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Sabres clean out assistant coaching staff | 04/17/2014 10:29 AM
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There will be changes behind Buffalo's bench in 2014-15.
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Assistant coaches Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi will not be back next season in their old roles. Sacco and Forton were offered other jobs on the team, while Corsi was fired and Numminen won't have his contract renewed.
Sabres have someone in mind for 2014 draft | 04/17/2014 10:09 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres might already have a player in mind for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
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"We have a forward that we have somewhat of a consensus in the group that is at the top of the forward list," said GM Tim Murray. He added that the Sabres will take the best player available, whether it's a forward or a defenseman, but the team does have a pressing need for a player up front. Sam Reinhart or Sam Bennett could fit the bill there. If Buffalo does decide to go with a defeseman then Aaron Ekblad is the best at the position in this draft class.
Sabres, ECHL Elmira ink affiliation agreement | 04/16/2014 6:51 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres and ECHL Elmira Jackals have reached an affiliation agreement.
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Rochester Americans is still the Sabres' AHL affiliate. "We're proud to have the Jackals as part of our organization and, with the Amerks in Rochester, we now have the added bonus of working with minor-league affiliates that are no further than 150 miles from Buffalo," Sabres GM Tim Murray said. Elmira was previously affiliated with the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils.
Sabres will have new assistant coaches | 04/16/2014 2:41 PM
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Now that Ted Nolan is no longer the Sabres' interim coach, he will get to hire his own staff over the summer.
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Consequently, the Buffalo Sabres will part ways with assistants Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton as well as goalie coach Jim Corsi. Of them, Corsi was the only one to be outright fired, given that Numminen's contract was up anyways while Forton and Sacco have been offered other jobs within Buffalo's organization.
Jake McCabe will suit up for Team USA | 04/16/2014 7:32 AM
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Jake McCabe will play for the United States in World Hockey Championships in May.
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He played in seven games with the Sabres at the end of the year after playing three seasons with the University of Wisconsin. McCabe was a second-round pick of the Sabres in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Neuvirth (hip) has been seeing a specialist | 04/16/2014 7:27 AM
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Michal Neuvirth's lower-body injury was a hip issue.
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Sabres GM Tim Murray said that Neuvirth has been seeing a specialist to help with the nagging problem. He sat out Buffalo's last 15 games of the season due to the ailment.
Matthew Hackett will probably need surgery | 04/16/2014 7:24 AM
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Buffalo GM Tim Murray believes that Matthew Hackett will require surgery on his injured right knee.
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Hackett was hurt last Saturday against Boston when defenseman Torey Krug fell on his leg. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. We'll keep you posted on his status during the Sabres' off-season.
Buffalo Sabres bumped to second pick in draft | 04/15/2014 10:36 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres posted the worst 82 game season since the 2001-02 New York Islanders, but the team still could not secure top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft.
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It's been that kind of year for Buffalo, as they lost out on the top pick during Tuesday's NHL draft lottery to the second-worst Florida Panthers. But the team will still get some much needed help, as top prospects Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett and Aaron Ekblad appear to be a good bet to help any team with their talents. The Sabres need help everywhere, as they finished 41 points out of a playoff spot and with a goal differential of -91.
Buffalo will almost certainly buy out Leino | 04/15/2014 1:47 PM
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There's a "very good possibility" that Ville Leino will get bought out, according to Sabres GM Tim Murray.
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It would be shocking if Murray actually decided to keep Leino after making a statement like that. Leino inked a six-year, $27 million contract that runs through 2016-17. He had a disastrous campaign where he recorded just 15 points in 58 contests.
Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs | 04/14/2014 3:15 PM
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Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs back on Mar. 25 when he slid hard into a goalpost in a game against Montreal.
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He sat out the last 10 games of the season due to the ailment. The 24-year-old defender feels he needs to step up after another disappointing season for himself and for the Sabres. "Guys around my age in the room definitely have to step up and be the core of this team," Myers said. "It's a young team and we can definitely take steps this summer and become leaders."
Jake McCabe picks up first NHL point Sunday | 04/14/2014 10:47 AM
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Jake McCabe recorded his first NHL point in Sunday's season finale.
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He earned an assist and logged a personal high 16:25 of ice time against the Islanders on Sunday. McCabe skated in seven games with the Sabres after he joined the team in April out of college. Look for him to share time between Buffalo and AHL Rochester next season.
Zemgus Girgensons was Buffalo's top rookie | 04/14/2014 10:40 AM
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Zemgus Girgensons was voted as Buffalo's Rookie of the Year by his teammates.
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He led the team's first-year group with eight goals and 22 points in 70 contests. Girgensons also recorded 115 shots and 161 hits.
