The Sabres Report - July 20, 2016

Mississauga Steelhead Alex Nylander signs with Buffalo Sabres   

Mississauga News:

‘If he doesn’t make the Sabres roster right away, he could be assigned to the Rochester Americans, Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate. He could also play professionally in Sweden with Rogle BK or return to the Steelheads.’

The Sabres Report - July 19, 2016

Sabres dealing with a muddy case in trying to re-sign Girgensons   

Buffalo News:

‘There were some good moments at wing for him last season with Jack Eichel but plenty of nights where the former first-round pick just disappeared. And get this stat: Girgensons didn’t score a single goal at home all season, and had just four of his 18 points in First Niagara Center.’

Sabres re-sign Jason Kasdorf, Dan Catenacci   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Winnipeg native, a sixth-round pick by the Jets in 2011, is expected to share time with Linus Ullmark with the Amerks in 2016-17.’

Nylander brothers add to strong rivalry   

Mississauga News:

‘And now the Nylanders, who are as known almost as much for their flowing blond locks as much as their ability to make plays. William is more Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. Alex is DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, but on his way to a mullet.’

Vesey watch   


‘The other reason I think some are so wrapped up in Vesey’s decision is that we’re still seeking validation that the Sabres are indeed on the right track. Plenty of fans are bullish on the immediate future for the Sabres. Okposo chose them. There are prime talents on the roster. Vesey choosing to start his career in Buffalo would likely help the team on the ice. It would also boost our collective psyche by providing us with more evidence that things must be on the right track in Buffalo.’

The Sabres Report - July 18, 2016

Sabres tank: Where are they now   

Batavia Daily News:

‘During the tank times, many came through the doors of First Niagara Center, and one way or another, walked back out. Let’s track down some of those names and see where they are now.’

Sabres re-sign Catenacci, Kasdorf   


‘Catenacci, 23, just completed his third full season with the Sabres organization. Last season, Catenacci made his National Hockey League debut on February 6 against the Boston Bruins. In eleven games this year in Buffalo, Catenacci did not register a point playing primarily a bottom-six winger role. In 196 career games with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, Catenacci has 38 goals and 76 points in parts of four seasons.’

Brendan Guhle set to expand role with Sabres

‘”I was just going to come and take it one game at a time, one skate at a time, one workout at a time, and I think I did that,” Guhle said. “I think I improved throughout the camp. I’m happy with my camp.”‘

Kasdorf, Catenacci agree to contracts with Sabres

‘Kasdorf (6’3”, 172 lbs., 5/18/1992) also made his NHL debut in 2015-16, making 26 saves against Columbus on April 8 in his only appearance. Acquired in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015, Kasdorf posted a 38-37-9 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average in 88 career games for RPI (NCAA) before turning pro last season.’

The Sabres Report - July 16, 2016

Sabres sign Nylander to his entry-level contract   

Buffalo News:

‘Nylander is expected to join second-round pick Rasmus Asplund at Team Sweden’s World Junior Championships evaluation camp on July 30 in Plymouth, Mich. They were linemates in last year’s tournament and could repeat that role in this year’s event in Montreal and Toronto. Nylander is eligible to play this year in Rochester rather than returning to junior, because he wasn’t selected in the CHL Import draft and thus counts as an overseas player.’

Sabres' new assistant coach was prep school mentor for Crosby, Okposo   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres have also hired Adam Nightingale as video coach. The brother of Buffalo video specialist Jason Nightingale, Adam Nightingale led Shattuck St. Mary’s bantam team to a national championship earlier this year and was the director of hockey operations and video coordinator for Michigan State for four seasons.’

Sabres sign top pick Alexander Nylander to 3-year, entry-level contract   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres have four options for Nylander: the NHL, a return to the junior Mississauga Steelheads, Europe or the AHL.’

Sabres hire Tom Ward as assistant coach; Dan Catenacci re-signed   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Fourteen current players, including Crosby, perhaps hockey’s biggest star and a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Okposo, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Sabres on July 1, played for Ward. So did Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, former Sabres Jamie McBain and Drew Stafford and Buffalo native Peter Ratchuk.’

SSM director of hockey Tom Ward takes job with NHL's Buffalo Sabres   

Fairibault Daily News:

‘“I feel bittersweet,” Ward said. “Man, to say I’ve ran the gamut of emotions these last fourteen days would be an understatement. You spend 17, 18 years trying to build something up and make it not even good in Minnesota, not even good in the United States, not even good in North America, but one of the best places in the world for a young student athlete to go and try to realize what they want to realize. To say it’s time to move on is a difficult decision.”’

Sabres sign first-round pick Alexander Nylander   


‘A 6-foot-1 forward, Nylander led Sweden’s 2016 world junior championship team with nine points and earned Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year honors playing for the Mississauga Steelhead last season.’