Alexander Nylander has spent the entire season in the AHL. ©2017, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres recall prospect Alexander Nylander from Amerks

BUFFALO – Top Sabres forward prospect Alexander Nylander, the eighth overall pick in 2016, could be recalled from the Rochester Americans and make his NHL debut in tonight’s tilt against his brother, William, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Update: Nylander has been recalled.

Nylander, 19, was held out Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 road win against the Albany Devils. The Buffalo News reported the Sabres will summon the Swede from the AHL club.... Read the full article

Cal O'Reilly had never played with his brother, Ryan. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

O’Reilly brothers enjoy special night as Sabres teammates

TORONTO – Growing up about 140 miles away in Goderich, Ont., Buffalo Sabres center Cal O’Reilly witnessed some epic meltdowns when he beat his younger brother, Ryan, in hockey games.

“When he would lose, he would start throwing stuff – sticks and anything he could get his hands on,” Cal O’Reilly said Friday prior to the Sabres’ 6-4 preseason win against the Maple Leafs, the brothers’ first appearance together as teammates at any level ... Read the full article

Phil Housley electrified Buffalo fans in the 1980s. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Former Sabres star Phil Housley emotional over Hall of Fame election

Doubt crept into Phil Housley’s head as the Hockey Hall of Fame passed him over year after year. Since 2006, three years after he ended an often spectacular 21-year career, the former Buffalo Sabres star defenseman patiently waited for a life-changing phone call.

Housley, who amassed 1,232 points in 1,495 games, was starting to think the call might never come.

Then on Monday, as Housley was about to eat lunch at a restaurant in Arizona, ... Read the full article

Patrick Kaleta has played one game this season. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta thrilled to play game in Buffalo again

BUFFALO – The 412-day wait to play a home game has been excruciating for Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta, an Angola native.

Since his last appearance here Oct. 10, 2013, the 28-year-old has endured a 10-game suspension, a surprising demotion to the minors, a torn ACL and what was basically a broken face.

Finally, Kaleta will play again tonight at the First Niagara Center. It might be a different experience, too. Kaleta, a winger his entire ... Read the full article

Brian Flynn steals the puck from Toronto goalie James Reimer on Saturday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres throttle Leafs, send Toronto fans home unhappy

BUFFALO – For one night at least, the First Niagara Center felt like the old days. A raucous capacity crowd of 19,070 fans roared from start to finish Saturday. The Sabres buzzed up and down the ice all night against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring goals and creating chance after chance.

The Sabres’ rollicking 6-2 win, just their second regulation triumph this season and first at home, was wildly entertaining, high-octane hockey.

Up in ... Read the full article

Tyler Ennis had a goal and three points Sunday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres notes: Tyler Ennis’ memories of NHL debut strong 5 years later

BUFFALO – Tyler Ennis still remembers every little detail of Nov. 14, 2009, the day the slick Sabres winger made his NHL debut.

When Portland Pirates coach Kevin Dineen told Ennis the Sabres could recall him for a game in Philadelphia that night, the youngster left the rink – “It was like a 30-minute drive,” he said – and went home.

He needed to eat, so he “picked up a quick Subway sandwich.”

Ennis then ... Read the full article

Rick Jeanneret talks last year in Rochester. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres players excited to have Rick Jeanneret back: ‘A pretty special moment for the whole organization’

BUFFALO – To winger Patrick Kaleta, who grew up in nearby Angola listening to Rick Jeanneret call games, the greatest perk of playing for the Sabres isn’t money or prestige.

“One of the best, if not the best thing about being a Sabre is hearing your name called by Rick Jeanneret,” Kaleta said Friday inside the First Niagara Center. “I still get chills listening to some of stuff on YouTube.”

So whenever Kaleta ... Read the full article

Rick Jeanneret called a game from the bench last season. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres players thrilled for Rick Jeanneret’s return

BUFFALO – Whenever Patrick Kaleta needs to “get pumped up,” the Sabres winger goes to Youbtube.com and listens to legendary play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret call some famous goals.

“He makes the game so exciting,” the Angola native said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “It is one of the best, if not the best thing about being a Sabre is hearing your name called by Rick Jeanneret. I still get chills listening to some ... Read the full article

Rick Jeanneret hasn't called a game since last season. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret to return Saturday

BUFFALO – Legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret will call the first period of Saturday’s home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced this morning.

Jeanneret said last week he’s cancer-free. The Sabres announced in July the local icon was battling throat cancer.

“The time seems right to slowly begin transitioning back to work,” Jeanneret said in a statement. “My doctors have told me I’m cancer-free and I’m feeling well enough to ... Read the full article

Rick Jeanneret spoke Friday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret says he’s cancer-free

BUFFALO – Legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret told the team’s pregame show Friday he’s cancer-free.

The Sabres announced in July that Jeanneret was battling throat cancer.

The NHL’s longest-tenured broadcaster underwent a CAT scan Tuesday and received a call Wednesday saying everything was OK, he said.

“That means for the moment I’m cancer-free,” Jeanneret said.

Jeanneret, who described the last five months as “tough,” thanked his family and the medical staff that treated him.... Read the full article