The Sabres Report - June 26, 2016

Sabres pick Rasmus Asplund shares chemistry with Alexander Nylander   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Asplund said he will likely play in Sweden again next season. He said he spoke to the Sabres two or three times before the draft.’

Sabres want to pursue Steven Stamkos   

Olean Times Herald:

‘At midnight Saturday, teams were allowed to start talking to potential free agents. While the Sabres haven’t contacted Stamkos’ camp yet, they plan to ask his representatives soon if the two-time 50-goal scorer has any interest in Buffalo, Murray said.’

Sunday's Rasmus Asplund Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Asplund drafted by Buffalo (Varmlands Folkblad)
Buffalo drafted Asplund (Varmlands Nya Wermlands-Tidningen)
Asplund went in the second round (FarjestadBK.se)

Sunday's Casey Fitzgerald Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Former Malden Catholic stars Matt Filipe, Casey Fitzgerald drafted (Boston Herald)
Buffalo selects Fitzgerald in 2016 NHL entry draft (BCEagles.com)

Sunday's Vojtech Budik Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Buffalo Bound (Prince Albert Daily Herald)
Vojtech Budik Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2016 NHL Draft (RaiderHockey.com)

Florida Panthers trade for Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk   

Miami Herald:

‘In Pysyk, the Panthers are adding a puck-moving defenseman who was liked by the analytics community but never seemed to mesh with Sabres management.’

Panthers swap defensemen, trading Dmitry Kulikov to Sabres for Mark Pysyk on second day of draft   

South Florida Sun Sentinel:

‘Kulikov, 25, was drafted by the Panthers with the 14th overall pick in 2009, and played seven seasons. He came into his own last year as he cut down on his turnovers and finished with a career-best plus-8 to go with one goal and 16 assists in 74 games. He was the last player remaining from the 2009-10 season or before then general manager Dale Tallon joined the franchise.’

Florida Panthers Acquire Mark Pysyk and 2016 Second Round Pick and Third Round Pick from Buffalo   

FloridaPanthers.com:

‘Pysyk was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.’

Breaking down Matthews vs. Eichel piece by piece   

Toronto Sun:

‘Both players have great heart and show it in completely different ways. Where Auston will show it in more of a high energy game, in Eichs you don’t see it as much because he picks his spots more. But, at the end of the game, they’re both emotionally drained. They’ve poured it all out for their teammates.’

It’s Buffalo turn to end the sports agony   

Boston Globe:

‘Like the Bills, the Sabres have their own franchise crown jewel of disappointment, the “Skate in the Crease’’ ruling (or non-ruling) that didn’t go their way in Game 6 of the ’99 Cup Final.’

Sabres acquire defenseman Kulikov in trade with Panthers   

AP:

‘Entering his eighth NHL season, Kulikov adds experienced depth to Buffalo’s young group of defensemen. And he has a left-handed shot, something Murray said was among his key offseason needs.’

Sabres acquire D Kulikov from Panthers   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Kulikov, 25, is signed for one more season with a salary cap charge of $4.33 million. He can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016-17 season.’

Sabres select Rasmus Asplund with 33rd pick   

WGR-AM:

‘Asplund says he will play one more year in Sweden before making his decision on coming over to North America.’

Sabres Select Cliff Pu with 69th Overall   

WGR-AM:

‘Pu, the right handed centerman had 31 points in 63 regular season games for London last season but heated up in the playoffs posting 13 points in 18 games.’

Sabres Take Casey Fitzgerald with 86th Pick   

WGR-AM:

‘The Sabres continued their second round action selecting Boston College d-man Casey Fitzgerald. In 2015-2016 for the Eagles, Fitzgerald scored 27 points in 39 games.’