Sabres' Tyler Ennis wins team MVP award | 04/14/2014 10:36 AM
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Tyler Ennis earned Buffalo's MVP award for the 2013-14 season.
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It was voted on by his teammates. He led the club with 21 goals and finished second with 43 points in 80 games. Cody Hodgson beat him for the scoring crown by one point. It was an incredibly disappointing season for the last-placed Sabres, but Ennis did his best to account for offense on a team that struggled to score all year.
| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Zenon Konopka returned to action on Sunday April 13.
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Connor Knapp fails to grab first NHL win | 04/13/2014 9:04 PM
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Despite two shots, Buffalo Sabres goalie Connor Knapp was not able to gain a win at the NHL level, as the New York Islanders won 4-3 (SO) on Sunday.
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Knapp isn't likely to be a fantasy factor anytime soon, if ever.
Jamie McBain finishes season with 17 points | 04/13/2014 9:02 PM
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Jamie McBain scored but the New York Islanders beat his Buffalo Sabres 4-3 (SO) on Sunday.
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McBain finishes with six goals and 17 points in 2013-14. He's still hoping to regain his form from Carolina when he generated 30 points in 2010-11 and 27 in 2011-12.
Buffalo calls up Nicolas Deslauriers | 04/13/2014 1:18 PM
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Nicolas Deslauriers has been summoned by the Sabres.
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Deslauriers has a goal in 16 games with Buffalo this season. The Sabres needed reinforcements because they're entering their season finale with an army on injured players.
Buffalo has called up Mark Pysyk | 04/13/2014 1:16 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have promoted Mark Pysyk.
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Pysyk has 12 points and 26 penalty minutes in 29 AHL games this season. He also has seven points and 16 penalty minutes in 43 contests with Buffalo.
Buffalo promotes Andrey Makarov | 04/13/2014 1:14 PM
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Andrey Makarov has been called up by the Buffalo Sabres.
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Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth, Matthew Hackett, and Nathan Lieuwen are all hurt, so the Sabres needed yet another goaltender. He has a 2.49 GAA and .919 save percentage in eight AHL games this season.
Sabres set NHL record for goalies used | 04/13/2014 10:03 AM
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Connor Knapp helped the Buffalo Sabres set an NHL record by becoming the ninth goalie to play for the team this season.
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Knapp came into Saturday's game after Matthew Hackett suffered a leg injury. "I'm setting records right away when I get in," Knapp said. "It's a crazy year, for sure, within the organization." Knapp stopped six of seven shots against Boston.
Chris Stewart out with an ankle injury | 04/13/2014 9:59 AM
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Chris Stewart's lower-body injury is related to his ankle.
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Stewart was one of several Sabres' players to sustain an injury during Saturday's game. Buffalo will wrap up its season on Sunday.
Matthew Hackett's leg injury might be major | 04/13/2014 9:57 AM
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Matthew Hackett's leg injury is feared to be serious.
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Hackett was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the third period of Saturday's game. "We're going to wrap him up as best as we can, get him back home, get our doctors to look at him, but it doesn't look too good," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. Buffalo has one game left in its schedule, which Hackett obviously won't participate in. Given that, Hackett will recover over the Sabres' offseason.
Connor Knapp makes NHL debut Saturday | 04/12/2014 4:16 PM
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Connor Knapp made his NHL debut in Saturday's loss to Boston.
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He entered the game in relief during the third period after Matthew Hackett suffered an apparent leg injury and was removed from the ice on a stretcher. Knapp made six stops on seven shots in 11:35 of playing time. He could get his first NHL start in Sunday's finale, but it's uncertain right now how Buffalo will handle their crease situation.
Christian Ehrhoff suffers a mild concussion | 04/12/2014 4:07 PM
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Christian Ehrhoff left Saturday's game against Boston with a mild concussion.
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He won't be able to play in Sunday's regular season finale as a result. He had a minus-3 rating in 15:13 of ice time prior to his exit. Ehrhoff will end the year with six goals, 33 points and a minus-27 rating.
Matt D'Agostini sustains LBI against Bruins | 04/12/2014 4:03 PM
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Matt D'Agostini suffered a lower-body injury Saturday afternoon.
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He won't play in Sunday's finale against the New York Islanders. D'Agostini picked up five goals and 12 points in 57 games with Pittsburgh and Buffalo this season.
Matthew Hackett leaves ice on stretcher | 04/12/2014 4:00 PM
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Matthew Hackett was the latest Buffalo netminder to get injured on Saturday.
