Jeremy Davies has played seven games in Rochester this season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Ilya Lyubushkin out again; Sabres plan to add new defenseman

BUFFALO – After forward Riley Sheahan clears waivers or is claimed this afternoon, the Sabres plan to recall a defenseman from the Rochester Americans.

“We’re banged up on the back end and that’s the need, pressing need right now,” Sabres coach Don Granato said this morning.

Right now, having lost three defensemen – Henri Jokiharju, Ilya Lyubushkin and Mattias Samuelsson are all injured – the Sabres sorely help.

Their options, however, are limited. They’ve already ... Read the full article

(From left) Rasmus Asplund, Peyton Krebs and Jack Quinn have each sat out two games this season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Peyton Krebs, Jack Quinn and other Sabres making best of rotation

BUFFALO – For two recent games, Sabres winger Peyton Krebs sat in the press box in his suit and tie scribbling notes as he watched the action unfold below him.

Krebs, 21, enjoyed regular duty as last season progressed, playing 48 times and establishing himself as a member of the Sabres’ talented young core.

But right now, even after waiving Riley Sheahan on Sunday, the Sabres still have 13 healthy forwards, meaning one must sit ... Read the full article

Riley Sheahan hasn’t played this season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres place Riley Sheahan on waivers

The Buffalo Sabres on Sunday placed forward Riley Sheahan, who hasn’t played a game this season, on waivers, according to reports.

If Sheahan, 30, clears, he could be assigned to the Rochester Americans.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Sheahan has been serving as the Sabres’ 14th forward since recovering from a muscle injury. They could use his roster spot to recall a defenseman.... Read the full article

Anders Bjork lost his spot in the lineup last season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres place Anders Bjork on waivers

BUFFALO – The Sabres on Monday placed forward Anders Bjork, a healthy scratch both games this season, on waivers, according to reports.

Bjork, 26, lost his spot in the lineup late last season and never regained it, sitting out more than a month straight.

This year, the American had an underwhelming training camp, and he never appeared to be close to cracking the forward corps.

With forward Riley Sheahan ready to be activated from ... Read the full article

Eric Comrie has played just 28 NHL games. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

For Sabres goalie Eric Comrie, a chance to start materializes in Buffalo

BUFFALO – Following an eight-day rest, goalie Eric Comrie will likely make his Sabres debut this afternoon, the first of perhaps 50 starts he could earn this season.

The Sabres awarded Craig Anderson, 41, Thursday’s season opener, and the veteran enjoyed a terrific night, stopping 35 shots in a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

This season, however, the Sabres expect Comrie, 27, to emerge as their No. 1 goalie. Having established himself as ... Read the full article

Victor Olofsson scored 20 goals last season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres notes: Victor Olofsson earns spot on first line after fast finish

BUFFALO – As Victor Olofsson’s goal drought dragged on last season, Sabres coach Don Granato began offering some insight into why the winger suddenly stopped scoring.

Olofsson, Granato explained, was battling a soft issue injury – it turned out to be his wrist – that hampered his shooting, his greatest asset. He would massage the puck, and that extra split-second allowed the goalie to catch up.

“He was frustrated and very down because he couldn’t ... Read the full article

Craig Anderson is beginning his 20th NHL season. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

At 41, Sabres’ Craig Anderson receives coveted opening night assignment

BUFFALO – In Craig Anderson, Sabres coach Don Granato sees a passionate veteran goalie who understands the end is nearing.

“Craig is a guy that’s very connected to his love of the game, and he sees, hey, my career’s coming to an end, I’m clear and definitively going to miss this, so I’m going to love what I’m going to miss,” Granato said after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators ... Read the full article

JJ Peterka skates during Monday’s practice. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres make moves, set 23-man roster; JJ Peterka, Jack Quinn stay in Buffalo

BUFFALO – The Sabres on Monday finalized their 23-man regular-season roster, sending goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the minors and placing forward Riley Sheahan on injured reserve with a muscle injury.

That means wingers JJ Peterka and Jack Quinn, both of whom enjoyed dynamic rookie seasons with the Rochester Americans last year, have made the big club.

While Peterka did not stand out during training camp, the Sabres are confident he ... Read the full article

Lawrence Pilut is one of several defensemen Buffalo signed during the summer. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Lawrence Pilut, Chase Priskie and other D help Sabres upgrade depth

BUFFALO – The Sabres have likely known for months which seven defensemen will comprise their opening night roster.

Jacob Bryson, Rasmus Dahlin, Henri Jokiharju, Casey Fitzgerald, Owen Power and Mattias Samuelsson entrenched themselves on the blue line last season. In signing Ilya Lyubushkin in free agency, the Sabres added a gritty veteran presence they lacked.

But what about the rest of the defense corps? Given the rugged nature of the position, defensemen are always at ... Read the full article

JJ Peterka could start the season in Buffalo. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

After weekend transactions, Sabres’ regular-season roster nearly set

BUFFALO – After reassigning 23 players over the weekend, the Sabres nearly have their regular-season roster set.

On Monday, 28 players – 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies – practiced inside KeyBank Center. The Sabres held one session for the first time in training camp.

They must finalize their 23-man roster by 5 p.m. next Monday.

The Sabres, who have two preseason games left, starting with tonight’s home contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, have ... Read the full article