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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth stopped just 18-of-22 shots on goal during Saturday's loss versus Colorado. | 12/20/2014 9:36 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth stopped just 18-of-22 shots on goal during Saturday's loss versus Colorado.
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Impact
Enroth is not a great fantasy option on such a lousy team. He now has a 10-11-1 record on the season.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed five goals on 36 shots during Tuesday's loss to the Jets. | 12/16/2014 10:44 PM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed five goals on 36 shots during Tuesday's loss to the Jets.
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Impact
Neuvirth should be owned anywhere, as he is now 3-7-1 on the season.
Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal in Monday's shootout win against the Senators. | 12/15/2014 9:57 PM
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Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal in Monday's shootout win against the Senators.
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Impact
He also had three shots on goal and a minus-one rating on the night. Moulson now has seven goals and 15 points overall. There are better options out there.
Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov had his best fantasy day of the season on Saturday. | 12/13/2014 10:08 PM
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Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov had his best fantasy day of the season on Saturday.
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Impact
Zadorov scored a goal and an assist as Buffalo defeated Florida, 4-3. He still isn't fantasy relevant, however, as two of his three points of the season came in this game.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth faced 45 shots during Thursday's win against Calgary. | 12/11/2014 9:47 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth faced 45 shots during Thursday's win against Calgary.
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Impact
Enroth stopped 42 of them and raised his record to 8-10-1. He has now won six of his past eight starts.
Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored two goals during Thursday's victory versus Calgary. | 12/11/2014 9:45 PM
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Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored two goals during Thursday's victory versus Calgary.
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Impact
He now has six goals and 14 points through 29 games, but Moulson is not a relevant fantasy option at the moment.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded two points in Thursday's win against the Flames. | 12/11/2014 9:44 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded two points in Thursday's win against the Flames.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with a plus-three rating on the night. Girgensons now has 16 points through 29 games.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth bounced back from his last performance, to earn a shutout Tuesday against Los Angeles. | 12/09/2014 10:09 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth bounced back from his last performance, to earn a shutout Tuesday against Los Angeles.
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Impact
After losing 5-0 on Dec. 4, Enroth stopped all 34 shots on Tuesday night. He is now 7-10-1, and should not be considered a relevant option.
Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's win against the Kings. | 12/09/2014 10:07 PM
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Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's win against the Kings.
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Impact
The goal was massive with the Sabres winning 1-0. Ennis now has eight goals and 17 points through 28 games, but is also minus-10 overall.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed three goals on 37 shots during Saturday's loss to the Panthers. | 12/07/2014 10:59 AM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed three goals on 37 shots during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.
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Impact
Neuvirth should remain on the waiver wire, as he is 3-6-1 with a 2.87 GAA and.920 save percentage. He continues to be the backup in Buffalo.
Sabres right wing Drew Stafford scored a goal during Saturday's loss to the Panthers. | 12/06/2014 9:39 PM
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Sabres right wing Drew Stafford scored a goal during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.
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Impact
He now has five goals and nine points through 24 games, but a minus-11 rating as well. Stafford is not a relevant fantasy option.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in Tuesday's shootout win against Tampa Bay. | 12/02/2014 10:25 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in Tuesday's shootout win against Tampa Bay.
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Impact
He allowed only one goal, and improved his record to 6-9-1. Enroth is not a recommended fantasy option.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons extened his point-streak to three games on Tuesday. | 12/02/2014 10:23 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons extened his point-streak to three games on Tuesday.
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Impact
He scored Buffalo's lone goal, and now has eight goals and 14 points on the season.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 41 saves as Buffalo stole another one from the Canadiens. | 11/29/2014 10:24 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 41 saves as Buffalo stole another one from the Canadiens.
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Impact
Buffalo swept Montreal in the weekend home-and-home series. It took a shootout on Saturday where Enroth stopped all five Canadiens attempts. Enroth made 71 saves in the two victories this weekend.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth had one of his best starts of the season on Friday. | 11/28/2014 10:29 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth had one of his best starts of the season on Friday.
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Impact
Enroth stopped 30-of-31 shots versus the first-place Canadiens. The victory is Enroth's fourth of the season.
Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored the highlight goal of the night on Friday. | 11/28/2014 10:15 PM
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Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored the highlight goal of the night on Friday.
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Impact
He drove to the net on Carey Price during the first period, cut across the crease, and beat Price with a no-look, backhanded shot. Seriously, check out the video. Ennis also had an assist. He has six goals and eight helpers this season.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth continued to be a poor fantasy option. | 11/26/2014 9:42 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth continued to be a poor fantasy option.
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Impact
He took the loss to the Jets after stopping 24-of-26 shots on goal, and is now 3-9-1 on the season.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth played great Saturday against the Capitals. | 11/22/2014 10:31 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth played great Saturday against the Capitals.