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He had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after Torey Krug fell on his leg in the third period of a 5-1 loss to Boston. Krug collided with Hackett when he was sent flying by Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain. Hackett will be evaluated once the team returns to Buffalo. Buffalo's crease already has injuries to Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen. Connor Knapp entered the game in relief to see the first NHL action of his career.
Cody Hodgson reaches 20 goals Saturday | 04/12/2014 3:54 PM
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Cody Hodgson scored Buffalo's only goal in a 4-1 loss to Boston on Saturday.
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He got his 20th goal to put the Sabres on the board in the second period after the Bruins took a 3-0 lead. Marcus Foligno and Mike Weber picked up assists on the play. This marks the first 20-goals season of Hodgson's brief career.
Chris Stewart exits early Saturday with LBI | 04/12/2014 3:19 PM
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Chris Stewart left Saturday's contest very early with a lower-body injury.
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He logged just 20 seconds of ice time in a 4-1 loss to Boston. Stewart has played in just five games with Buffalo since he was acquired from St. Louis. The Sabres have one match remaining on their 2013-14 schedule and we would assume that Stewart won't be available for it.
Sabres' Brian Flynn sustains LBI Saturday | 04/12/2014 3:13 PM
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Brian Flynn sustained an lower-body injury in Saturday's game against Boston.
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He was credited with one shot and three hits in 6:57 of ice time before leaving the game for good. Buffalo plays their regular season finale on Sunday against the Islanders and it wouldn't be surprising if Flynn wasn't available to play.
Makarov assigned to AHL | 04/12/2014 10:04 AM
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The Sabres assigned Andrey Makarov to Rochester of the AHL.
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The Amerks need him as they play three games in four nights and are fighting for a playoff spot. The Sabres promoted Connor Knapp to back up Matthew Hackett in Makarov's place.
Knapp called up from Rochester Friday | 04/12/2014 9:55 AM
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Connor Knapp was called up from the minors Friday and will dress as Matthew Hackett's backup Saturday against the Bruins.
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Knapp has played fro four minor league teams this season and is really not much of a prospect. However, if he does get into a game he will help set a Buffalo franchise record for the most goalies to play in a game during a season. To date, eight different netminders have donned a Sabre jersey in 2013-14. If Knapp becomes the ninth, it will be the most in team history.
Hackett to start Saturday afternoon v Boston | 04/12/2014 9:50 AM
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Matthew Hackett will start in goal against the Bruins Saturday afternoon.
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He really is the only choice as all three of the Sabres' other goals, Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen are injured at the moment. That's not much of endorsement.
Sabres send Mark Pysyk back to the minors | 04/11/2014 7:34 AM
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Mark Pysyk was returned to the minors Thursday.
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The Sabres got Henrik Tallinder back from injury, so Pysyk will try to help Rochester qualify for the playoffs. In 43 games with Buffalo, he has one goal, six assists and a minus-11 rating.
Drew Stafford scores lone goal in loss | 04/10/2014 9:43 PM
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Drew Stafford was the only goal scorer for Buffalo in a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers Thursday.
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Stafford's tally was his 16th of the year and his 12th in 28 games since January 1st. Tyler Ennis and Mike Weber drew assists on the marker.
Matthew Hackett plays well in loss to NYR | 04/10/2014 9:40 PM
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Matthew Hackett and the Sabres fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers Thursday.
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Hackett turned away 28 of 30 shots in the defeat, but as the last man standing in the Buffalo crease he figures to continue getting playing time the rest of the way. His record is now 1-5-1 while his GAA is 3.02 and his save percentage is .912.
Henrik Tallinder probable to return Thursday | 04/10/2014 2:09 PM
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Henrik Tallinder (lower body) feels ready to return Thursday and he's probable to suit up against the Rangers.
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"I'm just looking forward to playing again," he said after the morning skate. "You never like to be sitting out or being hurt. I'm just happy that my body feels healthy again." He has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury. John Scott will participate in the pregame warmup just in case Tallinder isn't ready to return.
Tyler Myers won't play again this season | 04/10/2014 10:16 AM
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Tyler Myers (middle body) has been ruled out for Buffalo's last three games of the season.
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He hasn't played since Mar. 25 against Montreal because of a middle-body injury. Myers struggled again in 2013-14 with 22 points and a minus-26 rating in 62 contests.
Nicolas Deslauriers heads the minors | 04/10/2014 10:12 AM
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Buffalo reassigned Nicolas Deslauriers to AHL Rochester on Wednesday.
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He'll try to help the Sabres' minor-league qualify for the postseason rather than play in meaningless games at the NHL level. Deslauriers has one goal in 16 games with the Sabres after he was acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline. He had 18 goals and 39 points in 60 games in the AHL with Manchester prior to the move.
