Last year, Kyle Okposo and his family decided to sell their home in Minnesota and make Clarence their permanent residence. The roots he laid down in Buffalo have helped the veteran winger develop a unique understanding of how the Sabres’ stunning run of futility has disenchanted a passionate fan base.
“I understand the weight of the team that’s on the city, and I get it, because I now live here full time,” Okposo said on ... Read the full article
Defenseman Lawrence Pilut has left the Buffalo Sabres to join a Russian team in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Pilut, 24, has signed with Traktor Chelyabins, according to The Buffalo News. Hockeynews.se also reported Pilut was set to leave for Russia.
His new contract includes an NHL out clause, according to The News, although it’s unclear if he could depart the team during the season.
The Swede will become a restricted free agent when the ... Read the full article
Throughout their nine-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Sabres have consistently ranked among the NHL’s bottom-feeders. Only once in that ugly stretch – in 2011-12, the season their run of futility began – have they contended for a postseason spot.
Eight years ago, the Sabres roared back from last place, briefly grabbing a spot before falling apart in the waning days of the season.
There haven’t been many what-ifs during the sorriest stretch in franchise history. ... Read the full article
“We’re continuing to try to set this team up where we’re putting (Rasmus Ristolainen) in positions to have success.”
– Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, Aug. 17, 2019
As their nine-year run of futility indicates, the Sabres rarely accomplish what they set out to do. The once-proud franchise has become a laughingstock.
Still, in the case of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, the Sabres deserve credit for helping him develop a smarter, sturdier style as ... Read the full article
In what would be the final days of the American Hockey League season, coach Chris Taylor drew confidence from the maturity his Rochester Americans began showcasing.
To Taylor, the Amerks’ response to some rare adversity – they endured losing streaks of seven and four games in the winter – illustrated his players had become equipped to handle the highs and lows of a long, grinding season.
“They weren’t getting as frustrated as you think that ... Read the full article
Jack Eichel has spent the past two weeks hunkered down in his Buffalo home waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sabres captain usually fills his days by working out, watching television, listening to music, reading and playing video games.
When it becomes safe, Eichel, 23, would like to resume the schedule. The center has stayed in contact with Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, coach Ralph Krueger, teammates and trainers since the NHL suspended the ... Read the full article
After two seasons at Western Michigan, Buffalo Sabres defense prospect Mattias Samuelsson has turned pro.
Samuelsson, 20, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract, the Sabres announced today. They drafted the American in the second round in 2018, 32nd overall.
The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Samuelsson compiled seven goals, 26 points and 78 penalty minutes in 65 career games at Western Michigan. The COVID-19 pandemic cut short his sophomore season.... Read the full article
The Buffalo Sabres occasionally enjoy a team dinner together, and they happened to be gathered for one in Montreal when word began spreading an NBA player had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Everything kind of started unraveling from there,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said on a conference call Monday. “We weren’t sure where that would take us.”
Still, the Sabres began the next day, March 12, like they would play their scheduled game against the Canadiens ... Read the full article
The Buffalo Sabres have signed winger Dawson DiPietro to a one-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today.
DiPietro, 24, scored 12 goals and 29 points in 35 games as a senior with Western Michigan in 2019-20.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound DiPietro attended the Sabres’ summer development camp last year.
“Dawson was excellent at our development camp last summer, where he was able to showcase his speed and skill,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in a ... Read the full article
The Buffalo Sabres have signed former Penn State forward Brandon Biro to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today.
Biro, 22, captained Penn State as a senior in 2019-20, scoring 10 goals and 25 points in 25 games as the Nittany Lions’ 12-8-4 record led the Big Ten.
“Brandon will bring a combination of skill, hockey sense and character to our organization,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. “We’re confident that ... Read the full article