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Impact
Enroth was amazing and stopped 43 shots on goal. However, he should be kept off the fantasy radar, as his record is now 3-8-1.
Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal in Saturday's win against the Capitals. | 11/22/2014 10:08 PM
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Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal in Saturday's win against the Capitals.
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Impact
He was also +1 on the night, and now has nine points on the season. Moulson should be left on the waiver wire.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth played great Saturday against the Capitals. | 11/22/2014 10:04 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth played great Saturday against the Capitals.
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Impact
Enroth earned a shutout by stopping all 41 shots on goal. However, he should be kept off the fantasy radar, as his record is now 3-8-1.
Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal and two assists on Saturday. | 11/15/2014 10:16 PM
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Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored a goal and two assists on Saturday.
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Impact
It was the biggest outburst of offensive production for Buffalo against the Maple Leafs, so that makes fantasy owners happy who continue to count on Sabres players. Moulson was plus-two with three shots as well. He has still been a big disappointment this season as he has just two goals and six assists.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals against the Maple Leafs. | 11/15/2014 10:13 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
Buffalo scored a season-high six goals on Saturday to win its fourth game of the season. Girgensons was the only Sabre with multiple goals and a plus-four rating. He has six goals and four assists this season.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded two points during Thursday's loss to Minnesota. | 11/13/2014 10:37 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded two points during Thursday's loss to Minnesota.
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Impact
He also had two shots and a +1 rating on the night, but should not be considered a fantasy option for the time being.
Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored a goal in Tuesday's loss to the Blues. | 11/11/2014 10:59 PM
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Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored a goal in Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
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Impact
Ennis scored the lone Buffalo goal and had five shots. Ennis has five goals and three assists in 17 games.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth allowed six goals on 39 shots during Saturday's loss to the Penguins. | 11/08/2014 9:30 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth allowed six goals on 39 shots during Saturday's loss to the Penguins.
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Impact
Pittsburgh was on fire Saturday, and Enroth did not stand a chance. He is now an underwhelming 1-7-1 on the season.
Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored his first goal of the season on Friday. | 11/07/2014 9:56 PM
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Sabres left winger Matt Moulson scored his first goal of the season on Friday.
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Impact
That is a big indicator of how bad the Buffalo offense has been. Moulson should be one of their top scorers, and he has just three points through 15 games. He is also minus-six on the year.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed just one goal on 32 shots against the Candiens on Wednesday. | 11/05/2014 10:43 PM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed just one goal on 32 shots against the Candiens on Wednesday.
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Impact
Neuvirth, however, yielded two goals in the shootout as Buffalo lost, 2-1. Neuvirth is now 2-3-1 on the season.
Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Boston. | 10/30/2014 9:49 PM
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Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Boston.
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Impact
He had an assist and three shots on goal as well, but was -1 on the night. It was Ennis' first assist of the season, and he will need to pick it up, to be considered a reliable fantasy option.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals on 37 shots against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. | 10/28/2014 10:30 PM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals on 37 shots against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
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Impact
It was just a sad performance overall from Buffalo, who only mustered 10 shots on net. Neuvirth can't be counted on in fantasy if his team is not going to support him at all.
Sabres center Cody Hodgson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday. | 10/25/2014 6:39 PM
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Sabres center Cody Hodgson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.
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Impact
He has not gotten off to the start that owners wished he would, but hopefully this goal will gets Hodgson going. Nicolas Deslauriers scored the other tally for Buffalo, his second-career goal.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth earned his first win of the season, by defeating the Sharks on Saturday. | 10/25/2014 6:33 PM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth earned his first win of the season, by defeating the Sharks on Saturday.
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Impact
He stopped 29-of-30 shots, and played extremely well. However, Neuvirth is cemented in as Buffalo's backup goalie, moving forward.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was one of the more impressive Sabres' skaters on Saturday against the Bruins. | 10/18/2014 9:54 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was one of the more impressive Sabres' skaters on Saturday against the Bruins.
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Impact
That's not saying much since Boston won, 4-0. Girgensons had four shots, a hit and had an even rating. On a night the Sabres were shut out, fantasy owners should take that.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth will be back in net for Buffalo on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 2:27 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth will be back in net for Buffalo on Saturday night.
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Impact
After losing a tough one on Friday to the Panthers, 1-0, the Sabres are sticking with the hot hand. Owners need to make sure he is in their lineups, as goalies rarely play back-to-back nights.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth took a tough-luck loss Friday against Florida. | 10/17/2014 9:49 PM
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Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth took a tough-luck loss Friday against Florida.