Buffalo sends down Johan Larsson | 04/10/2014 10:04 AM
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Johan Larsson was sent to the minors on Wednesday.
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He will try to help Rochester secure the final AHL playoff spot in the Western Conference. Larsson has 15 goals and 39 points in 45 games with the Amerks this campaign. He has four assists in 28 outings with the Sabres.
Matt Hackett will play Buffalo's last 3 games | 04/10/2014 9:59 AM
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The Sabres intend to ride Matthew Hackett for their last three games of the regular season.
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Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen are all injured, so the news isn't surprising. He has a 1-4-1 record with a .909 save percentage and a 3.20 goals-against average in six appearances with Buffalo this season. Hackett has struggled at the AHL level too this year with a mark of 13-17-2 to go with a 3.07 GAA and an .898 save percentage. He'll get an opportunity to show the organization more in Buffalo's remaining matches, starting with Thursday's game in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
Matthew Hackett will start on Thursday | 04/09/2014 1:46 PM
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Matthew Hackett will be the Buffalo Sabres' starting goaltender on Thursday.
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It will be Hackett's third start in four games. He has a 3.20 GAA and .909 save percentage in six contests this season.
Drew Stafford is ready to return Thursday | 04/09/2014 12:28 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres will get Drew Stafford (undisclosed) back on Thursday.
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Stafford missed four straight contests. He has 15 goals and 33 points in 67 games this season.
Tallinder expected to be game-time decision | 04/09/2014 12:27 PM
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Henrik Tallinder (lower body) will probably be a game-time decision on Thursday.
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Tallinder has missed four straight games due to the ailment. He has seven points and a minus-21 rating in 61 games in 2013-14.
Christian Ehrhoff (ear) was OK to play Tues. | 04/09/2014 7:54 AM
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Christian Ehrhoff (ear) was able to play on Tuesday night.
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He required about 40 stitches to repair his ear after it was struck by a puck in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. He logged 24:44 of ice time, while posting three shots and a minus-1 rating in Buffalo's 4-2 defeat against Detroit.
Chris Stewart skates on new-look top line | 04/09/2014 7:41 AM
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Chris Stewart skated on Buffalo's top line with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno on Tuesday night.
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He had two penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating in 17:09 of ice time in the Sabres' 4-2 loss to Detroit. It was his first game since Mar. 6 when he suffered an ankle injury.
Luke Adam heads back down to the AHL | 04/09/2014 6:40 AM
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Luke Adam was returned to AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
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He has one goal in 12 games with Buffalo this campaign. Adam played two games with the Sabres during his latest NHL stint.
Andrey Makarov earns recall, sits on bench | 04/09/2014 6:38 AM
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Andrey Makarov was called up from the minors on Tuesday.
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He served as Matthew Hackett's backup in a 4-2 loss to Detroit. The Sabres have several goaltenders injured right now, but it's late in the year and the team already has last place locked up.
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Mark Pysyk was called up from the minors on Tuesday April 8.
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Matt Hackett takes loss, stops 33 of 36 | 04/08/2014 11:37 PM
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Matt Hackett put forth a valiant effort Tuesday night, but the Sabres' miserable season continued with a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
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The 24 year old has lost five in a row since posting a strong 35 save victory in his Sabres' debut. Hackett is now 1-4-1 this season with a .909 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average. 2013-14 certainly can't end soon enough for Buffalo and their goaltenders.
Zemigus Girgensons scores pair, Sabres lose | 04/08/2014 11:30 PM
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Zemigus Girgensons lit the lamp twice for the Sabres on Tuesday night, but that was all the team could manage in a 4-2 loss to Detroit.
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The hulking Latvian posted the first two-goal game of his NHL career, and now has eight goals on the year with 14 assists in 67 games. Both markers were set up by Cody Hodgson.
Torrey Mitchell returns to Sabres lineup | 04/08/2014 5:59 PM
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Torrey Mitchell is among the Buffalo Sabres players returning to action against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
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Mitchell isn't particularly fantasy relevant, so JFYI.
Chris Stewart expected to play on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 5:56 PM
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In a somewhat unexpected twist, Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart is expected to suit up against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
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While he can be hit-or-miss, he tends to either bring PIM (116) or points (15 goals, 26 points in 60 games played) to the table, making him an intriguing consideration for those in need of last-minute help.
Drew Stafford skates, may return Thursday | 04/08/2014 8:14 AM
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Drew Stafford (undisclosed) skated on his own Monday, but he's not expected to play Tuesday.
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He has missed three games with an undisclosed ailment and he could be ready to return by Thursday's match against the New York Rangers.
