Buffalo Sabres News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
.@Dan_Dunleavy and @duffersabres break down the first day of development camp. https://t.co/G65B4QxONw
"You've been selected and brought into the Sabres family for a reason."Welcome to development camp. https://t.co/WT2Pn7pggp
Die By The Blade: Sabres qualify seven restricted free agents
The Buffalo Sabres announced on Tuesday that they have tendered contracts to seven restricted free agents.
We've tendered qualifying offers to these restricted free agents: Forwards Remi Elie, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues, C.J. Smith; defenseman Jake McCabe; goaltender Linus Ullmark. pic.twitter.com/ZQEyOjhSo7-- Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 25, 2019
With these seven qualifying offers extended, the Sabres retain the rights of each player.
If a team attempts to sign one of the seven aforementioned players, Buffalo will retain the right of first refusal.
Within the news of the seven offers extended comes the minor news story that four players now find themselves as unrestricted free agents.
My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres - Rasmus Ristolainen And Some Potential Free Agent Targets
WGR 550: "Nothing much is happening around the league over the last few days. A lot of teams have turned their direction to July 1st. I was told that the #Sabres are shopping Rasmus Ristolainen hard. Nobody told me that he's asked for a trade, but we'll see how it turns out."<strong>Now may be time to move Ristolainen</strong>
Howard Simon of WGR 550: Rasmus Ristolainen is only 24-years old and has 424 NHL games under his belt already. There are plenty of "ifs" surrounding his game and if he should be traded.
Die By The Blade: Sabres release 2019-20 season schedule
The Buffalo Sabres officially announced their 2019-20 regular season schedule on Tuesday afternoon.
Of the 82 games this season, some understandably hold more importance than others.
The Sabres will open their home schedule on Saturday, October 5 against P.K. Subban, Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils.
Among the other schedule highlights:First West Coast road trip: October 16 at Anaheim, October 17 at Los Angeles and October 19 at San Jose.
NHL Global Series in Sweden: November 8 vs. Tampa Bay and November 9 at Tampa Bay - both games will take place in Stockholm, Sweden.
Die By The Blade: Draft Day Trades Turn Sabres Fans Envious
The National Hockey League welcomed 217 new players into their brotherhood from multiple countries, leagues and ethnicities following the official completion of the 2019 NHL Entry Level Draft.
Despite the excitement surrounding the annual influx of new talent, many found themselves vastly underwhelmed once the final buzzer sounded.
Buffalo Sabres fans in particular found themselves looking into numerous potential trade partners, chomping at the bit to get Jason Botterill's "roster surgery" on the operating table.
What appeared to upset most were what the trades themselves included.
Whenever a trade or free agent signing is consummated, the immediate thought is - could the Sabres have pulled that off?
RT @NHL: Looking sharp in that @BuffaloSabres gear, Ryan. #NHLDraft https://t.co/CrSmmR1RPC
That's a wrap on the 2019 #NHLDraft!Find out what the next steps are for our picks in the day two recap. https://t.co/7rPOt0LJbE
Die By The Blade: Sabres select goalie Erik Portillo at 67th overall
The Buffalo Sabres have selected goalie Erik Portillo in the third round with their first pick of day two of the NHL Draft at 67th overall.
Portillo played in the Sweden with the Frolunda system this past season. He racked up a 1.99 GAA and .931 SVS% with Frolunda's U20 team.
The Goteberg, Sweden native is noted for being poised in his net and using his 6'6", 209lbs frame to his advantage. He is committed to playing with the University of Michigan next season.
The Sabres are next scheduled to pick in the fourth round at 122nd overall.
Die By The Blade: Sabres select Rousek at 160th overall
Entering day two of the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres had three sixth-round picks. After some jockeying up the board in the fourth and fifth round, they ended up with one sixth rounder remaining at 160th overall.
With what is, for now, their final selection of the day, the Sabres elected to take Czech forward, Lukas Rousek. An older draft pick at age 20, the HC Sparta Praha product posted 34 points in 53 games between the big club, their U20 team, and on loan with HC Stadion Litomerice (Czech 2 League).
Rousek was the 39th ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting.
Die By The Blade: Sabres select Aaron Huglen with 102nd overall pick
The Buffalo Sabres traded the 122nd overall pick and 175th overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks to move up to 102nd overall to select American forward, Aaron Huglen.
Last season as the captain at Roseau High School in Minnesota, he posted 52 points in 24 games. He is committed to play for the University of Minnesota in 2019-20.
Huglen was the 90th ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.
From one WHL kid to another... https://t.co/FGnfcj318L
"Dylan Cozens is perfect." Here's what Ralph Krueger had to say about our 7th-overall pick. https://t.co/df6GFOi9zx
So. Much. Content.We compiled last night's highlights so you're ready to go for day two of the #NHLDraft! https://t.co/jjcA9PwOeb