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Impact
He stopped 34-of-35 shots, but Buffalo was unable to give Enroth any support, as the Sabres fell 1-0. Enroth is not a recommended fantasy play, moving forward.
Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno scored twice on Tuesday against the Hurricanes. | 10/14/2014 10:55 PM
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Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno scored twice on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
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Impact
Foligno scored the game's first goal and then he added insurance for Buffalo at the beginning of the third to make the score, 3-1. Carolina rallied, however, to send the game into overtime. Buffalo eventually won on a long shootout that went eight rounds and was finished by Zemgus Girgensons' goal.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal in the eighth round of the shootout to defeat the Hurricanes, 4-3. | 10/14/2014 10:50 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal in the eighth round of the shootout to defeat the Hurricanes, 4-3.
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Impact
Matt Moulson converted the Sabres first shootout opportunity and Chris Terry answered for the Hurricanes in their second shot. The teams then traded shootout misses. Girgensons finally ended the deadlock with a score on Buffalo's eighth shootout chance.
Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth faced 44 shots during Monday's loss to Anaheim. | 10/13/2014 7:23 PM
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Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth faced 44 shots during Monday's loss to Anaheim.
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Impact
He let up five goals on the flurry of shots he faced. Neuvirth is now 0-3-0 on the season, and is not a recommended option.
Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored Buffalo's lone goal on Monday. | 10/13/2014 7:12 PM
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Sabres winger Tyler Ennis scored Buffalo's lone goal on Monday.
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Impact
It was his second goal of the season, and he was one of the only players to play well for Buffalo on Monday afternoon. Ennis should have no problem reaching the 20-goal mark again in 2014-15.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored his team's only goal of opening night against the Blue Jackets as Columbus won, 3-1. | 10/09/2014 9:53 PM
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Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons scored his team's only goal of opening night against the Blue Jackets as Columbus won, 3-1.
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Impact
Girgensons had two shots and finished the game with a plus-one rating in over 15 minutes of ice time. He also won 53 percent of his faceoffs.
It is not out of the question for Tyler Myers to return to the 40-point level for the 2014-2015 season. | 09/22/2014 6:26 PM
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It is not out of the question for Tyler Myers to return to the 40-point level for the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Myers has not reached the 40-point mark again since his rookie season in 2008-2009, the year he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Myers, however, played much better under coach Ted Nolan, who took over mid-way through last year. He will also be paired with his good friend, Josh Gorges, on the blue line.
Sabres right wing Drew Stafford is trying to repeat his 30-goal season from the 2009-2010 season. | 09/22/2014 6:21 PM
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Sabres right wing Drew Stafford is trying to repeat his 30-goal season from the 2009-2010 season.
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Impact
Stafford told the Buffalo News that the Sabres enter this season with higher expectations despite finishing last year with the fewest points in the NHL. With the right linemates, Stafford could threaten the 30-goal mark again, but with his situation in flex, he is not a player worth spending a high pick on in the draft. We see Stafford in the 15-20 goal range this year.
Sabres winger Chris Stewart is one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy hockey players for the 2014-2015 season. | 09/22/2014 6:17 PM
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Sabres winger Chris Stewart is one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy hockey players for the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Stewart told Buffalo News that he has high expectations for himself this season, and he has the motivation to succeed being in a contract year. Still, Stewart sometimes goes long stretches without a point. It will depend greatly on his situation this year, but he should be one of Buffalo's top six forwards with around 17 goals and 30-35 points.
Sabres center Cody Hodgson looks like he will have a lot of upside playing on Buffalo's top line this season. | 09/22/2014 6:09 PM
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Sabres center Cody Hodgson looks like he will have a lot of upside playing on Buffalo's top line this season.
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Impact
The Sabres have a lot of young, and they, hope up-and-coming players, and it is unclear how they will use them all. Hodgson should benefit from Matt Moulson's presence on the power play, but he needs to show more two-way ability to see more playing time overall.
Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points. | 09/22/2014 5:58 PM
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Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points.
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Impact
King is not going to come forward and say his client is going to perform badly, so on some level, this doesn't really mean much. We see Ennis more around the 50-55 point range with 20-25 goals. He will play alongside Matt Moulson for an entire season this year, which will help, but we don't see a 10 goal increase from 21 scores a year ago.
In his return to Buffalo, Matt Moulson has a chance to lead the Sabres in scoring this season. | 09/22/2014 5:57 PM
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In his return to Buffalo, Matt Moulson has a chance to lead the Sabres in scoring this season.
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Impact
Moulson played for three different teams last year, so he was likely never comfortable enough with his linemates or locker room situation to return to his 30-goal form. Buffalo hopes he can reach the 30-goal mark this season for the first time since 2010-2011. Our projections have him getting close, leading Buffalo with 27 goals and 55 points.
Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points. | 09/22/2014 5:50 PM
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Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points.
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Impact
King is not going to come forward and say his client is going to perform badly, so on some level, this doesn't really mean much. We see Ennis more around the 55-60 point range with 20-25 goals. He will play alongside Matt Moulson for an entire season this year, which will help, but we don't see a 10 goal increase from 21 scores a year ago.
Matt D'Agostini will play in Switzerland | 07/18/2014 4:38 PM
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Matt D'Agostini has agreed to a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette HC.
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Impact
Geneve-Servette plays in Switzerland's top hockey league. D'Agostini had five goals and 12 points in 56 contests with Pittsburgh and Buffalo last season.
Ennis' agent has high hopes for his client | 07/17/2014 10:09 PM
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Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, is predicting that his client will peak at around 30 goals and 70 points.
Buffalo News

Impact
"I believe that Tyler's challenge has been that he's an undersized guy his whole career but he's overcome that obstacle," King said of Ennis. "I think Tyler is going to be like some of the smaller guys that have gone through the Buffalo Sabres over the years and gone on to great careers in the NHL. I clearly believe we haven't scratched the surface yet to what Tyler can be." Obviously Ennis' agent is going to be biased and the numbers he's putting forward would be a big leap from his current career-high of 49 points. That being said, Ennis is still just 24 years old (25 on Oct. 6) and he definitely still has some room to grow. He should establish himself as a solid top-six forward after inking a five-year, $23 million deal with Buffalo.
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension. | 07/17/2014 4:04 PM
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The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension.
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Impact
The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension. | 07/17/2014 3:37 PM
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The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension.
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Impact
The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
Tyler Ennis agrees to terms with Buffalo | 07/17/2014 10:26 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension.
Mike Harrington on Twitter

Impact
Buffalo didn't disclose the term or cap hit, but it's reportedly a five-year, $23 million contract. The Sabres are betting on Ennis bouncing back after recording just 43 points in 80 games last season. He certainly has the capacity to firmly establish himself as a solid top-six forward and could end up with 50-60 points in 2014-15.
Report: Ennis is close to signing 5-year deal | 07/16/2014 4:25 PM
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Tyler Ennis is reportedly close to signing a five-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
Kevin Weekes on Twitter

Impact
It's believed that Ennis' deal will be in the ballpark of $4.6 million annually for five years. He had 43 points and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games in 2013-14. At the age of 24, he still has some untapped offensive upside.
Sam Reinhart kicks off time with Sabres | 07/15/2014 9:26 AM
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Sam Reinhart began his career with the Buffalo Sabres by participating in development camp drills.
Buffalo News

Impact
"It was great," Reinhart said. "It was a thrill to have that all over with and finally come here. It's a lot more comforting knowing all that's over and you can really get down to business, enjoy the week and the first experience at an NHL level. I'm just kind of taking it in stride and enjoying the process." The Sabres took him with the second pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo has already signed him to an entry-level contract and he's expected to make the team's opening game roster.
Buffalo signs Zac Dalpe to one-year contract | 07/13/2014 8:10 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract.
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Impact
The Sabres have not yet disclosed whether it's a one-year or two-year deal. As James O'Brien points out at prohockeytalk.com, it makes a difference, the one- or two-way detail could be important because the general feeling is that Dalpe isn't exactly a shoo-in for a roster spot. The Olean Times Herald's Bill Hoppe believes that the 24-year-old will fight for a fourth-line forward spot.
Sabres sign Jordan Samuels-Thomas to contract | 07/12/2014 5:07 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract.
nhl.com

Impact
Samuels-Thomas was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (No. 203) of the 2009 NHL Draft. The Sabres acquired his rights July 9 from the Winnipeg Jets in a trade for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft. The 24-year-old Connecticut native began his college career with Bowling Green State University before transferring to Quinnipiac University, where he played the past two seasons. In his first season with the Bobcats, Samuels-Thomas led the team with 17 goals and helped Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to Yale University.
Prospect Sam Reinhart signs deal with Sabres | 07/12/2014 5:04 PM
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Forward Sam Reinhart, the second selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
nhl.com

Impact
Details of the deal have yet to be divulged publicly. "We are very excited to have Sam under contract," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "We look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future." Reinhart, 18, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 203 WHL games, he scored 101 goals and 254 points. He served as captain in 2013-14 and was named WHL Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year after tying Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick, for fourth in league scoring with 105 points. Reinhart, the son of former NHL player Paul Reinhart, was captain for Canada when it won the gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
Jets trade Samuels-Thomas to Sabres | 07/10/2014 9:09 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired Jordan Samuels-Thomas from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh round draft pick.