Matthew Hackett will start Tuesday night | 04/08/2014 8:08 AM
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Matthew Hackett will start Tuesday's match-up against Detroit.
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The Sabres already had Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth on the shelf because of lower-body injuries and on Sunday the team lost another goalie when Nathan Lieuwen suffered a concussion. It's unclear who will be available to serve as Hackett's backup.
Marcus Foligno will be back on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 8:00 AM
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Marcus Foligno (knee) will be back in Buffalo's lineup on Tuesday after it was originally thought that he could be done for the rest of the season.
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"Feels really good. ... It was more of a bone bruise," he said. "I think I just jammed it up pretty good. It was a scary incident there. In that kind of moment you want to take caution and make sure the knee is good. I'm ready to get back on the ice." He missed two games with a knee injury.
Christian Ehrhoff (ear) is a game-time call | 04/08/2014 7:57 AM
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Christian Ehrhoff will be a game-time decision on Tuesday after his ear was sliced by a puck during Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
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He needed about 40 stitches to repair the damage, but coach Ted Nolan said that it didn't appear as though Ehrhoff suffered any other head injury from the shot.
Nathan Lieuwen out with concussion | 04/08/2014 7:53 AM
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Nathan Lieuwen sustained a concussion in Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
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He was struck in the head by a shot from Jay Rosehill late in the game, but he managed to finish the contest. Lieuwen has a history of concussions dating back to his days in junior hockey, so he's probably done for the year.
Torrey Mitchell might return Tuesday night | 04/07/2014 10:33 AM
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Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) could be back on Tuesday.
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If he isn't able to play against Detroit then he's expected to be ready to go Thursday versus the New York Rangers. Mitchell has been out of action since mar. 25 because of an undisclosed ailment.
Marcus Foligno (knee) surprised to be OK | 04/07/2014 10:29 AM
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Marcus Foligno skated for the first time on Sunday after he suffer what appeared to be a serious knee injury on Thursday night.
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"It was pretty gross," Foligno said after seeing the replay of him hitting the ice with St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak. "If you had told me I was gonna be skating while I was falling, I would have told you I had no chance. It's felt pretty good. After coming off it was more of a stinger and bone bruise. No ACL, MCL, meniscus. I was able to keep icing it, days off and today back on the ice." He is considered to be close to returning to the lineup and could play as soon as Tuesday night.
Mike Weber nets his first goal of the season | 04/07/2014 10:23 AM
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Mike Weber recorded his first goal of the season in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.
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He has six points in 64 games to go with an abysmal minus-32 rating, which places him in a tie for the worst among NHL defensemen. Weber was a pleasant surprise for the Sabres a year ago, but this season has been a complete disaster for him and for the team as a whole.
Michal Neuvirth unlikely to play this week | 04/07/2014 10:18 AM
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Michal Neuvirth isn't expected to return this week.
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Coach Ted Nolan said before Sunday's game that he has pretty much ruled out the possibility that Neuvirth or Jhonas Enroth will return in the Sabres' last four contests of the season. Neuvirth hasn't played since Mar. 13 because of a lower-body injury, but he looked good in a pair of losses for his new team before getting hurt.
Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion Sunday | 04/07/2014 10:13 AM
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Chad Ruhwedel suffered a concussion when he was hit by Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo at the 4:29 mark of the third period on Sunday.
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Rinaldo has a hearing scheduled for Monday for the play. "Those are the type of hits that we have to get rid of," coach Ted Nolan said. "Those are not only dangerous hits but you're also putting a fellow player in jeopardy of his career. Head injuries, concussions, we all know how serious they are and we still have guys with flying elbows going directly to the head." Ruhwedel has one assist and a minus-3 rating in 21 games with the Sabres this season.
Drew Stafford has a chance to play on Tuesday | 04/06/2014 1:53 PM
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While Henrik Tallinder is unlikely to return to action for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, but it's possible that Drew Stafford could do so.
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Impact
Stafford is a marginal pick in fantasy, so it's not as if many are waiting for his return with baited breath. He has 15 goals and 33 points in 67 games played this season (along with a -15 rating, 37 PIM and 175 SOG).
Buffalo puts retired Klesla on waivers | 04/04/2014 12:43 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have placed Rostislav Klesla on unconditional waivers.
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Klesla already announced his retirement from the NHL, so this move isn't surprising. Buffalo acquired Klesla from Washington as part of the Jaroslav Halak trade, but the 32-year-old forward decided that he didn't want to play for the league's worst team. He is planning to continue his career in Europe.
Marcus Foligno suffers an undisclosed injury | 04/04/2014 12:25 PM
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Marcus Foligno is dealing with an injury.
