The Sabres Report - June 18, 2016

Girgensons leaving NHL? Not so fast says Sabres’ forward with picture   

Batavia Daily News:

‘It’s not a usual thing to see a professional athlete respond directly to a reporter, but using an internet meme, Girgensons shut down Kalnins’ reports directly, calling the reports merely a grab for attention.’

Does Zach Bogosian make sense as a Plan B option for Oilers? Hmmm   

Edmonton Journal:

‘Bogosian has four years left on a deal that pays him $5.1 million, so he’s no bargain. In a cap world, the size of his contract diminishes his value and might be enough to keep him in Buffalo, even if another team does see real value in his play. Not having watched his game closely, I won’t say anything more about this player’s on-ice performance.’

Sabres development camp slated for july 6-12 at HarborCenter   

Sabres.com:

‘The camp will feature approximately 40 Sabres prospects, including the team’s 2016 NHL Draft picks, all of whom are scheduled to participate in camp. The full schedule and a preliminary development camp roster will be available in early July.’

The Sabres Report - June 16, 2016

Sabres: NHL buyout period begins today   

WGR-AM:

‘Moulson has $8 million left on his contract. It would cost $5.333 million to buy him out. If Murray changes his mind and does want to buy out Moulson, the Sabres would have to write him a check for $888,888 for each of the next six seasons. According to General Fanager, he would count against the cap like this…’.

No-move clause puts Bogosian in trade spotlight   

WGR-AM:

‘While the 25-year-old became a fan favorite in his first season in Buffalo, his contract could make it advantageous for Murray to make a move. Bogosian’s deal brings along a $5,1 million cap hit through 2020. It also has a no-move clause. General Fanager lists him as still having the no-move after the trade with Edmonton but that has not been confirmed by the team. ‘

Girgensons considering KHL deal?   

WGR-AM:

‘He struggled under Dan Bylsma at times after having a promising 2014-15 under Ted Nolan. The former first-round pick has been named in a number of trade rumors since the offseason began.’

The Sabres Report - June 11, 2016

Sabres to announce improved Wi-Fi in First Niagara Center   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres are expected to announce a new in-arena Wi-Fi system Monday that will provide secure, reliable internet access throughout the building. The Sabres have teamed up Extreme Network Inc. and Carousel Industries, the companies that bulked up internet access in Ralph Wilson Stadium in September.’

The Sabres Report - June 7, 2016

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks hire two new assistant coaches, let go of Taylor (Buffalo News)
Chuck Weber, Brad Tapper joining Amerks coaching staff (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks hire Lockport’s Chuck Weber, Brad Tapper as assistants (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks’ coach Lambert hires his staff (WGR-AM)
Amerks name Chuck Weber and Brad Tapper as Assistant Coaches (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - June 5, 2016

Murray extension chatter emerges at Stanley Cup final   

Buffalo News:

‘There was chatter from multiple sources at the final that the Sabres have already started the process of a contract extension with General Manager Tim Murray, whose deal is believed to be up after next season. The Sabres had no comment to an inquiry on Murray’s status over the weekend, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was told negotiations with Murray have yet to begin. The GM, like most of his counterparts, was not in HarborCenter for the NHL Scouting Combine testing on Saturday.’

Hockey talk’s a snap when your classmate’s parents own the Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I actually went to school with Terry Pegula’s daughter and son in Boca Raton, Fla.,” Chychrun said Saturday. “They live 3 miles down the road from me in Florida. I’m friends with his younger daughter Kelly. She was kind of the only person in Florida I could talk hockey with at school. All my buddies were soccer, football players, so it was good to have that familiarity with hockey.’

Sabres greet defensive prospect Sergachev with packed house   

Buffalo News:

‘”It was my first interview of the combine, and there were like about 20 guys in the room,” Sergachev said Saturday. “That was kind of tough, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on here?’ But that was good.’

Top defense prospect Jakob Chychrun would be happy with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Clearly, Chychrun, a star with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, is comfortable with the idea of joining the Sabres and thinks they’re on the path to the Stanley Cup. People in town have been telling him the Sabres need a defenseman.’

Auston Matthews knows Buffalo won’t always be so welcoming   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I guess we’ll see what happens,” Matthews told a throng of reporters and cameras Friday inside HarborCenter. “I guess that wouldn’t be too bad of a thing.’

Juolevi could be a fit in Buffalo   

WGR-AM:

‘I’ve heard Juolevy had a good interview with the Sabres. He thought so too, “It was pretty different than anybody else because they were in their own room and there’s more guys than any other team had it was pretty exciting, especially because the draft is here in Buffalo and it’s a special team here now and there’s going to be and their fans are going to be watching the draft, so yes it was nice.”’

The Sabres Report - June 4, 2016

Sabres, NHL in talks to keep Scouting Combine in Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘”We’ve been very pleased with the event,” Sabres President Russ Brandon said by phone. “Working in conjunction with the league has been a really positive experience. We’ve had some initial conversations with the league about the future, but nothing to report at this time.”‘