Jets.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Samuels-Thomas had 29 points and 46 penalty minutes in 34 games with Quinnipiac University in 2013-14. He was taken with the 203rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Red Wings might pursue Tyler Myers | 07/06/2014 9:27 AM
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There's been speculation as to whether or not the Red Wings will attempt to acquire Tyler Myers.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Detroit wasn't able to upgrade its defense on the free agent market and although Myers hasn't lived up to expectations since winning the Calder Trophy, he's still a solid defenseman with plenty of upside. Buffalo might not be inclined to trade Myers though, especially seeing as freeing up cap space is a non-factor for them at this time.
Matthew Hackett signs qualifying offer | 07/05/2014 1:41 PM
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Matthew Hackett has accepted his qualifying offer.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
His contract in 2014-15 will pay him $750,750 at the NHL level on a one-year, two-way deal, according to Capgeek.com. Hackett's season ended in April when he suffered a knee injury, which required surgery to repair. He'll play in the AHL next year.
Sabres sign defenseman Tyson Strachan | 07/03/2014 5:46 PM
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Buffalo signed Tyson Strachan to a one-year, two-way contract.
Buffalo News

Impact
He will earn an NHL salary of $650,000 and will get $275,000 in the AHL. Stratchan played in 18 games with Washington last year. He'll probably spend the majority of the 2014-15 season in the minors.
Matt Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres Tuesday. | 07/02/2014 5:51 PM
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Matt Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres Tuesday.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
The Islanders trade of Moulson to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek last season promptly sunk his fantasy value. He had 11 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with Buffalo before being dealt to Minnesota, where he had six goals and seven assists in 20 games. He'll be a 50-point player at best in 2014-15 given the talent level on the Sabres.
Brian Gionta leaves Habs with 'heavy heart' | 07/02/2014 10:35 AM
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Brian Gionta said he's leaving the Montreal Canadiens with a "heavy heart."
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Gionta served as the team's captain, but signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. "It's not an easy thing to come to terms with, but we had to look to the future and we're excited about that," Gionta said. "But the last five years have been a huge part of our life and we're very lucky to have experienced it and very grateful for it." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Buffalo signs Marcus Foligno to two-year deal | 07/02/2014 8:32 AM
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Marcus Foligno has agreed to a two-year, $3.75 million contract extension.
Buffalo News

Impact
Foligno had 19 points and 82 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Sabres in 2013-14. It's not surprising that he ended up getting a bridge deal after his entry-level contract expired. He's got some offensive upside and he'll get a far more lucrative contract next time if he can live up to his potential.
Sabres add blueliner Andrej Meszaros | 07/01/2014 4:23 PM
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Andrej Meszaros has inked a one-year contract, worth just over $4 million, with the Buffalo Sabres.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
He appeared in 38 games (five goals, 12 assists) for the Philadelphia Flyers last season before being dealt to the Boston Bruins. Meszaros posted five points in 14 contests with the Bruins. He should get a larger role with the Sabres than he had during the 2013-14 campaign.
McCormick signs with Sabres for 3 years | 07/01/2014 2:11 PM
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The Sabres have signed Cody McCormick for three years and $4.5 million.
Rotoworld.com

Moulson returns to Buffalo for 5 years | 07/01/2014 2:07 PM
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Matt Moulson has returned to the Sabres for five years and $25 million.
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Moulson played on three teams last season and had some success in Buffalo even though he finished the season playing poorly for Minnesota. Moulson is a sharp shooter and will certainly play on the Sabres' top line and first power-play unit. We see him returning to a 30-35 goal level of production.
Gionta signs with Sabres | 07/01/2014 1:19 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have signed fomer Montreal captain Brian Gionta to a three-year $12.75 million contract.
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The deal comes with a no-movement clause for the firs two seasons and a limited no-trade clause for the third campaign. Gionta will bring leadership to a young Sabres' squad and will join Josh Gorges in Buffalo. Look for Gionta to play a second or third-line role which will limit his fantasy value and will make him marginal hockey pool pick.
Gorges traded to Sabres for 2016 2nd round | 07/01/2014 12:32 PM
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Josh Gorges was traded from the Canadiens to the Sabres for a second-round pick in 2016.
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Gorges is an underrated rearguard who might have a larger role in Buffalo than he had in Montreal. That said, Gorges is a last-round type of fantrasy pick.
Cory Conacher to be a UFA on Tuesday | 06/30/2014 5:58 PM
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Cory Conacher will be an unrestricted free agent.
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He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Sabres, so he can sign with any team at noon on Tuesday. Conacher had three goals and six points in 19 games with Buffalo after he was claimed off waivers from Ottawa.
Sabres have work to do to get to cap floor | 06/30/2014 10:34 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres could be players in free agency.
