Ryan O’Reilly pens farewell letter to Sabres fans

Ryan O’Reilly pens farewell letter to Sabres fans

Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his early first period goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game on April 4, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

For three seasons, center Ryan O’Reilly was able to call Buffalo home, and after he was traded to the St. Louis Blues on July 1st, O’Reilly has released a farewell letter to Sabres fans and the team, thanking them for their support.

O’Reilly was traded on July 1st to St. Louis for Tage Thompson, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, a 2019 first round pick with top-10 protection and a 2021 second round pick. Read More

Sabres sign Malone to one-year contract

Sabres sign Malone to one-year contract

Rochester Americans F Sean Malone

The Buffalo Sabres announced the signing of forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two way contract late Thursday morning. The Buffalo native was the Sabres’ sixth-round draft choice back in 2013, and is coming off his first full professional season spent with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.

In 73 games this year, Malone tallied 12 goals and 22 points. Those 12 goals were good for second on the team among fellow rookies, behind C.J. Smith. Read more

Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal

Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Lawrence Pilut to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pilut (5’11”, 179 lbs., 12/30/1995) led all Swedish Hockey League defensemen with 38 points (8+30) in 52 games for HV71 last season and was named the 2017-18 SHL Defenseman of the Year. He also ranked fifth in the league in assists and 13th in points. Read More

Sabres to pick 1st overall at 2018 NHL Draft

Sabres to pick 1st overall at 2018 NHL Draft

Sabres GM Jason Botterill

TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres have won the lottery.

The Sabres will hold the No. 1 overall pick at the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22 after winning the top drawing at the league’s annual lottery in Toronto on Saturday. Buffalo began the night with an 18.5-percent chance of attaining the top pick, the best odds for any of the 15 eligible teams.

Buffalo has held the top pick of the draft twice in franchise history, which they used to select Gilbert Perreault in 1970 and Pierre Turgeon in 1987. The Sabres held the best odds to win the lottery in both 2014 and 2015, but came away with the No. 2 pick on both occasions. Read More

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he’s ready to lead

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he’s ready to lead

#55 Defensemen Risto Ristolainen

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill was very clear at his end of the season press conference. Botterill said there are not enough leaders in the teams locker-room and that must change.

The first group of players he challenged was the youngsters. Botterill said, “It’s imperative we have stronger voices in there because we have players that have NHL experience in the playoffs and they have to feel more comfortable in those roles. We have younger players that have been part of this organization for three, four, five years who can’t sit in the background anymore. They have to be a part of it, we have to have a stronger leadership group.” Read More

Botterill promises change at end-of-season press conference

Botterill promises change at end-of-season press conference

Buffalo Sabres General manager Jason Botterill – Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Jason Botterill is used to conducting exit interviews with his players late in the spring, recently as late as June. During his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins, early April was a time for looking ahead to playoff runs, not back on a disappointing season.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Botterill made no secret of his frustration with the way his first season played out as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres finished 31st in the NHL, and Botterill found himself conduction exit meetings on April 9. Read More

Sabres sign forward Andrew Oglevie

Sabres sign forward Andrew Oglevie

University of Notre Dame, forward Andrew Oglevie

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Andrew Oglevie to a two-year, entry-level contract.

As a junior at the University of Notre Dame in 2017-18, Oglevie (5’10”, 180 lbs., 2/16/1995) served as an alternate captain and ranked second among Fighting Irish skaters with 39 points (15+24), leading the team in goals for the second straight year. He finished his collegiate career by earning a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading all skaters with seven points (3+4) in four games in the tournament. Read More