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The Buffalo Sabres have called up Luke Adam to fill in as Foligno might not be able to return before the end of the season. Foligno has 17 points and 80 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
Luke Adam is back with Buffalo | 04/04/2014 12:23 PM
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Luke Adam has been summoned by the Buffalo Sabres.
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Adam has a goal in 10 games with Buffalo in 2013-14. He's been far more successful in the minors where he's netted 27 goals and recorded 20 assists in 53 games.
Joel Armia not lighting it up in the AHL | 04/04/2014 7:59 AM
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Joel Armia has produced just seven goals and 25 points in 49 games with Rochester in the AHL this season.
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"He shows signs," Americans coach Chadd Cassidy said of the talented Sabres prospect. "Still needs to build his consistency. He's just got to keep building it up. He's a confidence player. He's a guy that when things are going well and he gets rolling, he'll dominate. He's just got to make sure that he puts the work in to dominate like that every night. I think that's what a lot of young players struggle with." Armia was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft and he should get a long look with Buffalo next season at training camp.
Chris Stewart's ankle 'way ahead' of schedule | 04/04/2014 7:53 AM
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Chris Stewart (ankle) took part in Thursday's morning skate.
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"He's way ahead," coach Ted Nolan said of Stewart's recovery. "We thought for sure he wouldn't be touching the ice until mid-summer. That shows you kind of the rehab he's been getting by our medical team." He hasn't played since Mar. 6 because of an ankle injury.
Drew Stafford sits Thurs. with unknown injury | 04/04/2014 7:45 AM
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Drew Stafford didn't play Thursday because of an undisclosed injury.
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He logged 22:28 of ice time and picked up two assists in Tuesday's win over New Jersey in a shootout. Stafford may not be able to play in Friday's game against Detroit either.
Jake McCabe makes 'good first impression' | 04/04/2014 7:33 AM
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Jake McCabe skated in his first NHL game Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues.
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"I liked him," said coach Ted Nolan. "He got a little tight at the end, probably nervous, but he played well for his first game. To come into the National Hockey League and playing against arguably one of the best teams in the league, it was a good first impression." McCabe logged 16:20 of ice time and he was credited with one hit. He signed his first pro deal out of college on Wednesday.
Nathan Lieuwen saddled with loss vs. Blues | 04/03/2014 10:52 PM
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Nathan Lieuwen gave up two goals in the Sabres' 2-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.
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Lieuwen was making his sixth career NHL appearance and looking for his second straight victory. The 22-year-old made 26 saves in the loss. He has a 2.57 goals-against average and .916 save percentage this season.
Cody Hodgson gets 18th goal in loss | 04/03/2014 10:52 PM
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Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo in its 2-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.
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Impact
The 24-year-old has points in three straight games. His career year includes 18 goals and 21 assists. Tyler Ennis and Ville Leino notched the helpers on the goal.
Matthew Hackett set to play Friday for Sabres | 04/03/2014 5:10 PM
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Buffalo coach Ted Nolan intends to start Matthew Hackett on Friday versus Detroit.
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Impact
Nathan Lieuwen is getting the nod for Thursday's match against St. Louis.
Nicolas Deslauriers available to play Thurs. | 04/03/2014 4:09 PM
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Nicolas Deslauriers will be available to play Thursday.
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Impact
The Sabres have some injuries to deal with on the back end, so Deslauriers could step into the lineup after missing Tuesday's game to be with his wife, who was scheduled to give birth.
Henrik Tallinder out Thursday with LBI | 04/03/2014 3:53 PM
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Henrik Tallinder has a lower-body injury that will keep him out of the lineup on Thursday.
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Impact
Jake McCabe will make his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues as a result of Tallinder's absence.
Jake McCabe likely to make NHL debut Thursday | 04/03/2014 10:20 AM
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Buffalo signed college prospect Jake McCabe to a three-year, entry-level deal on Wednesday and he's expected to make his NHL debut in Thursday's game versus St. Louis.
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Impact
He chose to turn pro instead of heading back to the University of Wisconsin for his senior season. McCabe had eight goals and 25 points in 36 games this past campaign. The 20-year-old blueliner was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Ville Leino nets shootout winner for Sabres | 04/02/2014 10:13 AM
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Ville Leino scored the shootout winner in Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils.
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Impact
He still has no regulation markers in 53 games this campaign, but he relished the opportunity to step up for his teammates and for the fans in attendance. "I miss a little bit of that feeling when you get that," Leino said. "Obviously, we haven't been in playoffs for a while or been winning that much, so it's tough. It's tough times, but those moments you get a little energy, extra effort to want to win it, put it in."