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According to Capgeek.com, the Sabres have a team payroll of just $30,419,166, which places them far away from the required floor of $51 million. Buffalo has some roster spots to fill and they may have a overpay some veteran or marginal players to get their cap number up high enough.
'Easy' decision to buy out Christian Ehrhoff | 06/29/2014 8:38 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres didn't wrestle with the decision to buy out Christian Ehrhoff.
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"The fact that he quite frankly doesn't want to be here makes it easy," GM Tim Murray said. "I've said at the start that if you don't want to be here we'll make it happen. He's made I believe $22 million in three years and feels that we're not going in the right direction, but he really hasn't had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on." Ehrhoff said through his agent that he was "surprised" by the buyout. He had seven years remaining on a 10-year, $40 million contract. He can sign anywhere this week as an unrestricted free agent.
B. Lemieux disappointed to slip to 2nd round | 06/29/2014 9:28 AM
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Brendan Lemieux was disappointed that he was slipped to the second round, but he wants to use that as motivation.
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In particular, Lemieux was disappointed that some of the teams his father, Claude Lemieux, had ties to chose to pass on him. At the same time, he's looking forward to making his own way through the Sabres' organization. The younger Lemieux can get under his opponent's skin like his father could and can also contribute offensively. He had 53 points and 145 penalty minutes in 65 OHL games in 2013-14.
Sabres choose Brycen Martin 74th overall | 06/28/2014 1:10 PM
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Brycen Martin was taken by the Buffalo Sabres in the third round, with the 74th overall pick, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Martin, an offensive-minded defenseman, is not flashy, playing a simple, mistake-free game. He's the type of player who doesn't fold under pressure and can slow the game down. Martin has a great hockey IQ that allows him to play in all situations. He is a plus skater and can move the puck well, exhibiting a great first pass. He's growing as a puck carrier and has performed well on the power play, with 23 of his 37 points coming on the man advantage. The 6-2, 195-pound Martin still has to hone his responsibilities away from the puck and iron out some areas in the defensive zone, such as initiating contact more, which will come as he gets stronger.
Buffalo takes Eric Cornel with pick No. 44 | 06/28/2014 11:34 AM
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Eric Cornel went to the Buffalo Sabres with the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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According to Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr: "Cornel is a strong skater with NHL speed. He has a heads-up game carrying and moving the puck around, good vision and hands in traffic. He's a very good playmaker, able to make plays while being checked and very effective winning faceoffs."
Sabres take Brendan Lemieux 31st overall | 06/28/2014 10:12 AM
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Brendan Lemieux is the first pick of Round 2 (31st overall), going to the Buffalo Sabres.
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The son of former NHL player Claude Lemieux, he plays a lot like his father and enjoys getting under the skin of the opposition. He can skate on the wing or center and he possesses strong leadership qualities. Lemieux has a strong all-round game and above anything else he plays to win.
Reinhart confident he will play in Buffalo | 06/28/2014 9:28 AM
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Sam Reinhart, the Sabres first pick and second overall in the 2014 entry draft, is confident he can play in the NHL next season.
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Although he doesn't want to sound too cocky, Reinhart believes he has a very good shot at breaking camp with the Sabres. "I'm very excited and I'm very motivated to step in the league next year with a young team that's developed very well and to make an impact", said Reinhart. "It's not going to be given to me right away, and I'm going to earn everything I get," Reinhart said. "The biggest thing for me is the opportunity you get, and I'm excited to take advantage of anything I can." If he does crack the Buffalo lineup in 2014-15, it will likely be as a third-line center to start. However, Reinhart's elite hockey sense could push him up the depth chart in short order. Watch him.
Sabres pick Sam Reinhart at second overall | 06/27/2014 7:26 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have chosen Sam Reinhart with the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Sam Reinhart's elite hockey sense, offensive skill and excellent character have scouts raving about a special NHL career for the nicely built 6'1, 186 pound center. During the past 14 months, Reinhart has captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the U18 World Championships, participated in the World Junior Hockey Championships, scored 128 points in 73 games for Kootenay during the WHL regular season and playoffs and now follows his dad and two older brothers to be drafted into the NHL. Reinhart sees, thinks and understands the game better than anyone in the class of 2014. He is solid on faceoffs, backchecks hard, kills penalties, supports his defensemen down low and is not afraid to get dirty and block shots. Reinhart makes his linemates better, much like Henrik Sedin does in Vancouver, and his professional, humble and focused demeanor will allow him to take a leadership, top-six role in the years to come with the Buffalo Sabres.
Buffalo wants to add a first round pick | 06/27/2014 6:18 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres are looking to acquire another first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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That's far easier said than done, but it's worth noting that Tyler Myers' name has been popular in the trade rumor mill on Friday. The Buffalo Sabres control the second overall pick in the draft.
