The Sabres Report - July 8, 2014

How much better will the Sabres be in 2014-15?   


‘These things will not make the difference between making the playoffs or not. They are still short of being a contender. But putting top prospects in the NHL over Zenon Kenopka types could easily put Buffalo over Calgary or whoever else is at the bottom of the heap.’

The Sabres Report - July 7, 2014

No. 2 role in Arizona suits Regier   

Buffalo News:

‘His new position appears to suit his personality. He can concentrate on evaluating players and work behind the scenes without worrying about the hassles of dealing with the public and the pressure that comes with the top job. GM Don Maloney certainly doesn’t need to worry about Regier challenging him.’

The Sabres Report - July 6, 2014

Hackett signs Sabre offer sheet   

Buffalo News:

‘According to several media reports, Hackett accepted a qualifying offer from the team and agreed to a one-year, $750,750 contract for the upcoming season.’

The Sabres Report - July 5, 2014

Deal with the rejection, Toronto hockey fans   

Buffalo News:

‘I’m not happy about the “armpit of America” shot. In terms of anatomic metaphors, I prefer to think of us more as the nation’s heart, soul or spine. But I can understand how someone equally befuddled and apoplectic over a seemingly counter-intuitive choice would reflexively reach for the civic-insult bag. The big, shiny, glass-skyscrapered metropolis got passed over by an object of its affection for a cozy, underappreciated, just-reviving, mid-sized American burg. For many Torontonians, it does not compute.’

Buffalo Sabres draft review

‘The Sabres strategy certainly was interesting. Knowing that CHL players often make the NHL at a much earlier stage than their peers, Murray used his first four picks on CHL players and then drafted two high school players and two Europeans with four of their final five picks. Rights to non-CHL players can be held for up to four years, which means the Sabres are able to be patient and allow raw prospects plenty of time to develop before committing to them professionally.’

The Sabres Report - July 4, 2014

Regier lands assistant job with Coyotes   

Buffalo News:

‘“There was one guy on the list,” the Coyotes’ GM said Thursday. “At the top of the list was Darcy Regier.”’

St. Catharines to host prospects game   

Buffalo News:

‘The Niagara IceDogs, who play in St. Catharines, Ont., will host the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 22, the Canadian Hockey League announced Thursday. The list of players is expected to include Connor McDavid, the favorite to be selected at the top of the next draft.’

Sabres sign vet Tyson Strachan   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘He’s OK with helping the Amerks but wants the chance to play in Buffalo when the need for a defenseman arises. That’s why he signed with the Sabres (for $650,000 in NHL salary and $275,000 in the AHL, according to TSN).’

Friday's Arizona Coverage

Coyotes name Darcy Regier Senior VP, Assistant GM (Arizona Republic)
Regier gets back in game as Coyotes assistant GM (Fox Sports Arizona)
Coyotes tab Regier as assistant GM (AP)
Coyotes hire former Sabres GM Regier (The Sports Xchange)
Maloney Lands First Choice for Assistant G.M. (

Sabres sign free-agent defenseman Strachan   


‘Selected by Carolina in the fifth round in 2003, he also played for St. Louis and Florida, while spending most of his eight-year professional career in the minors.’

Sabres sign Strachan   

The Sports Network:

‘Strachan appeared in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last season, recording two assists and 28 penalty minutes.’

Sabres sign D Strachan   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.’

Sabres sign defenseman Tyson Strachan

‘A native of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Strachan has appeared in parts of eight AHL seasons with Albany, Peoria, San Antonio and Hershey, compiling 87 points (16+71) and 326 penalty minutes in 276 regular-season games.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Former Amerks owner Steve Donner files for bankruptcy (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - July 3, 2014

Murray, Sabres sitting tight for now   

Buffalo News:

‘Murray’s summer focus, with the free-agent frenzy behind him, is to sign a few minor-league players and help Ted Nolan hire a coaching staff. He doesn’t plan more newsworthy waves, at least not on his own.’