Drew Stafford registers 2 assists Tuesday | 04/02/2014 10:07 AM
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Drew Stafford recorded two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey.
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Impact
He had secondary assists on goals by Tyler Ennis in the contest. Stafford hasn't picked up a goal in his last five outings after he potted five markers over his previous seven matches. Coach Ted Nolan has played a significant role this season in helping Stafford get back on track by rebuilding his lost confidence. Stafford is still as streaky as they come, but he feels much better about his game than he did earlier in the year.
Nathan Lieuwen notches first NHL victory | 04/01/2014 11:14 PM
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Nathan Lieuwen propelled the Sabres to a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night, stopping 33 in regulation and seven shots on nine attempts in the shootout.
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Impact
Lieuwen's first career win comes in his third start for Buffalo, as the 22 year old took over the crease after injuries to both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth. The shootout went into nine rounds, as Lieuwen stymied seven of the Devils' shooters until Ville Leino scored the winner.
Tyler Ennis scores twice to power Sabres | 04/01/2014 11:05 PM
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Tyler Ennis scored twice and again in the shootout to spearhead the Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Ennis now has 21 goals and 40 points through 73 games this season. The 24 year old is still a -17 this season. His best month was January, when he had 11 points in 13 games.
Justin Kea signs an entry-level contract | 04/01/2014 6:47 PM
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Justin Kea has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
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Impact
Kea had 49 points and 97 penalty minutes in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He was a third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Tyler Myers still isn't close to returning | 04/01/2014 12:32 PM
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Tyler Myers (middle body) isn't expected to return soon.
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Impact
The Buffalo Sabres will play their last game on April 13, so at this point we have to wonder if Myers will return at all. Either way, this will be yet another disappointing campaign for him. He has nine goals, 22 points, and a minus-26 rating in 62 games.
Nathan Lieuwen will get the nod on Tuesday | 04/01/2014 12:28 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres will start Nathan Lieuwen against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
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Impact
Lieuwen has a 0-2-0 record, 3.00 GAA, and .901 save percentage in four games. "He needs to be a little bit more aggressive," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "He's got the technical aspect down. The one thing with forwards is we want to see how competitive you are, and the same thing with goaltenders. You have to come out. You have to challenge. You have to get out like you want to stop the puck no matter where it's at. We want to see a little bit more of that." Lieuwen is getting playing time because both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are sidelined.
Nicolas Deslauriers may not play Tuesday | 04/01/2014 7:48 AM
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Nicolas Deslauriers wasn't at practice Monday because his wife was scheduled to give birth.
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Impact
It's uncertain if he'll be available to play Tuesday night versus New Jersey. Deslauriers doesn't have a point in his first 12 games with the Sabres.
Ville Leino is poised to return Tuesday | 04/01/2014 7:44 AM
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Ville Leino should be ready to play Tuesday against New Jersey after missing Saturday's game with what is believed to be an ocular migraine.
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Impact
"It's something to do with your eyes and you started seeing lights and shapes, and your eyes have a delay," Leino explained. "It took me a couple days. I couldn't really focus much because your eyes are delayed, so you talk to someone and you don't realize you're talking to him because your eyes fall away. This is the first time I ever had it. It's a weird feeling, but I'm feeling better now." Just an FYI as Leino shouldn't be on your fantasy roster. He has no goals and 12 assists in 52 games this season.
Zemgus Girgensons gets back in for Buffalo | 03/31/2014 10:13 AM
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Zemgus Girgensons played well in his return to the lineup on Saturday.
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Impact
He missed 11 games with a lower-body injury. He helped create Cody Hodgson's 17th goal of the season with a solid forecheck, but he didn't get credit for an assist on the play. Girgensons had five shots, two hits and a plus-1 rating in 15:05 of ice time.
Sabres make Ted Nolan's deal official | 03/31/2014 10:08 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres made Ted Nolan's contract extension official on Sunday.
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Impact
"We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward," GM Tim Murray said in a statement. "Teddy has proven time and again that he is an exceptional leader, motivator and teacher. He is exactly what we need in a head coach for our hockey team, and we're confident in his ability to guide our players and turn this team around." He took over the Sabres on an interim basis in November and the Sabres have posted a 16-30-8 record since then. The contract is believed to be a three-year deal, which is what was originally reported.
Mikhail Grigorenko will indeed go to the AHL | 03/30/2014 6:25 PM
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Mikhail Grigorenko must feel like a pinball, as he's now headed to the AHL's Rochester Americans as expected.