Report: Canucks might make offer for Myers | 06/27/2014 3:58 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks might pursue Tyler Myers.
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They certainly have the cap space to get him after trading Jason Garrison and Ryan Kesler. Myers is coming off of a decent season, but the 24-year-old has performed well below expectations since winning the Calder Trophy in 2009-10. A change of scenery might benefit him, but the Sabres aren't likely to let him go unless they get a very good offer.
Buffalo faces a tough task early in 2014-15 | 06/23/2014 7:56 AM
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Buffalo has a busy start to the 2014-15 season.
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The Sabres have 11 games over 22 days in October before playing a season-high 14 contests in November, where they have four back-to-back sets. From the start of the season through Nov. 5, 11 of the team's first 14 matches also come against clubs who were in the playoffs last year.
Sabres would love Ekblad with 2nd pick | 06/21/2014 9:40 AM
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The Sabres, who have the second overall pick in next week's amateur entry draft, would love it if defenseman Aaron Eklad fell to them.
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Of course they don't expect the Panthers, who have the first pick or anyone team that will trade with the Panthers for that pick, to pass on Ekblad. Buffalo would then focus its attention on one of Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart or Leon Draisaitl. The first round of the draft is scheduled to take place this coming Friday night. As always, it should be an exciting few hours. Make sure you follow Rotoworld for "real time" coverage and analysis.
Patrick Kaleta gets another chance this fall | 06/20/2014 7:52 AM
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Patrick Kaleta is on the mend from knee surgery and he's expected to attend training camp with the Buffalo Sabres.
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He was demoted to the minors, where he suffered a torn MCL, in November. He served a 10-game suspension for an illegal check and suited up in just five games for the Sabres in 2013-14. "Whatever happened last year happened," GM Tim Murray said. "I just expect him to come in here and act like a pro. Once we hit the ice, then I'll start evaluating him."
Ville Leino goes unclaimed on waivers | 06/18/2014 12:20 PM
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Ville Leino has successfully cleared unconditional waivers.
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No surprise there. The Buffalo Sabres will buy out the final three seasons of Leino's three-year, $27 million contract. Leino's last two seasons have been disastrous as he's scored just two goals over that span, and because of that, we doubt he'll get anything more than a cheap, one-year deal.
Ville Leino wants to stay in the NHL | 06/17/2014 1:18 PM
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Ville Leino wasn't surprised to find out that the Buffalo Sabres will buy him out.
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Markus Lehto, who is Ville Leino's agent, said that his client's priority is to remain in the NHL. "He knows he's a very good NHL player. Obviously, the past two seasons have been just average, I would say, but I'm not going to go and try and analyze what happened," Lehto said. If Lehto considers Leino's last two seasons an example of what "average" is, then we would hate to see bad. Leino has scored just two goals over the last two campaigns.
Ville Leino is expected to be bought out | 06/17/2014 12:22 PM
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The Buffalo Sabres have decided to buy out Ville Leino.
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Leino needs to clear waivers first, which shouldn't be an obstacle given that he's a guy being paid like a top-six forward who has scored just two goals over the last two seasons. He has declined so much since he signed his six-year, $27 million contract with Buffalo that it's entirely possible that his next deal might not even be one-way.
Sabres place bid to host Scouting Combine | 06/15/2014 9:48 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres would like to host the NHL Scouting Combine.
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Under the Sabres bid, they're inquiring about holding the event for at least the next three years. The Combine has traditionally been held near Toronto, but the NHL has opened the door for other teams to request to host the event.
Ted Nolan will enjoy Father's Day | 06/14/2014 9:29 AM
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Sabres' coach Ted Nolan was very happy with the Kings' Stanley Cup victory Friday night.
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His son Jordan, a Los Angeles forward, will be showing off a Stanley Cup ring next year at all Nolan get togehters. It will certainly be a happy Father's Day in the Nolan household this weekend.
Ville Leino, agent haven't talked with Sabres | 06/12/2014 5:37 PM
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Ville Leino's agent, Markus Lehto, said he hasn't spoken much with the Buffalo Sabres since the end of the season.
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"I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray," said Lehto. Murray said that buying out Leino was a "very good possibility" back in April. It will cost the Sabres $7.333 million to buy out the remaining three seasons of his contract. Buffalo may decide to use a regular buyout on him to help them stay closer to the cap floor, but they could also use a compliance buyout when the window opens 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final.
Sabres sign Baptise to entry level contract | 06/01/2014 10:03 AM
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The Sabres have signed Nicholas Baptise to an entry-level contract.
