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Jason Botterill knows it might be a longshot for the Sabres to make the playoffs, but it was pretty clear the general manager stepped over a line he had yet to cross here with this year's version of the NHL trade deadline. Botterill isn't dealing with just futures anymore. Getting Brandon Montour was about today, something the Sabres haven't been about nearly enough in …

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Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill waited until the eve of the NHL trade deadline to upgrade his roster, acquiring defenseman Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. The Sabres parted with defenseman Brendan Guhle and one of their three first-round picks in the upcoming draft to acquire Montour, a 24-year-old who has five goals among 25 point…

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ROCHESTER – Danny O'Regan had 24 hours to pack a bag, arrange for a car filled with his belongings to be shipped across the country and report to Rochester. O'Regan, a 25-year-old winger recalled Friday by the Buffalo Sabres, laughed Wednesday in Blue Cross Arena when recalling that unexpected, chaotic journey. Yet, O'Regan knows his story – from being pulled off the ic…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – The winter getaway to Orlando was booked. Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle planned to spend the American Hockey League All-Star break relaxing and recharging with his girlfriend, Victoria, at Disney Wor…

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Rochester Americans defenseman Brendan Guhle has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic as a replacement for injured teammate Zach Redmond. Guhle, the Sabres' second-round pick in 2015, ranks second among defensemen with 19 points (four goals and 15 assists) in 37 games. In 99 career AHL games, he has 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists). The AHL All-Star Classic is Mond…

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With Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut back from injured reserve, the Buffalo Sabres assigned defenseman Brendan Guhle to Rochester on Saturday morning. Guhle, 21, had a plus-1 rating in two games after being recalled by the Sabres last Sunday in Boston. He did not perform poorly, however, coach Phil Housley now has seven other healthy defenseman and Nathan Beaulieu appear…

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BOSTON -- Brendan Guhle was not allowed to leave Rochester's bench during the third period and overtime Saturday night in Cleveland. He watched the Cleveland Monsters tie the game, and his teammate, C.J. Smith, score the Americans' winning goal. Then he boarded a plane to join the Buffalo Sabres in Boston for their game Sunday against the Bruins. Guhle, a 21-year-old de…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – It’s easy to tell when Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle is feeling confident. At his best, the slick defenseman consistently joins the attack, generating offense. “That’s probably the biggest asset o…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Nathan Paetsch signed for his 16th pro season knowing this could happen: So far, the popular former Sabres defenseman has been scratched for all 10 of the Americans’ games. On a blue line that goes…

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It will be just after 1 a.m. Friday back home in Sweden when Ramsus Dahlin's NHL career gets its opening faceoff Thursday night in KeyBank Center. Several media members from the homeland will be in town to cover the Sabres' game against the Boston Bruins and some made their way to practice Wednesday morning. Dahlin is used to the attention. He's lived it the last two ye…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The hockey world is in mourning following the crash Friday night of the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game in what Canadian media are calling one of the worst tragedies in …

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If you have no idea what in the world to watch when you dare to flip on the TV or walk into a Sabres game at KeyBank Center, there's an easy suggestion. Keep an eye on Brendan Guhle. It's important he plays well in the final few weeks of this season. The news is pretty good so far. Each game is getting incrementally better. Guhle has been the Sabres' biggest prospect…

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A couple of hours after coach Phil Housley held his daily post-practice media briefing Sunday in KeyBank Center, the Sabres made a couple of surprise callups from the Rochester Amerks. It's uncertain what impact the arrival of defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo will be for Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who mi…

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The Sabres pulled a bit of surprise on Sunday afternoon, calling up defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo from Rochester. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who missed the final two periods Friday in Florida, practiced fully on Sunday and did not look hindered by the upper-body ailment he suffered taking a tumble into the boards in that game. All seven blueliners…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…