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Impact
He's played for four teams now: the QMJHL's Quebec Ramparts, the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, Team Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Juniors and now the Americans. Not exactly an easy development year for the Sabres prospect.
Matt D'Agostini nets goal vs. Tampa Bay | 03/30/2014 9:38 AM
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Matt D'Agostini scored a goal in Buffalo's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
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Impact
D'Agostini has five goals and 11 points in 50 games in 2013-14. He had 46 points in 2010-11, but he shouldn't be counted on to come close to replicating that level of success next season.
Matt Hackett gives up four goals in loss | 03/29/2014 10:14 PM
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Matt Hackett had a rough night in net for the Sabres in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
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Impact
The 24-year-old gave up four goals on 33 shots. In four games played this season, he has a 3.28 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. There's no reason to roster him in fantasy leagues.
Cody Hodgson sets career high in goals | 03/29/2014 10:14 PM
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Cody Hodgson scored in the Sabres' 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.
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Impact
Hodgson set a career-high in goals with 17. Saturday's marker snapped an 11-game goal skid for the 24-year-old who also has a career-high 37 points, though also a minus-23 plus/minus. Matt D'Agostini and Cory Conacher also scored for Buffalo.
M. Grigorenko likely to return to pro ranks | 03/29/2014 2:08 PM
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Mikhail Grigorenko will probably suit up for Rochester of the AHL now that his season in the QMJHL is over.
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Impact
"Tim and I will discuss that but my full concentration is trying to figure out who's going to play for us right here with the injuries after injuries after injuries," coach Ted Nolan said. There's a chance that he could end up in Buffalo as well.
Matthew Hackett will start v Bolts Saturday | 03/29/2014 11:54 AM
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Matthew Hackett will get the start Saturday night against Tampa.
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Impact
He was just awful Thursday night against Nashville allowing four goals on just 15 shots. We can't endorse Hackett in any hockey pool format at the moment.
Leino questionable Saturday v Tampa | 03/29/2014 9:16 AM
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Ville Leino's status for Saturday night's game against Tampa is still up in the air.
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Impact
He left Thursday's game after just two shifts as he felt "lightheaded" and didn't practice Friday. Leino is still undergoing tests to determine why he felt the way he did. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Girgensons set to return Saturday v Bolts | 03/29/2014 9:13 AM
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Look for Zemgus Girgensons to return to action against Tampa Saturday night.
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Impact
The young Latvian has missed the Sabres' last 11 games due to an undisclosed injury. Buffalo coach Ted Nolan intends to start Girgensons on a line between Cody Hodgson and Brian Flynn. The opportunity to play with Hodgson certainly makes Girgensons someone worth watching.
Nolan signs 3-year extension to coach Sabres | 03/29/2014 9:00 AM
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It is being reported that Ted Nolan has signed a three-year contract extension to coach the Sabres through the 2017 season.
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Impact
Nolan has technically been tagged as Buffalo's interim coach since taking over early in the season however with a three-year deal now in place the interim modifier can now be dropped. We should know more about the nature of the deal next week when the Sabres will likely formally announce it.
Brian Flynn contributes an assist Thursday | 03/28/2014 8:14 AM
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Brian Flynn recorded an assist in Thursday's 6-1 loss to Nashville.
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Impact
He has two helpers in his last three games after going 10 straight matches without a point. Flynn has notched just six goals and 13 points in 71 appearances this campaign.
Ville Leino feels lightheaded, exits game | 03/28/2014 8:08 AM
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Ville Leino exited Thursday's game early after he felt lightheaded.
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Impact
"Ville, he got a little lightheaded in the first period, so they took him out of precautionary reasons, did some testing on him," interim coach Ted Nolan said. "I'll have to talk to the medical guys to see what the exact problem was, but he just wasn't feeling very good." He played just two shifts for 58 seconds of ice time. The 2013-14 campaign is coming to an end and Leino is still looking for his first goal. He has 12 assists in 52 games.
Matthew Hackett chased from game by Preds | 03/28/2014 12:02 AM
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Matthew Hackett played only 20 minutes in Thursday's 6-1 loss to Nashville before he was removed from the contest.
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Impact
Hackett allowed four goals on 15 shots in the contest before he was mercifully replaced by Nathan Lieuwen for the game's final two stanzas. During his 40 minutes of action, Lieuwen was beaten twice on 19 shots.
Ristolainen scores lone Sabres goal in loss | 03/27/2014 11:59 PM
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Blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen scored the only Buffalo goal in Thursday's 6-1 loss at the hands of the Predators.
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Impact
The young rearguard is teeming with promise, but he only managed to generate two points, both goals, in 25 games as a rookie. He's not fantasy worthy right now.
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