Casey Mittelstadt played his first NHL game since Dec. 10, 2019 on Sunday afternoon. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres notes: Ralph Krueger explains why Dylan Cozens was scratched

Before the season, the Buffalo Sabres developed a plan to rest some of their younger players. In occasionally giving them a breather, they want to prevent the physical and mental aspects of the NHL from overwhelming them. They also want to ensure members of their taxi squad have opportunities to play.

So on Sunday afternoon, two days after winger Dylan Cozens scored his first NHL goal, the Sabres loaned the rookie to the taxi ... Read the full article

Casey Mittelstadt played 36 games with Rochester last season. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres assign rookie Dylan Cozens to taxi squad, recall Casey Mittelstadt

Two days after scoring his first NHL goal, the Buffalo Sabres today sent winger Dylan Cozens to the taxi squad and recalled forward Casey Mittelstadt from the practice group.

Mittelstadt, 22, will likely make his season debut in this afternoon’s road game against the Washington Capitals. The American hasn’t played an NHL game since Dec. 10, 2019.

It’s unclear why the Sabres assigned Cozens, 19, to the taxi squad. The rookie has enjoyed regular ... Read the full article

Linus Ullmark faced the Capitals last week. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark to start against Capitals; Kyle Okposo likely out

Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark, who missed two games earlier this week following the death of his father, will start tonight’s road game against the Washington Capitals, coach Ralph Krueger said.

“We really want him to get a win here, to play well not thinking about what’s happened,” Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin said on a Zoom call this afternoon. “We just got to make him feel comfortable everywhere.”

Ullmark, 27, faced the Capitals ... Read the full article

The Sabres elevated Jonas Johansson from the taxi squad earlier this week. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ goaltending quickly becomes concern; Jonas Johansson ready to sub

BUFFALO – After allowing five goals on opening night, Sabres goalie Carter Hutton settled down, letting in just two over the next 100 minutes.

Fresh off a 10-month break, Hutton looked sharp and appeared poised to keep earning playing time. But Hutton left Tuesday’s 3-0 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers early after getting hit in the head.

Hutton, 35, is day to day, coach Ralph Krueger said, and did not accompany the Sabres to ... Read the full article

Rasmus Asplund played 29 NHL games last season. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres recall Rasmus Asplund from taxi squad

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Rasmus Asplund from the taxi squad, the team announced this afternoon.

It’s unclear why Asplund, 23, is needed. The Sabres close a two-game road series against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. After beating the Flyers 6-1 on Monday, they did not skate as a full team this morning.

Update: Asplund will replace winger Tage Thompson.

Asplund played 14 games earlier this season on loan with Västerås IK, a ... Read the full article

Curtis Lazar scored twice Monday. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Curtis Lazar, fourth line help Sabres annihilate Flyers, earn first win

Late in the first period Monday, Buffalo Sabres center Curtis Lazar grabbed the puck at the blue line, skated into the left circle and backhanded a shot underneath the crossbar.

Then after the Sabres grabbed a commanding 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers, Lazar sealed the Sabres’ first win in the second period, connecting on a nifty pass from linemate Riley Sheahan in front of the net.

When the Sabres, NHL lightweights for nearly a ... Read the full article

Dylan Blujus spent the last three seasons in Utica. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Amerks sign Buffalo native Dylan Blujus to AHL contract

The Rochester Americans have signed Buffalo native Dylan Blujus to a one-year AHL contract, the team announced today.

Blujus, a defenseman, has spent most of the past six seasons in the AHL, compiling 20 goals and 82 points 274 games. He played the last three seasons for the Utica Comets.

The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Blujus, 26, in the second round in 2012, 40th overall. After playing playing junior with the Ontario Hockey League’s North ... Read the full article

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen spent part of last season in Rochester. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to join Amerks

Top Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will be joining the Rochester Americans, his Finnish team announced today.

The Sabres loaned Luukkonen, 21, to HC TPS, a Liiga team, in August and had extended the loan agreement throughout the season.

The Amerks, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, opened training camp Friday. The AHL season is scheduled to start Feb. 5.

In 13 games with HC TPS, Luukkonen compiled a 6-3-4 record with a 2.52 ... Read the full article

Casey Nelson spent much of his pro career in Rochester. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Ex-Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson retires from hockey

Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson, who opted out of the season last month, has retired from hockey.

Nelson, 28, announced the news in an Instagram post this afternoon. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Oct. 22.

“Stay tuned for the next chapter!” Nelson wrote in his post.

Nelson spent all of last season with the Rochester Americans, compiling four goals, 12 points and a team-high plus-18 rating in 48 games. ... Read the full article

Tage Thompson has earned a spot on Buffalo’s No. 1 line. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Tage Thompson showcasing talents of future star after long layoff

BUFFALO – Taylor Hall knew nothing about Tage Thompson before the first day they practiced together as Sabres teammates Jan. 1.

But right away, Hall said he was taken aback by watching the 6-foot-7 winger up close.

The size. The ability to handle and shoot the puck. The speed.

Hall quickly learned why Thompson, 23, is such an intriguing talent.

“You see why he was drafted in the first round and why they’re so high ... Read the full article