Rasmus Dahlin has been playing nearly half of the game. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu

Injuries force Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin to handle more responsibility, ice time

BUFFALO – Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin’s instincts tell him to get after it, not to settle for the simplest play.

After all, the Swede possesses the talent to make dazzling moves and take over the ice.

“When he touches the puck, he tries to go, he tries to make the ideal play happen and he competes and fights to make the ideal play happen on each puck touch,” Sabres coach Don Granato said following Tuesday’s ... Read the full article

Filip Cederqvist is in his second AHL season. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres trade prospect Filip Cederqvist to Canadiens

The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday traded wing prospect Filip Cederqvist to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for future considerations.

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Cederqvist, 23, compiled one goal and four points in 19 games with the Rochester Americans this season.

In a corresponding move, the Amerks traded Chris Jandric to the Laval Rocket, Montreal’s affiliate, in exchange for Noah Laaouan, a swap of defensemen playing on AHL contracts.

After spending parts of three seasons in the ... Read the full article

Devon Levi has faced Montreal once in his short career. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres rookie Devon Levi cherishes text message from Carey Price, childhood memories of Canadiens

BUFFALO – Once, when Sabres rookie Devon Levi was 10, he visited a restaurant in Montreal and had some pictures taken with his idol, Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Another time, Levi’s girlfriend spotted Price at a basketball game and handed him the phone. The netminders ended up chatting on FaceTime for a bit.

Then prior to Levi’s fifth NHL start on April 10, Price texted him some words of advice before the Sabres beat the ... Read the full article

JJ Peterka skates away Saturday after Montreal’s Cayden Primeau stopped his shootout attempt. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Despite missed chances, Sabres keep forging identity in loss to Canadiens

BUFFALO – The final result, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens, stings. The Sabres squandered opportunities all night, pumping a season-high 48 shots on goal and failing to convert six power plays, including one that carried into overtime.

In Saturday’s shootout, they needed one stop to secure back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.

Still, in losing for the sixth time in eight outings (2-5-1), the Sabres at least carried over ... Read the full article

Devon Levi played two games in Rochester. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

After stint with Rochester, goalie Devon Levi returns to Sabres on top of game

BUFFALO – In the moments following last Friday’s 3-2 win, goalie Devon Levi earned the eagle head, the award given to the Rochester Americans’ player of the game, and enjoyed a special moment with his new teammates.

Levi, 21, had performed dynamically in his AHL debut, making 40 saves against the Belleville Senators and stopping all four of their shootout attempts.

When he received the eagle head in the CAA Arena visiting dressing room, he ... Read the full article

Rasmus Dahlin missed Thursday’s game. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin day to day; Jack Quinn makes step in injury recovery

BUFFALO – Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who’s battling a lower-body injury, missed today’s practice but is “a possibility” for Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens, coach Don Granato said.

Granato said Dahlin and goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who has been sick, are both day to day. Luukkonen will miss Saturday’s game.

Dahlin sat out Thursday’s 3-1 road win over the Boston Bruins.... Read the full article

Montreal’s Juraj Slafkovsky tries to screen Buffalo goalie Eric Comrie on Monday. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres outplay Canadiens, still lose: ‘We controlled the play’

BUFFALO – Sabres center Tage Thompson stood in the dressing room following another loss, visibly agitated, trying to explain what went wrong against the Montreal Canadiens.

In falling 3-1 on Monday to their rebuilding opponent, the Sabres’ underwhelming start officially moved into the concerning category.

Yes, they have 76 games left, starting with tonight’s road contest against the Ottawa Senators. But their 2-4-0 mark has them sharing the Atlantic Division basement with the Florida Panthers. ... Read the full article

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen dressed as a backup Monday. ©2023, Miceline Veluvolu

Sabres notes: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will likely start against Senators

BUFFALO – After playing two consecutive games, Sabres goalie Eric Comrie will likely take a breather tonight in Ottawa, allowing Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to make his first start this season.

Sabres coach Don Granato said rookie goalie Devon Levi, who started the first four games, is still nursing a “nagging” lower-body injury and will likely be unavailable against the Senators. Levi, 21, did not skate Monday morning.

“We don’t expect it to be much longer and ... Read the full article

Tage Thompson breaks his stick in frustration Saturday. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Tage Thompson on stick snap: ‘You’re competitive, you want to score’

BUFFALO – Late in Saturday’s 3-1 win, Sabres winger Tage Thompson zoomed to the net and was so convinced he had scored on a backhander he raised his stick in celebration.

When the puck trickled in front of the crease seconds later, he appeared to have an easy goal as players scrambled around goalie Semyon Varlamov. But defenseman Noah Dobson quickly turned around and deflected the shot into the netting above the glass.

Thompson immediately ... Read the full article

Eric Comrie looked (31) looked sharp throughout Saturday’s game. ©2023, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres goalie Eric Comrie to start again; Injured Devon Levi out tonight

BUFFALO – Fresh off a stellar 24-save outing in Saturday’s 3-1 win, Sabres goalie Eric Comrie will earn another nod tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

Comrie, 28, hasn’t started back-to-back games since March 25 and 27.

After sitting out the first four games, he looked sharp throughout his season debut, making some critical saves before the Sabres pulled away from the New York Islanders.... Read the full article