (23) during the 2015-16 campaign. The Buffalo native also tied his career-high with 13 assists last season and paced all Sabres forwards with a plus-4 rating.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks to host preseason game at HarborCenter (WGR-AM)
Amerks announce preseason games vs Binghamton Senators (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - July 14, 2016

10 takeaways from Sabres development camp   

Buffalo News:

‘HarborCenter seems like the perfect size for this event in a year where the Sabres don’t have a top-three pick. The attendances weren’t enormous on normal practice days. Only half of the arena was accessible to fans, and even that side didn’t fill up. Everyone had a good view and it didn’t feel awkwardly empty like it would have at First Niagara Center. The only hitch each year will be the scrimmage, but the $20 price tag limited interest.’

Sabres prospect Will Borgen adjusted quickly to college hockey   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He just kept getting better, and that was the story, that he became an integral part of our defensive corps,” Motzko said.’

Osmanski participates in first Sabres Development Camp   

West Seneca Bee:

‘“I didn’t really model my game after what Tim Murray was looking for, I just think it’s the way the game is going in general,” Osmanski said. “I’m lucky to be as tall as I am and I think I play a physical game. That’s the type of style I think I can make a career with. On every team there are usually four big d-men and then two guys who snag all the points. So there’s more jobs in the NHL for the style I play. And there’s more guys trying to play that style as well. Luckily for me, Tim Murray likes this style so hopefully it works out.”’

Vesey says he plans on meeting with Boston in August   

WGR-AM:

‘“I’ve said it all along that Boston is definitely on my list of teams that I’d like to talk to. It’s a team that I’ve rooted for all my life, and it’s a team that I watched win the Stanley Cup in 2011,” he said.’

Sabres add offense to try to end postseason drought   

NHL.com:

‘Murray needs to lure Vesey, who would give Bylsma great depth among the top six. … Bylsma will need to establish if Nilsson is the clear backup goalie prior to the start of the season since the departure of Johnson left a significant hole. Linus Ullmark is another option behind Lehner. … Murray said he isn’t done in his pursuit to add organizational depth; he signed defensemen Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun to a one-year, two-way contract on July 1.’

Alexander Nylander heads Sweden's WJC camp roster   

NHL.com:

‘Nylander led Sweden at the 2016 WJC with four goals and nine points in seven games. Last season with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, he led OHL rookies with 47 assists and 75 points, and was named the Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year. He capped his season with a team-best 11 points in seven games to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.’

The Sabres Report - July 13, 2016

Expectations building for the coming Sabres season   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s nice to say that playoffs are a definite goal and you actually mean it when you say it,” general manager Tim Murray said after development camp wrapped up Tuesday in HarborCenter. “Ninety-five points is a nice number. I haven’t looked at it that close yet but expectations are the playoffs and to be competitive.’

Campoli recovers from scary collision at Sabres scrimmage   

Buffalo News:

‘“I just finished my check,” Carrier said. “I didn’t really know what happened. I think he banged his head on the ice. … I think he lost his balance and fell backwards. He hit his head, tried to get up and hit his head again.”’

Sabres GM Murray on Vesey: 'This is his show right now'   

Buffalo News:

‘”We went down there. We spoke to him. I told him he doesn’t owe anybody anything. He went to school for four years and he became a free agent so now he’s got to make the right decision for him. There’s no timetable.”‘

Meet Sabres Prospect Brandon Hagel   

Buffalo News:

‘”I just need to play hard,” Hagel said. “I need to play my game. I use my hockey sense and work as hard as I possibly can.”‘