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Baptise was Buffalo's 3rd round pick in 2012. He tore up the OHL this past season playing in Sudbury scoring 45 goals and registering 89 points in 65 games. Baptise stands a very good chance of making the Canadian Junior team this year and could be a factor with the Sabres as early as the 2015-16 season.
Chris Stewart optimistic about the Sabres | 05/30/2014 1:55 PM
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Chris Stewart is optimistic about the Buffalo Sabres' short-term future.
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While the Sabres are in the early stages of a rebuilding effort, Stewart doesn't think it will take the team long to bounce back. At the same time, he realizes he might not be a part of it. "Obviously you're subject to all those trade rumors and all the stuff like that, but that's out of my control," Stewart said. "Like I've said before, as long as I'm a Buffalo Sabre, I'm just going to worry about helping this team win hockey games and that's all that's on my mind." Regardless of who he ends up playing for, he'll be looking to bounce back after recording 26 points and 118 penalty minutes in 63 games in 2013-14.
Torrey Mitchell did well on Buffalo's PK | 05/29/2014 6:49 PM
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Torrey Mitchell saw a great deal of ice time with Buffalo as a penalty killer.
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In nine games with the Sabres, nearly 19 percent of his ice time was spent shorthanded and the team was good over that span with a 26-for-29 success rate. Despite the small sample size, Mitchell ended up first on the team with 2:57 of penalty kill time per game. He scored his first point with Buffalo in the team's regular season finale after he was promoted to a line with Cody Hodgson and Zemgus Girgensons.
Sabres agree to terms with Brady Austin | 05/29/2014 6:31 PM
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Buffalo has agreed to terms with Brady Austin on a three-year, entry-level contract.
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He produced nine goals and 24 assists in 67 games with the Belleville Bulls and the London Knights of the OHL this past campaign. The Sabres took him in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Matthew Hackett has surgery on knee | 05/28/2014 6:32 PM
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Matthew Hackett has undergone knee surgery.
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Hackett suffered the injury during the Sabres' game on April 12th and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. He finished the season with a 3.10 GAA and .908 save percentage in eight contests with Buffalo.
Prospect Linus Ullmark signs with Buffalo | 05/27/2014 6:03 PM
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Linus Ullmark has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
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Ullmark was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He established himself in Sweden's top league in 2013-14 by posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage in 35 contests.
Nicolas Deslauriers, Sabres sign 2-year deal | 05/26/2014 1:32 PM
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Nicolas Deslauriers has signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres worth $1.275 million.
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The contract is a one-way pact after he played 17 games with the Sabres this past season. Deslauriers was acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline and he can play defense or forward.
Sabres don't end up with extra first rounders | 05/23/2014 8:59 AM
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The Buffalo Sabres will end up with just one of a possible three first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The Sabres had a chance to get the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues 2014 first rounders from the Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller trades respectively. However, the Islanders exercised their option of keeping their 2014 pick and instead giving the Sabres their 2015 first rounder. Meanwhile, the conditions that would have allowed Buffalo to get the Blues' top pick in 2014 weren't met.
Tyler Myers (flu) should play in quarterfinal | 05/22/2014 9:11 AM
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Tyler Myers missed Wednesday's practice because he was feeling under the weather.
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However, he's expected to play in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Hockey Championship on Thursday. Myers has contributed two assists in seven games at the tournament thus far.
Girgensons, Nolan set to return from WHC | 05/20/2014 1:15 PM
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Zemgus Girgensons registered two goals and 29 penalty minutes in six games for Latvia at the World Hockey Championship.
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He was suspended for one game for spearing Russia's Alexander Burmistrov in the groin following a faceoff. Girgensons and Latvian coach Ted Nolan will be back together in Buffalo next season. Latvia won't advance to the quarterfinal round at the tournament, so Girgensons can start preparing for the 2014-15 campaign.
Hodgson leading Canada at IIHF Tourney | 05/17/2014 10:14 AM
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Cody Hodgson continues to be Team Canada's top performer at the IIHF World Hockey Champioinships in Belarus.
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He leads the Canadians in scoring with six goals and seven points in five games, good for fourth overall in tournament scoring. Hodgson has shifted from center to wing and is flanking Nazem Kadri with Troy Brouwer on the other side. The Sabres should take note. Perhaps Hodgson would be more productive next season if he did not have the responsibilities of playing as a pivot.
Sources: Zenon Konopka took DHEA | 05/16/2014 7:31 PM
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NHL sources are reporting Zenon Konopka violated the league drug policy for taking DHEA, an over-the-counter supplement recommended to him by non-team doctors.
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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland, which is just above the kidneys. DHEA supplements are used to build muscle, fight the effects of aging, provide energy and improve mood and memory amongst other health benefits. Konopka was suspended for 20 games on Thursday for violating the terms of the league's Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

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